Kyri Washington had a tough last five games, going two for 15, both doubles, but managed to draw eight walks in that span. He also came around to score twice in the last five games. The ability to draw walks, even when the hits are not coming, is an encouraging skill especially at this lower level of the minors. Washington has a .283/.339/.556 batting line this season, slugging 17 doubles, four triples, and 12 homers while driving in 55 runs in 59 games.
Anderson Espinoza is continuing the growing pains of any young talented playe, allowing six runs over 8.2 innings over his last two startsr. He has exceeded the 80 pitch mark in two of his last three starts, with 87 and 92. His last time out, he allowed four earned runs over five innings, striking out three and walking none. On July 1 he allowed his first ever professional home run. Considering, it took 120 innings for that to happen, it was an impressive feat to go that long before allowing a home run. Hopefully, he can continue to be stingy allowing the home runs. In 71 innings this year, he has a 4.18 ERA, allowing 71 hits, walking 25 batters and striking out 65.
Josh Ockimey has tailed off somewhat since his hot start to the season. After a 1.016 OPS through May, he slumped to a .766 mark in June. Remember these are still young players adjusting to the grind of a full season. Ockimey has already exceeded his total number of games in a season, with 73. He is just five for his last 41 with 14 strikeouts. The Philadelphia native was able to slug two homers during that span and walk four times. His yearly numbers are still very good, .271/.402/.488 including 12 homers on the season.
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