It's been a crazy few days, and an emotional roller coaster at that. Is anyone else tired about talking about the stupid brawl? Instead, let's turn our attention to the best team in the minors right now, and look at some of our impressive prospects.
- Louisville extended their winning streak to 7 in a row with a 4-3 win over Toledo. They've now won 18 of their last 19. Micah Owings wasn't bad in his start, giving up 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings (remember, he's been a bullpen pitcher all year), and Jason Isringhausen gave up the other run. Luckily, Jesus Delgado, Daniel Ray Herrera, and Aroldis Chapman struck the hammer down for 3 innings, allowing the offense to break the tie game and secure the win, with Chapman earning his 6th save. On offense, Todd Frazier was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead the way. Up next: Chad Reineke will make it 8 in a row tonight at 7.
- Carolina lost a tough one to Chattanooga 5-2 in 10 innings. Tom Cochran had another good start, going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs (only one earned) with 6 strikeouts. Lee Tabor stepped up to the plate with 2 perfect innings, but the tie game wasn't safe for Brad Boxberger, who continues to get his head bashed in every time he pitches. Maybe a trip back to Lynchburg wouldn't be bad for his confidence. Up next: The Mudcats take on Jacksonville at 7:05. No starter listed yet.
Lynchburg beat Potomac 4-1, in a game where pitching was the story. Jordan Hotchkiss had yet another great start, going 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball with 6 strikeouts, and Justin Freeman and Donnie Joseph came in and secured the win. Neftali Soto was 2-for-4 with a homer, his 17th of the year. Up next: Chase Ware takes the mound in a 7:03 start. (Yep, that's a weird time to start a baseball game.)
- Dayton fell to the same conclusion as their AA counterparts, losing 5-2 in 10 innings. Jacob Johnson was excellent, going 6 shutout innings and only giving up 1 hit and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts. Ryan LaMarre and Josh Garton both had multi-hit games. Up next: Clayton Shunick gets the ball against Lansing at 7.
- Billings lost in walk off fashion to Great Falls, a 6-5 loss. Donald Lutz, Chris Berset, and Juan Duran had two hits each, and Starlin Gerson went 5 innings of 3-run ball in his start. Up next: Tyler Cline gets Great Falls at 9 ET.
- The AZL Reds won both games of their doubleheader against the AZL Mariners, 3-0 and 6-3. In the first game, Kyle Lotzkar got the start and was very encouraging, going 5 2/3 innings of 5-hit, shutout ball. He walked one and struck out 6, and Joel Ernst got his 2nd save. Robert Maddox hit his 3rd homer, and David Vidal and Danny Vicioso had 2 hits each. In the second game, what was supposed to be a 7-inning game turned into 10, and the A-Reds broke the tie. Adam Muenster was 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and Thomas Muller was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI. Recent signee Wes Mugarian got the start, going 4 innings and giving up 2 runs while striking out 5. Nathan Driessen stepped up and pitched 3 innings of shutout relief with 6 strikeouts, and Lucas O'Rear pitched the last 3, giving up one run in the 10th but striking out 6 in his 3 innings of work as well. Up next: The young'uns take on the AZL Dodgers at 10.