Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Louisville looks for the series victory against Lehigh Valley with Matt Maloney on the mound tonight. Maloney received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season, but has spent most of the year with the Bats. Matt is 8-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 19 games for Louisville this season. Maloney’s 2.71 ERA ranks fifth best in the International League and his 106 strikeouts are tied for fourth most. Matt has shown exceptional control this season with only 19 walks in 126 innings.
- Bats outfielder Darnell McDonald had only three hits in seven games in August entering Tuesday’s game, but he broke out of that slump in a big way. McDonald finished the game 4-4 with a double. The four hits tie a season high for McDonald achieved previously on July 6 against Indianapolis with a 4-5 performance.
- Outfielder Drew Stubbs stole his 46th base of the season Tuesday. The 46 steals lead the International league and rank 11th in minor league baseball. Stubbs should easily break the 50 steal plateau with just under a month left in the season. Think 50 steals might be a Bats record? Think again, Vince Coleman stole 101 bases in 1984 for the franchise.
- The IronPigs will counter with left-handed pitcher Gustavo Chacin. Chacin was once a top prospect, winning the AA Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award in 2004, but he has failed to make a dent past AAA in his career. This season Chacin is excelling with Lehigh Valley with a 7-3 record and 3.09 ERA in 13 games. Chacin has 48 strikeouts and 29 walks in 84.1 innings this season.
Lexington Legends vs. West Virginia Power
- The Legends will open a series against border-rival West Virginia with Brad Dydalewicz on the mound tonight. Dydalewicz is 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 85.2 innings on the season. Brad has won each of his last two starts and hasn’t taken a loss in almost a month (July 14 at Delmarva). Dydalewicz is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in seven starts at home this season.
- Second baseman Albert Cartwright will be happy to see the Power return to town tonight. In eight games against West Virginia this season, Cartwright is 9-27 (.333) with three doubles and seven runs scored. Cartwright has fallen on hard times at the plate recently, hitting .205 in the second half of the season. Each of Lexington’s five starting pitchers has a win against West Virginia this season.
- The Legends will get their first look at 2009 Pirates first round pick (4th overall) this series in catcher Tony Sanchez. Sanchez is batting .340 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 25 games for West Virginia this season. Sanchez is batting a robust .449 with runners on base and .457 with runners in scoring position.
- The Power open the series with Quinton Miller on the mound. Miller is 1-3 with a 6.19 ERA in seven starts for West Virginia this season. Quinton joined the Power on July 1 after making two starts in the short-season New York-Penn League. Millers has struggled with control this season with 22 strikeouts compared to 17 walks.