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Farmers Only: Reminding you that blazing speed on the basepaths is only useful if you can get on base

  • Louisville lost to Gwinnett 3-1.  Chad Reineke got the start and pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned).  Tom Cochran stood in and pitched admirably in relief, going 3 shutout innings.  Yonder Alonso and Dave Sappelt had 2 hits each.  Up next: Travis Wood takes the mound against Gwinnett at 7:05.
  • Carolina lost 7-5 despite 13 hits on offense.  Tim Gustafson got the start and gave up 4 runs in 4 innings, and the bullpen pitched well until the 8th when Chris Mobley gave up 3 runs.  Up next: Kyle McCulloch takes on Tennesse at 7:15.
  • Bakersfield lost 4-3 to Stockton.  J.C. Sulbaran got the start, and went 3 2/3 innings of 4-run ball, and the bullpen stepped up and pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief.  Ryan LaMarre and Chris Richburg hit back-to-back homers in the 7th, but that was about all the offense the Blaze could muster up.  Up next: Tim Crabbe takes on Inland Empire at 10:45.
  • Dayton lost 6-5 to Bowling Green.  Kyle Lotzkar got the start and went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) with 7 strikeouts.  Tucker Barnhart homered for the Dragons, and Donald Lutz and Frank Pfister had 2 hits each.  Billy Hamilton was 0-for-5, and is now 0 for his last 15, with no walks in that span (and only 2 in his last 10 games).  He's OPSing .600 right now, with an OPS of .285.  Basically, he's having a very Taveras season in low-A.  Now sure, most of the other guys in Dayton aren't hitting either, but that makes Paul Janish look like Mickey Mantle.  I'm not advising anyone to jump ship and call him a bust and stuff, but obviously someone needs to take this kid aside and work with him to get him to make a bit of contact.  He was on a bit of a hot streak a little bit ago, but we need to see more consistency out of him before we start dubbing him the shortstop of the future.  Up next: Bowling Green at 7.
  • Billings beat Helena 8-7.  Wes Mugarian got the start and wasn't good, giving up 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings.  On the bright side, 7 of the 13 outs he recorded were strikeouts, but he also walked 5 to go along with it.  Nick O'Shea and Adam Muenster both homered for the Mustangs, and Dayne Read and Kyle Waldrop drove in 2 runs each.  Up next: 3rd round pick Tony Cingrani makes his pro debut against Helena at 9:05.
  • The AZL Reds lost to the AZL Mariners 8-5.  Justice French started and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs with 6 strikeouts and no walks.  On offense, Brennan May and Julio Morillo had 2 hits each, and Wagner Gomez hit his 2nd homer of the year.  Up next: AZL Indians at 10.