Lexington Legends @ Greenville Drive
- The Legends send right-handed starting pitcher Robert Bono to the mound tonight against the Drive. Bono has been the forgotten man in the Legends rotation behind more highly touted pitchers Ross Seaton, Jordan Lyles and Brad Dydalewicz, but Robert has impressed on the mound with a 8-7 record and 2.94 ERA. Bono has two complete games on the season, but has lost each of his last three decisions. Robert’s last win came on Independence Day.
- Second baseman Albert Cartwright extended his hitting streak to five games with a 1-4 performance Thursday. Cartwright is 9-20 (.450) 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.
- Outfielder Steve Brown was the offensive star Thursday with a triple and home run. Brown is batting .244 with four home runs and 31 RBI on the season. 2009 is Steve’s second stint in Lexington after he spent the entire 2008 season with the Legends. Brown is batting .368 with one home run and five RBI in six games in August.
- Greenville will send Brock Huntzinger to the mound tonight against the Legends. Huntzinger is 7-8 with a 4.17 ERA on the season. Brock has won each of his last two starts and has recorded a decision in each of his last 11 starts. Huntzinger is 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA in the second half of the season.
Bowling Green Hot Rods @ Asheville Tourists
- The Hot Rods will send right-handed starting pitcher Chris Andujar to the mound tonight in the finale against the Tourists. Andujar is 9-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 25 games this season. Eleven of Andujar’s appearances have come as a starter where he is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA. Andujar’s nine wins lead the team and he is holding opponents to a .225 batting average.
- Bowling Green split a double header with Asheville Tuesday bringing their record in twin bills to 5-13 on the season. The Hot Rods have yet to win both ends of a double header.
- With one hit in each game Wednesday, Kyeong Kang extended his hitting streak to nine games. Kang is 12-29 (.414) during the streak with three doubles and four RBI. Kang is batting .291 with two home runs and 11 RBI in the second half of the season.
- Asheville will send Juan Nicasio to the mound to try and secure a series victory against Lexington. Nicasio is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 starts for Asheville this season. Opponents are only batting .219 against Nicasio this season. Nicasio is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA in the second half of the season.
Louisville Bats @ Rochester Red Wings
- Louisville with send left-handed pitcher Ben Jukich to the mound against Rochester tonight. Jukich is 7-4 with a 4.26 ERA on the season. Eleven of Jukich’s 23 appearances have come out of the starting rotation. As a starter, Jukich is 6-2 with a 2.88 ERA. Ben has 59 strikeouts in 68.2 innings pitched as a starter.
- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson was 1-1 with a run scored and two walks in a rehab appearance for Louisville Thursday. Dickerson is currently on the 15-day disabled list for Cincinnati with a shoulder injury. Dickerson hopes to return to the Reds on Monday when he is eligble to return from the disabled list.
- The Bats may get more help from injured Reds in RHP Jared Burton. Burton has been on the disabled list since July 26 with right shoulder fatigue. Burton made his first rehab appearance with high A Daytona on Wednesday. Injured starting pitcher Micah Owings also was originally scheduled to make a rehab start in Louisville soon, but Reds manager Dusty Baker said Thursday that Owings might not need a rehab start.
- The Red Wings will send Jeff Manship to the mound in game two of the series against Louisville tonight. Manship is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts for Rochester this season. Manship began the year at AA New Britain where he was 6-4 with a 4.28 ERA. On the season, Manship is 9-6 with a 4.12 ERA.