Lexington Legends vs. Greenville Drive
- The Legends send top prospect Jordan Lyles to the mound tonight to open a four-game series with Greenville and an eight-game homestand. Lyles is 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA on the season. The 19-year-old right-handed pitcher ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 133 strikeouts. Jordan won his last start with six shutout innings against Charleston.
- Shortstop Brandon Wikoff resumed his assault on SAL pitching since his recent callup with a 2-5 performance Tuesday. Wikoff had gone hitless in his previous two games, but is 14-32 (.438) with five runs scored and six RBI in 8 games with Lexington. The 2009 fifth-round pick has at least two hits in six of eight games with the Legends.
- Lexington closer Patrick Urckfitz recorded his first save in over a month Monday. Urckfitz has 11 saves in 13 opportunities in 2009, but hadn’t pitched in a save situation since July 5 and hadn’t recorded a save since July 2. Patrick actually allowed one run in his save opportunity Monday, ending a seven outing scoreless streak. Urckfitz was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.77 ERA in July.
- The Drive will send recently converted starting pitcher Fabian Wilson to the mound against the Legends. Wilson is 7-3 with a 2.13 ERA on the season but has only started five games for Greenville. Fabian’s last two appearances have come out of the Drive starting rotation, but he hasn’t pitched longer than five innings in a game this season. Wilson has 77 strikeouts in 72 innings and opponents are only batting .176 against him.
Bowling Green Hot Rods @ Asheville Tourists
- Bowling Green will send starting pitcher Nick Barnese to the mound tonight to face the Asheville Tourists. Barnese is 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts for Bowling Green this season. If Nick has enough innings to qualify for the SAL Era title his 2.30 ERA would rank second in the league. Opponents are only batting .208 against Barnese this season.
- Hot Rods outfielder and Futures Game selection Kyeong Kang extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 2-3 performance Tuesday. Kang is 10-23 (.435) with four runs scored and four RBI during the streak. The South Korean native is batting .281 on the season with three home runs and 27 RBI.
- Catcher Jake Jeffries has a five-game hitting streak of his own enterting Wednesday’s game against the Tourists. Jeffries is 7-21 (.333) with a home run and two RBI during the streak. The hitting streak has raised Jeffries batting average to .274 on the season.
- Parker Frazier will take the mound tonight for Asheville. Frazier is 8-7 with a 4.94 ERA on the season. Parker has a decision in each of his last eigth starts and is 6-2 in that stretch. Frazier has one complete game on the season an 82 strikeouts in 114.2 innings pitched. Parker is 5-2 with a 4.11 ERA since the All-Star break.