Sunday, June 23 - Kannapolis 5, Augusta 3
Although Chris Stratton pitched effectively for six innings, his bullpen was unable to hold a 1-1 tie.
Stephen Johnson and Mason McVay each allowed a run on a wild pitch in the seventh, and McVay gave up two more in the eighth that proved to be deciding runs.
Stratton's fastball command was a little off in the early innings, but he settled in and pitched well for six, allowing one run on six hits. After finding his fastball command, he paired it with a slider that was solid all day, along with a few good changeups, to induce 10 swinging strikes and record six strikeouts.
Stratton continues to attribute the little inconsistencies he experiences on fastball command. The secondaries have been there for him, showing a plus slider with solid depth and break, as well as a changeup that should become average and flash successfully in the upper levels.
Stratton's two-seamer has good movement, and when command is on, he's able to work both sides and use his excellent pitchability. It's a matter of finding more consistency with his command.
Augusta hitters were unable to catch up to a solid mid-90s fastball from Kannapolis starter Braulio Ortiz. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was blowing GreenJackets hitters away with the pitch, showing pretty good command and the ability to work up in the zone. His breaking ball was less than stellar, showing a lack of feel at times and spinning it early out of the hand. When it was on, it was an above-average pitch.
Manager Mike Goff talked about Augusta's inability to catch up to Ortiz's fastball. Despite the lack of a good second offering, GreenJackets hitters failed to cheat up to the pitch.
Notable Augusta lines:
Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 10 swinging strikes
Matt Duffy: 2-4, RBI
Trevor Brown: 2-4, RBI
Charles Jones: 3-4
Notable Kannapolis lines:
Braulio Ortiz: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Micah Johnson: 2-5, RBI
Tim Anderson: 2-4, RBI
Jeremy Dowdy: 3-4, 2B