Cory Mazzoni: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. After beginning his professional tenure as an extreme low-strikeout rate guy, Mazzoni is missing bats all of a sudden. In his last four starts, over 24.2 innings, he's fanned 34 and walked six while yielding 15 runs, nine earned on 22 hits. That's a 3.28 ERA, a 33% strikeout rate and a 5.8% walk rate. That's all good stuff. In his first five starts sandwiched around a DL trip, he had a 4.68 ERA and a 18% strikeout rate.
SS Danny Muno, who usually plays second, but was spelling Wilfredo Tovar, committed the error behind Mazzoni. Muno is in the midst of a dissapointing .224/.362/.345 campaign.
Also, good for LHP Jimmy Fuller, who made his AA debut with a scoreless inning and a third with a walk and two strikeouts. The little lefty was a big piece of the Gnats' 2010 first half championship team and earned a late season promotion to St. Lucie that year. Then he had shoulder surgery that kept him out all of the 2011 season. He came back to Savannah in 2012 to help build up his arm strength as he was throwing in the mid-upper 80s with spotty control. Now, I was told he is back to 90-91 from the left side which helped him to a 0.84 ERA in 32 innings in the FSL. He still walks too many batters (13%), but he misses bats (25%) and gave up just 15 hits in 32 innings this year. More than anything, this is a story about an impressive and lengthy rehab effort.