Pitching and Defense
The starters were good. The bullpen was lights out. Eight relievers combined to allow three runs in 20 and 1/3 innings over the span of 6 games. The closing combo on Brendan McCurry and Aaron West continue to get the job done out of the bullpen, even though it was McCurry that earned the team’s lone loss of the week – allowing a pair of unearned runs on Friday because of an Alex Bregman throwing error.
Of the starters it was Francis Martes who put together one of his best starts yet in Corpus Christi on Thursday – blanking the Midland Rockhounds through 6 and 2/3rds innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out nine.
Over his last four starts (19 2/3rds innings), Martes has allowed three runs and struck out 23 batters. Martes has continued to improve as the seasons progresses, his ERAs in April, May, and June are 9.00, 3.44, and 0.69 respectively.
***Stats from MiLB.com and Baseball Reference***