Aderlin Rodriguez had his first three-hit game of the year, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk. He has more doubles (6) than walks (2) in his .193/.216/.373 start.
Marcos Camarena started and was hit arond for five runs on six hits and a homer in 3.2 innings.
RHP Rainy Lara was marvelous over 7.1 shutout innings for the Gnats (7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K). He threw first pitch strikes to 20 of 25 batters. Once ahead, he used his slider liberally – throwing it 24 times, 17 for strikes. As good as Lara was throwing to the outside corner, Frank Viola told me after the game that he still wants Lara to become more comfortable throwing inside to keep hitters. More from Frank and Lara here. He’s something as a prospect.
RHP Brett Mitchell handled the final five outs for his second save. He struck out heralded Pirates’ prospect Josh Bell on a hammer of a curveball to end the game after tying him up inside with a fastball on the previous pitch.
The Gnats scored the game’s only run on a SS Philip Evans fielder’s choice groundout.
C Kevin Plawecki was 2-for-3. Plawecki’s been more aggressive the last few days: he saw six pitches in his three plate appearances. He’s up to .400/.457/.688 through 21 games good enough for #1 in the SAL in slugging, doubles and extra-base hits and #2 in average and OBP.
1B Jayce Boyd was 0-for-3 to snap his 11-game hitting streak.
CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-3 against competent LHP starter Orland Castro. The 20-year old grounded out to right side twice and struck out looking in the sixth on a pitch he appeared to think was inside. He’s 2-for-15 with zero walks or extra-base hits with six strikeouts vs. lefties so far.