Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Despite Reds’ manager Dusty Baker’s suggestion that injured starting pitcher Micah Owings might not have to make a rehab start, Cincinnati decided to send Owings to Lehigh Valley tonight for a tuneup with the Bats. Owings will be the third Red to make a rehab appearance with Louisville this week. Relief pitcher Jared Burton will take the Reds’ roster spot of recently traded reliever David Weathers today, and outfielder Chris Dickerson will be activated by the Reds in time for Tuesday’s game. Owings is 6-11 with a 5.35 ERA for the Reds this season.
- Right-handed pitcher Logan Ondrusek extended his scoreless innings streak to 7.1 to start his Bats’ career. Ondrusek made his first appearance for Louisville on July 27 and has yet to surrender a run in six games. Logan began the season with high A Sarasota before being called up to AA Carolina. Between the three teams, Ondrusek is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA.
- Wes Bankston was the offensive star for Louisville in the Bats’ first series against Lehigh Valley this season. Bankston was 7-16 (.438) with a home run and four RBI in four games against the IronPigs. Homer Bailey, Sam LeCure, Justin Lehr and Ben Jukich each picked up a win in Louisville’s four-game sweep of Lehigh Valley.
- The IronPigs will send Drew Carpenter to the mound in the series opener tonight. Carpenter is 9-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 games for Lehigh Valley. Drew has 94 strikeouts in 119 innings and has held opponents to a .245 batting average. Carpenter’s 2.72 ERA ranks sixth in the International League.
Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists
- Lexington will send RHP Kyle Greenwalt to the mound tonight in game three of a four-game series with Asheville. Greenwalt is 7-10 with a 3.81 ERA on the season. Greenwalt has been even better at home this season with a 4-5 record and 2.09 ERA. Kyle has lost his last three decisions and hasn’t won since July 6. Greenwalt took a no decision in his last start after allowing two runs in seven innings against Greenville.
- Legends’ outfielder Steve Brown has started to figure out South Atlantic League pitching in his second season in the league. Brown has a home run in each of his last two games and has four straight multi-hit games. Steve is 9-22 (.409) during a five games hitting streak and has at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Brown is batting .406 with three home runs and 11 RBI in nine games in August. The 11 RBI are already his highest total for a month this season.
- Outfielder Marques Williams returned to the Legends’ lineup Sunday after missing action since June 7 with an injury. Williams went 1-3 in his return and is batting .318 with six runs scored and four RBI in 17 games this season. Marques was one of five players drafted in 2007 out of MLB’s Urban Youth Academy.
- Asheville will send RHP Alan Deratt to the mound against the Legends tonight. Deratt is 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 30 games for Asheville this season. Only two of Deratt’s 30 appearances have come as a starting pitcher. Deratt has gone four innings in each of his two starts, including his last appearance when he allowed one run against Bowling Green.
Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Greenville Drive
- Juan Santana will make his first start of the season tonight for Bowling Green. Santana has allowed four runs in five innings out of the pen for the Hot Rods this season. In 10 relief appearances between Hudson Valley and Bowling Green, Santana doesn’t have a decision but has 5.68 ERA in 19 innings.
- Catcher Jake Jeffries extended his personal-best hitting streak to nine games with a 1-4 performance Sunday. Jeffries is 13-37 (.351) with two home runs and three RBI during the streak. Jake is batting .312 with four home runs and eight RBI since the All-Star break.
- Bowling Green closer Josh Satow picked up his 16th save of the season in the Hot Rods’ victory Sunday. Satow is 4-0 on the season with a 2.13 ERA. In 55 innings Satow has 59 strikeouts and just 14 walks. Josh has four blown saves on the season, but the Hot Rods have come back to win in each of those appearances.
- Greenville will send Red Sox prospect Fabian Wilson to the mound tonight in Bowling Green. Wilson is 8-3 with a 2.10 ERA on the season with 77 strikeouts in 77 innings. Opponents are batting .181 against Wilson this season. In six starts this season Wilson is 2-2 with a 1.14 ERA. Wilson blew a save on June 14 against the Hot Rods after allowing three runs in 1.2 innings, but the Drive rallied to give Wilson the win.