For the second straight night, Travis d’Arnaud was hitless, (0-2,) but walked twice. You want strike zone control? d’Arnaud has walked 20 times and fanned just 12 in 18 games in AAA for a .302/.486/.566 line. Combine that new patience with vicious batspeed, and d’Arnaud is just waiting on his call. He’s still just waiting on BabyBuck and saying the right things while he waits.
Juan Centeno pinch hit for d’Arnaud in the 7th. Hmm…
RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (2-for-3 with a homer, 2 walks and 2 RBI) and 1B Lucas Duda (3-3, 2B, 2 BB) carried the 51s offense. Duda has played four straight games at first base, which is nice, because it’s the position where he belongs.
The homer was the 12th of the year for Nieuwenhuis (.238/.336/.465) who has more homers than doubles (8) in AAA.
Matt Fox was sharp: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
One night after blowing his first save since June, Jeff Walters was right back on the hill, working around two hits to nail down the final three outs with a strikeout.
Darin Gorski was ok, but unexceptional: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.