Jose Lopez took the mound last night for Pensacola for the 16th time this season. Things went much like the previous 15 times did for the right hander. Lopez threw 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just five hits and one walk. That also came with seven strikeouts, needing just 91 pitches in the outing.

Those six shutout innings lowered the ERA for Jose Lopez with the Blue Wahoos to 2.34 in 92.1 innings pitched. Tossing in his 50.2 innings early in the season with Daytona, his ERA is now at 2.52 on the entire season in 143.0 innings. The 23-year-old has allowed just 110 hits, 45 walks and he’s struck out 137 batters.

Jose Duarte takes advantage of playing time

Since the start of the 2017 season, catcher Jose Duarte had walked to the plate for the Cincinnati Reds farm system a grand total of 17 times before last night. He’s essentially been an emergency catcher this season, activated when one of the teams needed someone to step in as a backup catcher. He had played in three games for each of the Daytona Tortugas and Pensacola Blue Wahoos this year.

With Chad Wallach being called up to the Reds to take the place of Stuart Turner it opened up a spot in Louisville for a catcher. That led to a promotion for Jose Duarte to Triple-A and Delino Deshields inserted him into the lineup immediately. The 24-year-old catcher stepped up to the plate, literally, and more than doubled his season total of hits in one night. Entering the game he was 2-17. Last night he went 3-4 and drove in two runs.

It always good to see guys like this get a chance and step up and take full advantage of the opportunity.

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    • RedsKoolAiddrinker

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