RHP Rainy Lara was perfect through four innings in this one before giving up a single leading off the fifth. He was also the perfect pitcher for a rainy afternoon in Savannah (ba-da-buh!). He was touched for two runs in the sixth when he tired. He made life hard for himself when he slipped on wet grass in front of home plate and threw a bunt attempt into centerfield trying to nail the lead runner at second. I didn’t have a gun on Lara, but I would guess that his fastball was 90 ish or a little better. He throws his slider a lot by the standards of a-ball. He can bend it in for a strike, but it’s soft and slurvy. The fact that he can throw it for a strike means he’ll do fine in a-ball. He threw a few changeups as well. The 22-year old is big and a little intriguing.
SS Philip Evans had his best day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles. He blooped one in along the right field line, and then shot harder hit balls up the middle and into right field. It was a particularly good sign that he proved that he was willing to go the other way with pitches.
C Kevin Plawecki and 1B Jayce Boyd were each 0-for-4.
CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-4. He singled hard through the hole on the right side in the first. A batter later, he was picked off first by a righthanded pitcher, who also nabbed Cole Frenzel in the fifth. With two on and one out in the third, he bounced back to the pitcher. He was pretty clearly looking to shoot a ball up the middle. He fanned on a curveball in the fifth and shot a single over the second base bag in his final at bat in the eighth. After 10 games, he’s hitting .405/.500/.486, tops in the SAL in on-base percentage and number two in batting average. He’s drawn five walks, and fanned eight times. He has 15 hits in 10 games. Last year, it took him 21 games in Brooklyn to pick up his 15th hit. At that time he was hitting .205/.379/.342.
Little lefty Angel Cuan made his first start of the year. His previous outing came in relief of Noah Syndergaard a week ago. Had St. Lucie stayed in turn, this would have been Luis Mateo’s day to throw. It’s possible that the team was taking this opportunity to extend the rotation out to six men, or that something else is afoot. As I write this, I do not know the story here.
SS Matt Reynolds was 2-for-4 with a double to lift his 10-game line to .300/.364/.350. Ten of his 12 hits have been singles to go along with two doubles.
RF Charley Thurber was 3-for-4 with two doubles while 1B Brian Harrison was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in his third game back from an ankle sprain.