Cory Mazzoni: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Mazzoni’s last five starts: 31.2 innings, 27 H, 18 R, 12 ER, 8 BB, 44 K and a 3.41 ERA. Opponents hitting are hitting .233/.282/.362 against him with a 35% strikeout rate and a 6.3% walk rate. Why has the strikeout rate risen so dramatically? I do not know, yet.
Cesar Puello (1-for-5) slid back to right field, while Darrell Ceciliani (1-for-4) who has been nursing a strained grain returned to play center.
Three notes from this extra-inning loss:
1. 1B Jayce Boyd: 2-for-4, , 3B, RBI. He’s hitting a ridiculous .436/.436/.718 with six extra-base hits in nine games in the FSL. So, that’s nice.
2. Matt Bowman continues to be really good in advanced-A: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR – 2.33 ERA. That’s nine starts with 61/11 K/BB ratio in 58 innings.
3. Rehabbing CF Matt den Dekker was 1-for-4 with 2 K. In 12 games, he’s hit .235/.273/.255 with three walks, six strikeouts and one extra-base hits. That hardly screams, “ready for AAA,” but hey, it’s a rehab.
This was a really fun pitching duel between Matt Koch for the Gnats and Mauricio Cabrera for the Braves. Cabrera hit 99 on the gun and sat at 94, I was told and retired 19 of the 20 Gnats he faced after a pair of first-inning singles. Koch was almost as good: 7.1 innings, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. He was throwing his changeup and his curveball and a flat slider (or perhaps cutter?) more than I can recall in any other start this year. I like that he’s throwing his secondaries more in games. There were early season games where he threw almost nothing but his fastball (which at 92-95, sitting 94).