A little change from the normal format this week, as SBN started cracking down on our photo use in this space. We can only use SBN approved images, and based on their vast minor league image archive, this is the closest I can get to a picture of Tony Cingrani, who is still tearing up the minor leagues. He's at a 1.17 ERA on the year, with a 85/17 K/BB ratio, and after pitching in rookie ball last season, is now tearing up AA and could see AAA by the end of the year. There might not be a more dominant pitcher in the minor leagues right now. I guess I'll just assume that I think it's a better story than SBN does.
On the other side of things, Dayton is still struggling, the rest of the Pensacola rotation is totally awesomeredlobsterbiscuits, and Louisville still doesn't have any help for the struggling bench outside of Joey Gathright, who nobody really wants.
Let's see what we can do with our given resources for what's usually in this sp
After a slow start to the season, he's OPSing .822 in his last 10 games (with an OBP of .410) to start getting his season back on track. Good sign.
He's the new closer in Louisville, and deserves it. He's still sporting a 0.84 ERA, with 48 strikeouts to only 8 walks in 32 1/3 innings. For me, he's jumped to the top of the list as far as guys I want to see at the big league level soon.
He's batting .324/.457/.432 in his last 10. I'm wondering if he'll hit 100 stolen bases before he gets to AA... it's a coin flip to see what happens first.
You know what, this is tedious and I don't feel like picking on Andrew Brackman this week. Let's check out how our teams did, eh?
- Louisville won 2 of their 3 games over the weekend. They lost 7-3 to Syracuse as Ryan Feierabend got lit up for 7 runs in less than 5 innings. No, I've never heard of him either. Apparently, he's a former 3rd round pick by the Mariners who was a starter for them from '06-'08 who started this year playing independent ball. Goody. Anyway, Dioner Navarro went 2-for-3 with a 1 honker wanged and Bill Rhinehart had 3 hits. They were able to bounce back on Saturday with a 9-5 win against Scranton, as Rhinehart and Daniel Dorn homered for the good guys, and Chad Reineke gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. On Sunday, they squeaked one out 5-4 as Joey Gathright and Neftali Soto had two hits each, with Soto hitting his 8th dinger of the year. Donnie Joseph made his AAA debut in this game, retiring all 6 batters he faced to get the save. Aww right. Up next: Pedro Villarreal takes on Scranton at 7:05.
- Pensacola swept their weekend to extend their winning streak to 4 games. They won 3-0 on Friday behind (surprise!) a great start by Tony Cingrani. He pitched 6 shutout innings, with 9 strikeouts and 2 walks to take his ERA down to 1.42. Brodie Greene led the way on offense, going 3-for-4 with a homer, brah. Kyle Lotzkar was the awesome pitcher du jour on Saturday, pitching 5 innings and giving up only 1 unearned run as the Wahoos rolled to a 3-1 win. Ryan LaMarre and Joel Guzman had two hits each. They won again on Sunday, 4-3 in 10 innings. Didi Gregorius was 2-for-4. Up next: Daniel Corcino at 8:05.
- Bakersfield won 2 of 3 against Modesto. They won 6-5 on Friday. Andrew Brackman gave up 5 runs in 3 innings, and is the biggest waste of talent I've ever seen. They lost 2-1 in extras on Saturday, as Jamie Walczak gave up 1 run in 4 2/3 but only got 3 hits in 10 innings of run support. Sunday was much better, as the Blaze smacked 15 hits to win 9-4. Billy Hamilton, Bryson Smith, and Dominic D'Anna had 3 hits each, with Snax stealing base number 71 of the season. That's more than any major league team has so far. Up next: Stockton at 10:05.
- Dayton lost 2 of their 3 games. They got punked 14-6 on Friday, despite a quality start from Jacob Johnson, where Steve Selsky and Yovan Gonzalez homered. They lost again 8-1 to BG, as Daniel Tuttle got knocked around. Worth mentioning that Bill Bray pitched a scoreless inning on a rehab outing. They won 6-1 on Sunday, as Rowdy Raddy Quezada gave up 1 run in 6 innings. He's my favorite Dragon right now. Up next: Tanner Robles gets Bowling Green at 7.