A+: St. Lucie @ Jupiter – ppd by rain.
They’ll play two Saturday with a little Domingo Tapia action.
This one didn’t look like it was going to happen either, but the teams waited out a 53 minute rain delay in north Georgia. Tyler Vanderheiden tweeted this sweet picture of left field at 5:30 pm.
Once the game started, the Gnats scored five times in the first two innings to grab the early lead.
Matt Koch (4-2, 4.76) pitched well enough to earn the win: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. In 45.1 innings this year, Koch has an insane 41 strikeouts against ONE (!!!) walk while throwing in the low-mid 90s. The downside? The 54 hits allowed and .284 opponents’ batting average. Still, there’s progress here over the course of the year, a big body (6’3″) and a MLB caliber fastball.
CF Brandon Nimmo (.302/.399/.413 – 32 gms) was 1-for-4 with a triple and a HBP. Fun Nimmo fact: he has more triples (4) than doubles (3).
A Break for Evans
On Tuesday, Philip Evans was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and two errors (his 18th and 19th of the year) while his batting line slipped to .180/.250/.232 in 56 games. He did not play Wednesday or Friday sandwiched around a rainout on Thursday. Hmm.