Louisville won in walk-off fashion, 5-4, over the alliteratively accurate but cartographically curious Buffalo Bisons. Brett Tomko made his first start back from the DL, and was on a pitch count like a rookie-leaguer, going just 3 innings. He also pitched like a rookie-leaguer in AAA, giving up 3 runs in those 3 innings, on 4 hits with 3 walks. Despite the early hole that the Bats were put in, it was Didi Gregorius (whoa, SB Nation recognizes his name finally!) to the rescue, who crushed-o a one-o out-o Pedro Beato pitch-o to right field for the game-ender as part of a 3-5 night. The power surge continues for the son of Mariek. Felix "Cat" Perez and Mike Costanzo, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms each had 2 hits for the 'Ville. J.J. "Ondrusek" Hoover got the win in relief. Up next: Someone gets Buffalo at 7:05.
- Pensacola lost 6-2 to the Huntsville Stars, who I hadn't heard of until just now. It hasn't been a good few days for our high-upside pitching prospects in Pensacola, as Kyle Lotzkar followed bad starts by Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino with one of his own. Lotzkar was notzkar goodzkar (have I made that joke before? I feel like I have...), giving up 4 runs (3 earned from 3 honked poutines) on 6 hits in 4 innings, walking 3 and striking out 5. The good news is that Billy Hamilton went back to doin' the damn thang, stealing his ninth AA base, despite an 0-3 evening. Not much offense from the Wahoos, as Peabo Bryson Smith was the only guy with multiple hits, and not a single one had a hit go for extra bases. I blame Jamie Ramsey's cats. Up next: Someone will oppose the Stars tomorrow.
Bakersfield battled valiantly to beat San Jose, 4-2. Josh "Generic" Smith struck out 8 in his 5 innings of work, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 2. T-Bowe and T-Mattair each singled in a run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Blaze the lead, and Andrew Brackman of all people nailed down his first High-A save with a clean-enough inning (1 hit, 0 walks). The Selsquatch had another double, and Niko Vasquez had 2 hits to help out on the home front. Up next: Chris Buckley took the day off, because no one has named any starters yet, but the Blaze take on San Jose at 7:30 my time.
- Dayton rained fire from the skies on the Great Lakes Loons, only losing by 2 runs! The Dragons fell 9-7 as the Loons scored 5 unanswered to close out the game off of The Jingleheimer and Ryan "Not Matt" Kemp, with 4 halal outs by El'Hajj Muhammad in between. Nick O'Shea, Sean Buckley, and Kyle Waldrop walloped wangers, and Juan Perez had 2 hits, but a win was not to be. But hey, Yorman Rodriguez walked! Up next: James Allen (6-3, 3.77) hopes to put the Loons in the loony bin at 7:05. Unfortunately, he's facing Duke von Schamann, so I assume Dayton will lose since they don't have anyone to fight off Mecha-Hitler in Castle Wolfenstein.
Billings won a slugfest, beating the Grand Junction Rockies 12-11, on a 10th inning titty-twister from Robert Maddox. The Best
PageHitter in the UniverseGame criticized some children, his eighth of the year, to win the game. Beau Amaral had 3 doubles and a walk from the leadoff spot (what a concept...) and Seth Mejias-Brean went 3-5 with a solo whippersnapper, and I'm tired of him doing well because I have to look up how to spell his damn name every single time I write one of these. Jon Moscot pitched his standard 2 innings, giving up his first earned run in the Pioneer League (3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K). The Mustang pitching staff was done no favors by their defense, as Billings committed 5 errors in the game. Joel Bender got his shiny, metal ass kicked, giving up 6 runs (4 earned) in his two innings, including a 2-run Futurama. The game featured 4 blown saves between the two teams. Up next: 'Stangs are off. The Helena Brewers come to town on Friday at 9:05.
- The AZL Reds whooped up on the AZL Rangers in a World Series foreshadowing, 8-3. Daniel Paula and Humberto Valor each had 2 hits, and Tanner Rahier knocked in 3 runs to back a lot of pitchers I haven't or have only marginally heard of. Yay rookie leagues! Up next: The lil guys take on the AZL A's at 10:00.