Brian Buchanan went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk to lead the Bats offensively. The 2 hit effort raised Buchanan’s batting average to the Mendoza line.
The struggles for Ryan Wagner continued last night. In an innings work, Wagner gave up another run on 3 hits. Wagner has now given up 20 hits, 7 walks, and 11 earned runs 13.1 innings of work. Shouldn’t a demotion be coming Wagner’s way sometime soon?
The first place Lookouts used a 9th inning rally to come from behind and then used an extra frame to come away with a victory over the Smokies. Norris Hopper went 4-6 on the night, including a triple and 3 runs batted in. Joey Votto hit his 5th homerun of the season in the 6th. Votto was 4-6 on the night as well, including 3 runs scored and an rbi.
Steven Kelly got the start and was the beneficiary of some unearned runs thanks to the Lookout defense. Kelly went 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, though only 1 was earned. Kelly’s ERA is a solid 2.78.
Sam Lecure turned in an outstanding starting performance for the Reds last night. Lecure went 6 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 6 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 2. The relievers held up their end of the bargain on the night. Carlos Bohorquez got 2 innings of shutout baseball in, allowing 2 hits while striking out 2. Abe Woody recorded his 5th save of the season by pitching a scoreless 9th inning.
The night belonged to Brandon Szymanski. Brandon was a perfect 4-4 on the night. The night was even more perfect considering 2 of those hits were of the homerun variety. Szymanski belted his 7th of the year in the 2nd inning with 1 on. In the 7th, he hit his 8th homer of the year, a solo shot. He also crossed home 3 times on the night. Jay Bruce also tacked on a homerun in the 9th, a solo shot giving the former 1st round pick 5 dingers on the year.