If it were not for the no-hitter/no-walk outing Stephen Strasburg threw in AA yesterday through 5 innings of work, Chad Jenkins would have had the most dominant start of the day in the minors, and one of the best of the season. Lansing (12-7) won the game decisively, 6-0, and has now won 9 of their last 10 games to become of the hottest teams in the minors. They also now sit only 2 game back of Lake County (CLE) for the division lead.
Chad’s line for the day was: 8 IP/ 6 HA/ 1 BB/ 9 Ks/ 0 ER
The outing lowered Chad’s season ERA to 3.75, down from 5.63, and went a long way to refueling his confidence on the mound. It was his first win as a pro and by far his most dominating performance, as no West Michigan hitter made it past 2nd base. He got outs in many different ways, getting 6 by way of pop out, and 7 by way of ground outs.
SS Kevin Nolan (.205) and OF Brad McElroy (.344) both had 2 hits and hit their 4th doubles of the season, while McElroy was able to add a stolen base. C A.J. Jimenez (.414) continued his torrid start to the season with a 2 for 3 day and he added his very impressive 7th SB in 7 games. If his start is for real and continues through the season, it will mean that the Jays have an embarrassment of riches at the position and will have many trade chips to use in the future. CF Kenny Wilson was able to get on base twice with 1 hit and 1 walk, and added his 8th SB of the year.
This team is proving to be very, very good and has all types of great players to go and watch. Hopefully those who can make a pit stop in Lansing and take a game or two in to see this team play first hand.
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