Roster Moves: In the biggest news of the weekend, Chris Heisey and Zach Stewart have earned callups to Louisville. Both of them were tearing up AA, and Stewart will pitch out of the bullpen after starting for the rest of the season, presumably to keep his innings down. Newly acquired Corky Miller and recently demoted Adam Rosales are back with the Bats was well. Jordan Smith is off the DL in Carolina, and Brian Peterson is the backup catcher for the Mudcats now, after Miller was acquired in AAA and Chris Denove goes on the DL. Another great sign, as Juan Francisco is back for the Mudcats too. Josh Ravin goes on the DL in Dayton, as Aguido Gonzalez is activated off of it.
Draft Picks Signed: 9th rounder Brian Pearl and 12th rounder Josh Garton are with Billings now. 30th round catcher Yovan Gonzalez and 8th round outfielder Juan Silva are with the GCL
now. 4th rounder Mark Fleury, 11th rounder Harold Johnson, 35th rounder Oliver Santos, and 36th rounder Chris Burleson have all signed but aren't assigned to a roster yet.
- Louisville dropped 2 of their 3 games over the weekend. On Friday night, the Bats lost 6-0 to Charlotte as Ramon Ramirez got lit up. Daryl Thompson pitched in relief in his first game off the DL as well, which is a promising sign. Danny Dorn and Michael Griffin both had two hits, but the Bats couldn't get any other offense going. On Saturday, Ben Jukich kept the guys in the game, but they dropped in the 9th to Gwinnett 4-3. Jukich pitched 5 1/3 innings, and gave up 3 runs while striking out 7. Chris Valaika led the way with 3 hits, and Edwin Encarnacion and Darnell McDonald were both 2-for-4. In Sunday's game, Matt Maloney led the Bats to a 6-4 win over Gwinnett. Maloney gave up 3 runs and struck out 6 in 6 2/3 innings to get the win. Batting 3rd and playing RF in his second start in Louisville, Chris Heisey went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Barker both had multi-hit games as well, and Barker hit his 14th HR of the season. Up next: The Bats take on Gwinnett at 7. No starter listed, but should get the nod.
Distraught over Heisey's recent promotion, Carolina got swept over the weekend. Friday night saw them lost 6-2 to Jacksonville. Dallas Buck got hurt, only pitching 2 innings. In his last game in AA, Chris Heisey and Carson Kainer had 2 hits each. On Saturday, the Mudcats got shut out 9-0, with Juan Francisco getting a hit in his first game back off the DL. Not much else there. On Sunday, Carolina took the lead in the top of the 8th only to lose it in the bottom of the inning, a 6-5 loss to Chattanooga. Travis Wood started the game and once again pitched well, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings, before Sean Watson gave up 4 runs in the 8th to blow the save. Sean Henry and Todd Frazier each added a 2-run HR to the Mudcats cause. Up next: The Mudcats take on 'Nooga at 7:15. No starter listed, and since it was supposed to be Zach Stewart's turn before he got promoted, I'm not sure who will get the start instead.
- Sarasota went 1-2 over the weekend too. On Friday, they got shut out 6-0 against Lakeland. Luis Montano had a pretty good start, pitching 6 innings of 1 run ball, but the offense couldn't get anything going, with just six singles on the evening. They lost big to Lakeland again on Saturday, 12-5. Matt Klinker got lit up. Justin Reed and Denis Phipps both had 2 hits, and Phipps, Devin Mesoraco, and Neftali Soto all homered. On Sunday. they bounced back and beat Lakeland 5-3 behind a great start by Jeremy Horst. Horst went 7 innings of 3 run (2 earned) ball, and Mace Thurman and Enerio Del Rosario both pitched a perfect inning to seal the win. Neftali Soto was the star on offense, going 2-for-4 with a HR. Up next: Sarasota takes on Tampa at 7. No starter listed, but Scott Carroll started 5 days ago.
- Dayton had a winning weekend, taking 2 of 3 against Lansing. On Friday, they won 7-3 behind a great pitching performance by Lance Janke. Janke went 5 innings and gave up 1 earned run, and walked nobody while striking out 6. Enrique Rojas went 3-for-5, and Andrew Means, Michael Konstanty, Byron Wiley, and Kevin Coddington all had two hits to lead the offense. Andrew Bowman, Mike James, and Scott Gaffney combined for 4 innings of shutout relief. The Dragons won again on Saturday 5-2. All-Star Matt Fairel went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 6. Oscar Castro, Junior Martinez, and Aguido Gonzalez combined to close it out. Michael Konstanty and Byron Wiley were the stars on offense, each hitting a 2-run HR. The Dragons lost the final game of the weekend in late innings, 5-3. Curtis Partch was okay in his start, and Michael Konstanty continued his tear of a weekend with two more hits and two more RBI. Up next: Dayton has the day off today.
- After starting their season with a win, Billings lost three more over the weekend to drop their losing streak to 5. On Friday, they lost a 11-10 slugfest. Adian Kummet started and gave up 2 runs in 2 innings, but every reliever after him also gave up runs. On the other hand, the offense was good with Sean Conner, Alexis Oliveras, and John Dao all with 3 hits each. The lost 5-3 on Saturday, behind a decent start by Justin Walker. Walker gave up 3 ER in 6 innings, and struck out 6. Frank Pfister was 2-for-4 and drove in both Mustang runs. In the final game of the series, they lost 6-4. Leonardo Astorga had a quality start, but it wasn't enough. Yen-Wen Kuo drove in two runs. Up next: The Mustangs finally take on another team, traveling to Helena to play at 9:05. No starter listed, but it should be Shea Snowden.
- The GCL Reds split their two games over the weekend after being off on Friday. They lost to the GCL Rays on Saturday 4-2, as Billy Hamilton suffered his first hitless game. Theodis Bowe had two of the Reds 6 hits. Blair Carson had a good start, pitching 3 innings of shutout ball, and Jacob Wiley pitched 3 shutout innings in relief. The GCL Reds beat the GCL Orioles 7-5 on Sunday, with Pedro Villarreal and Marcos Molina combining for 6 innings of no earned runs. Billy Hamilton, Danny Hernandez, Cristobal Rodriguez, and Yorman Rodriguz all had two hits. Up next: They take on the GCL at noon. It's Tyler Cline's turn in the rotation, but there's no starter listed.