Matt Packer faced Binghamton on April 6th allowing 5 runs (4 ER) on 9 hits. For the year he has struck out 6(!) and walked 9 in 20 IP, and is getting hit at a .309 clip and has been a part of 8 unearned runs to go with the 7 earned he has allowed. Akron has made 25 errors in 21 games.
Logan Verrett won his opening outing against Akron on April 6th when he went 6.0 IP, and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 BB, 2 K.
Alonzo Harris currently has a team-high nine-game hitting streak. During the stretch, he is 13-for-40 (.325), all coming in the leadoff spot in the batting order. In last nights game Binghamton set season highs in both strike outs batting (16) and pitching (13).
Robby Rowland has struck out 15 and walked 5 over 18.2 IP this year. In his last start he struck out 5 and walked none while allowing 7 hits including 2 homers over 4.2 IP.
Hansel Robles put together his best start in his last outing with 6 shutout innings, 3 H, 2 BB and 6 K. 16/6 K/BB in 21.2 innings in 2013.
Today is St. Lucie's last home game before a seven game road trip, and Francisco and Feliciano have not made relief appearances in this series, which seems odd.
Orlando Castro provides the Gnats with a rare chance to hit against a good left handed starter. He's been on point this year with 18 K and 1 BB over 20,1 IP (4 starts) LH batters have hit .375 against him though in very small sample, while RH batters have hit .186 so far.
Rainy Lara has struck out 15 and walked 3 over 16.2 IP (3 starts) and has held righty batters to a .139 mark.
Philip Evans has hit .270/.347/.432 against LH pitching with a 9.7% K rate and a 10.5% BB rate this year.
Washington native Jeremy Bonderman resumed his baseball career this year with the Mariners organization. After being derailed in 2008 and 2009 with a blood clot and additional shoulder ailments, he made it through 2010 healthy but the results were not good and Detroit released him. After not pitching the last two years Bonderman signed a minor league deal with an invite to try to make the Mariners.
Collin McHugh's last start in Colorado Springs was a struggle which he wrote about on his blog. He gave up 12 singles of the swinging bunt, squeaking past infielders, duck-snort, and other funny things Keith calls singles variety. He didn't walk a batter and gave up just one extra base hit, to excape without the L. On the season he's struck out 18 and walked 4.
Kai Grounauer has returned from the DL, he is 0-2 on the season.