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Farmers Only: Weekend Recap

  • Roster Moves: As previously noted, Juan Francisco is in Louisville now, and Shaun Cumberland has rejoined the outfield mix in Carolina.  Kris Negron has joined Sarasota, and Oscar Castro moves from Dayton to Billings, with Hector Santana taking his place.  After sitting out for a lot of the year, Misael DeJesus is on the active roster in the GCL. 
  • Louisville had a decent weekend, winning 2 out of 3 against Toledo.  They won 4-0 on Friday behind a stellar pitching performance by Matt Klinker.  Klinker went 7 1/3 innings of 2-hit ball, and struck out 9 while walking 3.  Pedro Viola gave up only one hit in his 1 2/3 to close it out.  Drew Stubbs was 2-for-5 with a RBI, and Eric Eymann and Chris Denove had two hits each as well.  On Saturday, they won 4-1 behind a decent rehab start by Micah Owings.  Micah went 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, only giving up 3 hits and striking out 3, but issued 5 walks.  That's a little concerning.  Logan Ondrusek notched his 5th save.  In the cleanup spot, El Nino Destructor was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI in his AAA debug.  Wes Bankston was 3-for-4 with a HR, and Corky Miller and Daniel Dorn had two hits each.  The Bats lost the weekend-cap 7-2 as Sam LeCure had some trouble.  Bankston and Dorn had 3 and 2 hits respectively (again), and Chris Valaika added two hits of his own.  Up next: The Bats take on Indy at 7:05.  No starter listed, but it should be Travis Wood.
  • Carolina took two of three from Birmingham over the weekend.  On Friday, the Mudcats lost 11-6 behind another terrible outing by Zach Ward.  He's started 3 games so far in Carolina and is the proud owner of a 23.14 ERA.  That's not very good.  Logan Parker drove in 3 runs in the game as well.  Camilo Vazquez turned the table on Saturday night, leading the team to a 8-1 win.  Vazquez pitched 5 1/3 innings of 1-run ball, and Joe Krebs pitched 2 2/3 no-hit innings of relief before Greg Atencio struck out the side in a perfect 9th.  Stephen Chapman led the way with 3 hits for the offense, and Jake Kahaulelio and Korey Feiner drove in 2 runs each.  They won on Sunday too, 4-3Alexander Smit pitched 7 innings and gave up 2 runs.  Up next: Luis Montano takes on Jacksonville at 7:05. 
  • Sarasota had a mostly down weekend against Fort Myers.  They won 3-1 Friday, lost 3-1 on Saturday, and dropped both games of a Sunday doubleheader 6-3 and 4-3.  On Friday, Curtis Partch pitched 7 innings and only gave up 1 unearned run while striking out 6, and Mace Thurman pitched 2 scoreless innings for his 6th save of the year.  Jason Louwsma was 2-for-3.  Kris Negron was 0-for-3 in his Reds debut on Saturday, but Neftali Soto and Dave Sappelt each had two hits.  Matt Fairel had a good start, going 6 innings of 1-run ball, but Josh Beal gave up 2 in the 9th to get the loss.  Jeremy Horst earned his 12th loss in game 1 of the doubleheader, and Pedro Villarreal gave up 2 runs in 5 2/3 in the nightcap.  Up next: Travis Webb takes on Jupiter at 7.
  • Dayton lost all three of their games over the weekend, and are now on a 5 game skid.  They lost 9-7 to West Michigan on Friday, as Chase Ware got roughed up in his first start.  Humberto Sosa and Tony Brown had two hits each and Byron Wiley homered.  They lost 7-1 to Fort Wayne on Saturday, as Ezequiel Infante had his first bad start of the year.  He gave up 5 runs in 4 innings.  Carlos Mendez homered and Josh Fellhauer was 2-for-4.  They lost 5-1 on Sunday despite a great start by Jordan Hotchkiss.  Hotchkiss only gave up 1 hit in 5 innings, and struck out 6 while walking nobody.  Up next: Dayton takes on Fort Wayne at 7:05.
  • Billings only played 1 game over the weekend, with the game on Saturday being rained out and the doubleheader Sunday being postponed due to wet grounds.  The Mustangs lost 7-3 to Casper on Friday, mostly due to a bad outing by Tim Crabbe.  The top 3 hitters in the order (Mariekson Gregorius, Yorman Rodriguez, and Yen-Wen Kuo) all had two hits.  Up next: Blair Carson takes on Idaho Falls at 9:05.
  • The GCL Reds only played 1 game too, with their Sunday game being rained out and their off day on Saturday.  They lost 6-3 on FridayMisael DeJesus pitched a scoreless inning for the start, and Jefry Sierra was 3-for-4.  Up next: They take on the GCL O's at noon.