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Farmers Only: Weekend Recap

  • Louisville went 1-2 against Indy over the weekend, winning 1-0 on Friday and losing both games of a Sunday doubleheader 1-0 and 5-3.  Ben Jukich was impeccable on Friday, only giving up 3 lone hits in 7 innings of work.  Jared Burton, Pedro Viola, and Robert Manuel finished out the game to preserve the shutout.  On offense, Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, his 32nd of the season.  That's twice as much as Willy Taveras, for those of you keeping track at home.  Matt Maloney pitched a solid 5 innings in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, only giving up 1 run, but was outdueled by Ian SnellZach Stewart pitched a shutout inning of relief.  Justin Lehr had some trouble in the second game, giving up 4 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work.  Up next: Sam LeCure takes on Indy at 7.
  • Carolina lost all three of their games over the weekend, 4-3 to Chattanooga on Friday, and 7-4 and 6-0 losses to Tennessee to round the weekend out.  Travis Wood started Friday's game, and was once again amazing, going 6 innings of 2 run ball, with only one of those earned.  His ERA increased to 1.37.  That would look pretty damn nice in Bronson's spot in the rotation, and would probably come with less crappy Goo Goo Dolls covers.  Todd Frazier was 2-for-4 in that game as well.  The bullpen blew Saturday's game too, after Camilo Vazquez pitched 5 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts.  Carson Kainer led the way for the offense, going 3-for-4 and Zachary Cozart and Brian Peterson both had two hits.  On Sunday, the offense got nothing going.  Chris Kelly, Sean Watson, and Ruben Medina combined for 5 innings of shutout relief, but that was the only positive thing for the Mudcats.  Up next: The Mudcats take on Tennessee at 7:15.  No starter listed, but Lee Tabor pitched last time in this spot.
  • Sarasota went 2-1 over the weekend, winning 6-2 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday, before losing 5-2 in the last game of the weekend.  Jeremy Horst went 5 innings and gave up 1 run on Friday, and The Cycle and Enerio Del Rosario both pitched scoreless innings of relief.  Dave Sappelt started his High-A career on a tear, going 4-for-5, and Jose Gualdron, Neftali Soto, and Jake Kahaulelio all had two hits to lead the offense.  In Saturday's game, Sappelt picked up right where he left off, going 2-for-3 with a HR.  Soto also went deep, and Gualdron and Justin Tordi both had two hits.  Rafael Gonzalez had a solid start, going 5 innings of 1-run ball, and Josh Beal and Justin Freeman combined for 4 shutout innings from the bullpen.  Travis Webb started Sunday's game, and gave up 1 earned run in 5.  Up next: Sarasota plays Charlotte at 7:05.  No starter listed, but Luis Montano is next in line. 
  • Dayton got swept over the weekend too.  Matt Fairel got the loss as the Dragons dropped 5-3 to Fort Wayne on Friday.  Fairel went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs while striking out 5.  On Saturday, they lost 5-1 to West Michigan behind a solid outing by Curtis Partch.  Partch went 6 innings of 2-run ball, and Andrew Bowman added a perfect inning of relief to help the Dragons' cause.  Josh Fellhauer went 0-for-4 leading off in his first pro start, and Andrew Means hit his 2nd homer of the season.  Sunday's game was quite a doozy.  After coming out a 2-run lead in the top of the 1st, West Michigan bounced back to score 13 in the bottom of the inning, chasing J.C. Sulbaran out after 6 batters reached (4 on walks) and scored and no outs were recorded.  Andrew Bowman wasn't much better, giving up 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning.  The lone bright spot on the pitching staff was recent callup Ezequiel Infante, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless 1-hit ball.  Andrew Means had three hits for the Dragons, and Josh Fellhauer had two hits, but Byron Wiley had the best day for a Dragon we've seen all year.  Wiley went 3-for-5 with 3 home runs (his 6th, 7th, and 8th) and 6 RBI.  Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to get past a dismal pitching performance, as the Dragons ultimately fell 20-11Up next: The Dragons take on the Whitecaps again at 7.  Not sure who's gonna pitch, as Josh Ravin is on the DL.
  • Billings dropped their final game with Helena 6-5, and split games with Missoula, losing 3-2 and winning 8-7.  Friday's game saw a pretty crappy start by Leonardo Astorga, but good relief outings by Mark Serrano and Jason BraunHumberto Sosa and Josh Garton led the offense with two hits each, and at the DH spot, Mark Fleury made his pro debut, going 1-for-3 with a RBI.  Shea Snowden had a good start ruined on Saturday, as he pitched 5 1/3 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball.  Alexis Oliveras and Mariekson Gregorius had two hits each.  On Sunday, the Mustangs jumped on top early, with Yen-Wen Kuo leading the way with 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Luca Panerati had a mediocre start, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings, but Donnie Joseph and Adian Kummet had scoreless outings in relief to close it out.  Up next: Mustangs are off.
  • The GCL Reds played 4 games over the weekend, losing 8-1 to the GCL Orioles on Friday, dropping both games of a doubleheader against the GCL Red Sox on Saturday, 2-0 and 5-2, and bouncing back to beat the GCL Twins 3-0 on Sunday.  Not too many bright spots on Friday, as Jefry Sierra had two hits and Matteo Pizziconi pitched an inning of perfect relief.  Pedro Villarreal had a good start in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, pitching 5 innings of 1-run ball, but Danny Hernandez picked up the G-Reds only hit in the game, and one hit wasn't getting it done.  In Game 2, Raul Rodriguez and Nathan Driessen pitched well in relief, but that was the only notable story.  Tyler Cline and Marcos Molina combined to pitch 8 shutout innings on Sunday, with Henry Rodriguez picking up 2 hits.  Up next: The GCL Reds are off too.
  • Roster Moves: Lots of movement between the rosters over the weekend.  Michael Griffin is back in Louisvlle after Drew Sutton's callup.  Matt Klinker takes Jordan Smith's spot in Caroilna, and Stephen Chapman is also in Carolina.  Sarasota's new faces include Steven Otterness, Dave Sappelt, and the first 2009 draftee to make it to the FSL, Shane Carlson.  Joining the Dragons in Dayton are Ezeqiel Infante and 7th round pick Josh FellhauerMariekson Gregorius makes the move down to BIllings.