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Farmers Only: Boxy gets moved up to a higher shelf

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  • Roster Moves: First things first.  Ryan Hanigan is a Bat for the time being, officially on a rehab assignment in Louisville.  Joining him there will be Gary Matthews Jr., who signed a minor league deal today.  The biggest news of the day is that Brad Boxberger is moving up to AA Carolina after posting a 3.19 ERA in 62 innings at Lynchburg.  He struck out 70 hitters there to only 20 walks.  Carlos Mendez is also in Carolina for the first time, and Chase Ware takes Boxy's place in Lynchburg.
  • Louisville lost 6-1 in a dominant pitching performance... by the other team.  They had to face Tigers prospect Rick Porcello, and it didn't go well.  Ben Jukich even had a decent start, striking out 9 despite giving up 5 runs in 5 innings.  Enerio Del Rosario, Jared Burton, and Phillippe Valiquette had scoreless relief outings, which is a good sign, but none of it mattered because the Bats only managed 1 damn hit, by Juan Francisco.  Ugh.  Up next: Travis Wood takes on Norfolk at 7:15.
  • Carolina lost a close one 2-1 to Tennessee.  Scott Carroll pitched a decent game, pitching all 8 innings and only giving up 2 runs.  Eric Eymann drove in the only Mudcats run.  Not much else here.  Up next: Tom Cochran gets a crack at the Smokies at 7:15.
  • Lynchburg also lost 2-1 to Kinston despite a decent start by Jordan Hotchkiss.  Hotchkiss pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up 2 runs, and Sean Watson and Donnie Joseph pitched scoreless relief outings to close it out.  Josh Fellhauer and Kyle Day had two hits each.  Up next: James Avery takes on Kinston at 7:00.
  • Dayton is still on their all star break.  They'll resume at 7:05 against Lansing with Tim Crabbe taking the hill.
  • Billings lost to Great Falls 6-3, despite a quality start by Clayton Shunick.  Shunick gave up 6 R, but only 3 ER, and Tyler Cline pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief, only giving up 1 hit.  Yorman Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, and Dayne Read and David Vidal had two hits each.  Up next: Tanner Robles makes his debut against Missoula at 9:05.
  • The AZL Reds were the only affiliate to win, beating the AZL Indians 4-1Jonathan Correa was excellent in his US debut, as the former Domincan Leaguer pitched 5 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball with 6 strikeouts.  Mitchell Clarke earned his first save of the year with a perfect 9th.  The Reds were efficient with their hits, collecting only 3 on the night with Adam Muenster driving in 2 runs with his and Yovan Gonzalez and Cristobal Rodriguez driving in 1 run each with theirs.  Up next: The AZLers are off today.