I’m not sure if Reds fans knew this or not, but a guy by the name of Aroldis Chapman started for the Bats yesterday.Ã‚Â As Chad stated in yesterday’s Titanic Struggle Recap, Chapman pitched 4.2 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and a walk while striking out 9.Ã‚Â
On the offensive side, Zack Cozart had a great game, going 3-5 with 3 doubles.Ã‚Â Chris Heisey got the scoring going for the Bats in the top of the first inning with a solo homerun, his first of the season.
While everyone was gushing over Leake and Chapman, Daryl Thompson quietly went out and tossed himself a gem in his first outing of the season.Ã‚Â Thompson struck out 7 and allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks.Ã‚Â Thompson only threw 75 pitches and left after 4.1 innings, thus did not qualify for the win.Ã‚Â Daryl Harang picked up the win by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out 2.Ã‚Â Philippe Valiquette recorded his first save of the season by pitching a scorelesss 9th.Ã‚Â
Denis Phipps provided most of the Mudcats offense with a 2-rbi single in the first inning.Ã‚Â
Travis Webb continues our trend of solid performances by starting pitching in this edition.Ã‚Â Webb pitched 4 scoreless innings in his start, allowing 4 hits and walking 2 while striking out 6.Ã‚Â Jordan Hotchkiss followed Webb with 2.2 scoreless innings of his own, allowing 3 hits and walking 2.Ã‚Â Scott Gaffney’s evening didn’t go as well however.Ã‚Â Gaffney was saddled with the loss when he allowed 2 runs on no hits, but walked 3 in .2 innings of work.Ã‚Â The loss was Gaffney’s first of the season.
Cody Puckett had one of the Hillcats 6 hits.Ã‚Â The lone Puckett hit was a solo homerun in the bottom of the 2nd inning to give Lynchburg an early 1-0 lead.Ã‚Â The homerun was Puckett’s first of the season.
The Dragons bust out 12 hits and rode a 5-run first inning outburst to the win.Ã‚Â Mariekson GregoriusÃ‚Â went 3-5 with 2 singles, a triple, and 3 runs scored.Ã‚Â Henry RodriguezÃ‚Â had 2 doubles in 5 at-bats.Ã‚Â Rodriguez scored a run and drove in a run.Ã‚Â Andrew MeansÃ‚Â probably had the best game of this trio.Ã‚Â Means went 3-5 with a double, 2 singles, scored a run, and drove in 2.Ã‚Â Means leads the team early on with a .444 batting average through the first four games.
J.C. Sulbaran ends our streak ofÃ‚Â outstanding starting performances.Ã‚Â Sulbaran was solid however,Ã‚Â going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 2.