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Farmers Only: The Homer, Kevin, and Travis Show

    Kevin Barker
  • The Louisville Bats won 10-3 on a record-breaking outing by Homer Bailey.  Homer tied a Louisville record by striking out 15 batters in his 6 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs to get the win.  His ERA is still 6.2, but his stellar outing today is a step in the right direction.  It was a big day for the offense, too.  Kevin Barker went 3-for-4 with 2 HRs.  Norris Hopper was 2-for-6 with a double and a triple, and drove in 4 runs of his own.  Danny Richar had three hits, and Wes Bankston, Danny Dorn, and Luis Bolivar had 2 hits each.  The only guy not hitting was Chris Valaika, who went 0-for-6 to drop his average to .188.  Up next: Bats take on Indy at 7:05.
  • Travis Wood
  • Travis Wood continues to have one of the weirdest seasons we've seen for a pitcher, as the Mudcats lost 4-3 to Tennessee.  Wood was working on another brilliant outing, until the 7th inning, when he ran into a little bit of trouble.  Derrik Lutz replaced him and blew his lead for the second start in a row, not helped by fielding errors by Juan Francisco (his 6th) and Zach Cozart (his 5th).  Wood's final line: 6+ IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.  Wood earned the loss to drop to 0-3, but his ERA still leads the team at 0.83.  Lutz got his second blown save, but since the runners he tends to allow are from other pitchers, his ERA is a shiny 0.96.  Amazing.  Offensively, Chris Heisey was back in the lineup, going 1-for-2, and I'm not sure what happened to Sean Henry, who was pulled for a defensive replacement in the 7th after playing a Tennessee hit.  Up next: Tennessee again, at 7:15.
  • Another Travis, Travis Webb started for Sarasota, as they won a squeaker 5-4 to Palm Beach.  Justin Tordi had 3 hits for the S-Reds.  Up next: Zach Stewart takes on Charlotte tomorrow, starting at 7:00.
  • Dayton won 8-1 in a strong showing by starter Matt Fairel.  Fairel pitched 7 innings, gave up 1 run and struck out 8 to earn the win for the Dragons, and Lance Janke pitched two hitless innings in relief.  On the offensive side, David Sappelt, Carlos Mendez, and Humberto Sosa had three hits each, and Cody Puckett and Tyler Stovall both hit home runs as Dayton rolled.  Up next: Josh Ravin takes on South Bend at 6:30 tomorrow.