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  • Louisville lost 7-2 to Norfolk, as for some reason Daryl Thompson left after pitching three scoreless innings.  No word yet if it's an injury or not.  Ben Jukich relieved him, and gave up 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings, but the all-of-a-sudden-terrible Pedro Viola gave up 4 runs to balloon his once spotless ERA up to 5.17 on the season.  Drew Stubbs' first HR of the season was responsible for both of the Bats runs, and Kevin Barker and Craig Tatum both had two hits each.  The offensive stars of the night for the Tides will be guys Reds fans know, as Matt Wieters (who was supposed to take over for our very own Ramon Hernandez) and Justin Turner (who was sent over in the Freel deal) both had two hits against Bats pitching.  Up next: The Bats are off today.
  • Smith
  • Jordan Smith was excellent, as Carolina blanked Jacksonville 3-0Smith went 6 innings and gave up 3 hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out 4.  Ramon Geronimo and Sean Watson both pitched hitless relief out of the bullpen to secure the win.  Chris Kroski went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Todd Frazier was 2-for-4 to lead the offense.  Demote Chris Heisey!  Okay, not really, but he's 0-12 in his last 3 games.  Up next: James Avery takes on Jacksonville at 7:15.
  • Webb
  • Sarasota won 4-2 as Travis Webb had a good outing and Sarasota's 3-8 hitters all had a hit to contribute to the cause.  Webb went 6 2/3 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 4.  Enerio Del Rosario had another great outing to lower his ERA to 1.54, and Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette notched his 3rd save of the season with a 1-2-3 9th with 2 Ks.  Neftali Soto and Alex Buchholz both had two hits on the night.  Up next: Sarasota plays a doubleheader against Jupiter, with Luis Montano scheduled to pitch Game 1 and Rafael Gonzalez making his first start of the season in the nightcap.
  • Dayton lost 2-1 to Lansing.  David Sappelt and Byron Wiley had two hits each, but the rest of the Dragons couldn't get much going.  Josh Ravin gave up 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings in his start, and Steven Otterness pitched another 2 2/3 of scoreless relief to keep his ERA at 0.00 on the season in Dayton.  Up next: Curtis Partch takes on Quad Cities at 8.