Texas Rangers pitcher Brock Burke was on the mound for Frisco tonight, looking to rebound after a rough last outing, and was excellent until he was pulled mid-batter in the fifth inning. He went on the disabled list briefly earlier this year with a blister issue, and Tepid says it appeared to be the same problem today — we will keep our fingers crossed that that’s all it is.
Burke was dominant before whatever the issue is arose — he struck out 8 of the first 16 batters he faced in 4.2 IP, allowing one hit and one walk, before he issued a four pitch walk and then threw more balls to the next batter before being pulled. It was an exceptional outing, and it’s just unfortunate it was cut short.
Jacob Lemoine pitched 2.1 IP in relief of Burke, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3 while allowing no runs, lowering his ERA on the year to 0.79. The righthander was a 4th round pick in 2015, and didn’t pitch professionally until 2017 due to shoulder problems, but he’s quietly done good work in a relief role the last couple of years.