Two young starters with explosive stuff struggled to harness their arsenals Friday night, but showed the potential that makes them noteworthy prospects.
The Augusta GreenJackets won the battle of bullpens to even the series with a 6-3 win over the Charleston RiverDogs at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta’s Luis Ysla entered as an under-the-radar pitcher with only one season of professional experience.
The 21-year-old left-hander’s stuff lived up to expectations in his first full-season start, recording three strikeouts and inducing five swinging strikes over three innings. He allowed just one hit.
The Venezuelan’s fastball touched 95 mph with tailing action, combined with an effective slider.
Despite showing excellent stuff, he struggled with his control, walking five and throwing five wild pitches that led to two runs. He threw 66 pitches during his short outing.
Charleston’s Luis Severino had an even shorter night in his season debut, allowing three runs on two hits in two innings.
The right-hander, ranked ninth in the New York Yankees system by Baseball America, matched Ysla by touching 95 mph. He paired it with an equally effective slider that helped lead to four swinging strikes.
Augusta’s Matt Lujan threw four scoreless innings in relief, striking out four to earn the win. Tyler Rogers threw a scoreless eighth but allowed a run in the ninth.
GreenJackets third baseman Brandon Bednar went 3 for 4 and scored twice, giving him five hits in eight at-bats this season. Ryan Tuntland and Ryder Jones each recorded an RBI double.
The GreenJackets held a 3-2 lead after three innings and added three runs in the fifth on the RBI double by Jones and a two-run error for a four-run cushion.