SCRANTON, Pa. — After three consecutive starts in which he’d allowed two runs or less,[more] Bryant’s Travis Wood ran into a hot-hitting Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees team in his most recent start for the Louisville Bats in the Triple-A International League.
On Friday, Wood pitched five innings allowing six earned runs on 11 hits. He walked just one and struck out six, absorbing the loss that made him 2-2 with the Bats since being assigned back to Louisville by the Cincinnati Reds in mid-June.
It was the lefty’s eighth start for the Bats. He’s worked 45 1/3 innings, allowed 48 hits and 14 walks while striking out 39. He has a 4.17 earned run average.
After pitching the last half of the 2010 season with the Reds (and, at one point down the stretch, being called the team’s most effective pitcher by the Cincinnati broadcast team), Wood was 5-5 to start this season. In 16 starts, he’d worked 91 1/3 innings, allowing 106 hits, 10 homers and 34 walks while striking out 65. He had a 5.11 ERA when he was reassigned to Louisville.
The Reds have struggled since Wood’s departure. On June 14, they were 36-33, 2.5 games behind Milwaukee and St. Louis in the National League’s Central Division. They are 55-59 going into their game on Monday, Aug. 8 against the Colorado Rockies, 9.5 games behind the Brewers.