What To Watch For

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.

 

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Wahoos Look To Change Recent Skid

After losing the first three games of the series to the visiting Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos need to turn things around. In the three losses, the Fish have been outscored 15-5.

Pensacola is consistently breaking the runs column first, which has usually led to a Wahoos win, but that hasnt been the case lately. After going 9-1 in July when scoring first, the Fish have dropped that record to 9-4.

Tonight the Fish will send RHP J.C. Sulbaran (6-7, 4.08 ERA) to the bump. Sulbaran, who has pitched well at home, going 5-3 with a 2.75 earned run average in ten starts in Pensacola this year, has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of those starts. Six of those ten home outings have been quality starts, meaning he went 6+ innings and didn’t allow more than three earned runs.

The Fish will face Stars RHP Evan Anundsen (5-6, 4.72 ERA). Anundsen, who has lost his last two starts and three of his last four, looks to earn his first road win since May 8 in Jackson. He has not earned a road win in six straight road starts.

Pensacola is sending four position players to the plate who are each hitting .300 or better in the team’s last ten games. INF Billy Hamilton (.344 AVG) is leading off, OF Ryan LaMarre (.324) will follow, INF Beau Mills (.306) is hitting in the cleanup spot, and INF Brodie Greene (.300) will hit in the six hole. These are the team’s hottest hitters as of late.

INF Billy Hamilton looks to steal some more bases as he chases the Minor League single season stolen base record set in 1983 by Vince Coleman at 145 steals. Hamilton is currently at 113 steals right now, nine with the Fish.

FIrst pitch is set for 7pm. Gates open at 5:30pm.

Day Game At Maritime Park

After an offensive surge last night from the Fish led to an 8-2 win, Pensacola looks to win the three-game series today against the visiting Mobile BayBears.

With RHP Kyle Lotzkar in Kansas City for the Futures Game, the bullpen will step up to throw the complete game. RHP Mark Serrano will get the game started for the Wahoos this afternoon. On the year, Serrano is 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA (19 ER in 54 IP) in 27 appearances. As a spot starter this season, the righty has thrown 15 innings in three starts, giving up only two earned runs (1.20 ERA) and owning a 0.80 WHIP. 

Serrano has faced Mobile six previous times this year, none of which were starts. In those six appearances, The 26-year-old totaled 10.1 innings, giving up only one earned run (0.87 ERA). He sports a 0.68 WHIP against the BayBears. Dating back to the beginning of June, Serrano owns a 0.51 ERA through 17.2 innings.

Mobile southpaw David Holmberg (1-1, 4.06 ERA, 5 GS) has faced Pensacola once previously this season. On June 16 against Pensacola he went five full innings and suffered the loss, despite surrendering only one earned run and striking out six Fish hitters.

Holmberg’s last time out on the mound, he threw seven full shutout innings, giving up only one hit and two walks while striking out three against the Mississippi Braves. Today marks the first time this year Holmberg will have started a day game. He’ll face a Pensacola team that has won two straight and put up eight runs on ten hits last night.

First pitch today is scheduled for 2pm.

Fish Look To Win Sixth Straight Series

After a rough 6-2 loss last night to the Birmingham Barons, the Wahoos look to bounce back and win their sixth straight series.

RHP Tim Crabbe (3-5, 4.66 ERA) is expected toe the rubber for the Blue Wahoos. Crabbe is slotted to make his third appearance against the Barons this year. He has combined for a 1-0 record and 1.50 ERA (2 ER in 12 IP) in his previous two outings against Birmingham. The righty is looking for his first win since June 7 at Birmingham, when he gave up two earned runs on two hits while striking out six in five innings.

RHP Cameron Bayne will be the opposing pitcher in tonight’s rubber match. Bayne has been roughed up lately, going 3-8 with a 8.65 ERA in his last 16 outings. On the year, Bayne is 6-8 with a 6.80 ERA. The Hawaiian native has faced Pensacola once this season. He suffered the loss despite giving up only three earned runs through eight frames.

The Blue Wahoos have three players in the lineup hitting over .300 against right-handed pitchers this season. Look for newcomer C Tucker Barnhart to get his first hit in a Pensacola uniform.

Heidenreich To Throw For Barons

In a late decision, Birmingham will go with RHP Matt Heidenreich to face the Wahoos tonight. 

The righty is making his first start for Birmingham tonight after receiving a promotion from High-A Winston-Salem. He was 8-2 with a 3.57 ERA for the Dash.

In Heidenreich’s last four games with the Dash he earned four wins while sporting a 1.29 ERA. He has a 0.68 WHIP in that span.

Billy Hamilton Stealing The Spotlight

INF Billy Hamilton is owning the High-A California League with his electric energy on the field. Hamilton has put up numbers that are drawing attention from fans, players, and managers at every level of baseball.

Through 80 games this season, he has stolen 101 bases. To steal that many bases you have to be fast and you have to get on base a ton. The speedster does just that, hitting .322 and has drawn 49 walks. His on-base percentage is .413.

Fleet-footed Hamilton is on pace to steal 179 bases, which would destroy the current minor league record of 145 steals set by Vince Coleman. He is leading High-A in stolen bases (101), runs scored (75), and triples (9). He is second in hits (105), and walks (49). Hamilton is also third in on-base percentage (.413) and ninth overall in batting.

To put into perspective just how fast Hamilton is, he has stolen at least two bases in 28 games, and three or more bases in nine games. On June 16th, Hamilton set is season high at five stolen bases in a Bakersfield win against Lake Elsinore.

Billy Hamilton, a representative for America in the All-Star Futures game, leads all of baseball in stolen bases. If Hamilton steals 179 bases, he would own the baseball record for stolen bases in a single season.

There is no telling when Hamilton will move up or where he will go to, but with the numbers he has put up there is no doubt he is ready for a promotion.

Sulbaran Throws Tonight

Wahoos RHP JC Sulbaran (6-5, 4.20 ERA) will take the hill tonight for the game against the Birmingham Barons. After a 7-3 win last night for the fish, the Wahoos can win the series with a victory tonight.

The Barons will send another southpaw to the mound, Pedro Hernandez (7-2, 2.75 ERA), against the ‘Hoos. Hernandez got a victory against Pensacola in May, going five innings and allowing four runs.

Hernandez is 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA on the road, compared to being nearly untouchable at home with a 4-0 record and a 1.18 ERA. 

OF Ryan LaMarre and OF Bryson Smith are each hitting .300 or better against southpaws. They are both in the lineup tonight. INF Brodie Greene will be at second. He’ll look to stay hot off a four RBI performance last night. Call-up catcher Tucker Barnhart will be behind the plate for his first game in a Blue Wahoos uniform.

First pitch is scheduled for 7pm. Gates open at 5:30pm.