Farmers Only Weekend Harvest: Week of 4/13/14

Harry How

We're all Dorky for Corky.

Louisville:

The Bats were the only Reds affiliate that didn't manage a winning weekend, losing two of their three games. In a lineup full of castoffs and org filler (and poor, poor Tucker Barnhart), Louisville lost to the Columbus Clippers 4-2 on Friday. Chris "Full" Nelson continued his torrid start, going 3-4 with a double and an RBI. He had the only XBH and multi-hit game for the Bats. Chad Rogers, who has been used exclusively in relief so far this season for some reason, gave up two runs in the 9th on 3 hits and a walk.

The bats came alive for the Bats on Saturday, as the Louisville nine clobbered the Clippers 12-4. Corky Abraham Phillip Miller led the offense, going 3-4 with 2 doubles and three RsBI. Felix Perez also took a trip to rake city, honking a 2-run wanger on a 3-5 night. Chien-Ming Wang struggled with his command, walking 6 batters with only 2 strikeouts, but the Wanger was able to limit the damage, giving up 2 runs over 5 innings.

It was a bloody Sunday in Louisville, as the Mud Hens murdered the Bats to the tune of a 20-8 score. David Holmberg had an absolute nightmare of a start, giving up six runs on six hits, and was pulled in the top of the first after recording just one out. Sharkbait pitched 1.2 innings of relief, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. His ERA is now up to 8.59 on the year, and he's yet to make a start. I have no idea what to make of that. The good news from this game is, Corky got to pitch. The bad news is, Corky gave up 8 runs in the 9th inning. Actually, that's still kind of cool. I'd wear a 72.00 ERA proudly. Anyway, Friar Tucker and Ruben "Him?" Gotay both went 2-4 with a double and a dinger.

Up Next: Jeff "Lighten Up" Francis (2-0, 0.75 ERA) takes on Toledo at 6:35 PM ET.

Pensacola:

The Wahoos took two of three from the Huntsville Stars over the weekend, and they got the losing out of the way early, falling 5-4 on Friday. After a snack-tastic start in his first game, Bob Steve hit some rough seas, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks with no strikeouts. That's kind of a bummer.

Pensacola won a 2-1 pitcher's duel on Saturday, as Jon Moscot tossed 5.2 scoreless innings of 2-hit ball with 5 strikeouts and a walk. Rey Navarro went 1-4 with a solo wanger, while Juan Duran drove in the other Wahoo run on a 1-4 night.

The was much joy in 'Hooville on Sunday, with Pensacola topping Huntsville 7-5. Donald Lutz continued his hot start, mashing 2 fahrvergnügens on a 3-4 day. The Knockwurst is slashing .345/.424/.690 so far this season, which is wünderbar. Michael Lorenzen made his second start of the season, and it was another dandy. The young hurler, tossed 6.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, with 2 walks and 4 Ks. He's taking well to starting in AA so far this season.

Up Next: Carlos "Quite" Contreras (1-0, 2.57 ERA) looks to butter the Biscuits 7:30 PM ET.

Bakersfield:

The Blaze are off to quite the start to this young season, and they kept it up, sweeping the weekend series against the San Jose Giants. Friday's contest saw Bako beat the Giants 5-2 on the heels of a lively start from Ben Lively. The young righty looked very sharp in his first start, and this one was no different, fanning 6 with no walks over 5 scoreless innings. Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-4 with a solo ham hock, and Junior Arias went 2-2 with a walk and a sacrifice.

In the presence of the one and only Baseball Jones, Bakersfield toppled the Giants 11-7. Ryan Wright went 2-6 with a triple that started the 10th inning 7-run rally that won the game for the Blaze, and Uncle Jesse went 2-5 with a walk and 2 runs scored.

Bakersfield completed the sweep on Sunday, winning 10-4. Jimmy Jam James Allen got the start for the Blaze, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with a strikeout and a free pass. Marquez "1,000 Years of Solitude" Smith drove in 3 runs on 2 doubles and a triple, and Jesse Winker (more like Jesse Walker) went 2-4 with two base on balls, bringing his OBP up to .423 on the young season.

Up Next: The Blaze head to Stockton to face the Ports at 10:05 PM ET. No starters announced yet.

Dayton:

The Dragons took two in a rain shortened weekend in Burlington, Iowa. In a 10-2 victory on Friday, Ismael "Afarta" Guillon walked four in five innings, but was able to hold the Beads Bees to a pair of runs on five strikeouts. Phil Ervin, who's been struggling so far to start the season, went 1-5 with a double.

Dayton won in extras on Saturday, beating Burlington 7-6 in 10 innings. Amir Garrett struck out 7 in 5.2, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk. Tanner Rahier went 3-4 with a double, but Sebastian Elizalde stole the show, going 4-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI, bringing his OPS up to 1.205. Jamodrick McGruder went 1-3 with with a double, and still has pretty much the best name ever.

Up Next: Naughty Nick Travieso (1-0, 2.45 ERA) takes the hill against the Clinton Kings at 7 PM ET.

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