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Farmers Only: Louisville wins again, but it's too little too late

  • Louisville beat Indianapolis 3-2 for their 3rd straight win.  For a second, I had a thought that they might be jumping back into the race with a few wins in a row (like they did a few years ago and won the division after a late season flourish), but this Bats team is very similar to the Reds at this point.  Despite a couple of wins, they're still 15 games back in their division and 6 out of the wild card.  Chad Reineke gave up 2 runs in 5 innings and struck out 5, and the bullpen got the job done after him.  Nick Christiani, Jeremy Horst, Jordan Smith, and Brad Boxberger all had scoreless appearances to hold the lead, and Boxy nailed down his 3rd save.  Denis Phipps was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, and Juan Francisco hit his 12th homer of the year.  Roar.  Up next: The Bats take on Indy at 1:05.
  • Carolina lost 9-8 to Chattanooga.  Cody Puckett and Bill Rhinehart homered, with Puckett's being a grand slam, and Quintin Berry and Henry Rodriguez had 2 hits each.  Unfortunately, the pitching.  James Avery gave up 6 runs (4 earned) and didn't get out of the 4th inning, and Chris Mobley gave up 2 runs in the 8th to break a 7-7 tie.  Up next: Josh Ravin takes on the Lookouts at 11:15 this morning.
  • Bakersfield beat Visalia 6-4 behind a pretty good starting pitching performance.  Mark Serrano went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (only 1 earned) with 8 strikeouts and 4 walks.  Christopher Manno pitched another scoreless inning (awesome) and Doug Salinas nailed down his 13th save.  Jorge Jimenez was 3-for-4, and Stephen Hunt and Jordan Wideman had 2 hits each, including a homer.  Up next: J.C. Sulbaran takes the hill against Visalia at 10:30.
  • Dayton was off.  Josh Smith will take on Great Lakes at 7.
  • Billings dropped 5-1 to Idaho Falls for their 3rd straight loss.  Bryson Smith's homer provided the only offense, and Dan Jensen's 4 runs given up in 3 innings was too much to overcome.  Up next: Ismael Guillon tries to stop the bleeding at 9:15.
  • The AZL Reds downed the AZL Cubs 6-1 for their 6th straight win.  Joel Bender pitched well in his start, giving up 1 run in 5 innings, although the 4 walks a bit troubling.  Steven Selsky went yard twice to double his home run total on the year, and he, Brennan May, and Carlos Sanchez went back-to-back-to-back solo shots in the 8th inning.  That's getting it done.  Matt Lentz was 3-for-5.  Up next: Off day.