Greenville L 4-12
Cole Brannen, CF: 1-5, 3 K, 1 SB
Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E
Devlin Grangberg, DH: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Triston Casas, 1B: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI
Kervin Suarez, 2B: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K
Brayan Bello: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 6 K (80 pitches)
Yoan Aybar: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K (23 pitches)
All eyes were on the Drive last night, as they were the only game in the system for the night. They....did not do too well. Bello was fantastic through his first four starts of the year, pitching to a 1.89 ERA in those outings with strikeout stuff that was only getting better as the year went on. Now he’s allowed seven runs in two consecutive starts and his ERA on the year is up to 6.23. This time around his strikeout-to-walk numbers at least looked solid, but he’s going to need a strong outing his next time out to avoid a spiral. Speaking of which, Aybar has always been raw but the talent makes him one of the most intriguing young relief arms in the system. This was his second outing of in his last three in which he walked three while recording one or fewer outs. On the year, he has 14 free passes in 9 1⁄3 innings. Offensively, it was a solid night with eight hits and a pair of walks, but they never really had a chance to come back in this game.
Player of the Day: Clearly there isn’t a lot of competition for this one, with really only two options. Well, actually, there is only one option. Granberg got on base three times, more than anyone else in Greenville’s lineup, but Triston Casas had two hits and one was a home run. The 2018 first round pick is really starting to turn things around after a rough start, particularly in the power department. He now has a six-game hit streak, three straight games with an extra-base hit and extra-base hits in five of his last six games. Before this run, he had a .684 OPS. Now, he’s up to .804.