Louisville Bats @ Rochester Red Wings
- Louisville sends its ace Matt Maloney to the mound in the opening game of a four-game series in Rochester. Maloney is 7-8 with a 2.72 ERA for the Bats with 97 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 119.1 innings pitched. Matt received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season where he went 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in three starts for the Reds. Maloney’s 2.72 ERA is eight best in the International League.
- Futures Game representative and Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey is 6-12 in his past three games. During the three-game hitting streak, Heisey has two runs scored and an RBI.
- Among current Bats Drew Stubbs had the best performance in Louisville’s first series against Rochester. Stubbs was 4-15 (.267) with a double and an RBI in the first meeting. Sam LeCure recorded the Bats’ only win in the earlier series with seven shutout innings, eight strikeouts and no walks against the Red Wings.
- Rochester will send RHP Kevin Mulvey to the mound against the Bats. Mulvey is 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA on the season. Kevin earned the win with six innings of two-run ball in his last start. In that game Mulvey struck out nine Gwinnett Braves and walked four. Mulvey is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA in nine starts at home this season.
Lexington Legends @ Greenville Drive
- The Legends send the third of their start teenage trio to the mound tonight in RHP Brad Dydalewicz. Dydalewicz is 6-4 with a 3.12 ERA on the season. Brad won his last start after allowing one unearned run in six innings against Charleston. Dydalewicz struck out three and walked two in that game. Brad is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in seven starts at home this season.
- Lexington slugger Brian Pellegrini has yet to homer in August, but sits just seven home runs away from Hunter Pence’s and Beau Herod’s single-season Legends record of 25 home runs. Pellegrini actually has 25 long balls this season, but only 18 of them came with Lexington. Pellegrini hit 21 home runs with Lexington in 2008 to give him a franchise record 39 home runs in his Legends’ career. Brian needs to average one home run every four games to tie the record.
- Second baseman Albert Cartwright extended his hitting streak to four games with a 1-4 performance Wednesday. Cartwright is 8-16 (.500) with two doubles and two RBI during the streak. On the season Albert is batting .229 with five home runs and 26 RBI. After batting .328 in 20 games in April, Cartwright’s monthly batting average was below .200 in both month that he played regularly.
- Greenville will send Stolmy Pimentel to the mound tonight against the Legends. Pimentel is 9-6 with a 3.14 ERA on the season. Stolmy leads the Drive in wins and strikeouts. The right-handed pitcher has lost each of his last three starts after winning three consecutive starts. After posting a 6-3 record with a 2.01 ERA in the first half of the season, Pimentel is 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in the second half. Stolmy is 4-3 with a 1.96 ERA at home this season.
Bowling Green Hot Rods @ Asheville Tourists (These notes were original printed Wednesday, but the Hot Rods’ game against the Tourists was rained out)
- 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.