Oklahoma City RedHawks right-hander Nick Tropeano credits his fastball for his recent hot streak.
He was certainly on point Monday night, throwing seven shutout innings against the Pacific Coast League’s top offense and in a 5-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
“I think it’s just been my fastball command,” Tropeano said. “It’s been pretty good lately. With the fastball command, you can work off other pitches with that and keep hitters off balance.”
Since May 7, Tropeano has fired a quality start in six of his seven starts, and Monday’s came with Las Vegas activating top prospect Noah Syndergaard from the disabled list.
“Just knowing you got a chance to be in a pitcher’s duel,” Tropeano said. “Obviously he’s a great pitcher being the top prospect and it felt good.”
Syndergaard, who touched 99 mph, lasted just four innings on a 75-pitch limit, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
Tropeano did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. He allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out six on 97 pitches.
REDHAWKS REMAIN HOT AT THE PLATE
After pounding out 16 hits Sunday, the RedHawks collected 15 more against four Las Vegas pitchers.
Gregorio Petit homered for the second straight day and third in the last four games, a solo homer to open the third. He hit a walk-off homer Friday night in the 12th inning.
Kikè Hernandez and Ronny Torreyes each had four hits and drove in a run.