Aviators top 10: Jeffries, pitching staff coming around

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1. Getting (more) guys out

In this abstraction past week it was noted the the Aviators’ Daulton Jeffries had lowered his earned-run mean to a “closer to respectable” 5.25. On Tuesday, the right-hander checked El Paso connected 2 runs implicit six innings during which helium struck retired a season-high 9 and lowered his ERA to an adjacent person to respectable 5.00.

A's Minor League Report – July 21, 2021: RHP Daulton Jefferies allowed 2 runs connected 7 hits with 9 strikeouts implicit 6.0 innings successful his 3rd consecutive prime commencement for Las Vegas…his 1.22 WHIP ranks seventh among Triple-A pitchers. pic.twitter.com/skL9C4Ftzy

— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) July 21, 2021

2. James dandy

If Jeffries keeps getting guys out, helium soon whitethorn beryllium joining James Kaprielian successful Oakland. The Aviators’ opening-night pitcher tossed six shutout innings against the Angels Tuesday to amended his grounds to 5-3 and little his ERA to 2.65.

Heck of a day, @JamesKaprielian 👏

6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 K pic.twitter.com/CpH3jaSgSh

— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 20, 2021

3. Back to (almost) normal

After lighting up the scoreboard during astir of the season, the Aviators bushed struggling El Paso 5 times successful six tries during the caller homestand with astir of the wins coming successful comparatively low-scoring games. The Aviators scored treble digits lone once, and their lone nonaccomplishment came successful a 3-2 crippled they led 1-0 aft 7 innings.

That's a REYES DE PLATA WIN! pic.twitter.com/KOknVFE3FX

— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) July 21, 2021

4. Pitching in

The Aviators’ starting rotation allowed conscionable 23 hits and 7 walks successful 33 innings against El Paso. Jesús Luzardo, Miguel Romero, Paul Blackburn and Jefferies each went astatine slightest 5 innings, with Jeffries doing it twice.

Only 1 of Daulton Jeffries' outpouring appearances has been televised truthful he's flying nether the radar. But helium besides did this to Mookie Betts, and I deliberation he's coming for that 5th rotation spot. pic.twitter.com/Ao1T7l62cu

— Eric Samulski (@SamskiNYC) March 24, 2021

5. Baseball gods respond

And past the Aviators’ 4-3 extra-inning triumph implicit the Chihuahuas Tuesday was doubly delayed by lightning. Draw your ain conclusions.

@AviatorsLV summoning thing large ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/tmSgRpu3r2

— Brandon Monson (@BMonsoon) July 21, 2021

6. Frank the Tank: Distant rumble

After tearing up Triple-A West with 16 homers, 41 RBIs and a .317 batting mean that earned him a promotion to the A’s (where helium homered successful his archetypal at-bat), archetypal baseman Frank Schwindel was sent backmost to Las Vegas July 12 — and claimed disconnected waivers by the Chicago Cubs six days later. In his archetypal crippled with the Iowa Cubs, Schwindel went 2-for-5 with different agelong shot and drove successful four.

Your @GreatClips Clip of the Game is Frank Schwindel's archetypal deed arsenic a subordinate of the Cubs enactment past night! pic.twitter.com/T2uHkeB09w

— Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) July 21, 2021

7. They each count

After splitting a rain-suspended doubleheader astatine Salt Lake Friday, the Aviators person won 12 of their past 17 games. Five of the victories were against El Paso (27-38). But erstwhile the pitching unit sports an ERA of 6.29, sometimes you don’t propulsion the small food backmost successful the lake.

Tonight’s crippled has been postponed. pic.twitter.com/G3kWJC8BhP

— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) July 23, 2021

8. For Pete’s sake

Aviators shortstop Pete Kozma extended his latest mini-hitting streak to six games successful the opener astatine Salt Lake, giving him 5 hitting streaks of astatine slightest 5 games this season. Good for him, though Joe DiMaggio astir apt wouldn’t person been that impressed.

Joe Dimaggio's 56 crippled hitting streak came to an end, July 17, 1941. He started a 16 crippled hitting streak the adjacent game. pic.twitter.com/wPqPB0TS5I

— Baseball In Pics (@baseballinpix) July 17, 2021

9. Hitless Homer

Homer Bailey has allowed 5 hits successful 5 innings for the Aviators since signing a insignificant league declaration with the A’s — which is 5 much than helium allowed connected some Sept. 28, 2012, and July 2, 2013, erstwhile helium tossed no-hitters against the Pirates and Giants. It was the 3rd clip successful MLB past and the archetypal since Nolan Ryan successful 1974-75 that a pitcher fired the past no-hitter of 1 play and the archetypal of the next.

Well present that we are successful a upwind hold present astatine @SaltLakeBees V @AviatorsLV game, I conjecture I’ll station this large play by Homer Bailey successful the 1st IN. #oaklandathletics #MiLB pic.twitter.com/pTbYC8ilmv

— Matt (@bsblshots42) July 23, 2021

10. Aviators speedy quiz

Who was the lone subordinate to bargain much than 15 bases successful his rookie large league season, deed an inside-the-park location tally and deed for the rhythm (single, double, triple, location tally successful the aforesaid game) arsenic a Triple-A subordinate successful Las Vegas: A: Roberto Alomar. B. Carlos Baerga. C: Kevin McReynolds. D: John Kruk.

And blessed 54th to @JohnKruk_ESPN, who won the 1985 PCL batting rubric (.351) with the Las Vegas Stars. pic.twitter.com/e2mcQ6DlYx

— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) February 9, 2015

(The close reply is John Kruk, who stole 18 bases for the 1987 San Diego Padres and was the archetypal Las Vegas Star to deed an inside-the-park HR (vs. Portland successful 1985) and deed for the rhythm (vs. Edmonton successful 1984).

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