With Matthew Thompson throwing two gems in a row for Kannapolis after months of struggles with the ambitious assignment, one would hope Andrew Dalquist would start reaping similar dividends from being thrown in the deep end.
Dalquist responded with his own encouraging turn, setting a career high with eight strikeouts over 4⅔ innings in the Cannon Ballers’ 3-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C., on Wednesday.
This start had two eyewitness accounts — Josh Norris from Baseball America and Michael Guariglia from FutureSox. Both paint a picture of a guy who had to labor a little despite allowing just four baserunners, which shows up in the box score with Dalquist throwing 90 pitches, which is also a career high. Norris says that Dalquist touched 97 and mainly got by on his fastball and changeup, but his breaking pitches showed up to help toward the end of his outing.
Looking at the highlights, it appears his high fastball did a lot of the damage.
Gwinnett 4, Charlotte 1
- Luis Robert went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Jake Lamb was 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
- Yermín Mercedes, 0-for-3 with a walk and a K.
- Blake Rutherford went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-4.
*Jake Burger indeed had to go on the injured list with a bone bruise in his left hand, retroactive to Aug. 3.
Birmingham 1, Mississippi 0 (11 innings)
- Romy Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts, and was caught stealing.
- Yolbert Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, and was replaced defensively after the ninth inning.
- Carlos Pérez went 0-for-5 with a K.
- Kade McClure lowered his ERA below 4.00: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
Asheville 8, Winston-Salem 7
- Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
- Lenyn Sosa was 1-for-4 with a walk.
- Luis Curbelo, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Kannapolis 3, Carolina 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-4.
- Bryan Ramos, 1-for-2 with a walk and an HBP.
- Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Caberea Weaver went 0-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
- Chase Krogman singled, walked and struck out.
- Andrew Dalquist: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
- Yoelvin Silven: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Carolina 3, Kannapolis 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)
- Jose Rodriguez went 3-for-4.
- Bryan Ramos was 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Harvin Mendoza, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- DJ Gladney struck out all three times up.
- Caberea Weaver went 1-for-3.
- James Beard was 0-for-3, but stole a base.
A Burger injury report that doesn’t mention Achilles isn’t all bad …
I haven’t followed closely but I see Yermin going 0-x repeatedly. I was hoping he would figure it out but looks like the AAA pitchers have him figured out instead. Ugh!
It’s not like it’s that complex of a puzzle. Throw heat to get him to two strikes, then throwing breaking pitches out of zone which he’ll make protective swings at and either make weak contact or strikeout. Jim was on it 3 months ago, so I assume the minor league coaching staffs have figured it out by now.
Literally the only risk with Mercedes is that a pitches throws a breaking ball for a strike. He’ll crush those but if a pitcher has even a modicum of control, Mercedes will seemingly swing at anything within a foot of the plate.
What a wretched farm system.
I mean….. if you care about records for some reason I guess?