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Farmers Only: Weekend Review

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  • On Saturday, Matt Maloney pitched a good game for Louisville, but lost 1-0 in a pitcher's duel.  Maloney went 7 innings of one run ball and struck out 5, but the Bats offense couldn't get anything going against the Norfolk pitching staff, only mustering up 4 hits overall.  Drew Stubbs had one of them, going 1-for-3, to bring his average up to .324 on the season.  Is he ready for the big leagues?  On Sunday, the Bats were rained out.  Up next: Homer Bailey and Sam LeCure take on Norfolk in a doubleheader starting at 6:15.  Homer's start should be something interesting to listen to on the off day, at least.
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  • The Mudcats offense came alive late in the game on Saturday, as they came back from a 2-run deficit to beat Jacksonville 7-3Misael DeJesus had another rough start, but Alexander Smit pitched 3 shutout innings in relief to keep the Cats in the game.  Federico Baez pitched 1 2/3 innings to get the win.  Chris Heisey is still hitting (surprise, surprise), going 2-for-4, and Juan Francisco was 2-for-4 as well.  Good times in Carolina, or at least better than it was on Sunday, where their game was rained out too.  Up next: Carolina's playing a doubleheader too, theirs starting at 5:30.  Justin Mallett and Travis Wood are scheduled to start.
  • Sarasota played a doubleheader on Saturday and didn't get rained out on Sunday, and went 3-0 on the weekend.  In Game 1, they beat Jupiter 8-1 on a solid pitching performance by Jeremy Horst.  Horst went 6 innings of 1-run ball with 4 strikeouts and two walks.  Denis Phipps was the offensive firepower for the S-Reds, going 2-for-3 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.  Not bad for a 7-inning game.  Game 2 was shortened by rain, but Sarasota took the lead in the 5th inning to win 2-0 in 5.  Luis Montano pitched a 1-hitter (5 innings, but still) and struck out 3 while walking nobody.  Jason Louwsma hit a solo HR  to take the lead, and Justin Reed drove in the second run.  On Sunday, the S-Reds came back from a 3-0 deficit in the 9th to win 4-3 in walk-off fashion.  Awesome!  In the 9th inning down 3-0, Yonder Alonso led off with a walk, and singles by Neftali Soto and Alex Buchholz followed.  Phipps hit a sac fly to score Alonso, and Devin Mesoraco doubled in the other two runs to tie the ballgame.  The next batter up, Jason Louwsma, was once again the hero, as he singled in Mesoraco to win the ballgame.  Not to be unnoticed, Zach Stewart pitched a decent game going 6 2/3 innings of 1-run ball.  All in all, not a bad weekend for Sarasota.  Up next: The S-Reds take on Palm Beach at 7.  Matt Klinker would have started this game, but he's on the 7-day DL.  Not sure who's gonna start in his place, stay tuned.
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  • Dayton won both of their games on the weekend too, starting with a 5-4 win against Lansing on Saturday.  Lance Janke started the game for the Dragons, going 3 innings of one-hit shutout ball, but Oscar Castro got the win in relief.  Cody Puckett led the way for the offense with a 3-for-5 night with two doubles, and Enrique Rojas, Kyle Day, and Humberto Sosa all had two hits each as the Dragons got it done.  On Sunday, Dayton and Lansing took a scoreless game into the 13th inning, where the Dragons struck to win 3-0 in 13.  The pitching was the highlight for Dayton, where J.C. Sulbaran started and pitched 6 innings of 2-hit, scoreless ball.  Scott Gaffney pitched two good innings, and Mace Thurman finished the job, going 4 innings of shutout ball in relief.  Miguel Rojas was the man on offense, going 2-for-6 and driving in Tyler Stovall (who also had two hits) and Stephen Chapman to give the lead to the Dragons.  Hopefully they'll be able to keep up this little streak.  Up next: Featured Farmhand Matt Fairel takes on Lansing at 7:05.  Can he build off of his season high 13 K performance?  Since the Reds don't play, it'd be a good opportunity to find out, wouldn't it?