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Bahr bears down for Wood Ducks

Rangers No. 15 prospect allows one hit in six shutout innings
Jason Bahr has reduced his Carolina League ERA from 6.97 to 4.55 in his last two starts. (Down East Wood Ducks)
August 25, 2018

Jason Bahr came close to being flawless again.The 15th-ranked Rangers prospect recorded his second straight scoreless start, giving up one hit over six innings, as Class A Advanced Down East rolled to a 16-0 romp over Myrtle Beach on Saturday at Grainger Stadium.

Jason Bahr came close to being flawless again.
The 15th-ranked Rangers prospect recorded his second straight scoreless start, giving up one hit over six innings, as Class A Advanced Down East rolled to a 16-0 romp over Myrtle Beach on Saturday at Grainger Stadium.

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"I started them out with mostly fastballs and changeups tonight, mixed in a few sliders here and there," Bahr said. "It was a lot of fastballs early though pretty much."
Bahr (2-3) allowed four hits over five frames his last time out against Salem on Aug. 18. It was his first scoreless outing since he threw six innings of three-hit ball for San Jose in the Giants organization.
"I was mostly just attacking the zone last time," he said. "I didn't walk anybody that time and I think I threw well and trying to limit the walks and baserunners. Tonight, I was also able to make that happen."
Acquired from San Francisco on July 8 with right-hander Cory Gearrin and veteran outfielder Austin Jackson for a player to be named or cash considerations, Bahr retired the first 10 Pelicans, striking out the side in the third. He walked Cubs No. 5 prospect Aramis Ademan with out one out in the fourth but quickly erased him by getting Jhonny Pereda to ground into a double play.
"It's good when you get those and get the two outs right away," Bahr said. "It's almost like where the baserunners don't matter. You can just get out of the inning wherever they are, which is huge."
Jared Young singled leading off the fifth and Roberto Caro walked, but Bahr benefited from another double play, this one off the bat of Christian Donahue, to escape unscathed. The 23-year-old worked a perfect sixth and exited after throwing 53 of 78 pitches for strikes.
Bahr has kept his pitch count low since joining the Wood Ducks, not topping 80 while working at least five innings in four of seven Carolina League starts. 
"I've been getting ahead with strike one," he said. "After that, it's really just about attacking hitters."
Bahr started the season with Class A Augusta and is back on the East Coast after spending time with San Jose.
"It took a while to get adjusted. I had to get used to it," he said. "I think at this point, I think I would say I've gotten used to it, but it did take a little bit at first."
With likely only a start or two left this year, Bahr is looking to carry the momentum of his last two outings.

"I want to get out there and stay healthy and finish what I've been doing the past few starts," he said. "I think right now things are going really good, so I just want to keep at it."
Kaleb Fontenot struck out two and worked around two hits over the final three innings for his first Carolina League save.
As part of a 16-hit attack, Andretty Cordero homered, drove in four runs and scored three times for the Wood Ducks. Alex Kowalczyk homered and plated three runs, while top Rangers prospect Leody Taveras contributed three hits and a pair of RBIs.

Marisa Ingemi is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Ingemi.