That Bats rallied late last night to extend their winning streak to nine games and now look to extend it to ten as they face the Bisons in Buffalo today at 1:05 p.m. Listen to Matt Andrews (@BatsRadio) call all of the action on 790 WKRD or by listening online at BatsBaseball.com.
Here’s today’s lineup as SS Paul Janish bats in the cleanup spot for the first time in his professional career.
Gathright 8 Negron 5 Navarro 2 Janish 6 Perez 7 Puckett 4 Dorn 3 Jones 9 Villarreal 1
And some notes on today’s contest:
- #TEAMGRIT: The Bats have won nine straight and ten of 11, each for the first time this season. Last season the Bats won a season-high eight straight games twice (4/8 to 4/15, 5/30 to 6/6g1). With sweeps vs. SWB and at PAW, it marks the first time that the Bats have swept two consecutive four-game series since 2003 when they swept ROC and BUF at the end of May. The Bats have not won ten straight since they won 11 in a row from 7/22 to 8/3 in 2010.
- ON THE MOUND: RHP Pedro Villarreal makes his 10th start of the year for the Bats. He recorded a no-decision last time out on 6/22 at PAW as the Bats eventually won in 13 innings, 4-3 (7ip, 6h, 3er, 1bb, 7k). He has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of his nine starts and has five quality starts. He has lost four straight decisions since winning his first two. The Bats are 3-6 in his nine starts. Villarreal has walked just 11 batters in 56.0ip with LOU and has walked none in four of his nine starts. He earned the win in his Triple-A debut with the Bats on 5/9 vs. NOR. He allowed just 2er in 5.2ip with 0bb and 7k.
- FELIX THE BAT: OF Felix Perez recorded his first four-hit game of the season last night, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, while scoring the go-ahead run in the 9th inning. It is the fourth four-hit game of the season for the Bats (Navarro, Willie Harris, Joey Gathright). His four-hit game came off of a three-hit performance on Monday night at PAW. His 13 multi-hit games are tied for third on the team. In his last 16g he is batting .380 (27-71) with eight multi-hit games, including three three-hit games and his lone four-hit game. He has 9 doubles, two home runs and 10 rbi during the stretch. His average is currently at .278, which is the highest it has been all season. On 5/15, his average sat at .196.
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