Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey was just one of the stars from a perfect day in Kentucky minor league baseball. Check out Heisey’s big night and other storylines in Monday morning’s hot links:
- Heisey launched his 17th home run of the season and drove in his 61st and 62nd RBI in a 7-2 Louisville victory.
- Steve Brown homered for the second consecutive game in a 7-6 Lexington victory over Asheville.
- The Hot Rods used two home runs to defeat Greenville 5-4.
- The Courier-Journal’s Michael Grant profiles Louisville Slugger Field official scorer Shawn Howe.
- Mark Maloney of the Herald-Leader previews the Legends series with Asheville and also reveals the Legends’ players of July.
- Lafayette alum Chaz Roe earned his sixth win of the season for AA Tulsa by allowing one run in six innings and striking out five and walking three.
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.
Lexington third baseman Jeff Hulett lead the Legends in a valiant comeback Friday with two hits and five RBI. Check that storyline and more in the late Saturday links.
- Lexington rallied from an eight-run deficit to win 13-12 in 11 innings Friday.
- Bowling Green catcher Jake Jeffries had three hits and a home run in the Hot Rods’ 9-7 loss to Asheville.
- Rochester shut out Louisville 3-0 to end the bats four-game winning streak.
- “Cat Scratches” has a feature about UK alum Ryan Strieby move to the outfield for the Tigers. The feature is all the way down the page. Strieby is out with a wrist injury currently.
- According to the Gainesville Sun the SEC has banned web videos from games. This issue first arose when the NCAA ejected a blogger from a Louisville baseball game.
Lexington Legends @ Greenville Drive
- The Legends send right-handed starting pitcher Robert Bono to the mound tonight against the Drive. Bono has been the forgotten man in the Legends rotation behind more highly touted pitchers Ross Seaton, Jordan Lyles and Brad Dydalewicz, but Robert has impressed on the mound with a 8-7 record and 2.94 ERA. Bono has two complete games on the season, but has lost each of his last three decisions. Robert’s last win came on Independence Day.
- Second baseman Albert Cartwright extended his hitting streak to five games with a 1-4 performance Thursday. Cartwright is 9-20 (.450) with two doubles and two RBI during the streak. On the season Albert is batting .229 with five home runs and 26 RBI. After batting .328 in 20 games in April, Cartwright’s monthly batting average was below .200 in both month that he played regularly.
- Outfielder Steve Brown was the offensive star Thursday with a triple and home run. Brown is batting .244 with four home runs and 31 RBI on the season. 2009 is Steve’s second stint in Lexington after he spent the entire 2008 season with the Legends. Brown is batting .368 with one home run and five RBI in six games in August.
- Greenville will send Brock Huntzinger to the mound tonight against the Legends. Huntzinger is 7-8 with a 4.17 ERA on the season. Brock has won each of his last two starts and has recorded a decision in each of his last 11 starts. Huntzinger is 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA in the second half of the season.
Bowling Green starting pitcher Matt Moore and Lexington starter Brad Dydalewicz each picked up his seventh win of the season yesterday in a successful night for Bluegrass minor league teams. Check those stories and more in today’s hot links.
- Moore picked up the win in the second game of a double header with Asheville. The Hot Rods dropped game one 6-1.
- Steve Brown tripled and homered to lead Lexington and Dydalewicz a 10-5 victory.
- Louisville starter Matt Maloney did the low A duo one better by picking up his eighth victory of the season in Louisville’s 5-2 victory over Rochester.
- MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo highlights Drew Stubbs as one of his minor league players who should be called up to the majors soon.
- Former UK star Sawyer Carroll was promoted to AA San Antonio after batting .317 with seven home runs and 82 RBI between low A Fort Wayne and high A Lake Elsinore.
- Former UK pitcher Chris Rusin allowed only two hits and no walks in five innings of work for short-season Boise, but took the loss after surrendering one unearned run in a 4-0 loss.
- LCA alum Robbie Ross allowed one run in four innings for short-season Spokane.
- Rustin Dodd at MLB.com profiles new Royals outfielder Josh Anderson (former EKU Colonel and Lexington Legend) who just joined the team after the birth of his first child.
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.