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Farmers Only: Louisville slugs their way to another victory

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  • Louisville decided to get 8 insurance runs in the top of the 9th inning to beat Charlotte 11-2Yonder Alonso led the offense going 4-for-5, and the Bats started throwing haymakers in the 9th with 3 homers in the inning, 4 in the game.  Juan Francisco hit a 3-run shot for his 12th of the year, Zack Cozart hit a 2-run shot for his 14th, and Wilkin Castillo and Wladimir Balentien had solo homers too.  Matt Maloney allowed only 1 unearned run on 3 hits in his 6 innings pitched, Russ Springer pitched his second scoreless inning out of the bullpen, and Aroldis Chapman pitched 2/3 of an inning, only allowing an unearned run.  Up next: Matt Klinker gets the ball in a daytime tilt against Charlotte, at 12:15 ET.
  • Carolina got spanked by Chattanooga 8-1Scott Carroll had a quality start, giving up 3 ER in 6 IP, and added 2 hits to his team's cause as well.  Kris Negron had 2 more of his own, and was the only bright spot on offense.  Up next: Tom Cochran takes the mound against Chattanooga at noon.
  • Lynchburg lost 6-3 to Frederick. Cody Puckett, Brodie Greene, and Jose Gualdron had two hits each, and Neftali Soto hit his 12th homer of the season.  Despite a lackluster start, the Mudcats bullpen retired all 16 hitters they faced, with Andrew Bowman going 2 1/3, Daniel Guerrero going 2, and Justin Freeman going 1 inning of work.  Up next: Jordan Hotchkiss takes on Frederick at 7:05.
  • Dayton was rained out.  They have an off day today.
  • Billings blanked Casper 8-0 behind a good start by Daniel Corcino.  Daniel went 5 innings with no runs and 3 hits, and Ryan Smith pitched 3 1-hit innings after him before Blaine Howell closed the door with a perfect 9th.  Billy Hamilton tripled in a run, Oliver Santos tripled in 2, and Devin Lohman and Trey Manz had two hits each.  Up next: Starlin Gerson takes on Casper at 9:05 ET.
  • The AZL Reds came back in the 9th to beat the AZL Indians 8-5 in what I'm calling the "Battle for Arizona".  The quest for the Arizona Cup is a long one, as this brings the AZL Reds to 2-1 with 5 more games to go.  Jaren Matthews slugged two homers and Jeff Taylor added one of his own, as one of the bright young arms took the mound.  Ismael Guillon gave up 2 runs in 6 innings pitched with 6 strikeouts, and despite giving up the lead with 3 runs in the inning he pitched, Michael Henry earned the win.  Up next: Off day today.