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Farmers Only: Nothing finer than to be in Carolina

Lots of action last night, let's get right to it:

    Zach Cozart
  • The Bats were blanked by Toledo, 5-0Homer Bailey started the game for the Bats, going 2 2/3 innings giving up 3 R (2 earned), and striking out 3, but the biggest Bats storyline is Homer's third inning.  After giving up home runs to Ryan Raburn and Mike Hessman, Bailey drilled Wilkin Ramirez and was tossed immediately.  Whether he actually lost his composure and deliberately drilled the guy or just had some bad luck isn't evident from reading the box score, but this isn't looking good so far.  Hopefully he can pull it together for his next start and get on track for this season.  Oh yeah, and the Bats only had one hit off of Toledo starter Chris Lambert, with Wes Bankston breaking up the no-hitter in the 8th.  On the bright side (there's always a bright side on FO), Carlos Fisher pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless, walkless ball.  Up next: Adam Pettyjohn gets the start tomorrow night against Toledo, game time 7:05.
  • Juan Francisco
  • Carolina won last night 8-6, making them the only successful Reds minor league team on the evening.  Dallas Buck started for the Mudcats, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 ER, but the real story of the night was the offense.  Zach Cozart led the way going 3-for-5 with a double and a solo HR, driving in 3 runs.  Juan Francisco and Michael Griffin added two hits each, with El Nino Destructor getting into the action with a solo shot of his own.  No word yet as to how many were injured in the blast.  Up next: Game 2 in Mobile, first pitch at 8:05.
  • Sarasota's bullpen blew a terrific start by Matt Klinker, to lose in the late innings, 6-3.  Klinker gave up 2 ER in 6 innings and struck out 6, but Jerry Gil (maybe he should go back to the infield, eh?) blew the lead by giving up 2 runs in the 7th.  Three of Sarasota's Bash Quadruplets got hits, with Neftali Soto the only one who went 0-fer on the evening.  Yonder Alonso drove in a run with his hit, and Alex Buchholz and Devin Mesoraco both went 1-for-3.  Up next: Sarasota takes on Palm Beach again, game time 7:05.
  • Dayton dropped both games of their doubleheader, losing 5-4 in both.  In Game 1, Leonardo Astorga made the start and got roughed up, and Mace Thurman pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief, but it wasn't enough for the offense to overcome.  David Sappelt added two hits for the Dragons.  Oscar Castro started Game 2, and wasn't great, and Kevin Coddington's two hits weren't enough to win the second game either.  DH Kyle Day also tripled in 2 runs for the Dragons.  Up next: Dayton takes on Peoria again, 7:30.