We’re a little late finishing up Friday’s games; I was out running through this mud on Saturday morning.
There are two things worth discussing in the AA box score: the starting pitching and the relievers.
The (MLB) Relievers
Scott Atchison threw a scoreless seventh inning with a hit and a strikeout and Pedro Feliciano fanned two in a scoreless eighth. More options for the big league bullpen can only be a good thing.
Cory Mazzoni (2-2, 4.33): 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Mazzoni’s last three starts: 18.2 IP, 17 H, 12 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 5 BB, 26 K – I’m a little intrigued by the strikeouts. Mazzoni fanned 20 batters in his first 25 innings to go along with a 4.68 ERA and has punched out 26 in his last 18.2 innings with a 3.85 ERA. I still think he’s a bullpen guy in the end, but all the same, well served by taking his turn in the AA rotation now to build professional innings.