Sorry about the late edition this morning, some technical difficulties felled the BK homestead last night, and long story short, I had no internet access until about 9 this morning. So here you go.
Looking at the rosters, a few changes to be reported on. On the DL in Louisville are pitchers Jared Burton and Bill Bray. Aguido Gonzalez is on the shelf in Lynchburg, with Mark Serrano taking his place on the active roster. To the games:
- Louisville's Sam LeCure had the performance of the evening, pitching a gem to destroy Columbus 8-2. LeCure went 8 shutout innings, and only gave up 2 hits and no walks, with 9 Clippers struck out against him. Chris Heisey led the offense going 2-for-5 with 4 RBI, including a 3-run shot for his 3rd home run of the season and his second in as many days. Wladimir Balentien extended his hitless streak to 9 AB with an 0-for-4 performance, and Zack Cozart, Chris Valaika, and Corky Miller all had two hits and an RBI. Up next: There's no starter listed, but it should be Travis Wood taking the hill against Toledo at 7:05.
- Carolina lost a squeaker to Tennessee 2-1, with a run given up in the 9th to break a 1-1 tie. Matt Klinker had a great start, only giving up 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings, but Jordan Smith gave up the winning run in the 9th. This was a pitchers' duel, as Cubs prosect Andrew Cashner only allowed 2 hits to Mudcats in his 7 innings of work. Of the Mudcats 3 hits on the evening, Denis Phipps had two of them. Up next: Dallas Buck gets the Smokies next, this one starting at 11 AM this morning.
- Lynchburg got the bats going in a 9-5 slugfest win against Salem. Josh Fellhauer, Dave Sappelt, and Jose Gualdron all went 3-for-5, and the Hillcats had 17 hits overall. Matt Fairel followed up his no-hit outing last time with a lesser outing this time, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings on 6 hits. Jordan Hotchkiss, Mace Thurman, and Jeremy Horst combined to give up no earned runs in 5 relief innings to preserve the win. Up next: Curtis Partch takes on Salem at 7:05.
- Dayton lost a close game to South Bend 4-3. Chris Richburg and Mark Fleury led the Dragons with 2 hits each, and Pedro Villarreal's one bad inning left the team in a hole they never came all the way back from. Junior Martinez and Ezequiel Infante combined for 4 shutout innings of relief. Up next: Brian Pearl takes on West Michigan at 7.