Farmers Only: Juan Duran is learning how to hit

  • Louisville won 5-2 to push their record on the year to 20-14.  Jerry Gil and Jordan Smith combined for 3 shutout innings out of the pen.  Yonder Alonso was 2-3 with 2 walks, Todd Frazier was 2-4 with a double, homer, and a walk, Zack Cozart was 2-5 with a double, and and Daniel Dorn was 2-4 with a double and a walk.  Up Next: Matt Maloney takes the hill at 6:35.
  • Carolina got 3-hit and lost, 4-0.  As such, I won't even mention the hitting.  On the pitching side, Nick Christiani threw 2 shutout innings of relief, and Donnie Joseph threw 1 with 2 strikeouts.  Joseph now has 18 Ks to only 5 BBs in 14 IP.  Up Next: Dallas Buck will throw starting at 8:05.
  • Bakersfield won big, 11-4.  This team is crazy.  They have the best team AVG, OBP, and SLG in the league.  They are scoring just over 7 runs a game, better than the second best team by 3/4 of a run.  Unfortunately, the pitching.  The team has given up the second most runs in the league (6.5 per game).  I'm starting to think the Reds should draft a polished college pitcher in next month's draft.  Anyway, in this one, Eric Campbell and Brodie Greene each had 3 hits, and Yasmani Grandal, Henry Rodriguez, and Taylor Buchholz each had 2.  Campbell homered and Grandal and Buchholz doubled for the only XBH of the game.  Up Next: Lance Janke gets the start at 10:00.
  • Dayton won 3-2.  Since the title is about Juan Duran, we'll start with him.  He was 2-3 with a walk.  A nice night, but kind of boring.  So why are we singling him out?  Because, coming into this season, Duran had a career OPS below .700.  He struck out way too much and his power wasn't showing up in games.  But this year, so far, something has clicked.  His line on the season is .253/.369/.437.  He is still striking out a TON (38 K in only 28 games) so his average will probably never be high.  But he's also walking a lot, which is a very good sign, and the power is starting to show up (9 XBH).  He's still just 19, so there's plenty of development left, but it's exciting to finally see him progressing.  As for the rest of the team, David Vidal doubled and walked.  Tanner Robles had a nice night, only lasting 4.2 IP but striking out 8.  Up Next: Daniel Renken starts at 7:00.
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