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Farmers Only: Neftali Soto, Slugger?

  • Louisville lost 9-4 to Gwinnett.  Todd Frazier and Juan Francisco had 2 hits each, with END hitting his 9th homer of the year.  Roar.  Jeremy Hermida also homered, and the Zack Cozart Farewell Tour went 1-for-4 with a RBI.  Scott Carroll gave up 6 runs in 5 innings in his start.  Up next: D-Train on the tracks at 7:05.  Toot toot, bitches.
  • Carolina lost a wild one 12-11 to Tennessee.  Denis Phipps and Henry Rodriguez both homered for the Mudcats, as did Neftali Soto, his 10th on the year. Soto now has 5 home runs in his last 6 games.  That is insane.  Half of his season total of home runs was accumulated in the past week.  Unfortunately for him, he's really another guy without a set position.  He's spent most of his time at 1B the past few years, and can play 3B, and has even seen time at catcher.  Is it wishful thinking to think that he could be Rolen's heir apparent once END is traded for an awesome starter at the deadline? (yes it is)  Oh yeah, you're probably wondering how that 12 turned up on the other side of the scoreboard.  Matt Klinker gave up 10 runs (7 earned) in 4 innings, and wouldn't you know it, Donnie Joseph gave up a run in middle relief.  So much for the role change.  Up next: James Avery takes on Tennessee at 7:15.
  • Bakersfield lost 14-4 to Stockton.  A.J. Means went 3-for-5 to collect half of the Blaze hits.  Mark Serrano got the start, and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings pitched, and the bullpen opened the floodgates to allow an 8-run 8th.  Up next: Curtis Partch takes on the Ports at 10:05.
  • Dayton lost 9-5 to Lansing.  Tanner Robles had a rough start, only going 2 innings and giving up 4 runs (2 earned).  Ronald Torreyes and David Vidal had two hits each, and Vidal drove in 2 runs.  Because you're wondering, Billy Hamilton went 0-for-4 and didn't steal any bases.  What a bum.  Up next: Daniel Renken tries to stop the bleeding at 7.
  • Billings used a 6-run 8th inning to beat Missoula 10-6.  Robert Maddox was 3-for-5 with a homer, and Dayne Read had 2 hits including his 2nd homer of the year.  Kyle McMyne gave up 3 runs in 2 innings, and then Mitchell Clarke and Brian Pearl combined for 6 innings of 2-run relief, with Pearl earning his first win of the year.  Up next: Ismael Guillon gets the ball as the Mustangs take on Helena at 9:05.
  • The AZL Reds beat the AZL Brewers 7-4 behind solid pitching.  Carlos Gonzalez started and went 3 innings of 3-run ball, and Eliezer Beard pitched 5 innings of relief, giving up 1 run and striking out 9.  Carlos Sanchez, Rob Matthews, and Spencer Dickinson all had 2 hits, and Wagner Gomez hit his first homer of the year.  Up next: AZL Royals at 10.