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Farmers Only: Dayton Renaissance

Last year, the Dayton Dragons were bad. Historically bad.  The team finished with a record of 53-85, good for last place by a big margin.  The team was near the bottom of the league in runs scored, runs allowed, and they led the league in errors.  But in some nice karmic retribution for the faithful fans in the fair city of Dayton, this year's edition has turned it around completely.  Their record currently sits at 75-54, good for first place, and they lead the league in runs allowed, are second in runs scored, and are in the lower half in errors.  What a difference a year makes.

  • Louisville won 6-5.  Matt Maloney added to his franchise record in wins, going 6 innings, giving up 4 runs.  Kris Negron and Jeremy Hermida homered, and Chris Valaika doubled twice.  Brad Boxberger earned the save with a scoreless 9th.  His ERA in Louisville is down to 3.42 and he's striking out more than a batter an inning.
  • Carolina lost 5-3.  Yasmani Grandal hit a 2 run, pinch hit double.  Otherwise, this game looked boring.
  • Bakersfield lost 2-0.  The team wasted a good start by Tim Crabbe (7 IP, 2 ER) by only managing 4 hits.  
  • Dayton made Great Lakes their bitch, winning 9-0.  Kyle Lotzkar threw 6 shutout innings, striking out 4.  Billy Hamilton was 2-5 with a double, Ronald Torreyes was 2-5 with 2 triples, and Juan Duran was 2-4 with a double and a walk.  Duran's OPS is almost at .800 for the season.  Who saw that coming?
  • Billings won 7-6.  Kyle Waldrop went 4-5, and and Spencer Dickinson (seriously, rookie ball has some amazing names) doubled and tripled.
  • AZL Reds lost 9-0.  There is literally nothing good to say about this game.