No new pics of any Reds farmhands this week, so I guess the former MVP of the California Penal League will have to do.
- Louisville won 2 of 3 over the weekend. They lost 3-1 to Charlotte on Friday, behind a just-off-the-DL Pedro Villarreal, who gave up 3 runs in 6 innings. Chris Valaika (remember him?) was 2-for-3. They won 4-3 on Saturday behind Sean Gallagher, who also threw 6 innings of 3-run ball. Chad Reineke took the mound on Sunday, where he gave up 2 runs in 7 innings en route to a 4-2 win. Mike Costanzo was 3-for-4 with a homer, and Denis Phipps and Cody Puckett honked wangers as well. Up next: Tim Gustafson takes on Toledo at 7:05.
- Pensacola lost 2 of their 3 over the weekend. They won 8-5 on Friday behind a 2-for-4 night by David Vidal, who hit a homer. Billy Hamilton had 2 hits too, and stole 3 bases. Chad Rogers gave up 1 run in 5 innings. They broke open a 1-1 tie in the 11th on Saturday with 4 runs in the top of the inning, only to have Mark Serrano give up 5 in the bottom to lose 6-5. Tony Cingrani got the start in that game and pitched 5 shutout innings (ho hum), and Andrew Means had a pinch-hit homer. They lost 7-4 on Sunday as Kyle Lotzkar gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. Billy Hamilton stole 3 more bases to up his total for the season to 125. There are no MLB teams with as many SB as Snax. Up next: Daniel Corcino takes on Huntsville at 7:43. Yeah... 7:43. I don't know either.
- Bakersfield had a winning weekend. They won 5-1 on Friday as Theo Bowe went 3-for-5 with his 44th stolen base. So close, T-Bowe. Tanner Robles gave up 1 run in 5 innings. They won 5-3 on Saturday with Jamie Walczak getting the start. Devin Lohman, Travis Mattair, and Steve Selsky had 3 hits apiece. Sunday was a 6-5 loss in 10 innings, where Juan Duran hit his 10th homer. Josh Smith gave up 1 run in 6 innings, and hey, Andrew Brackman pitched a scoreless inning too. Maybe he wasn't a complete waste after all. Up next: Off day!
- Dayton is all of a sudden good, sweeping their weekend. They won 5-1 on Friday with 6 shutout innings by Stalin Gerson. Juan Perez was 2-for-4. Perez had 2 triples in Saturday's 6-5 win. Jacob Johnson gave up 4 runs in 4 2/3 innings. They won 11-5 on Sunday in a slugfest where Perez and Nick O'Shea both clubbed homers and James Allen struck out 7 in 5 innings of work. Up next: Bob Steve takes on Great Lakes at 7:05.
- Billings won all 3 of their games over the weekend to bring their winning streak to 4. Matt Lentz was 3-for-5 with a homer to lead the 'Stangs to a 6-4 win. Andrew Cisco gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. They traded runs in the 8th and 9th inning to win 9-8 on Saturday. Brandon Dailey was 4-for-5 and was a homer away from the cycle, and his infield counterpart Taylor Wrenn had 4 hits too. Jose Amezcua got the start. They won 8-4 on Sunday was Jesse Winker had 3 hits. Up next: Ismael Guillon takes on Great Falls at 9:05.
- The AZL Reds won 3 of their 4 weekend games. They split a doubleheader on Friday with a 15-5 loss and a 5-2 win. Luke Moran and Abel de los Santos gave up a bunch of runs in Game 1, and Michael Salter pitched 5 shutout innings in Game 2. They won 15-2 on Saturday. Brent Peterson and Humberto Valor were each 4-for-6. Sunday was a 4-3 win as Jose Williams pitched 6 1-hit innings and gave up no runs and struck out 5 (with no walks). Wow. Up next: AZL Halos at 10.