A Wahoos Win: Pensacola has lost the last 3 games in a row and the last 5 games at home. They have fallen below .500 at home for the first time all year. Things are bound to change based on their track record. Pensacola 52-50, has the better overall record than Huntsville 51-52. Huntsville is only 24-29 on the road and thier starter is 2-4 away from Huntsville. Pensacola pitcher J.C. Sulbaran is 5-3 at home with a sub-3 ERA. He hasnt given up more than 3 earned runs in a single home start all season. With the bullpen pitching lights out lately and half the lineup hitting .300 or better in the team’s last ten games, things are bound to turn around. Not to mention, the Wahoos are 21-17 against the Southern League North
A Stellar Sulbaran Start…: Wahoos RHP J.C. Sulbaran has been great at home, going 5-3 with a 2.75 earned run average. He has not allowed more than 3 earned runs in any single home start this season. 6 of his 10 home starts have been quality outings, and he’s had 2 home starts with 10+ strikeouts. Sulbaran is tied for 2nd in the Southern League in strikeouts with 106. He is looking for his first home win since June 30 against the Jackson Generals.
…And A Shutdown Bullpen: The bullpen has been lights out since giving up 20 runs to Mobile on July 8. The ‘pen has posted a 1.70 earned run average over its last 53 innings. The bullpen has struck out 60 hitters in that span. Righties Justin Freeman, Curtis Partch, Brian Pearl, Josh Ravin, and Mark Serrano have combined to surrender only 1 earned run in their last 34 innings while collecting 40 K’s and combining for an opponent batting average of .140 (16-for-114).
Home Runs: In 52 home games for the Wahoos this year, there have been 94 home run hit. That come out to just under 2 per game. 39 of the Wahoos 55 home run have been hit at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. 9 home run have been hit in the 3 games this series so far. Stars INF Hunter Morris and OF Khris Davis have hit 3 homers apiece this series. Davis has hit 4 homers in his last 5 games. Morris has 18 home runs on the year, which is tied for 3rd in the Southern League.
A Billy Hamilton Steal: Hamilton has 113 steals so far this season, 32 behind the record of 145 set in 1983 by Vince Coleman. In 14 games with Pensacola, Hamilton has 9 steals. That gives us a 64% chance we will see Hamilton swipe a base tonight. With 37 games left on the season, Hamilton needs to steal just about 1 base per game if he wants to break Coleman’s record.