Louisville lost 2 of 3 over the weekend. Friday was a 4-2 loss to Indy, with Henry Rodriguez and Chris Valaika each tallying a pair of hits. Pedro Villarreal was hittable again in his 5 innings. Meh. They lost again in Saturday's contest, falling 5-1 to Toledo. Lurch gave up another ER, and Devin Mesoraco hit his first double in AAA this season. H-Rod had two more hits, and he was playing SS while Didi Gregorius manned second. Weird, huh? The Bats won their fourth* game of the season on Sunday, beating Toledo 4-3. Our old friend Danny Dorn jacked one out for the bad guys, but Didi and Denis "Child Bearing" Phipps each floated root beers of their own, both with a guy on base, to account for all the team's runs. Phipps was 3-4, everyone else had 1 or 0 hits. Tim Gustafson allowed a paltry 3 hits and 1 run in his 6.2 innings of work, walking 2 and ringing up 4. Up next: Muthatruckin' OFF DAY, yo!
Pensacola had a winning weekend, beating Mississippi 3 times in 3 games. Friday was rained out (Isaac?), but Saturday was a 4-3 win. DatDudePJ went yard and Billy Hamilton added to his record with another steal. Snax also hit two singles, presumably on grounders to the right side of the infield. Wirfin "Mouthful" Obispo was solid in his 5 IP. Sunday featured a doubleheader making up for the rainout, and the 'Hoos took the first game 5-2. Tony Cingrani showed signs of either fatigue or humanity, lasting just 4 innings, and giving up 2 ER on 2 hits. He struck out 6 in the 86-pitch outing, but he walked 5. The Swami's tossed 142.1 innings this season, and dude's been good. They were 3-hit in Game 2, losing 1-0. Josh Fellhauer had 2 of those hits. Chad Rogers was the hard-luck loser despite giving up the single run in 5 innings. Up next: Mark Serrano (7-4, 3.51) at 8 at Mississippi.
Bakersfield was 2-hit on Friday by Christian Bergman (8 IP, 8 K) of Modesto, losing 2-0. Not much to talk about in that one. They had 10 hits on Saturday, but still lost to the Nuts 5-3. The Blaze had nary an XBH, but 4 guys had 2 singles apiece (Bowe, Selsky, D'Anna, Lohman). The Selsquatch continues to brutalize Cal League pitching...to wit: a 1.029 OPS in 235 ABs since being called up from Dayton. The Blaze had a can opened up on 'em in Sunday's 9-1 loss. Theo Bowe was 2-4 with his 62nd steal of the year, which would be impressive if Billy wasn't happening. Josh Smith was puréed in his short outing. Up next: Daniel Renken (5-9, 5.87) will probably give up a lot of runs at 10:05.
- Dayton, befuddlingly, had a winning weekend, taking 2 of 3. Friday was an 8-4 victory over Bowling Green in which every starting position player had a hit, save poor Josef Terry. He's not a very good communist. Yorman Rodriguez weed-whacked a tie-breaking grand slam in the seventh as part of a 2-5 night, and he also stole a base. The toooools! Ismael Guillon lasted a banal 5.2 innings (8 H, 3 ER, 2BB, 5K). The Dragons won an exciting game on Saturday in front of the second-largest crowd of the season at Fifth Third Field, beating the Whitecaps (that sounds dirty) 4-3. Sean Buckley went 2-3 and Graced a two-run shot in the fourth. <---- Link pops, bitches...get the Bose out. Sunday was the losing day, as the Dragons fell 7-2. Sean Buckley (1-4) homered again, and has hit in 8 straight. A Junior Arias Ari-error led to 4 unearned runs as the Rad Quesadilla and Wes Mugarian were hit around a bit. Up next: Robert Stephenson (2-2, 3.76) looks to bounce back at 7 against the Whitecaps.
- Billings had a rough weekend, losing all 3 games to Ogden. They dropped Friday's contest 14-4. Peanut Butter Gelalich went 3-4 with 2 doubles and Drew Cisco was roughed up. Saturday was an 11-8 defeat, as Jesse Winker and Jon Matthews both had 3 hits, and Matthews and Daniel Pigott each scorched solo shots. Pitching was awful. On Sunday, they lost 7-5. Robert Maddox knows that chicks dig the long ball, so he hit his 12th home run of the year. When asked for comment, Maddox replied "Actually, chicks dig respect and intelligence. And biceps. My biceps are phenomenal." Beau Amaral and Snoop Pigotty Dogg had two hits each. Up next: A good old-fashioned Montana off day.
- The AZL Reds dropped X of their 3 games. They were 4-hit on Friday in a 5-2 loss to the Dodger munchkins. Saturday wasn't much better, as they only mustered 5 hits in a 2-1 loss to the future Tribesmen. Jose Williams (formerly of NPR) was decent in his 5 innings (7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). They finally remembered their bats on Sunday, losing in 10 innings, 11-9. Wilfrel Estevez, Adam Matthews, and Argenis Aldazoro all went deep for the Mustangs. Nick Travieso gave up 2 earned runs on 5 hits in his 3 innings. He walked none and struck out 2. They pen couldn't hold down a lead, though. Up next: Desert off day.
By Johnny Weez