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Farmers Only: The Matt Maloney AAA Farewell Tour rolls through Scranton, books Scrantonicity as an opening act

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  • In what some are calling a prelude to his major league debut, Matt Maloney was downright masterful in Louisville's 4-0 win over Scranton.  Maloney pitched a 3-hit shutout, and struck out 10 Yankees hitters and walked nobody.  His ERA is down to 2.00.  Bring him up already!  He got some run support too, including a solo HR from Drew Stubbs, and Norris Hopper and Craig Tatum both had two hits each.  Darnell McDonald is also settling into his role as an everyday player in Louisville, striking out 4 times.  Up next: No starter listed for the Bats tonight against Pawtucket, but Homer Bailey should take the mound at 7:05
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  • Carolina also had a big night, beating up on Tennesse 9-2Yonder Alonso was the big story, as he was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in his AA debut.  Chris Heisey is also still hitting, as he went 3-for-5 with his 4th straight 3 hit game.  Let that sink in for a minute.  That hasn't happened in the big leagues this year so far, and it's only happened twice in Reds history, by Hal Morris in 1994 and Pete Rose in 1984.  Heisey is ridiculous.  In other Mudcat offense, Logan Parker took to a new role in RF pretty well, with his 3rd HR of the season, and Todd Frazier had two hits as well.  Oh yeah, and the pitching was spectacular as well, as Zach Stewart went 6 innings without giving up an earned run to earn his 2nd win of the season in AA.  In his 3 starts, he's pitched 17 innings and managed to keep his ERA at a perfect 0.00.  Tom Cochran pitched 3 innings of 1-run ball to earn an undeserved save in his Carolina debut.  Up next: Travis Wood takes on Tennessee at 7:15.  Is anyone else giddy at the amount of talent in Carolina right now?
  • Sarasota was unfortunately less lucky, with the bulk of their offense heading north.  They managed 9 hits, but still got shut out by Daytona 4-0Devin Mesoraco actually had three hits for the S-Reds, but they had trouble managing any offense after that.  Jeremy Horst pitched a quality start and struck out 6, and Mace Thurman gave up 1 run in two innings in his FSL debut.  Up next: Jerry Gil should be next in line as the S-Reds take on Daytona at 7:05.
  • Dayton was off.  J.C. Sulbaran will take on South Bend at 7.
  • Roster Moves: As widely known, Jared Burton has joined the Bats in AAA, and is on their roster for the time being.  In Carolina, Tom Cochran has joined the Mudcats, and is a pretty interesting case.  He's been pitching in the independent leagues for the last 4 seasons, most recently with Worcester in the Can-Am League last season.  I'm not sure why he's more deserving of a roster spot than the recently released Justin Mallett, but there you go.  As also noted elsewhere, infielder Jose Gualdron is in Sarasota, along with reliever Mace Thurman from Dayton.  Curtis Partch is back on the Dayton roster after a spot start in AA.

Oh yeah, and you may notice that the post looks a little different due to the new auto-tagging system.  The players marked in red aren't any more important than the ones in bold, but the ones in bold don't have player pages on SBNation yet.  (Hint hint, SBNation, add more player pages)