Robert Stratton went 1-4 on the night with a 2 rbi single in the 4th which counted for the only 2 Bats runs on the night. Chris Denorfia and Ray Olmedo each added 2 base hits to the Bats total to raise their batting averages to .373 and .356.
Justin Germano was roughed up, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) in 5.1 innings pitched. The runs were scored via 9 hits, 1 walk, and 1 homerun allowed. Germano’s era is now at 4.30 on the season.
The Lookouts could only muster 6 hits in game 1 of the double header. 3B Aaron Herr recorded the only run batted in for the Lookouts with an rbi single in the first inning.
Edward Valdez got the start for Chattanooga and gave up 5 runs (3 earned) off of 6 hits and 2 walks. Valdez struck out two, but served up 2 homeruns to the Mudcats.
Game 2 was postponed in the 4th due to fog at the stadium
The opposite of yesterday’s game. This one was a pitcher’s duel from start to finish. The duel was highlighted by Homer Bailey’s outstanding performance. Bailey threw 6 innings, giving up 0 hits 2 walks and struck out 9 batters. Bailey left the game with the scored tied at 0-0.
Sarasota manager Donnie Scott pulled his starter after the sixth because Bailey was too close to his mandatory 90-pitch count to justify beginning another frame. Scott said that Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky is keeping the organization’s top prospect on a short leash.
Brock Till preserved the no hitter by pitching 2 hitless innings and striking out 2. Till recorded the win since the Reds didn’t score until the 8th. Carlos Alvarado recorded the save but lost the team no hitter in the 9th. Alvarado allowed a hit while striking out 2 batters to give the Reds pitchers a total of 13 Ks on the night. As for Bailey, his stats on the year now read as this: 1-2, 3.08 era, 26.1 innings pitched, 18 hits allowed, 7 walks, and 29 strikeouts.
Brock Till (1-0) was nearly perfect in the seventh and eighth and earned the win for the visiting Reds. However, Carlos Alvarado gave up a bunt single to Gilberto Mejia with one out in the ninth to end the team’s no-hit bid. The Mejia roller toward second base turned out to be the only Tigers hit.
Ouch! A bunt single. Breaking an unwritten rule of baseball. Of course in a 2 run ball game, I guess it can be excused!
Bill summarized this game in detail down below. Thanks Bill!