HR Roll Call: Paulo Orlando (2), Brandon Downes (3), Seuly Matias 2 (9,10), Jeison Guzman (1)
BPKC Hitter of the Day: Seuly Matias 2-4 2HR, 4 RBI
BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Jon Dziedzic 7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 8 K 8-2 GO-FO 96p/65k
Coming into this game Janser Lara was exhibiting better control, having walked fewer than 3 per 9 innings while showing off the good fastball and breaking ball combination to miss bats. That wasn’t the case on this night though as the Latin right-hander struggled with the zone, throwing just 39 strikes among his 70 pitches while walking three and allowing six hits in just three innings of work. It wasn’t a ton of hard contact with four of the five singles coming on the ground and the other as a soft line drive but the high pitch counts and the wild pitch and errors drove him out of the game early. Piggyback partner Andres Sotillet was also knocked around on his arrival into the game, allowing three runs on eleven hits over the final six innings. The closest the Legends got after the third inning was a three-run deficit in the eighth inning on Seuly Matias’s second two-run home run on the night.
Nick Pratto: 1-4 R, 2b
Jeison Guzman: 3-4 2R, HR
Brewer Hicklen: 2-4 2b
Hard throwing Ofreidy Gomez struggled with the zone and threw a few too many hittable pitches in Carolina in game one of the series with the Mudcats. The right-hander that works in the low to mid 90s hit the zone with just 53 of 99 pitches, walked three and gave up six hits and four runs in four and two-thirds. Trailing 4-1 after a rain delay Emmanuel Rivera doubled to left-center to bring Wilmington within a run but Xavier Fernandez and Chris DeVito would fail to advance him home, ending the rally in the inning and eventually the game.
Emmanuel Rivera: 2-4 2b, 2 RBI
Khalil Lee: 1-4 2k, SB(7)
D.J. Burt: 1-4 R, BB
The Drillers got to Foster Griffin early and late while the offense had plenty of hits but didn’t do enough damage with them in a loss. Three separate two-out doubles plated a single run in the first and two more in the second against Griffin while the Naturals answered with just a run-scoring double by newly promoted Brandon Downes over the first two innings. Zeroes went up over the next three innings before another two-out two run double in the sixth added to the tally against Griffin. From there the Drillers tacked on against the bullpen while the Naturals added a couple of late runs in a loss.
Nicky Lopez: 2-5
Brandon Downes: 2-4 2b, HR, 2 RBI
Foster Griffin: 7 IP 10 H 5 R 5 ER 1 BB 5K 8-3 GO-FO 97p/62k
The Chasers received an outstanding start from Jonathan Dziedzic to snap their losing skid. The lefty spun seven innings of scoreless ball allowing just three hits while filling the zone with 65 strikes on 96 pitches in that time. The eight strikeouts for Jon was a season high and a nice rebound effort from the seven runs he allowed against New Orleans. The game was scoreless until the seventh when Paulo Orlando unloaded on a three-run home run to give the Chasers all they would need to secure a win.
Hunter Dozier: 1-3 BB
Ryan O’Hearn: 1-3 BB
Cam Gallagher: 1-4 R
Omaha – Heath Fillmyer 2-2 5.46 ERA 1.54 WHIP
NW Arkansas – Zach Lovvorn 0-3 5.90 ERA 1.45 WHIP
Wilmington – Gerson Garabito 1-2 2.12 ERA 1.18 WHIP
Lexington – Nolan Watson 2-2 6.33 ERA 1.74 WHIP