Louisville lost another heartbreaker 9-7 in extras to Toledo after the Mud Hens scored 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in the top of the tenth off of Scott Carroll. Dioner Navarro told the Mud Hens to suck it, going 4-4 (all singles) with a walk and 2 RBI. Chris Valaika continued his hot streak, going 3-6 with a double. Every Bats pitcher gave up runs save for Carlos Fisher, who pitched 1.1 innings of no hit, 2 walk, 2 K ball. Neftali Soto hit a bomb in the 3rd, and Juan Perez nailed Jerad Head at the plate in the 4th, but this game was just kind of a bummer otherwise.
- Pensacola was burnt to a crisp by the Jacksonville Suns, losing 7-0. Daniel Corcino didn't have his best stuff, giving up 5 runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings with 4 walks and 3 Ks. 4 Wahoo errors, two by Corcino himself, and 7 walks allowed didn't help their cause, but the bats were also blinded by the Suns' Zach Neal, who went 7 strong innings. The Wahoos had no extra base hits (7 singles, 3 by Yordanys Perez), and all 3 of their pitchers were scored-upon, as Mark Serrano and Chris Manno gave up a run-o each-o in 2.2 and 1 innings of work, respectively. All in all, a pretty weak showing.
- Bakersfield beat Visalia 8-5 no thanks to Yorman Rodriguez, who went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. The young Venezuelan has now struck out in almost half (18) of his 39 ABs so far this season, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him sent back to Billings once their season gets underway if he continues to struggle. He is still a teenager, after all. On the plus side, Sir Quix-a-Lot stole his 11th base of the young season (Baby Got Bags?), while going 2-5 with 3 runs scored. It's a lot of fun to follow Billy Hamilton, and I hope he sticks around. The Blaze got homers from Travis "Moose" Mattair and Bryson Smith, along with 3 hits from Devin Lohman, and 2 from David Vidal, who also stole his first base of the year. John Holdzkom started and pitched 3 innings of no hit, 4 BB ball before being pulled. Brian Pearl locked up his second save with 1.1 pristine innings.
- Dayton stayed true to organizational form by losing to Fort Wayne, 4-1. The Dragons did their best Reds impression, stranding a staggering 15 runners while batting 0-11 with RISP. Their only run came via a bases loaded walk drawn by the other Juan Perez (who went 1-3 in the game with two walks) in the top of the sixth. Brandon Dailey (3-4) and Danny Vicioso (2-4) were the only two firebreathers with multi-hit games. Starter Rad Quezada (I've decided we should shorten Radhames to Rad because that's totally rad) snapped a personal 12 inning scoreless streak in the fourth, and left after the inning after giving up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, and a pair of walks and strikeouts. The big league team could learn a bit of patience from the Dragons, who did draw 7 free passes in the game. Kyle McMyne pitched a scoreless ninth, and has yet to give up a run this season. He was one of the Blazers we saw pitch at Spring Training, and he did look pretty good, so perhaps he's someone to keep an eye on. Moving forward.
By Johnny Weez