On Friday and Saturday, four former Valley Leaguers started a game on the mound, and recorded a game score of 69 or better. To make it even more fun, the four games were on four different levels. From top to bottom:
- Chad Kuhl (New Market 2012), pitching for Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system, threw 6 shutout innings on Saturday against Norfolk. His team went on to lose the game, but Chad did all he could, putting up a game score of 69. In those 6 innings, he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 3. For the season so far, Chad is 2-0, 1.31, with 15 hits, 4 walks, and 17 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings pitched. Call him up!
- The best start of the four was turned in by Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012), who threw 7 shutout innings for Double-A Jackson, of the Seattle Mariners’ system (on Star Wars night!). Ryan allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 4, to earn a game score of 73. Ryan is now 1-1, 3.04 on the season, with 22 hits, 11 walks, and 23 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings pitched.
- Luke Leftwich (Aldie 2013) continued his strikeout tear for Low-A Lakewood (Phillies’ affiliate), which his dominating performance over Greenville on Friday. Luke finished 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and struck out 11 to earn a game score of 70. For the season, Luke is 1-1, 3.00, with 29 strikeouts in only 18 innings!
- Also on Friday, Brandon Gold (Harrisonburg 2014) turned in a masterful performance for Georgia Tech, as they defeated #15 Coastal Carolina, 9-1. Brandon threw 8 innings and allowed only 6 hits, 2 walks, 1 earned run, and struck out 5 for a game score of 69. By ERA, Brandon has been the best Yellow Jacket by a pretty fair margin this year. The junior is 5-2, 2.36, with 70 hits, 20 walks, and 59 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings.
Congrats to all four pitchers!