Lexington Legends first baseman Brian Pellegrini tied the single-season home run record with his 25th long ball of the season in the sixth inning Tuesday. Pellegrini already has the Legends’ career home run record with 46 home runs between 2008 and 2009. Hunter Pence and Beau Herod also hit 25 home runs in a season for Lexington.
With the last full month of the minor league season in the books I thought we’d look at the best performances from August on each of the Bluegrass minor league teams.
- 1B Brian Pellegrini — Pellegrini batted .262 with six home runs and 17 RBI. Brian walked 19 times for a .394 on-base percentage; he also slugged .495 for the month with an .889 OPS. Pellegrini led the Legends in home runs and RBI for the month.
- LHP David Duncan — Duncan was tied for the Legends’ August lead with three wins. David also lost one decision in five starts. Duncan had a 4.85 ERA with 22 strikeouts and four walks in 26 innings.
- LHP Brad Dydalewicz — Dydalewicz also had a 3-1 record in August but had a 4.94 ERA. He struck out 23 and walked 15 in 31 innings.
- RHP Brian Wabick — Wabick was the best Lexington reliever in August with a 2-1 record and 1.50 ERA in 10 games. Brian struck out 19 and walked four in 24 innings.
With Louisville’s playoff berth clinched the lead story for the remainder of the minor league regular season will be Lexington first baseman Brian Pellegrini’s quest for the single-season home run record. Pellegrini was hitless Monday, but the Legends earned a victory. Check out that story and more in Tuesday’s hot links:
- Brad Dydalewicz earned his eighth win of the season in Lexington’s 3-2 victory over Greenville.
- Bowling Green’s game started early Monday for Education Day, but the Hot Rods’ bats slept in during a 7-0 loss to Asheville.
- Chris Heisey’s ninth home run for Louisville paced the Bats offense in a 7-5 victory over Columbus.
- UK alum Michael Bertram was named Eastern League player of the week.
Lexington Legends outfielder Brian Pellegrini moved one home run from the single-season team record with his 24th home run of the season in a 12-inning Lexington victory. Pellegrini has eight games remaining in the season to break Beau Herod’s and Hunter Pence’s record of 25 home runs in a season. Brian has 31 home runs on the year between Lexington and high A Lancaster. His 31 home runs rank second in all of minor league baseball.
Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians
- Full-season minor league ERA leader Travis Wood takes the mound tonight in game one of a four-game set with Indianapolis. Wood is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Louisville and is with a 1.44 ERA on the season between AA Carolina and Louisville. Wood has struggled with his conrol in AAA with 14 strikeouts compared to 12 walks, but on the season he has 117 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 143.2 innings.
- Louisville infielder Wes Bankston is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in each of his last two games. During the streak, Bankston is 10-22 (.455) with two home runs and five RBI.
- Outfielder Drew Stubbs will be among the Bats happy to see the Indians return to town. Stubbs is 10-28 (.357) with two double and four runs scored in nine games against Indianapolis this season. Starting pitcher Ben Jukich is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two games against the Indians.
- Indianapolis will send Pirates prospect Virgil Vasquez to the mound in the series opener tonight. Vasquez is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for Indianapolis this season. Virgil has 64 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 92.2 innings pitched.
Lexington Legends slugger Brian Pellegrini launched his 21st home run of the season for Lexington Saturday to move within four home runs of the franchise record 25 long balls in a season. Astros outfielder Hunter Pence and former Legend Beau Herod currently hole the record of 25 home runs.
- Pellegrini’s home run wasn’t enough for the Legends’ victory. West Virginia scored four runs in the last three innings to win 5-2.
- Matthew Klinker and Pedro Viola combined on a three-hit shutout to give Louisville a 4-0 victory over Toledo in the series opener.
- Chris Andujar allowed one run in six innings to lead Bowling Green to a 3-1 victory over Hickory.
