Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Hickory Crawdads
- Bowling Green ace Matthew Moore will open the series against Hickory tonight on the mound for the Hot Rods. Moore is 7-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 100.2 innings this season. His 141 strikeouts rank third in the South Atlantic League, five behind Lexington’s Jordan Lyles for most in the league. Moore’s 2.68 ERA is fourth lowest in the league.
- Hot Rods catcher Tyler Hauschild has one of the strangest hitting streaks you’ll ever see. Hauschild is currently enjoying a seven-game hitting streak stretched over 25 days. Hauschild joined the Hot Rods on July 14 and began his hitting streak on July 18. Tyler has found playing time hard to come by behind Rays prospect Jake Jeffries, who does most of the catching for Bowling Green. Hauschild has played in 11 games for Bowling Green this season and has at least one hit in nine of them.
- The Hot Rods are 1-3 against Hickory on the season. Starting pitcher Chris Andujar has the only win for the Hot Rods and it came while he was pitching out of the Bowling Green bullpen. No Hot Rod with more than two games played against the Crawdads is batting over .250 against Hickory.
- Hickory will send right-handed pitcher Jacob Brigham to the mound to open the series with Bowling Green tonight. Brigham is 2-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 19 games this season. One of Brigham’s two wins on the year came against Bowling Green when he shutout the Hot Rods through 5.1 innings on April 11, his first start of the season. As a starting pitcher Bigham is 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA in 11 games.
Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Louisville will go for the series win with RHP Ben Jukich on the mound. Jukich is 7-5 with a 4.04 ERA on the season and 19 strikeouts in 93.2 innings. Ben lost his last start after surrendering three unearned runs in five innings against Rochester. Jukich is 6-2 with a 3.24 ERA at home this season.
- Futures Game outfielder Chris Heisey is starting to heart up at the plate again. Heisey has hit safely in his last four games and is 7-16 (.438) with three home runs and six RBI in the streak. In 40 games for Louisville, Heisey is batting .291 with six home runs and 26 RBI. On the year, between Louisville and Carolina, Heisey is batting .326 with 19 home runs and 66 RBI.
- Louisville closer Logan Ondrusek surrendered his first run for the Bats Wednesday and was charged with his first blown save for the team. Logan had made it through his first seven games (8.1 innings) without surrendering a run. Ondurnsek is now 4-5 in save opportunities for Louisville with a 0.96 ERA.
- Lehigh Valley will try and salvage a series split with Louisville by sending Joe Savery to the mound. Savery is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERa in two starts for the IronPigs and is 14-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 23 games between Lehigh Valley and AA Reading. Savery has walked nine batters compared to just five strikeouts in AAA.
Lexington Legends vs. West Virginia Power
- Right-handed starting pitcher Robert Bono will try and pick up the Legends first win of the series tonight against West Virginia. Bono is 8-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 20 games this season. Robert has 50 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched. Bono has lost his last three decisions and hasn’t won since July 4.
- Legends slugger Brian Pellegrini had a perfect 2-2 day at the plate Wednesday and launched his 20th home run of the season for Lexington. Pellegrini is now just five home runs away from the franchise single-season record set by Hunter Pence and Beau Herod. Pellegrini has 27 home runs and 73 RBI on the season between high A Lancaster and Lexington.
- Outfielder Russell Dixon returned to the Legends Wednesday after excelling at short-season Tri-City. Dixon began the year with Lexington, batting .129 in 30 games. Russell spent 2008 with Lexington, but excelled at Tri-City after his demotion. Dixon batted .302 in 28 games with one home run and 11 RBI for Tri-City to be named a New York-Penn League All-Star.
- Brett Lorin will make just his third start of the season for West Virginia tonight. Brett hasn’t received a decision in his first two start but has just allowed two runs in 12 innings. Before being promoted to West Virginia, the right-handed pitcher was 5-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 16 games for Clinton of the Midwest league. Lorin came to the Pirates organization in the trade that sent shortstop Jack Wilson to the Seattle Mariners.