Louisville went 3-0, living up to the their name by scoring 19 runs over three games. The Bats won in walk-off fashion on Friday, beating Syracuse 7-6 in 10 innings. Hank Rod, who's been on fire this past week, went 5-5 with 5 singles, and scored the winning run. Neftali Soto had a nice night at the dish as well, going 3-5 with a 2-run nerfherder. Louisville packed up and headed to Nap Town on Saturday, where they beat the Indians 5-1 on the heels of a fantastic Chad Rogers start. It's fitting that Rogers would have his best AAA start of the year (7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB) on the eve of Shark Week. Neftali Soto went 2-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. The Bats shut out Indianapolis on Sunday, winning 7-0 to complete the weekend sweep. Jonathan Broxton started the game, and threw one scoreless inning, striking out 1 while allowing 2 hits. Greg Reynolds got the win, tossing 7 five-hit innings with 2 strikeouts. Mike Hessman (1-4, 3 RBI) and Josh Fellhauer (3-5, 2 RBI) combined for a pair of wangers, and Hank Rod went 2-3. Ryan Ludwick looks like he still needs some time before he's activated, as he's currently 2-24 with a double, 3 walks and 6 K in 8 games. Up Next: Daniel Corcino (5-11, 6.00 ERA) takes the bump at 7:05 in Indianapolis.
Pensacola kicked off the weekend, with an offensive explosion, beating the Birmingham Barons 16-8. Donald Lutz (2-6, 2B, HR) knocked his first wurst since returning to the minors, a 3-run shot in the 3rd inning. Devin Lohman went yard as well, driving in 4 on a 3-5 night. Saturday was not quite as fun, as the 'Hoos got 2-hit by Birmingham, and lost 8-0. Move along, you guys, nothing to see here. Pensacola secured the weekend series victory on Sunday, with a 4-3 win. Tim Crabbe got shelled in the first inning, allowing 3 runs, but settled down after that, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings before getting the hook. Devin the Dude banged out 2 doubles in a 3-4 performance, and Big Lutz showed off his wheels, 3-5 with a triple. Up Next: The Wahoos continue their series against the Barons at 8:05, with Josh Smith (8-8, 3.83 ERA) getting the nod.
Bakersfield managed only one win over the weekend, as they hosted the San Jose Giants. Friday's game saw Fabian Williamson, who was recently plucked from the Independent League, get shellacked, giving up 8 earned runs in 2.2 innings. Juan Duran was hungry like the wolf, going 1-4 with a grand slam, but it was not enough, and the Blaze lost 15-6. Bako returned the favor on Saturday, beating the Giants 12-4. The Blaze didn't really need anything more than the mighty effort of Juan Silverio, who drove in 5 runs, going 5-5 with 2 doubles and a wanger. Bakersfield dropped the rubber match on Sunday, falling 7-4. The Blaze had a 4-3 lead going into the 8th inning, thanks to dingers from Junior Arias (1-4), Juan Silverio (1-4) and David Vidal (1-3), but a bullpen meltdown from Brooks Picknard and Michael Lorenzen cost them the game. Up Next: The Blaze head to Stockton to take on the Ports at 10:05. No starters announced yet, but I think it's Bob Steve's turn in the rotation.
Dayton also went 1-3 over the weekend, losing 3-2 in Bowling Green on Friday. Sal Romano threw 5 innings of 1-run ball dancing around 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 2. Unfortunately, Beau Amaral was the only one to bring his bat, driving in both Dayton runs, going 3-5 with a double. The Dragons headed to West Michigan on Saturday, and won 5-3. Ismael Guillon gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings on 6 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts. Jesse Winker went 2-3 with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI. Dayton fell 10-3 on Sunday after Nick Travieso lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, walking and striking out a pair. Uncle Phil busted out, going 3-4 with a double, but bad bullpenning sunk the Dragons. Up Next: Amir Garrett (0-2, 6.57 ERA) faces off against the Whitecaps at 7.
Billings dropped both ends of a double header Friday, losing 5-3 in game one and 6-2 in the nightcap. The Mustangs managed just 8 hits in both games, with Jon Matthews' double in game one being the only XBH in 14 innings. Ben Lively (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB) gave up his first earned run in 24 innings pitched, and got tagged with his second loss. Billings held off a late inning comeback in Missoula on Saturday, and won 4-3. Pedro Diaz was throwing rocks, striking out 7 in 5 innings with one walk, with his only hit allowed being a solo home run. Robert Ramirez went 2-3 with a solo donger. The Mustangs wrapped up the weekend with an 8-6 loss to the Osprey. Luke "Get an Out" Moran gave up 4 (3 earned) in 5 innings, on 7 hits, fanning 2 and walking none. A pair of wangers from Carlos Sanchez and Gabriel "Surfer" Rosa weren't enough to make up for Scott Brattvet's 8th inning bullpen meltdown. Up Next: Austin Salter (0-0, 2.96 ERA) squares off against the Osprey at 9.
The AZL Reds got swept by the Baby Dads, losing 3-2 on Friday and 11-6 on Saturday. Kevin Garcia went 2-4 with a walk and Logan Uxa went 1-3 with a 2-run ding dong on Friday. Kevin Franklin has been hitting the ball better lately, after an abysmal start to the season. He went 2-4 with a double and a K Saturday. Up Next: Reds v. Rangers at 10.