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Greene, Reid-Foley and Dawson turned in solid outings Tuesday
Conner Greene made his second start for Dunedin and turned in another solid start, though still short of the form showed in the second half of 2015. He shutout the St. Lucie Mets for the first five innings, coming back out for the 6th and giving up a line drive triple to the left-centre gap that was misplayed allowing Amed Rosario to come all the way around to score the game`s only run and end Greene's night. Velo wise, Greene was a little down in the early going before building up to 93-94, but struggled to get his curveball over. Ultimately, he didn't many bats last night, and like in his first start really struggled to get ahead of batters. He was successful at managing contact and generating ground balls.
Sean Reid-Foley made his belated 2016 debut, and had a successful outing despite not filling up the box score allowing two unearned runs over six innings. He did have some lapses in control, walking four batters, but they were very isolated as he only threw 25 balls the entire night (meaning only 9 balls to the other 20 batters). Likewise, the four strikeouts don't necessarily stand out, but he did generate 11 swinging strikes and batters only made contact on 69% of their swings. He frankly didn't have the opportunity for many strikeouts, as batters were swinging away and put the first pitch in play five times (22%), with only five seeing more than four pitches. And of course, he only gave up a single hit, which didn't even make it out of the infield.
Shane Dawson also finally got his 2016 debut in, and it was a typically clean and efficient outing of 5 shutout innings with 3 hits, 4 strikeouts and no walks. Dawson wasn't overpowering, but pounded the zone and got ahead of hitters, allowing him to finish a number of them off. He missed a solid number of bats, including at least four with his fastball per the broadcast. He was squared up a few times, with two line drive hits and another two lie drive outs. It took him a little while to get going, needing 40 pitches to the first eight batters before settling in and only needing 31 to turn over the next nine.
Rios and Perdomo debuted for Lansing Monday
Francisco Rios got a short start on Monday (either for season innings management or maybe due to all cancellations messing up the rotation), with Angel Perdomo piggybacking behind him. Both had good, though not entirely clean outings. Rios was able to get ahead (he didn't fall behind after his first inning) and miss bats, though interestingly three of four strikeouts were looking. He also got squared up quite a bit, giving up three solid hits and a fourth loud out.
Perdomo was more overpowering, as he struck out half the batters he faced while registering 88-93 with his fastball on the Lansing stadium gun (he touched 96 once but that was apparently a hot reading). He settled in after a leadoff walk was erased on a double play, though he did give up a solo home run when he fell behind 3-1 and brought home a fastball that was crushed. The biggest positive was the seven swinging strikeouts on his fastball and slider, batters only making contact on 10 of the 17 swings they took.
Dusty Isaacs had an excellent debut last night, with 2 K and 2 popups across his single inning, and getting six swinging strikes, mostly on his slider and touching 93 on the stadium gun. Another guy who merited a promotion and really no business repeating the level, and hopefully soon get an opportunity to move up.
Tim Mayza's outing doesn't look pretty, but was better than the box score shows. Of the four hits, three were ground ball singles including one on the infield, and an error on another ground ball got him in a jam. However, he's not off the hook as he couldn't miss bats and finish off hitters he had in a hole, and ultimately the batters found holes and strung together singles.