Drew Gray – Picture by Stephanie Lynn
After last night’s debacle across the system, I was hoping tonight would be different. For all but Myrtle Beach, it was more of the same as starting pitchers and hitters could not get it going.
At Tennessee, Kohl Franklin got tagged for five runs in two innings. Iowa gave up 5 runs in the first four while South Bend’s bullpen melted down in their loss giving up 4 runs in the seventh and eighth innings when it was a 2-2 game. All three of those teams would lose again tonight. The main highlights for the three affiliates were home runs by Felix Stevens, Pablo Aliendo, and Chase Strumpf in losing causes,
As for the Birds…
Drew Gray threw one of his best starts in his young career. Even though he only threw three innings, Gray struck out 7 and did not allow a single hit. Gray only threw 52 pitches on the night, 31 for strikes. The only base runner Gray allowed was one that he hit. For his efforts, Gray gets the Starting Pitcher of the Day nod.
Reliever of the Day
Marino Santy came on in for the fourth inning for the Pelicans and he was just dealing, too. Santy would go on to throw four scoreless with 8 Ks on 62 pitches, 40 for strikes.
3 Hit Club
Stop me if you have heard this one before…Brian Kamer had three hits on the night for Myrtle Beach. This is getting to be a regular occurrence. As well, teammate Reivaj Garcia had three hits as well.
Jefferson Rojas and Miguel Pabon also had two hits as Myrtle Beach won game one 7-1.