Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists
- The Legends will send top prospect Ross Seaton to the mound for the opener of the homestand tonight against Asheville. Seaton is 8-8 with a 2.67 ERA on the season. The right-handed pitcher has 69 strikeouts in 111.1 innings pitched. Seaton’s 2.67 ERA is fourth best in the South Atlantic League.
- Outfielder Brian Pellegrini leads the Legends offensive attack against Asheville. In five games against the Tourists this season, Pellegrini is 8-20 (.400) with three home runs and six RBI. Kyle Greenwalt, Patrick Urckfitz and Robert Bono have Lexington’s three wins against Asheville.
- Lexington will have to watch out for Asheville shortstop Thomas Field. Field is 6-17 (.353) with three RBI in five games against the Legends this season. Parker Frazier, Dan Houston and Juan Nicasio each have a win for Asheville against the Legends.
- Asheville will send Houston to the mound tonight against the Legends. Houston is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA against Lexington this season and is 5-8 with a 3.95 ERA for the season. Dan has 92 strikeouts in 109.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .269 batting average.
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. Greenville Drive
- The Legends send top prospect Jordan Lyles to the mound tonight to open a four-game series with Greenville and an eight-game homestand. Lyles is 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA on the season. The 19-year-old right-handed pitcher ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 133 strikeouts. Jordan won his last start with six shutout innings against Charleston.
- Shortstop Brandon Wikoff resumed his assault on SAL pitching since his recent callup with a 2-5 performance Tuesday. Wikoff had gone hitless in his previous two games, but is 14-32 (.438) with five runs scored and six RBI in 8 games with Lexington. The 2009 fifth-round pick has at least two hits in six of eight games with the Legends.
- Lexington closer Patrick Urckfitz recorded his first save in over a month Monday. Urckfitz has 11 saves in 13 opportunities in 2009, but hadn’t pitched in a save situation since July 5 and hadn’t recorded a save since July 2. Patrick actually allowed one run in his save opportunity Monday, ending a seven outing scoreless streak. Urckfitz was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.77 ERA in July.
- The Drive will send recently converted starting pitcher Fabian Wilson to the mound against the Legends. Wilson is 7-3 with a 2.13 ERA on the season but has only started five games for Greenville. Fabian’s last two appearances have come out of the Drive starting rotation, but he hasn’t pitched longer than five innings in a game this season. Wilson has 77 strikeouts in 72 innings and opponents are only batting .176 against him.