Friday, July 19 - Lakewood 3, Augusta 2
Lakewood manager Mickey Morandini said William Carmona was looking for a slider during the entire at-bat against Tyler Mizenko in the ninth inning. He got good wood on one and poked it over the right field fence for a two-run homer to tie the game at 2.
It proved to be a major blow to the GreenJackets, as Mizenko allowed three runs in the ninth to blow the lead and game.
It was the most earned runs allowed in an outing by Mizenko this season. He had previously allowed three runs in one inning, but only two were earned.
The three-run ninth wasted seven effective innings by Augusta's Chris Stratton. The right-hander pitched around trouble for almost the entirety of the outing, inducing three doubles and stranding two in scoring position. He walked four and struck out four.
Stratton pitched to contact well, inducing 11 ground balls to three fly balls and two line drives. He didn't have swing-and-miss stuff, but he didn't let it ruin his night, avoiding hard contact for the most part.
Stratton had a good fastball that popped in the low-90s throughout. He didn't have a good slider working, which was a major reason for the lack of whiffs. He spun it early out of the hand often, and it tended to have a hump when he tried to backdoor it to left-handed batters. His changeup was good and ended up being the better secondary in this start. Stratton's polish helped in this outing by not rushing to force a slider that wasn't working.
BlueClaws starter Jon Prosinski was solid in his SAL debut, working off a good fastball/changeup combination for four strikeouts in five innings. He allowed one run on three hits and one walk.
Prosinski has a very quick motion from start to finish, which utilizes good arm action on a changeup that tumbles well. He tended to wrap and lose the release point on his breaking pitch, and he didn't flash much more than an average offering with it. The lack of feel with the pitch jumped out at me as a polished college arm drafted in the 10th round, but it could have been an off night for that pitch.
Matt Duffy and Mitch Delfino each had two hits, including an RBI single for Duffy and a double for Delfino. Eliezer Zambrano has put together some solid at-bats since getting assigned to Augusta, including an RBI single in the fifth.
GreenJackets center fielder Andrew Cain was ejected in the first inning for arguing balls and strikes after pointing at the plate with his bat. That resulted in an immediate ejection, causing Jesus Galindo to come off the bench and lose his scheduled night off.
Notable Augusta lines:
Chris Stratton: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 11 ground balls, 3 fly balls, 2 line drives, 7 swinging strikes
Tyler Mizenko: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER
Matt Duffy: 2-4, RBI
Mitch Delfino: 2-4, 2B
Notable Lakewood lines:
Jon Prosinski: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6 ground balls, 3 fly balls, 2 line drives, 4 swinging strikes
Brian Pointer: 2-5, 2B
Larry Greene: 2-3
Mitch Walding: 2-4
William Carmona: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB