Louisville took one out of three against Toledo over the weekend. Pedro Villareal was a tough luck loser on Friday, going 6 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) with 5 Ks and no walks. Jose "Call Him Up" Arredondo and Chad Reineke combined for a pair of scoreless innings, but the offense was held to only 4 hits and the Bats lost 2-1. The Bats were victim to the beatemdown on Saturday, losing 8-0. Louisville was held to just two hits on the day, one of them belonging to Cool Papa Billy and he made the most of his time one the basepaths, stealing his 7th bag of the season. Cuetinho gave up 2 runs over 5 innings before Riggleman turned the game over to the bullpen, and things got ugly. Mark Prior got banged around for 4 runs on 4 hits in 2/3 of an inning, ballooning his ERA from 0.00 to 7.71. The Bats salvaged the weekend by winning 2-1 on Sunday. Once and future Redleg, Tony Cingrani got a tuneup start, throwing 2 innings and striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. The Cinnerman looks to bring his insane 17.5 K/9 up north to take over for Johnny Cueto. Cingrani most likely won't strike batters out at a Chapmanian rate in the majors, but depending on the severity of Cueto's injury, someone's going to need to fill in for somewhere between 5-10 starts. I've been slightly bearish on Tony's major league prospects, but I'd love for him to prove me wrong. Up Next: The Bats head to Columbus where they will be warmly welcomed by the Red Reporter Cap City contingent. First pitch is at 6:35pm ET, starters are TBD.
Pensacola won one of four against the Bay Bears. The Wahoos split a double header on Friday, winning 1-0 in game one and falling 2-1 in the night cap. The bats have not woken up from their winter slumber down in Pensacola yet, but the pitching has been solid. In game one, Tim "King" Crabbe threw 6 scoreless innings with 4 Ks and 1 BB. Yohan "Who?" Pino started the second game, and struck out 7 in 4 innings with no walks and 2 hits. The Wahoos lost 5-2 on Saturday. Moose Mattair and Donald Lutz provided all the offense, each knocking a solo wurst. Hanging Chad Rogers hurled 6 innings of 1-run, 2-hit ball with 5 Ks and a walk. Unfortunately, the bullpen. As Lanky Loek Van Mil and Chris Manno coughed up a pair of runs each. Sunday was a repeat of Saturday's 5-2 loss, with the bullpen spoiling another solid start, this time from Ryan Dennick. David Vidal wanged his first honker of the year and the Knockwurst drove in the other Wahoos run. Up Next: The Jacksonville Suns head to town with Daniel Renken taking the hill at 8pm ET.
Bakersfield followed the trend and won one game over the weekend. The Blaze scored 6 runs on 8 hits on Friday, en route to a 6-4 victory over Stockton. Kyle Waldrop belted a blammo and Yorman "Sugar Man" Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double and drove in 3 runs. James Allen pitched to the score, throwing 4.2 innings of 3-run ball with 2 strikeouts. On Saturday, the Blaze mounted a 9th inning comeback before ultimately losing 4-3 in 12 innings. Rowdy Radhames Quezada had a Volquez-ian start, walking 7 batters and giving up 3 runs in 2.2 innings. Pat Doyle, Jimmy "Get a Brain" Moran, and Hajjy Muhammad combined for 7.1 scoreless innings before Mike Denhardt got tagged with the loss. Bako got smoked on Sunday, losing 9-2. DJ Tanner Robles learned the hard way that walks will haunt, as he allowed four free passes and gave up 7 runs (6 earned) over 2.2 innings. Third baseman Juan "High Ho" Silverio was a wanger away from the cycle, going 3-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Up Next: The 66'ers head to Bakersfield tonight at 10;15pm ET for the start of a three game series. No starter has been announced yet.
Dayton went one for four against the Great Lakes loons. On Friday, the Dragons scored 8 runs on 5 hits thanks to 3 Great Lakes errors and won 8-5. Ismael Guillon struck out 7 batters in 4 innings, giving up two runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. Humberto Valor went 1-3 with a 2-run dinger. The Dragons played a double header on Saturday, and only managed 2 runs. Dayton lost 2-1 in game one where Wangin' Wagner Gomez went yard, and Drew Cisco pitched 7 innings of one run ball. Sloppy Sal Romano got smacked around in the nightcap, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits in 5.3 innings and the Dragons lost 5-2. On Sunday Robert Stephenson had one of the worst starts of his professional career, allowing 8 runs (6 earned) in 2.2 innings. He did tally 5 strikeouts, and only walked one batter, but he got hit hard, allowing 8 hits and a homer. Wes "Stormborn" Mugarian didn't fare much better, giving up 4 runs in 2.1 innings and the Dragons lost 13-4. No one in Dayton is hitting very well to start the year. Up Next: Wandy Peralta takes the hill as the Dragons head to Lake County to take on the Captains at 6:30pm ET.