Well, we're back after a long 3-day weekend. We've got a little bit of everything, with the top pitching and hitting performances from the holiday weekend, to recaps of the games and roster moves.
Top pitchers from the weekend:
- Ben Jukich (Louisville) - 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, W
- Travis Wood (Carolina) - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, W
- Jerry Gil (Sarasota) - 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, W
- Matt Fairel (Dayton) - 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, W
- Curtis Partch (Dayton) - 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, W
Top hitters from the weekend:
- Danny Dorn (Louisville) - 4-13, HR, 3 RBI
- Luis Bolivar (Louisville) - 3-12, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Chris Heisey (Carolina) - 8-12, HR, 3 RBI
- Juan Francisco (Carolina) - 6-14, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Cody Puckett (Dayton) - 6-12, HR, 3 RBI
And now, a recap of the games after the jump:
Louisville went 1-2 on the weekend. On Saturday, they shut out Syracuse 6-0 on a brillliant pitching performance by Ben Jukich. Jukich pitched 7 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball. Danny Dorn and Luis Bolivar both homered for the Bats, and Danny Richar went 2-for-3. Sam LeCure struggled early in Louisville's 8-6 loss on Sunday, but it took 12 innings for Syracuse to put away the Bats for good. Kevin Barker led the way for the offense, going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, and Luis Bolivar hit a 3-run homer, his 3rd of the season. Michael Griffin, Danny Dorn, and Drew Stubbs all had two hits each. On Memorial Day, Ramon Ramirez put in a quality start, but it didn't help the offense overcome Pawtucket's Clay Buchholz as the Bats lost 3-0. The Red Sox prospect pitched a 1-hit shutout, as he took the no-no into the 9th beofre Danny Richar singled to end his bid. Justin Lehr pitched a perfect inning in his 2009 Bats debut. Up next: Adam Pettyjohn takes on Pawtucket tonight at 7:05.
Carolina played Chattanooga three times over the weekend, and won all three games. On Saturday, they won 10-3 on another excellent pitching performance by Travis Wood. Woody went 7 innings of shutout ball, and struck out 6 while walking only 2. Kyle Aselton gave up all three runs in 1/3 of an inning in the 9th in his Carolina debut. Chris Heisey and Juan Francisco both had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and Heisey hit his 6th HR of the season. Jose Castro also hit his 1st of the season, a 2-run shot. In Sunday's game, they took the lead in the 7th and never looked back, as they won 7-4. Sean Henry led the way by going 3-for-5 with a HR, and Todd Frazier had a good game, as he had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Chris Heisey also kept up his hot hitting by going 2-for-4. Jordan Smith continued his solid pitching performances, by giving up 2 earned runs (3 total) in 7 innings, and struck out 6 Lookouts to bring his record to 4-0 on the season. In the final game of the weekend, Carolina won 4-3. Chris Heisey once again led the way going 3-for-4, and Juan Francisco was 2-for-4 with 2 HR and 3 RBI. Todd Frazier also had two hits, and Zach Cozart hit his 2nd HR of the season. James Avery started the game, going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs. Up next: Alexander Smit takes on Montgomery at 7:15.
- Sarasota had two games on the weekend, as they got Memorial Day off. The S-Reds won their game against St Lucie 3-2 on Saturday. Jerry Gil finally had a decent start, as he went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs, neither one earned. Enerio Del Rosario pitched two perfect innings of relief, and between he and Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette, the back end of that Sarasota bullpen is looking pretty tough. Valiquette also pitched a perfect inning, and earned his 5th save of the season. On offense, Denis Phipps and Neftali Soto both drove in runs. On Sunday, Travis Webb struck out 7 but had trouble getting outs, as he gave up 4 runs in 4 to get the loss in a 6-1 game. Yonder Alonso hit his 6th HR of the season for the S-Reds only run, and Yen-Wen Kuo (who played on the Chinese Taipei WBC team) was 0-for-3 in his 2009 debut. Up next: Luis Montano takes on Dunedin at 7.
- Dayton was 2-1 on the weekend. Still the Featured Farmhand until we decide to make a new one, Matt Fairel showed why he deserved that honor by pitching 7 innings, and giving up two hits and no runs by leading the Dragons to a 5-0 win against Burlington. Cody Puckett led the way for the offense, going 3-for-4 with a solo HR, and Kyle Day, Kevin Coddington, and David Sappelt all contributed two hits each. On Sunday, Dayton lost 1-0, as Josh Ravin was the tough luck loser. Ravin went 5 innings of one run ball, and struck out 5 and walked 5. The Dragons offense mustered up just 6 hits to back Ravin's cause. On Monday, the Dragons stomped Burlington 12-2. Curtis Partch had another good start, going 5 innings of shutout ball. Cody Puckett and David Sappelt both had three hits each, and Puckett hit his 9th HR of the season. Humberto Sosa and Byron Wiley each had two RBI too, as the Dragons rolled. Up next: Lance Janke takes on Wisconsin at 7.
Roster Moves: For the Louisville Bats, Drew Sutton is on the 7-day DL as Norris Hopper came back, and as mentioned above, Justin Lehr is back with the Bats after stints in Korea and in the Phillies organization. Infielder Eric Eymann is also in Lousville now, as is Wilkin Castillo (because of Nick Masset coming off the DL) and Darnell McDonald who accepted his assignment today. Jason Louwsma is with Carolina now and Yen-Wen Kuo and Michael Konstanty are with Sarasota after the injury to Alex Buchholz.