Farmers Only: Uncle Phil Says Goodbye to Billings


Billy steals, Yorman honks, Bobby struggles, and Uncle Phil takes a victory lap.

Loo-uh-ville bested Chris Bootcheck and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders 5-3. Ol' Ducky Ludwick went 1-3 with a double and an RBI in his 5th rehab game. Cool Papa Billy was burning up the basepaths, swiping 2 bags, on a 2-5 night with a double. Chad Rogers had a decent enough start, hurling 5.1 innings of 6-hit ball, striking out 4, walking 1 and allowing an unearned run. Up Next: Yohan "Earthy" Pino (3-5, 2.94 ERA) faces the Syracuse Chiefs at 7 for dollar dog night.

Pensacola in the only way they seemingly can, by shutting out the Bay Bears 2-0. Danny Renken was throwing rocks, striking out 6 in 6 shutout innings, walking 1 with 3 hits allowed. Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4 with a rally killer in the first inning. It's only his 2nd home run so far in 35 Carolina League games, but despite a lower slugging percentage, Our Man is sporting a higher batting average, OBP, and walk rate while keeping his strikeouts down. All very encouraging signs. Up Next: Tim Crabbe (4-7, 3.33 ERA) takes on the Bay Bears at 7.

Bakersfield got cracked by the Modesto Nuts, losing 7-3. Robert Stephenson must've had a case of scurvy, because he got thumped, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits, 2 of which were wangers, striking out 2 and walking one in 2.1 innings. Steve "Too" Selsky "For a Callup" went 2-4 with a two-bagger. Up Next: Shane Dyer "Hard" (4-4, 3.44 ERA) squares off against the Nuts at 10:30.

Dayton squeaked one out, beating the TinCaps 3-2. The good Ismael Guillon showed up to this one, fanning 8 batters 5.2 innings 1-run innings, with 3 walks and 3 hits. Beau "Arts" Amaral had a nice night from the leadoff spot, going 3-5 with a double, and Jeff "Hero" Gelalich went 1-2 with a double and 2 walks. Up Next: Nick Travieso (5-3, 5.24 ERA) takes the hill as the Dragons host Bowling Green at 7.

Billings doubled up the Great Falls Voyagers, winning 8-4. In what would end up being his last game under the high skies of Montana, Phil Ervin went out with a bang, going 2-3 with a dinger. He should join the Dayton club either tonight or tomorrow. Luke Moran looked sharp, tossing 4.2 shutout innings with 5 K and a walk. Up Next: Austin Salter (0-0, 3.26 ERA) faces off against the Voyagers, this time in Great Falls.

The AZL Reds beat the Baby Brewers 4-3. It seems that every night, Cory Thompson and Kevin Garcia are leading the charge for the AZL Reds, and last night was no different. Garcia was 3-4 with a run scored, and Thompson was 2-4 with a double. Up Next: OFF DAY

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