Frisco was rained out today, pushing back Tyler Phillips’ scheduled start back a day, but Jake Latz and Yerry Rodriguez each got their starts in tonight and did work.
Latz, on the mound for Down East, was dominant, striking out 9 in 7 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit while walking 2. The 23 year old lefty now has a 2.29 ERA in high-A, after giving up just one earned run in 10 IP in low-A at the start of the season.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, went 6 innings of Hickory, striking out 7 while giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits and a walk. His ERA has dropped to 2.20 on the year.
And you know that Peter Fairbanks guy we have been saying will be in the major league bullpen before too long? He needed 12 pitches to retire the side in order tonight, striking out 2, in his second appearance for Nashville.
As far as the bats go, Down East saw some big performances, with Leody Taveras getting two hits, Diosbel Arias picking up 3 hits and a walk, and Sam Huff and J.P. Martinez each homering. Martinez has put up poor numbers this year while not generating any enthusiasm from those who have watched him, but he’s started hitting homers the past few games, so maybe he’s getting his game in gear.