On Friday, April 4th the Louisville Bats opened up their season against the Toledo Mud Hens and won 3-1. Jeff Francis started the game, and he was pretty good, going 6 innings giving up 4 hits and striking out six. He didn't walk a batter, either. The bullpen was pretty shaky, but didn't give up an earned run. Chad Rogers didn't help his cause by committing a throwing error on a pick off attempt. The offense wasn't very good. Ryan LaMarre was looking like a Cincinnati lead off hitter with a golden sombrero. Jason Bourgeois had a 2 for 4 day with a double, and Mike Costanzo honked a wanger.
On Saturday, the Bats won again by a score of 3-2 in 13 innings. Ryan LaMarre was the hero of the night hitting the winning RBI single in the top of 13th. He also had a walk to add to his 1 for 5 day. The pitching was freaking fantastic. Tim Crabbe started the game, pitching 6 innings of one run ball. He gave up two hits, including a homer, struck out 8 and walked 1. Chad Reineke pitched two innings with 2 K's and a walk. Josh Smith made his AAA debut and put the team on his back. He pitched the final 4 innings, striking out 7 with a walk. Felix Perez and Jason Bourgeois both hit doubles. Perez went 3 for six, and Bourgeois went 2 for 6. The offense was bad/boring.
Louisville looked for the sweep on Sunday but left with their first loss. Chien-Ming Wang got boned going 5 innings and giving up 4 earned runs. He struck out 4 and walked 2. He also gave up a dong blast. Chad Rogers got bit going 2 innings and giving up 2 earned runs. I'm not going talk about the offense because Toledo committed 3 errors.
If you went to the game Friday, you would have seen the Blue Wahoos get blanked 1-0 by Tennessee Smokies. However, you would have seen something amazing. Our Man Rodriguez walked twice! That's a count ‘em 2 times. He also hit a single. Jonathon Broxton got the start in his rehab assignment pitching an inning and striking out 2. Daniel Corcino came in to "relieve" Broxton and struck out 8 in 6 innings. He gave up a homie for his only earned run. Jamie Balczak went 1.2 with 3 K's. Mesoraco was 0 for 3.
Saturday, the Wahoos won 5-0 pretty much because Robert Stephenson is the greatest thing that has ever happened. Broxy got the start and didn't give up a run. Then the best pitcher ever, Bob Steve, whipped it out to show off what he's got. He ended up pitching 5 innings and struck out 11 batters! He also hit a double. Really, he did his best Tony Cingrani impression. Daniel Renken had 2 K's in an inning pitched. Devin Lohman did the opposite of Paul Janish does and hit a two run Johnson, had 2 RBI's, scored 2 runs, and took a Joey Votto. The rest of the offense was meh.
Pensacola had to contend with a rain delay on Sunday, but ended up winning 3-2. Jon The Moscot went 4.1 innings with only 1 earned run allowed. He struck out 4 and walked 1. Drew Hayes picked up the save, but gave up a homerun. Lutz had a double and Yorman had a 2 run single.
On Friday, the Blaze faced off against the Modesto Nuts in the second game of their series. Seriously, who names their team the Nuts? I'm too immature for that. Drew Cisco went 6 innings and gave up 2 earned runs. He struck out 3 and walked 1. Junior Arias went 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Kyle Waldrop went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Marquez Smith went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. KMiB's favorite player, Ryan Can't Do Wright, went 0 for 4. So... haha.
Saturday, the offense went boom! There was a bunch of guys that pitched for the Blaze. Jimmy Moran, Brooks Pinckard, and Kyle McMyne! didn't give up a run in a combined 6.1 innings. The story is the offense. Ryan Wright decided to be nice to KMiB with a 3 for 5 day. Uncle Jesse Winker went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, a Winker-Bomb, and 6 RBI! That's a hella good day. He is a little Jay Bruce. Waldrop had another two hits and the Mejias-Brean burrito had 2 walks.
The Bakersfield offense went bananas again on Sunday winning 10-2 and sweeping the nuts. Kyle Waldrop went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's and a walk. He's only hitting .667 on the season. Marquez Smith had a 4 RBI and a double with a run scored. John Tolisano had a two run double. Winker had a hit and 2 runs. Ben Lively had his first start under the California sun pitching 6 innings of 1 run ball and 7 K's. He didn't walk a batter. Ben Klimesh picked up the save.
On Friday, the Dragons hosted the West Michigan Whitecaps and won 9-6. Sal Romano didn't have a stellar day. He gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings. This was done by giving up 9 hits. He walked two and struck out 1. Beau Amaral went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Sebastian Elizalde went 2 for 2 with a run and 2 walks. Joe Hudson went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Tanner Rahier went 2 for 3 with big fly and a walk. Charlie Scrabbles' brother, Jamodrick McGruder, had 2 walks.
Dayton got some good pitching and won again on Saturday 3-1. Ismael Guillon showed that he could get the ball over the plate striking out 6 and walking only 1 in 6 innings. He didn't give up a run. Alejandro Chacin struck out 4 in 1.2 innings. Tanner Raher had 2 RBI's during his 1 for 2 night. Phil Ervin did not have a good game striking out 3 times on his hitless night.
Dayton decided to not be cool anymore when they lost on Sunday 5-1. The offense was a poopy flavored lollipop, but Ervin did hit a double. He also struck out twice. Amir Garret got the start going 4.1 innings. He gave up 5 runs, but only 1 were earned. He struck out 4 and walked 3.