Tuesday, July 30 - 7:05 p.m.
Rome Braves (17-20, 53-53)
Wes Parsons (65.1 IP, 3.44 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 21.9 K%, 6.5 BB%, .298 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (16-18, 54-49)
Kendry Flores (106 IP, 2.97 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 24.2 K%, 3.6 BB%, .270 BABIP)
Kendry Flores continues to go about his success in different ways. His tear through the SAL continued with six shutout innings against Asheville last time out, but he only struck out three, which is a bit different from the 10 strikeouts against Lakewood in the start previous to that.
Flores adjusts his plan according to the opposing lineup and what is working that day, which shows his excellent pitchability at this point in his career. He worked with a solid changeup against Asheville, while the Lakewood outing was primarily a solid curveball. His fastball command can't be overlooked either, as it has been very consistent all season. His control shows in the numbers, too, witih one of the lowest walk percentages in the league.
Flores has faced the Braves once this season, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings at Rome on May 22.
Rome starter Wes Parsons was a non-drafted free agent signed last year out of Clarksville, Tenn. He pitched for Jackson State Community College before signing with the Braves and was immediately assigned to Rome. He's a 6-foot-5 right-hander with good peripherals, and his numbers indicate the ability to avoid hard contact and keep the ball on the ground. As a non-drafted 20-year-old, what he's doing in Rome can already be called a success.
Parsons has faced Augusta once this season, allowing four earned and five total runs in 3.1 innings on May 22.
Rome batters walked nine times Monday, uncharacteristic for a GreenJackets staff that has been pretty stingy with free passes this season. It's pretty safe to assume that won't repeat tonight with Flores on the mound for Augusta. In fact, combine the two starters' walk rates and it's not too much to predict an efficient game from both sides.