Jake Latz continues to be great. Taking the mound today for the Down East Wood Ducks, the 23 year old lefthanded pitcher went 6.2 shutout innings today, with 3 hits, 2 walks and 4 Ks. In his last 33.2 IP, Latz has allowed just 3 runs (2 earned). Latz had limited innings due to injury and transfer in college, but he appears to be taking a big step forward, and is another guy knocking on Frisco’s door. J.P. Martinez, meanwhile, had a big game in what has been a bad year, going 3 for 3 with a walk and a home run.
For Frisco, Tyler Phillips got the start, and the righthanded was looking to rebound from two very rough starts against Corpus Christi his last two times out, allowing 11 runs in 4.1 IP. Phillips got into trouble in the third, allowing 3 runs, including a home run, but then threw 3 more shutout innings after that. Final line — 6 IP, 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, 6 Ks.
And Matt Bush is back! Pitching the 8th for Frisco, Bush made his first official appearance of the season, striking out a batter and throwing 8 of 14 pitches for strikes. Bush is on a minor league deal, so the Rangers can leave him down there as long as they want, but if he shakes off the rust and is throwing hard and throwing strikes, you’d tend to think he could be in the major league pen this summer.