TERRE HAUTE — Trevor Sutton’s goal for this summer is to show his coaches at Memphis that he can be a front-line starter.
This past season, the sophomore-to-be right-hander from Murfreesboro, Tenn., threw 34 innings in 16 appearances for the Tigers.
But if Friday’s game is any indication, Sutton is making a very good case for himself joining the Memphis rotation.
Sutton threw eight innings in his second start of the summer for the Danville Dans, allowing just two runs and three hits as his team won its fifth game in a row with a 5-2 victory over the Terre Haute Rex before a season-high crowd of 1,016 at Bob Warn Field. It’s the fifth straight victory for the Danville Dans.
“It’s probably been more than a year since I’ve gone more than four or five innings,’’ Sutton said. “I knew I had to keep my pitch count low, and I had to pitch to contact. Me and Paddy (O’Brien) got into a good rhythm tonight.’’
The 6-foot-3 righty needed just 91 pitches in his eight innings with 58 of those being for strikes. He walked two and struck out one, but Terre Haute got only one ball out of the infield in his final two innings.
“Outstanding job, he gave us a chance, an opportunity to win,’’ Danville manager Eric Coleman said. “It was his second start of the season, he came out threw strikes and he kept the ball down. Anytime he gives us that kind of opportunity for us, we will score runs and we did tonight.’’
Sutton cruised through the first two innings with just 17 pitches, but a solo home run by Caleb Caton of the Rex in the third inning not only broke up the shutout and tied the game at 1-1, but it also appeared to rattle Sutton, who had his next pitch fly inside and get Terre Haute’s Ryan Sabo.