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Farmers Only: The Wright that Shakes the Barley

Usain Bolt points west to Pensacola, home of the only man faster than him.

Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Usain Bolt points west to Pensacola, home of the only man faster than him. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
  • Louisville lost an eye-bulger, 4-3, to the Toledo Mud Hens. Everyone complains about Dayton, but at least they have some entertaining talent there. Beyond Didi Gregorius and Henry Rodriguez (and the Fu King, of course), there's really not a lot to be excited about. Didi had a triple that plated two, and Neftali Soto had two singles, but no one else really did very much. I guess Soto could be a sleeper guy too, though our system has a distinct lack of plate discipline, and he isn't helping. Oh, Sean Gallagher walked 7 guys and struck out not a one. In fact, Louisville pitchers threw a combined 159 pitches in the game, and together they struck out nobody. I'm just guessing--and someone correct me if I'm wrong--but I bet that doesn't happen very often. Fortunately, the lower minors. Up next: The monumentally plebeian Chad Reineke (5-7, 4.35) faces Gwinnet at 7:05.

Interlude: I apologize for that burst of cynicism. Blowing a lead to the weenie-butt Cubs instead of making a statement has sapped my usual WeezBreeze and turned me into a TemporaryBrennaman.

  • Pensacola walked off on Chattanooga in the 10th on a Brodie Greene single to win, 3-2. Billy Hamilton (2-4, 3B) absconded with two more bags, though was thwarted when he got greedy and tried to take third a pitch after he had just taken second. S'ok. Bryson "The Ginginator" Smith is still on fire like his hair, plating two as part of a 3-5 night. Flame onnnn, homeboy. Tony Cingrani pitched 6 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 6 and walking 2. Keep on keepin' on, Tony the Cingrifient (OK, that one might have been a stretch. I may or may not have had some wacky tobaccky, throw me a friggin' bone). Up next: Kyle "Bummer Stats" Lotzkar (4-5, 5.31) gets the call at 7:15.
  • Bakersfield was trounced by Visalia, 14-4, in an entirely forgettable game. The Blaze committed 2 errors, and Tanner Robles, Pat Doyle, and Chris Joyce all got rocked. Juan Duran did pistol-whip one in the second inning, when the game was still in reach, Ryan Wright knocked in two meaningless runs with a late single, and Theo Bowe walked thrice and stole a base, but the offense was otherwise quiet. Up next: Someone faces High Desert at 7:05 my time.
  • Dayton had their game washed out by the tears of their fans rain. Jacob "Señor Jingleheimer" Johnson (1-4, 5.32) and James Allen (7-3, 3.71) will start each game of a doubleheader tomorrow.
  • Billings shut out Great Falls, 6-0, thanks to "Better Call" Sal Romano. The right-hander tossed 5 scoreless frames, allowing the only 2 Great Falls hits. Tonight, everybody loves Romano. Zachary Vincej (3-4, 2 RBI) must love the history of aviation, because he is begging to be called up to Dayton. Dude's hitting .453 and OPSing over 1.000. Also, his name is still not a typo. Up next: Missoula at 9:05.
  • The AZLians were 5-hit by the AZL Padres, falling 3-0. Brayan Arias went 2-3 with a triple. I dunno what to tell ya...they got whooped. Up next: AZL A's at 10.