Good first: Zach Lutz (.297/.417/.645) was 2-4 with a pair of home runs. That's seven homers in seven games since returning from a broken foot for the 24-year old. In his seven games since his return, he's up to .448 (13-for-29) with three doubles, seven jacks, four walks and five strikeouts for a triple slash line of .448/.515/1.276. That's just ridiculous. Seriously, he was coming back from a broken foot.
Michael Antonini (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) had a nice start sqandered by the 'pen. If you want to be optimistic about Antonini, you point out that he has a 4.1 K/BB (106/26) ratio at AA. If you want to be a pessimist, you'll point out that he'll be 25 on Friday. Happy Birthday, and all that, in case we forget.
After an 0-4 on Wednesday, CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis is down to .216/.293/.378 in 18 games after the All-Star Break. For reference, he hit .306/.348/.541 before the break. More on his splits later.
-- He's just 20, but there's just nothing there right now in the statistical record (54 BB, 53 K, 106 H, 101.1 IP) to suggest he'll be an MLB asset.
Scott Moviel (5.94 ERA) in relief: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
-- 51 BB, 67 K in 89.1 IP. How bad does ranking him in my top 10 two years ago look now? Not good, but not as bad as the question makes it sound.
The offense collected four hits, two singles and two triples, one each from clean up man 2B Jordany Valdespin (.298/.333/.455) and #5 hitter Wilmer Flores (.313/.325/.440). Basically, because it's so visible, lineup construction is overvalued relative to its real effect on run scoring, and at the minor league level, development is more important than scoring runs, but why is Valdespin batting fourth and Flores batting fifth in a lineup where 25-year old Michael Fisher is batting third?
A: @ Rome Braves 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 3Tough times for the Gnats, who have lost 12 of 17 games. Jefry Marte was DLed officially Wednesday and replaced by James Schoeder, called up from Brooklyn.
RF Cesar Puello extended his hitting streak to 14 straight with a bun base hit.
Twenty-two year old CF R.J. Harris, who snapped an 0-21 skid with a couple of hits Tuesday, was back on it Wednesday, homering and driving home all three Savannah runs.