Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- The Bats will send minor-league ERA leader Travis Wood to the mound tonight against the IronPigs. Wood has a 1.14 ERA between Carolina and Louisville. Travis is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts for Louisville with 13 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. Wood is finally cashing in on the talent that caused Baseball America to rank him as the third best prospect in the Reds organization in 2006 behind Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce. Wood has struck out 116 in 137 innings on the season, and opponents are only batting .191 against the lefty.
- The Bats picked up their 2,000th win since returning to Louisville in 1982 on Sunday. Louisville was a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the city has had a professional team in all but 20 years since.
- Bats’ slugger Kevin Barker launched his 22nd home run of the season Monday. Barker’s 22 home runs are second most in the International League, and his 65 RBI rank fifth in the league. Barker is batting .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI in eight games in August.
- The IronPigs will try and earn their first win of the season against Louisville with LHP Brian Mazone on the mound tonight. Mazone is 1-4 with a 5.16 ERA for Lehigh Valley on the season and is 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 20 games this season between the IronPigs and Albany of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Mazone took the loss in his last start after allowing five runs in four innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Greenville Drive
- The Hot Rods will send Nick Barnese to the mound in search of a series-clinching victory against Greenville. Barnese is 5-5 with a 2.43 ERA in 12 starts for Bowling Green this season. Nick took a loss in his last start after allowing three runs in 4.2 innings against Asheville. Barnese is 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA in five games at home this season.
- Monday was an offensive exhibition for the Hot Rods. Every player in the lineup recorded a hit, and five players recorded two hits. Two different Hot Rods (Jason Corder and Robi Estrada) drove in three runs. Jeremy Beckham, Tim Beckham’s brother, hit his first professional home run. Four of the Hot Rods’ 14 hits went for extra bases.
- BluGrass Baseball top prospect and 2008 number one draft pick Tim Beckham was 1-5 Monday but has struggled in the second half of the season. Beckham is batting .242 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 149 at-bats since the All-Star break after batting .288 with three home runs and 37 RBI in 236 at-bats in the first half of the season. On the year, Tim is batting .270 with five home runs and 58 RBI. Beckham has spent all 100 games he has played in at the two-hole in the Bowling Green lineup.
- The Drive will try and salvage a series split with the Hot Rods with Stolmy Pimentel on the mount tonight. Pimentel is 9-6 with a 3.25 ERA on the season. Stolmy has 91 strikeouts in 99.2 innings pitched this season. In his last start, Pimentel took a no decision against the Legends after allowing three runs in five innings. Pimentel is 3-3 with a 5.01 ERA in the second half of the season after going 6-3 with a 2.01 ERA in the first half of the season.
Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists
- The Legends/Tourists game Monday was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain. The game will resume with two runners on base for Asheville and one out in the top of the fifth tonight at 6:05 p.m. before today’s game. The second game will be seven innings long.