Brandon Larson Honorary Star(s) of the Night
Nick Lodolo - 7.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 11 K
Evan Kravetz - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K
First off... Redbirds? What a stupid name for a team. Be the Cardinals or don’t be the Cardinals. Vladimir “Maximus” Gutierrez continues to slice the eyeballs. He gave up only two earned over six innings on three hits, three walks, while striking out a spicy seven. Max “Big” Schrock went 2 for 4 with a walk and a RBI, Cheslor “Cheslor Cuthbert” Cuthbert went 2 for 5 with a RBI of his own. Mike “Orange Jello” Freeman and Beau “Poop” Taylor both walked twice.
Uhm... uhm... yeah. Nick “lolololololo” Lodolo is on freaking fire. I mean once upon a time he walked, maybe three times one night if I remember right, and he walked another guy tonight, but.. shit... he might be good. I’m pretty sure he just is. Lodolo pitched 7.1 scoreless freaking innings. He literally gave up only one hit, walked one flippin’ guy, and struck out eleven (11!) batters. I don’t know, just call him up to AAA. At least give him a challenge. I guess you probably give him a couple more starts to see the consistency but you don’t wait much longer with how much he’s dominating. When a guy pitches like that you expect the offense to win it for him. They did not, so they can kick rocks. Yoel Yanqui has a cool as shit name and went 1 for 2 with two walks. Boo to the rest.
Graham “Cracker” Ashcraft was quite adequate in his start. He allowed two earned runs over five innings on four hits, one walk, while striking out six. Johnnie “Reb” Schneider pitched two scoreless innings of relief while striking out three. However, you can’t win if you don’t score. Brian “Say Hey” Rey did his best by getting on base three times via a single, double, and a walk.
Evan “Almighty” Kravetz did his best to be godly. The dude only pitched five shutout innings while giving up three hits, no walks, while striking out ten (10!). While he has almost no time as a professional, and he’s 24 years old, the Reds are gonna have to be aggressive with him to see if they have anything worth looking at. Despite that slight critique his debut in Daytona has been lights out. Ricky “Sticky” Karcher struck out two in his scoreless inning of relief. Austin “Racecar” Hendrick went 1 for 2 with two walks, raising his OPS for the year to .940. For a kid that was tagged as a power hitting free swinger, he sure is showing a willingness to take a walk.