Two-out rallies were the theme in this game. So was a simple pattern: 1B-1B-HR.
Javier Assad entered the game riding a 21-inning scoreless streak. He'd extend it by another inning as he worked around a leadoff single in the 1st. All seemed well in hand in the 2nd after he retired the first two batters.
Followed by... 1B-1B-HR
Those six two-out runs are all Frederick would manage in the game. Assad recovered enough to pitch into the 6th, and from there Ryan Lawlor put on a how by striking out five of the eight batters he faced while allowing just one base runner.
This gave the Pelicans an opportunity to mount a comeback, which they did, starting with two outs and nobody on in the 3rd. Their method? 1B-1B-HR.
Tyler Payne's three run shot brought the Pelicans back within striking distance but they were unable to push across any more runs until the 9th.
Again, the rally began with two outs and nobody on. It didn't start with a single this time though. Luke Reynolds walked then came in on a Kevonte Mitchell double. Carlos Sepulveda drove a single to center field to score Mitchell and put the tying run on base. The rally would end there though, as Grant Fennell struck out.
- Tyler Payne: 1-4, HR (2), R, 3 RBI (.308)
- Miguel Amaya: 2-4, 2B, R (.218)
- Jimmy Herron: 2-4, R (.218)
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2-4, RBI (.238)
- Kevonte Mitchell: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI (.205)
- Luke Reynolds: 0-2, 2 BB, R (.213)
- Ryan Lawlor: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (2.25)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
The one bad inning raised Javier Assad's ERA by nearly a full run as he entered the game with a 2.19 and exited at 3.16. He did manage to extend his scoreless streak to 22.2 IP. And if you want to take a positive view of his outing, he did begin a new streak with 3 shutout innings after giving up the 6-run outburst.
It seems I haven't mentioned his name much this season, but veteran catcher Tyler Payne (.308/.373/.449) has quietly been the most consistent offensive performer for the Pelicans all season. A strong defender and game caller, Payne began the year as Miguel Amaya's backup, but with the offense struggling and Payne hitting well he soon worked his way into additional at bats through 1B and DH. With so many hitters struggling around him throughout the year though, it just seems like he hasn't been involved in as many scoring plays as you would expect from a guy hitting .308, hence why I haven't had the opportunity to bring him up very often.
Four hits. That's all the Cubs pitching gave up, it is also all their offense managed. The difference was South Bend pitchers also fought some control issues (six walks) which helped the Tincaps push across a lone run in the 2nd. The Cubs hitters did not draw single walk all game.
- Cam Sanders: 5.0 IP, 2 H, R, 4 BB, 4 K (L, 2-2, 2.37)
- Eugenio Palma: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (3.50)
- Rafelin Lorenzo: 1-3, 2B (.217)
- Tyler Durna: 1-3, 2B (.258)
- Nelson Velazquez: 1-3 (.294)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
Cam Sanders (38 IP, 31 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 25 BB, 25 K) has been walking a tight rope all season. He is averaging nearly 1.5 base runners per inning, isn't generating many ground balls to erase them on double plays, and isn't missing bats in order to end threats via a strikeout. He is surviving off BABIP luck (.257) and strand rate (81.2 LOB%). Those two factors very difficult to sustain, which is why his 4.93 FIP and 5.56 xFIP are significantly higher than his 2.37 ERA. The silver lining is the role of starting pitcher is not where Sanders projects to be in the future. He is a power arm they added in the 12th round last year, capable of reaching the mid-90s, that he can pair with a good breaking ball. Consistency and control are the issues, and a good way to work on that is to force a pitcher to work multiple innings and develop their secondaries.
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