Pensacola took the lead with a two run fifth inning against Jackson and added an insurance run later to win 4-2 last night at Blue Wahoo Field. The Fish also won the five game series against the Generals 3-2 and stayed one game behind first place Montgomery in the Southern League South Division. The tying and go-ahead runs scored on a double by Beau Mills. He later scored the final run of the game on a single by David Vidal. Vidal and Stephen Hunt both had two hits for the Wahoos.
On the mound J.C. Sulbaran threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed two run on five hits. He struck out six and walked only one while picking up his sixth win. Drew Hayes and Curtis Parch combined for 2+ innings of scoreless relief including Parch’s fourth save. The Wahoos hit the road Sunday to open a three game set at Jacksonville.
Sulbaran entered this season a top-ten prospect in the Cincinnati organization and was rated the third best pitching prospect behind Daniel Corcino and Robert Stephenson. After watching teammates Corcino and Tony Cingrani have dominant outings recently he joined in the fun with his second longest outing of the season. He was lifted in the seventh with one runner on base after throwing 85 pitches, 52 of them for strikes. He leads the Wahoos in wins and strikeouts.
He now has an ERA of 4.20 and recently earned a spot on the Southern League All-Star team. He’s held opponents to three runs or fewer in his last five starts and won four of his last five decisions. He’s really been superb in his eight home appearances by going 5-1 with a 2.61 ERA. Thus far he’s been challenged with command more while facing more advanced AA hitters and his BB/9 inns has increased almost 50% over his last year at Bakersfield. He did struggle with six walks in five innings in his previous start. Excluding that game he’s got a K/BB ratio of 27/8 in the other four his last five games. That overall ratio is now 90/62 in 83+ innings on the season.
The Reds found a diamond in the rough when they selected Sulbaran with the 30th pick in the 2008 draft. The right-hander is still only 22 years old and improved mechanics have helped him increase the speed on his fastball by a couple of m.p.h. now topping out in the mid-90’s while he continues to work on improving his off-speed offerings. The rotation will get crowded at Louisville next season and J.C. Sulbaran figures to be in the mix.
Other News from the Farm:
Louisville opened a homestand with a 10-3 loss against Indianapolis. Dioner Navarro had three more hits and raised his average to a team-leading .343. Mike Costanzo also had three hits and a two-run homer. Felix Perez had another multi-hit game going 2-3 with a walk. Chad Reineke allowed four runs in six innings and took the loss.
Bakersfield trailed 8-1 after six innings against visiting Modesto and lost 11-5. Steve Selsky had three hits and is now batting .395 since his promotion from Dayton. Theo Bowe, Juan Duran, and Tucker Barnhart added two hits each including Duran’s eighth home run. Chad Rogers allowed four in four innings and took the loss.
Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:
The only time Hamilton reached base safely last night was on triple. His SB total remained at 96 after 76 games.
Dayton hung up seven runs in the second inning and cruised to a 9-2 win at South Bend. Juan Perez had three hits and three RBI for the Dragons. Junior Arias, Sean Buckley and Ryan Wright each added two hits including a two-run–run homer by Buckley. Juan Silva also contributed a two-run home run. Tanner Robles made a quality start by allowing two runs in six innings and picked up his fifth win.
Billings fell behind by ten runs before losing 10-5 at Missoula. Jesse Winker, Carlos Sanchez and Fray Sosa all had two hits for the Mustangs including a two-run homer by Sanchez. Brandon Dailey added a solo shot. Ismael allowed five unearned runs and took the loss. The Mustangs made five errors.
The AZL Reds scored four in the fifth to beat the AZL Mariners 5-2. Humberto Valor, Wilfrel Estevez, and Brayan Aries each had two hits for the Reds. Pedro Diaz had an impressive start with five shutout innings allowing only one hit while striking out six.
The DSL Reds scored four in the fifth and won at the AZL Marlins 5-2. Yonotan Suero had two hits and raised his average to .386. Rusbel Farinez had two hits and drove in two. Eury Cantalizo threw four innings of one-hit, shutout relief for his third win.