Brandon Erbe pitched three solid innings in his second rehab assignment in Aberdeen on Friday, allowing just one run off and striking out three. He would get a no-decision in the 9-2 loss against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
He threw 30 pitches in the outing, 27 of them strikes. Most of them were fastballs, which were consistently thrown at 91-93 miles per hour. After the first inning, Erbe mixed up his fastball with his offspeed pitches consisting of his changeup, curveball, and slider. His curveball looked solid, while his slider is not consistent right now.
The only hit off of Erbe was by Ralph Henriquez, who took a high-70s offspeed pitch over the right field wall for a home run. But no one else would reach base when Erbe was on the mound.
After the game Erbe was not available for comment, but manager Gary Kendall thought his starter looked much better in this game than in his first appearance, when he allowed two runs on four hits on June 21st.
“He commanded his fastball; he threw some real good sliders against right handed hitters.”
Erbe’s next scheduled start will be Wednesday when the Ironbirds return from Staten Island to play the Oneonta Tigers. If he has the start for Aberdeen, Kendall says the plan will be to have him throw 60-65 pitches in the outing.
The loss drops Aberdeen down to 3-4 on the season. They will play Brooklyn again Saturday to complete the six-game homestand.
Also on a rehab assignment in Aberdeen is shortstop Blake Davis. He has reached base with a walk or hit in all six games he has played in while trying to get his timing back. All of his hits have been singles.