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- Louisville won big for once, beating Syracuse 8-2 behind a surprisingly strong pitching performance by Sean Gallagher. The prototypical retread went six strong innings, giving up just one run on 4 hits. Cody Puckett was 1-2, but drove in 2 runs on a first-inning single, and another on the rare sacrifice fly-double play. Bippity-boppity-Bill Rhinehart pinch-chucked a pumpkin in the ninth to add insult to injury, and Mike Costanzo continued to bang the AAAA drum with a 2-3 night. The Bats walked ten times in all in the game. Of their 13 hits, only 2 went for extra bases. Weird. Up next: Someone will oppose Syracuse tomorrow at 7.
- Pensacola beat Birmingham 5-2, scoring all of their runs in the 6th inning. Southern League All-Stars Joel Guzman and Ryan LaMarre went 1-4 and 1-5 respectively, and in other news I'm not totally sure what constitutes a Southern League All-Star. Guzman isn't really much of a prospect, and he's OPSing .702 as a 23 year-old 1B. Shrug. Hank-Rod, Cuetinho, and DoJo are the other 3 more deserving Wahoo All-Stars. Yordanys "Targarian" Perez drove in 3 in the explosive 5th inning with a double to center, and Tim Crabbe struck out 6 and walked 6 in his 5 innings of 2 run ball. Donnie Joseph five-finger-death-punched his way through 4 batters to get the 4 out save (though he walked a guy). Up next: Newest Wahoo Tony Cingrani takes on Birmingham at 8:05.
- Bakersfield beat Visalia 3-1. Josh Smith went 6 innings, giving up just a solo homer and 4 singles, picking up where he left off after being named Cal League pitcher of the week (joining acquaintance of mine Terry Doyle as a minor-league POTW...#namedropper). Billy Hamilton-->2 SB-->69 in 59 games, let's move on. "Peabo" Bryson Smith has done nothing but hit since being drafted out of the University of Florida 2 years ago, and it was business as usual as he knocked in his 35th run and stole his 8th base. Devin Lohman was responsible for the other two Blaze runs, and he stole a base as well. The Knockwurst seems to still be recovering from that foot injury. Up next: Andrew "Long Way from Moeller" Brackman takes on Modesto in the late game. First pitch at 10:05 eastern.
- Dayton did what the Reds wished they could've, beating Lake County in walkoff fashion in the 11th inning, 4-3. Kurtis "Weird Speller" Muller knocked in Kyle Waldrop from third with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to win the game after tying it in the ninth thanks to some clutch hitting from Sean Buckley and Nick O'Shea. The former went 3-5 with 2 doubles, and is now slashing .389/.450/.556 in his last ten games. Good to see one of last year's favorites turning it on a bit. Despite 12 hits, the team was only 4-14 with RISP, but it seems the early-season offensive struggles that plagued the Dragons are starting to fade now that guys like Buckley are hitting, and they've won 6 of their last 8. Stalin Gerson gave up 3 runs in his 5 innings, though Cole Green, Carlos Contreras, and James Allen (who snagged the double-U) combined for six scoreless 3-hit innings to wrap it up. Up next: Pleasant surprise Jacob Johnson takes on Lake County at 7.