Despite the pitching woes with the big club, there’s a full-scale pitching revolution in the minor leagues. And Jason Knapp has now taken the reins.
Lakewood: Knapp was flat out scorching, throwing seven innings of one-hit ball while whiffing 14 and walking one. The 14 Ks tied a franchise record. The BlueClaws lost.
Lehigh Valley: Carlos Carrasco took the hill yesterday against Syracuse and pitched very well. His final line: 7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 10 K, BB. He was throwing a no-hitter until the seventh inning, but got burned by Ryan Langerhans and Seth Bynum. The IronPigs did lose the game.
Reading: Tyson Brummett went 7.2 innings, giving up a run on five hits. He struck out five and walked none. In relief, Antonio Bastardo threw 1.1 scoreless inning. The R-Phils won, 3-1.
Clearwater: Then there’s Kyle Drabek. Currently stunning the Florida State League, the former first-round draft pick stepped in during the second inning (Mike Zagurski opened the game with a scoreless inning) and slung straight hash for 6.2 frames. He gave up no runs, four hits and two walks while striking out 10. Drabek is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA, 26 strikeouts and five walks.