Lousiville split a doubleheader with Syracuse, losing Game One 3-1, and winning Game Two 3-0. Jonathan Broxton gave up 3 consecutive singles to start the first game, but followed them up with a pop out and a pair of strikeouts to escape without a run allowed. It's his first game action in a good long while, so I'm not reading much into it. Getting out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam is pretty tough in any situation, unless you're Aroldis Chapman pitching to Helen Keller three times in a row. Daniel Corcino came on to pitch in the third inning, and finished the game out with 5 innings of 1-run, 3-hit ball. He struck out 4 and didn't walk anyone. Corcino for long reliever! Billy Hamilton was 2-3 with a solo snaxblast in the early game, and 1-3 with a steal in game 2. The Bats only managed 5 hits in the nightcap–one of them being a Kris Negron solo RileyCooperIsADouchebag–but it mattered not because Yohan "The Intimidator" Pino, that's why. 5.2 more innings of shutout ball, ladies and germs and jerms. Up next: Ryan Dennick (0-0, 3.60) vs. the Chiefs at 7:05.
Pensacola lost a squeaker, 4-3, to the Bay Bears. Yorman Rodriguez was 2-5 with a double and a run, and it's getting harder and harder not to dream on those tools again. I'm buying the swing re-tooling. Our old friend the Knockwurst, Donald Lutz was 2-4 with a run and an RBI as well. Josh Smith struck out 8 in 5.2 innings, but allowed 6 hits and 2 walks to turn into 3 runs. However, it was the pitcher formerly known as Armando Galarraga–that would be Parker Frazier, former Rockies farmhand–that took the loss after allowing a run to score on 2 hits and a walk while retiring just one single batter. Up next: Carlos Contreras (0-1, 4.66) takes on the Bay Bears.
Bakersfield fell to the famed Nuts of Modesto, 6-3. I can tell you who wasn't the star of this game, and that is David Vidal. He turned in an absolute shitburger of a performance. No, it was worse than that, it was one of those six-foot-long party shitsubs. Not only was Mr. Vidal 0-4 with 4 strikeouts, but he also committed 2 costly errors at third base, leading in part to 4 unearned runs charged to starter Jake Johnson. Juan "FiveThirtyEight" Silverio was 2-4 with a wanger, and Steve Selsky and Danny "Sid" Vicioso each had 2 hits with a double. Kyle Lotzkar walked 2 in a scoreless 8th. Up next: O-F-F D-A-Y
Dayton was shut out by the Hot Rods, 5-0, to snap a four-game win streak. All 7 of the Dragons' hits were singles, and Phil Ervin had two of 'em, though he was caught stealing. Jesse Winker (1-2) had another, along with a walk. Amir Garrett's line was uninspiring: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2K, but then again...
Amir Garrett looked a lot better tonight than the first time I saw him. Struggled in the 5th a bit, but before that looked quite good.— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) August 1, 2013
...so there's that.
Up next: Drew Cisco (4-5, 3.69) squares off against Bowling Green at 8:05.
Billings fell in the bottom of the 14th inning, losing to Great Falls 5-4. Catcher Jose Ortiz was 3-5 with his 6th homer of the year. Last year's 17th-rounder out of Puerto Rico, Ortiz is following up a lovely SSS pro debut (1.008 OPS in 13 Pioneer League games in 2012) with a lovely, slightly bigger sophomore campaign thus far, OPSing .955 in 23 games this year. Cool! Austin Salter allowed 6 hits and a walk in his 5 innings, but allowed just 1 run to cross the plate. Up next: Jose Guzman (2-4, 8.77) faces Great Falls at 9.
- The AZL Reds were bullied by the AZL Dodgers, losing 10-3. They reached base just 5 times as a team, and two of their runs came on a Jose Fernandez homer. KMiB probably wants a divorce by now, as Franderlyn Romero gave up 5 runs on 3 hits in 3 innings, walking 4 and striking out 2. Jakub "The Slovak Jock" Izold gave up 2 in his inning as well, bringing his season ERA to 11.32 on the year. Yeesh. Oh, and somebody named Chadwick Tromp is a catcher on the baby Reds. Chadwick Tromp. God, the possibilities...I'm so excited to get to write about him. Up next: More Dodgers action at 10.