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Farmers Only: Where current MVPs (but not the one you'd think) and former All-Stars unite

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Another day, another Reds win.  Southern League (AA) postseason awards were announced, and I'm pleased to say that our very own Dave Sappelt was named MVP.  Congrats to him on a great season.  How about those games?

  • Louisville won 8-3 behind a stellar start by the soulsucker, Ben Jukich.  Jukes pitched 7 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts.  Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and Zack Cozart and Michael Griffin homered.  Columbus also won, so the Bats are still 0.5 back in the division.  Up next: Chad Reineke takes on Indy at 6.
  • Carolina wasn't as lucky, as they got shut out 5-0 by Birmingham.  Jake Kahaulelio had he Mudcats' only hit on the evening off of Charlie Leesman, who is one of three Xavier Musketeers currently pitching in professional baseball (but the only one I've worked on a group project with in Biology class).  Travis Webb was the tough luck loser pitching a quality start, and Donnie Joseph gave up 2 unearned runs.  Up next: Southern League Left-Handed Pitcher of the Year Tom Cochran takes on Birmingham at 8:05.  
  • Lynchburg got destroyed 10-2 by Winston-Salem.  Cody Puckett went 3-for-4 and Didi Gregorius had two hits for the Hillcats.  Curtis Partch was terrible in his start.  Up next: Daniel Guerrero takes on Winston-Salem at noon.
  • Dayton lost to Bowling Green 5-3.  Here's the game you were waiting for.  The good: Edinson Volquez pitched 7 innings in his start, and gave up 1 unearned run on 5 hits with 1 walk and 9 strikeouts.  The bad: Orlando Cabrera also started and went 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot.  Justin Reed had a homer and Stephen Diaz and Ronald Torreyes each had a hit in their Dayton debuts.  Up next: Jacob Johnson gets BG at 7.
  • Billings' game with Missoula was suspended after 3 innings.  They'll finish it today, with Kyle Lotzkar taking the second game after that one ends.