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Farmers Only: Let's put Billy Hamilton's season in perspective

  • Louisville was off.  They'll take on Scranton at home at 6:35 with Scott Carroll on the mound.
  • Carolina tried to pull off a late comeback but fell short as they fell 5-4 to Birmingham.  Matt Klinker gave up 5 runs in 6 innings, and struck out 6 on the night.  On the brighter side, Travis Webb and James Adkins combined for 3 shutout innings of relief.  Neftali Soto went 3-for-4 with his 3rd homer of the year.  Up next: Daryl Thompson takes the mound against Birmingham at 7:15.
  • Bakersfield lost 5-1 to San Jose on a rare offensive lapse.  Pedro Villarreal stared and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 2/3 innings, but 3 of the 5 runs the Blaze gave up overall were unearned.  Josh Fellhauer drove in the only run.  Up next: Curtis Partch takes the mound against San Jose at 10:30.
  • Dayton beat Great Lakes 7-1.  Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with another stolen base to extend his total to 38 on the year.  Nobody else in all of minor league baseball is over 30.  That's as many stolen bases as 5 other TEAMS in the Midwest League.  Despite this impressive display, he's only getting on base at a .291 clip out of the leadoff spot, and has only scored 22 runs for his team.  He's leading the team in runs scored, but isn't even close to the league lead.  Translation: even when Billy is getting into scoring position, nobody's really knocking him in.  Tanner Robles had a great start, pitching 6 innings of 1-run ball.  Robles struck out a season-high 10, but walked 6 in the process.  James Walczak and Drew Hayes combined for 4 hitless innings of relief.  Up next: Dragons take on Great Lakes with Daniel Renken on the hill.  They'll start at 10:35 this morning.