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Farmers Only: Homer Bailey and Travis Wood continue to shine

  • Homer Bailey had another stellar pitching performance as Louisville shut out the PawSox 6-0.  Homer gave up 4 hits in 8 shutout innings, and struck out 8 while only walking two.  Drew Sutton and Darnell McDonald both homered for the Bats, and that's all Homer needed.  Maybe he sees his window of opportunity closing with Matt Maloney poised to start for the big league club on Saturday?  Up next: Justin Lehr takes on Pawtucket at 7:05.
  • Wood
  • In a classic pitchers' duel, Carolina beat Tenneesee 1-0 in 10 inningsTravis Wood continued to pitch well, pitching 6 shutout innings while striking out 6, and Logan Ondrusek and Ramon Geronimo pitched two scoreless as well to close down the Smokies offense.  Todd Frazier had three hits for the Mudcats, and Juan Francisco was the hero as he broke the tie with a walk-off home run in the 10th inning, his 10th of the season.  Disappointingly, Chris Heisey was only 1-for-3.  Boo!  Oh yeah, and Yonder Alonso fell back down to earth after his awesome debut, going 0-for-4.  Guess he hasn't figured out that AA pitching yet, has he?  Hopefully this will put the talk calling for him to replace Votto in the bigs to rest for a bit.  Up next: Jordan Smith bids to take the Mudcats winning streak to 7 games at 7:15 against Tennessee.
  • In another win against a Cubs minor league affiliate, Sarasota beat Daytona 6-1, as Jerry Gil (pitching star!) picked up his 3rd win in a row.  Gil went 5 1/3 innings of 1-run ball.  Jason Louwsma hit his 2nd HR of the season, a 2-run shot, and Denis Phipps was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.  Up next: The S-Reds take on Brevard County at 7, with no starter listed yet, but it's Travis Webb's turn.
  • Dayton was the lone loser on this evening, dropping 3-1 to South BendJ.C. Sulbaran was great again, pitching 6 innings and giving up 1 run on 4 hits, while fanning 7.  Cody Puckett and Stephen Chapman had two hits each, the only 4 hits by Dragons hitters on the night.  Up next: Matt Fairel takes on South Bend again at 7.