- EKU Sports writes about Christian Friedrich’s performance in high A ball.
- Friedrich checks in at number six and Lexington Legend Jordan Lyles ranked number 11 on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. Bowling Green pitcher Matt Moore was listed “In the Team Photo.”
- WKU sports reports that ground has been broken on the new Hilltoper clubhouse.
- Don’t forget, the Russellville Little League team plays on ESPN at 7:00 in the finals of the Great Lakes Region tonight.
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 @ Rochester Red Wings
- Louisville sends its ace Matt Maloney to the mound in the opening game of a four-game series in Rochester. Maloney is 7-8 with a 2.72 ERA for the Bats with 97 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 119.1 innings pitched. Matt received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season where he went 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in three starts for the Reds. Maloney’s 2.72 ERA is eight best in the International League.
- Futures Game representative and Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey is 6-12 in his past three games. During the three-game hitting streak, Heisey has two runs scored and an RBI.
- Among current Bats Drew Stubbs had the best performance in Louisville’s first series against Rochester. Stubbs was 4-15 (.267) with a double and an RBI in the first meeting. Sam LeCure recorded the Bats’ only win in the earlier series with seven shutout innings, eight strikeouts and no walks against the Red Wings.
- Rochester will send RHP Kevin Mulvey to the mound against the Bats. Mulvey is 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA on the season. Kevin earned the win with six innings of two-run ball in his last start. In that game Mulvey struck out nine Gwinnett Braves and walked four. Mulvey is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA in nine starts at home this season.
Lexington Legends vs. Hagerstown Suns
- David Duncan looks to continue his resurgence in his fourth start for the Legends tonight. Duncan is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three games with Lexington, including a seven-inning, one-run performance in his last start against Lake County. Duncan struck out seven and walked none in that start. In 18 innings with Lexington Duncan has 19 strikeouts and four walks. David began the season with Lancaster where he was 0-9 with an 8.51 ERA.
- Monday’s DH Michael Diaz tied his season high with three RBIs in the 6-5 victory over Hagerstown. Diaz also had three RBI on June 13 and July 9 and has 23 RBI on the season. Diaz drove in the winning run Monday when he was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning with the bases loaded.
- First baseman Brian Pellegrini hit his 16th home run of the season for Lexington Monday. Pellegrini has 37 home runs in his Legends’ career, the most of any Legend. He is nine home runs from Hunter Pence’s single-season record of 25 home runs set in 2005.
- Hagerstown will send its ace Marcos Frias to the mound tonight. Frias is 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA on the season and 78 strikeouts in 86.1 innings over 17 games. Frias held Bowling Green to one run in six innings in his last start.
Bowling Green vs. Lake County
- The Hot Rods send Frank De Los Santos to the mound tonight. The lefty is 4-6 with a 3.77 ERA on the season and is holding opponents to a .260 average on the season including .165 average from left-handed batters. De Los Santos allowed five runs in four and one-third innings against Hagerstown in his last start.
- Second baseman Robi Estrada turned in his third consecutive multi-hit game in driving in the winning run with a bunt-single in Monday. Over his last three games, Estrada is 7-12. Estrada also had three consecutive multi-hit efforts in a double header on March 23 and in the following game on the 24th.
Before we get to this morning’s links I’d just like to pass on congratulations to Lexington Legends outfielder Brian Pellegrini for becoming the franchise’s all-time home run leader with 33 long balls. Pellegrini hit 21 home runs in his first season in Lexington in 2008 and has added 12 home runs since returning to Lexington in 2009 after starting the season with High A Lancaster. The “Big Pelli” broke the record on June 15 with his first home run in a two-homer game against Asheville. Tommy Whiteman previously held the record with 28 career home runs. While working the media relations department for the Legends last summer I found Pellegrini to be a refreshing change from the usual minor leaguer. Brian embraced Lexington and didn’t just view it as a minor step on the way to millions.
Now for the links: