Mississippi State baseball alumni roundup: Holder throws two scoreless, Renfroe hits 30th HR

 

Ben Portnoy

 

 

STARKVILLE -- It was a relatively slow week for Mississippi State baseball alums. 

 

At the Major League level -- Jonathan Holder has seemingly righted his recent woes. Holder tossed two innings of no-hit relief Saturday as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-2. 

 

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mitch Moreland continues his return from injury. Moreland has hits in three of his seven games following his 1 1/2 month absence. 

 

In St. Louis, Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson was shelled in both his starts this week. Hudson allowed eight runs on 13 hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. The rough outings marked just the second time this season Hudson lost back-to-back games. 

 

On the West Coast, San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe notched his 30th home run of the season Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is one of just eight players to reach the 30-homer plateau. 

 

At Triple-A, Toledo Mud Hens centerfielder Jacob Robson extended his hitting streak to four games. He now has hits in eight of his last 10 games -- including three multi-hit games. Robson is currently hitting .276 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs on the year. 

 

Moving down to Double-A, J.P. France finally cracked. Following back-to-back seven inning outings for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, France was yanked after just two innings Friday. He allowed five runs on six hits while striking out two. It was just the second time in seven outings France lasted less than five innings. 

 

Conversely, Konnor Pilkington rebounded from a less-than-stellar appearance with a six-inning, three-hit outing Saturday. Pilkington added seven strikeouts -- tying his best mark in the last 10 games. 

 

Winston-Salem Dash teammate Jacob Lindgren had a solid week of his own. Lindgren threw four innings of one-hit relief over two appearances -- striking out seven batters over that span. 

 

Pilkington and Lindgren were also afforded a visit from former MSU coach and current athletic director John Cohen over the weekend. 

 

At Single-A, all-time SEC hits leader Jake Mangum has begun to find his stride. Mangum rode a seven-game hit streak into Sunday before finishing 0-for-1 with a strikeout. The recent run bumps his season batting average from .210 to .236. 

 

On the mound, 2019 Bulldogs Trysten Barlow and Ethan Small had prolific weeks of their own. Barlow threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings across two games, striking out seven batters. He has allowed just one run in 12 innings pitched this season. 

 

Small notched his longest outing of the season -- a three-inning, five-strikeout affair Friday in his first game with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The promotion moves him from Rookie League to Single-A.

 

Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.

 

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