I don’t know if anyone ever calls Great Lakes Loons right-hander Chris Mathewson “Christy,” but he deserved to be on Tuesday because he pitched like a Hall-of-Famer. But despite his standout performance, he was in line to get a loss until his team rallied for five runs in the top of the 9th inning to beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-1.
Mathewson pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one hit (a Javier Hernandez single) and two walks while striking out six batters. He gave up one unearned run, which scored when Loons leftfielder Carlos Rincon dropped a two-out fly ball in the 3rd inning.
Loons reliever Evy Ruibal ended up getting the win after pitching two scoreless innings and Great Lakes plated five runs in the 9th. Cody Thomas and Nick Yarnall each hit two-run singles for the Loons.
Mathewson is 3-2 with a 2.99 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 28 walks in 75.1 innings (17 games/eight starts) for the Loons this season.
Siri’s streak reaches 37
Dayton Dragons outfielder Jose Siri hit the first pitch he saw Tuesday for a double, extending his hitting streak to 37 straight games.
One day earlier, the Cincinnati Reds prospect broke the 40-year-old Midwest League record for longest hitting streak by hitting safely in his 36th consecutive game. The previous record of 35 straight games was set by Tony Toups of the 1977 Waterloo Indians.
D-backs call up Reinheimer
The Arizona Diamondbacks called up former Clinton LumberKings shortstop Jack Reinheimer, who played in the Midwest League in 2014.
The then-Seattle Mariners prospect batted .264 with 2 HR, 46 RBI and 34 SB in 110 games with the LumberKings. He was traded to the Diamondbacks as part of a six-player swap in June 2015.
The first time Reinheimer gets in a game for the Diamondbacks will be his major-league debut.