The Bats had a pretty successful weekend taking 2 of 3 games from the Durham Bulls.
On Friday, the Bats won by a score of 7-4. Josh Smith got the start and wasn't as good as he has been. He lasted 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs, but he gave up 9 hits, 2 walks, a home run, and only struck out 3. Jumbo Diaz got his 10th save and Pedro Villareal pitched a scoreless inning. Jason Bourgeois had 2 hits, including a double and 3 RBI. DH Thomas Neal was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a double, and Argenis Diaz had 2 hits and 2 RBI as well.
Saturday, the Bats won as well 5-1, but the big story was Donald Duckin' Lutz emerging from the dugout to pinch hit in his first AAA game. He didn't get a hit, but that's ok because he's awesome. Jason Bourgeois had 2 hits and a run. Ruben ‘Otay Gotay hit a three run big fly, and Felix Perez showed some power with a 2 run jack in the 9th. Ryan LaMarre had a hit and a walk, which is good because his average is .138. Gag. David Holmberg was bad. The big man went 4.2 innings giving up 9 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. That's bad. The good is he somehow only gave up 1 run. Christiani, Dennick, Russell, and Diaz combined to keep the rest of the game scoreless.
The Bats went for the sweep on Sunday, but failed losing 6-2. Tim Crabbe was crappe. He lasted 5.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs including 3 home runs. Kristopher Negron had a double and a walk. Lutz went 0 for 3, but he did have a walk. The Bats will play Durham tonight at 7 pm with Wang on the mound.
Pensacola really missed their Lutz this weekend and was swept by the Jacksonville Suns. I understand that losing Lutz is hard, but you still gotta play ball guys.
Friday, Robert Stephenson took the mound and the Wahoos lost 3-2. Stephenson was decent (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, and 8 K), but he gave up 2 homeruns. The strikeout and walk numbers are decent, but he is giving up a lot of long balls. Drew Hayes and Justin Freeman both had scoreless innings in relief. The offense was bad. Juan Duran hit a tater in the 5th inning. It was his third of the year. Yorman Rodriguez was 0 for 4 with 3 K.
Jon Moscot picked up the loss on Saturday, losing 4-2. His line was 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB 5 K. He was a little more wild than usual, but held the Suns in check. Jamie Walczak gave up 2 earned runs in the 8th. Devin Lohman decided to be like another Devin we know and love when he homered in the 6th. Juan Duran was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Yorman was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts, again.
Michael Lorenzen tried to stop the skid on Sunday, but it didn't work, even though it was no fault of his. Lorenzen pitched 5 innings of no hit and no run baseball. He did walk 4 and struck out 6, but it was a pretty good performance. Shane Dyer gave up the 3 runs in his 2 innings pitched. The offense was poopy. Yorman was 0-fer again, but he didn't strikeout. Pensacola will play the Suns at 6:30 CST with Mikey O'Brien on the mound.\
Bakersfield traveled to Stockton this weekend to play the Ports and ended up taking 2 out of the 3 games.
Friday, Bakersfield was on the frowny side of the scoreboard, losing 7-9. Drew Cisco got the start and was not good. Over 6 innings he gave up 4 earned runs, 9 hits, and 2 home runs. He did strikeout 4 and didn't walk a batter, but he is getting beat up pretty badly. His control has looked good, but he isn't fooling anyone. The bullpen was hot garbage, as well. The offense was good. Jesse Winker had himself a night. He went 2 for 3 with a Winkerbomb, a double, and two walks. John Tolisano also added some fire words with a two run shot. Marquez Smith had 2 hits and 2 RBI.
On Saturday, the Blaze broke out the thunder sticks winning by a score of 10-3. Ryan Wright had a Winker night, hitting 3 for 5 with double and honked wanger. Marquez Smith had another solid night with 2 doubles and a single. The Seth Mejias Band went 2 for 5 with a double 2 runs scored. Mike Dennhardt was wonderful (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Carlos Gonzalez picked up his ninth save on the season with 2 scoreless innings.
Sunday was Lively Day. I get pretty excited when I get to write about him, but looked, dare I say, almost human on Sunday. He only gave up 1 ER over 7 innings and only 5 hits, but he walked 2 batters! He only struck out 4! I'm disappointed. Jimmy Moran didn't retire a batter and let 4 earned runs score. Kyle McMyne got the 2 inning save. Oh, Bakersfield did win by the way because the offense was titty sprinkles as usual. Seth Mejias-Brean popped a solo doohickey in the 6th, and Juan Perez hit a 3-run panty dropper in the 8th. Marquez Smith and Beau Amaral both had multi-hit games, and Winker had a 2 run double. Wandy Peralta will take the mound tonight at 7:00 PST against Stockton.
Dayton is a weird team. I can't decide if they are good or bad. They played one really good game this weekend, and then lost the next two. Their record is good, so there's that. They just kind of confuse me.
Friday, Dayton shellacked Lansing 13-2. First, we'll talk about the offense. There weren't any homers hit. Most of the scoring was done by a rash of multi-hit games. Sammy Diaz went 3 for 5. Jamodrick McGruder, Jeff Gelalich, Sebastian Elizalde, and Carlton Daal all had 2 hits. Catcher Joe Hudson had 3 walks and a double. In all, the Dragons had 21 base runners and that doesn't count the men on base from the Lugnut's 3 errors. Nick Travieso was masterful yet again (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K). His lone blemish was a solo homerun. You better watch out. We could see Nasty Nick move up to Bakersfield soon.
On Saturday, the Dragons got beat 8-3. Daniel Wright got the starts and was decent (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). When he left Dan Langfield came in and got destroyed. He retired one batter and gave up 4 ER. Joel Bender was brought in to relieve Langfield and walked 2 more batters in for runs. He didn't retire a batter before Alejandro Chacin was called on to stop the bleeding. Joe Hudson hit a solo homerun and Peanut Butter Gelalich was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored.
Sunday was a much closer game, but Dayton lost 4-3. Sal Romano started the game and was good, but only pitched 4.1 innings because he threw a ton of pitches. He gave up 3 runs; only 1 earned, walked 3 and struck out 8. Zack Weiss struck out 5 in 2.2 innings. Jeff Gelalich had another solid day going 3 for 5 with a double. Tanner Rahier also had 3 hits and a double, and Carlton Daal was 2 for 4. Phillip Ervin had his best game of the season. He went 3 for 5 with a run scored, a double, a triple, and 2 RBI. He almost has his average above the Mendoza Line. Ismael Guillon will start tonight against Great Lakes at 7:00 pm.