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Farmers Only: Weekend Review

  • Roster Moves: No new callups for Louisville, but Micah Owings and Chris Dickerson are there in the middle of rehab stints.  In Carolina, Phillipe-Alexandre Valiquette and Scott Carroll are on the DL, and a new face joins the Mudcats in Greg Atencio, who last played for Omaha, the Royals AAA affiliate.  Alexander Smit is off the DL in Sarasota, and Lance Janke joins the rotation out there.  After a solid start for the GCL team, third baseman Henry Rodriguez skipped 2 levels up to Sarasota.  Expect to see Daryl Thompson back soon as well, as he's rehabbing with the GCL team alongside Yonder Alonso, who was recently shut down for the time being.  New faces down there include IF Mauricio Pimental, who comes from Billings, and the season debut for pitcher Luis Machuca, who you may remember as one of those named to the WBC preliminary roster for the Panama team.
  • Louisville scored 5 runs in the 9th on Sunday to salvage a game in their series against Rochester over the weekend.  They lost 3-0 on Friday, in a game where they only mustered up 6 hits.  2 of the hits were by Daniel Dorn, and Chris Dickerson and Drew Stubbs each had a hit.  Ben Jukich started the game and gave up 3 unearned runs in 5 innings, and it's worth noting that Jared Burton had a perfect inning of relief.  They lost Saturday too, a 3-2 loss in a game that Matt Klinker had a good start in, but ended up getting the loss.  Klinker gave up 1 earned run in 5 1/3 innings and struck out 5, and Enerio Del Rosario and Ramon Ramirez were perfect in their 1 2/3 and 1 innings of relief.  Stubbs and Chris Denove both knocked in runs.  In Sunday's 7-2 win, Chris Heisey was 2-for-5 with a HR, Wes Bankston knocked in 2 runs, and Dorn had 2 hits.  Sam Lecure had a good outing, going 6 2/3 innings of 2 runs ball.  Pedro Viola gave up a hit and a walk in his relief inning, and Burton and Logan Ondrusek were perfect in theirs, with Burton getting the win.  Up next: Micah Owings takes a rehab start against Lehigh Valley at 7:05.
  • After a drubbing on Friday night, Carolina bounced back to win their other two games on the weekend against West Tenn.  They lost on Friday night 20-9Zach Ward, Chris Kelly, and Jerry Gil all gave up 6 runs in less than 2 innings each.  Thankfully, these are probably the three worst pitchers on the staff right now.  Juan Francisco and Stephen Chapman had three hits in the game, and Logan Parker homered.  On a brighter note, they won Saturday night 7-3Tom Cochran had another start where he gave up less than 3 runs (his 6th in a row), and Joe "The Cycle" Krebs pitched 3 one-hit innings for the save.  El Nino Destructor had two more hits, and Chapman had two hits and drove in 3 runs.  Jason Bour also had a nice game, going 3-for-5.  The Mudcats put up 3 in the 9th to overtake West Tenn 6-4 on SundayJose Castro went 3-for-4 and Todd Frazier hit his 13th HR of the season, a 3-run shot in the 9th to take the lead for good.  Camilo Vazquez gave up 4 runs in 5 innings in his start, and Ruben Medina, Greg Atencio, and Sean Watson combining for 4 no-hit innings of relief.  Up next: Jeremy Horst takes on West Tenn at 8:05.
  • Sarasota lost all three of their games over the weekend.  On Friday, they lost 3-1 in 10 innings to St. Lucie.  Lance Janke made his High-A debut, and pitched 6 innings of scoreless 3-hit ball, striking out 5 and walking nobody.  Pedro Villarreal pitched 4 innings after that, and gave up the last 2 runs in the 10th inning.  Dave Sappelt was 3-for-5.  In Saturday's game, the S-Reds tied it up with 3 runs in the 9th before losing the game in the 13th 8-7Curtis Partch started, and gave up 4 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.  Mark Pawelek pitched 3 strong innings in relief.  Neftali Soto led the way for the offense, going 2-for-6 with a HR and 5 RBI.  Sappelt had three more hits in this one, and Justin Reed had two.  Matt Fairel had some trouble early, and it was too much to overcome as the S-Reds lost to Fort Myers 6-1 on SundayJason Louwsma drove in the only run, and Josh Beal pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief.  Up next: Alexander Smit takes his first start off the DL against Fort Myers at 7.
  • Dayton swept Lansing in all three of their games over the weekend, a 3-2 win Friday, a 18-5 pounding on Saturday, and a 10-9 victory on Sunday.  Carlos Mendez was 3-for-4 on Sunday, and Mark Serrano pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his start.  Donnie Joseph struck out 5 in two scoreless innings for the save.  The offense was alive on Saturday, as evidenced by some of these lines.  Kevyn Feiner was 5-for-6 with 4 doubles and 6 RBI.  Cody Puckett was 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and a RBI.  Enrique Rojas and Kevin Coddington each drove in 4 runs.  Alexis Oliveras and Josh Fellhauer each had 3 hits, with the latter hitting his 6th HR of the season.  The pitching could have been terrible, but it was actually pretty decent.  J.C. Sulbaran gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, and Michael Konstanty ended up pitching an inning in the blowout win.  Sunday's game was much closer, as Shea Snowden gave up a lot of runs early, but ended up scoring 7 in the 3rd to keep in the game.  Humberto Sosa and Tony Brown homered for the Dragons, with Brown's being a grand slam.  Up next: Ezequiel Infante takes on Lansing at 7:05.
  • Billings was rained out on Friday, and played a doubleheader on Saturday, with the second game getting rained out.  So while Sarasota played 32 innings over the weekend, Billings only played 7, winning the game 2-1Luca Panerati pitched the whole thing, giving up 1 unearned run in 7 innings, striking out 5 and walking none.  Unquestionably his best outing of the season.  Up next: Blair Carson takes on Idaho Falls at 9:05.
  • The GCL Reds played 2 full games and 2 doubleheader games over the weekend.  On Friday, they beat the GCL Orioles 5-4 in 10 inningsMitchell Clarke had the best outing for the pitching staff, pitching 3 scoreless innings.  Jefry Sierra went 4-for-6 and Derrick Lowery had three hits for the G-Reds.  They split a doubleheader with the GCL Red Sox, losing 5-4 in the first game and winning the second game 2-0Billy Hamilton had two hits in the first game, and Harold Johnson gave up 1 run in 7 innings of work with 7 strikeouts.  Luis Machuca pitched 6 shutout innings in the second game of the day, striking out 6 in his 2009 debut.  Raul Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning to get the save.  They lost to the GCL Twins on Sunday 5-4Daniel Tuttle pitched 4 innings of 1-run ball and Trey Manz was 3-for-4 with a HR.  Up next: The G-Reds are off.