Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night
Hunter Greene - 6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Hunter Greene was absolutely blowing them away last night. Over his last five starts he has a 1.98 ERA and seems to be really settling in after having some ups and downs early in AAA. Honestly, with the kind of stuff he has I’m not so sure what else there is for him to prove in AAA. His slider is good enough to work from the bullpen to go with his fastball. I’ve always been of the mind that with extreme talent they need to take some of their lumps, or at least learn success against top talent. Iron sharpens iron. I don’t expect Hunter Greene to come up and be a savior but the bullpen could use another power arm and he has to be near his inning limit for the year. I think it would be good for him to get some exposure to major league hitting during a playoff race, especially if you are going to ask him to lock down a rotation spot next year. I would not be surprised at all to see the Reds call him up by the end of the month so they could use him in a hypothetical playoff situation. If I’m thinking correctly a player has to be up before September to be eligible for the playoffs if the Reds happen to make it there.
The Bats enacted a little bit of revenge on their counterparts from St. Paul and it largely came from the electric right arm of Hunter “Trapper” Greene. Greene completed 6.1 shutout innings while only allowing a single hit, one walk, while striking out ten! He also hit a guy, which had to really sting, because Greene was clocked several times hitting 102 and 103 MPH. “Colonel” Cionel Perez struck out two and “Finding” Dauri Moreta struck out one. Both of them pitched perfect innings from the bullpen to lock down the narrow win. Braxton “Traitor” Lee singled, walked, and scored the winning run when he was driven in by a double from Jan “Brady” Hernandez.
Graham “Booty Ship” Ashcraft didn’t have his best start. He gave up two earned, and three total over 4.2 innings. He allowed six hit, four walks, while striking out six. He also allowed his first home run of the year. He’s pitched 82.1 total innings this year and given one home run. Diomar “Dynamite” Lopez (2 K) , Julio “Ford” Pinto (1 K) , and Alexis “Alice” Diaz (1 K) all worked together to toss scoreless innings from the pen but the damage had already been done by the Trash Pandas. Lorenzo “Cedar” Cedrola went 2 for 4 with a double, and Matt “The Noid” Lloyd knocked in the only run, which was himself, with a solo dinger.
In the end of the day the other team can’t win if they can’t score, and the Dayton Dragons got excellent pitching Thursday night. Jacques “Clouseau” Pucheu stymied the White Caps over six shutout innings. He tossed a two hitter with only a walk and seven strikeouts. Vincent “Meat” Timpanelli struck out three in two scoreless innings and “Tricky” Ricky Karcher struck out one in his inning. Miggy Hernandez went 3 for 5, “Padre” Francisco Urbaez went 2 for 4 with a double, RBI, walk, and two runs scored, Jacob “Lou” Hurtubise went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, and Reyny “River” Reyes went 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Holy, James “Sailor” Marinan was wild but somehow kept the runs off the board. He walked seven batters over five innings but only allowed two runs. He also allowed two hits and struck out three. Miguel “Mike” Medrano picked up the rare five inning win with a blown save sprinkled in there. Medrano only gave up the earned run over those five innings on a hit, three walks, while striking out five. Austin “City Limits” Hendrick singled and walked, Allen Cerda “Fied Fresh” went 2 for 5 with a double, RBI, and a run scored, and Ivan “The Great” Johnson went 2 for 5 with a triple, two RBI, and a run scored.