Since we last left our hero (Oliver Perez) he was struggling to find playing time within the Harrisburg clubhouse, going almost a month in between starts. Now it seems as though Perez has been given a spot in the starting rotation and has been pitching on a regular 5-day's rest. Spawned by his performance last night, which could be considered one of his best starts of the year by far, let's take a look at how he has been pitching lately, via his last 3 starts.
July 27th - 5.2 Innings vs. Bowie
This start was a mixed bag for Perez, though at first glance it looks as though he did really well. He went 5.2 Innings for a no decision (the team scored runs after he left), and only gave up 6 hits and 1 Earned Run. The downside to what was almost a "quality start" was that he walked 5 batters while only striking out 3.
July 2nd - 5.0 Innings vs. Reading
Building off of a strong start on the 27th, Perez put together a gem for the Senators and left after 5 innings with a 3-1 lead (a game the Sens would go on to lose 8-4 thanks to a bullpen meltdown). In this appearance, Ollie was able to flip the walks and strikeouts from his last start (5 k's and 3 bb). He gave up 3 hits, one of which was a solo shot against Tuffy Gosewisch (seriously), a catcher for the Phillies.
July 7th - 6.2 Innings vs. Erie
This was Ollie's best start since going a 6 inning, 5 hit, 5 k, 0 run outing on May 29th. Sunday afternoon he showed flashes of brilliance, going 6.2 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run, which was a solo homer by the SeaWolves DH Brandon Douglas. Perez picked up his first AA win since that May 29 outing.
This year Oliver Perez has pitched, and started, 11 games for the AA Harrisburg Senators for a total of 53.1 innings. In those appearances he has only given up more than 3 runs once, and that was after a 15 day layoff.
Total Stats: 53.1 IP. 11 Starts. 3-2 Record. 3.04 ERA. 1.294 WHIP. 37 K. 17 BB.
Given these last 3 starts, it appears that Ollie is finally settling in and getting comfortable on the mound again. We will help you stay tuned to his progress, because you just might be seeing him in the majors come September 1.
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