It’s taken a while (like a month) but it looks like 3B Aderlin Rodriguez is starting to get going. Monday, he was 2-for-4 with a two doubles and three RBI. Four of his six hits in May have gone for extra-bases. In his last 10 games, the 21-year-old hitting like he should in the FSL: .282/.341/.513 with four walks and six strikeouts. All told, 14 of his 24 hits this year have gone for extra-bases, but he’s still hitting just .211/.244/.404 this year in 29 games. His bat is going to have to carry him, but there’s reason to believe in the bat: he has the best power in the system.
Hansel Robles (pictured) returned from a two-week hiatus with one of his better outings of the year: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. In 26.2 innings, while facing 104 total batters, he’s walked six (6% walk rate) and fanned 21 (20% k rate).
2B TJ Rivera (.292/.353/.367 – 28 gms) was 5-5 with two doubles. It’s a nice performance from the 24-year old, who’s more talented than your average non-drafted free agent.
Matt Koch, last year’s third round pick out of Louisville made his best start of the year in game one: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 6 K. Both the six walks and six whiffs were new season highs. Weird (and surprising) number for Koch: zero walks against 16 strikeouts. Before you label him a control artist, understand that his command within the zone has been shaky – he’s given up 25 hits and three homeruns in 19.1 innings.
C Kevin Plawecki was 0-for-3 with a walk in game one, snapping one streak and maintaining another. His 13-game hitting streak ended, but including a 1-for-3 as the DH in the nightcap, he’s now reached base safely in 18 straight games. So, with 28 games to his credit, the 22-year-old is hitting .402/.459/.701 with 17 (!) doubles and five homeruns.
1B Jayce Boyd was 3-for-6 with three singles in the double-dip. He’s at .382/.469/.527 in his 29 games. Note the difference in isolated slugging between Plawecki (.299) and Boyd (.145).
The ‘Dads winning rally in game one began with two outs in the bottom of the eighth (extra innings in a game scheduled for seven) on a “bloop” into shallow center, and then a SS Philip Evans’ fielding error, his 10th of the year in 28 games. At the plate, the 20-year-old is hitting .202/.290/.245 with 12 walks, 19 strikeouts and a team-leading six double plays hit into.
RHP Luis Cessa was pretty hittable in game two: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 2 WP, 3 doubles allowed.
No Nimmo. Still out of action with a left hand issue that manager Luis Rojas initially described as a contusion. He has not played since Monday, April 29.
The Gnats have a half-game lead over the Rome Braves and Augusta GreenJackets for first place in the SAL Southern Division. The team will stay near the top as long as Boyd and Plawecki remain in Savannah. No player who hit in the bottom five spots in the lineup in either of the two games Monday finished the day hitting above .227.