Louisville Bats @ Syracuse Chiefs
- Louisville sends Matt Maloney to the mound tonight against the Chiefs in what could be his last start for the Bats before a callup to Cincinnati. Reds starting pitcher Micah Owings left his start Sunday after just three innings with “shoulder stiffness” so Cincinnati might need another starter during the next turn through the rotation. Maloney (7-6, 2.51) and Just Lehr (13-3, 3.31) appear to be the two leading candidates for a callup.
- Maloney isn’t the only Bat looking toward the big league club tonight. Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson had to leave Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury after a diving catch attempt. John Fay of the Cincinatti Enquirer reported infielder Drew Sutton was with the team tonight. If Dickerson’s injury is serious, Louisville stars Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs might be considered for a long-term promotion soon.
- Syracuse sends Shairon Martis to the mound tonight. Martis was 2008 Futures Game selection and has pitched for the Washington Nationals for most of the season where he was 5-3 with a 5.25 ERA. In his four starts since being optioned back to Syracuse Martis is 2-1 with a 6.50 ERA.
- Heisey has hits in his last four games, eight of his last nine games and 13 of his last 15. The outfielder is batting .316 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games for Louisville.
Lexington Legends vs. Hagerstown Suns
- Lexington sends one of its two top prospects to the mound tonight in the form of RHP Ross Seaton. The teenager is 7-8 with a 2.51 ERA on the season. Seaton’s 2.51 ERA is third lowest in the South Atlantic League. Ross ended a personal four-game losing streak in his last start and will look to build on that momentum to bring his win-loss record back to .500.
- The Legends have struggle offensively recently. Infielder Chris Jackson is the only batter with a current hitting streak of longer than two games. Jackson’s streak is at three games. The Legends six-run ninth inning Sunday was the most runs the team had scored since July 17. Jay Austin is the only current Legend batting over .300 in July, despite being mired in a 1-28 slump.
- Hagerstown sends Juan Jaime to the mound tonight to make his South Atlantic League debut. Jaime was 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA in six games for short-season Vermont of the New York-Penn League. He was signed by the Nationals out of the Dominican Republic in 2005. Lexington is likely to get into the Hagerstown pen tonight at Jaime’s longest start of the season is five innings.
- Second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi leads the Suns’ offensive attack. Lombardozzi is batting .343 with two home runs an 18 RBI in July and is batting .300 with three home runs and 43 RBI on the season.
Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Lake County Captains
- Joseph Cruz gets the start for Bowling Green tonight. Cruz is 4-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 15 starts for Bowling Green this season. Opponents are batting .288 against Cruz this season and he has 72 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 69.2 innings.
- Catcher Jake Jeffries has been the Hot Rods’ best hitter in July. Jeffries is batting .308 with two home runs and four RBI in the month. For the season Jeffries is hitting .273 with six home runs and 43 RBI. No other Bowling Green batter in hitting over .300 for the month.
- Lake County will send T. J. McFarland to the mound against the Hot Rods. McFarland is 6-4 with a 4.05 ERA in 17 games this season for the Captains. T. J. was the South Atlantic League pitcher of the week in May and has won four of his last five starts. In July McFarland is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA.
- Don’t look for a high scoring game this week. While Bowling Green and Lexington rank 15th and 16th in batting in the league out of 16 teams with .239 and .233 averages respectively, Lake County is only two spots ahead of Bowling Green. The Captains are batting .252 on the season.