The Bats will send minor-league ERA leader Travis Wood to the mound tonight against the IronPigs. Wood has a 1.14 ERA between Carolina and Louisville. Travis is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts for Louisville with 13 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. Wood is finally cashing in on the talent that caused Baseball America to rank him as the third best prospect in the Reds organization in 2006 behind Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce. Wood has struck out 116 in 137 innings on the season, and opponents are only batting .191 against the lefty.
The Bats picked up their 2,000th win since returning to Louisville in 1982 on Sunday. Louisville was a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the city has had a professional team in all but 20 years since.
Bats’ slugger Kevin Barker launched his 22nd home run of the season Monday. Barker’s 22 home runs are second most in the International League, and his 65 RBI rank fifth in the league. Barker is batting .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI in eight games in August.
The IronPigs will try and earn their first win of the season against Louisville with LHP Brian Mazone on the mound tonight. Mazone is 1-4 with a 5.16 ERA for Lehigh Valley on the season and is 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 20 games this season between the IronPigs and Albany of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Mazone took the loss in his last start after allowing five runs in four innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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.