Jacks Jabber - June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

KOKOMO, IND. – It’s a home and away week, as the Kokomo Jackrabbits are at the friendly Kokomo Municipal Stadium confines Tuesday, June 13; Saturday, June 17; and Sunday, June 18, while taking to the road for three in a row from Wednesday – Friday, June 14-16.

First-year field manager Gary McClure’s crew sports a 5-7 first half record in the Prospect League which put them fourth in the Eastern Division, three games behind Chillicothe for first and just one behind a second-place tie between Butler and Champion City. The Jackrabbits host league rival Lafayette at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday; visit Champion City Wednesday and Butler Thursday and Friday for similar 6:35 p.m. first pitches; and welcome the Kings Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and the Aviators at 3:05 p.m. Sunday.

A WORD FROM OUR PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT: The third $2 Tuesday event of the year is on the docket for the fifth installment of the 2017 Battle for State Highway 26. Upon entry into KMS, fans can purchase soda, hot dogs, burgers and beer for $2 each. The weekend features a tribute to the classic 1970s disco movie “Saturday Night Fever” as a post-game disco party is scheduled for Saturday along with a temporary tattoo giveaway to children 12 and under, while Sunday’s highlighted by a kids club game and team pennant giveaway along with the second Super Soaker and post-game catch events on the field.

SKY-ROCKETING OFFENSE: The Brown and Gold enter the week have produced 10-or-more hits in five successive games. It’s part of a stratospheric .320 batting average over the last seven games with the trio of outfielders Frankie Jezioro and Luke Fegen and infielder Imani Willis sporting individual averages of .400 or higher in the span … Fegen, behind a five-game hit streak that includes four contests with multiple safeties, has leapt 275 points (.125-.405) since the season’s second game with his current average sitting seventh-highest in the PL. He’s also among the top five in hits (17) and doubles (five) … Infielder Romero Harris is just outside the league’s top 10 average-wise (.367). Like Fegen, he’s hit safely in five straight.

LOOKING DEEPER STATISTICALLY: The bullpen duo of Quentin Miller and Trey Bickel haven’t been nicked for an earned run by opposing offenses. Their numbers are remarkable, combining for 21 and two-third innings of work where they’ve struck out 32 (16 each) and given up only 11 hits … The starting pitching news is just as strong. Mike Anthony and Will Freeman are one-two in the PL in strikeouts (23 and 21, respectively), and Anthony’s 1.80 earned run average is fourth-lowest among pitchers with two-or-more starts.
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