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Farmers Only: Late Innings, Schmate Innings

  • Louisville lost to Columbus, 4-2. Denis "The Menace" Phipps had two doubles and a walk, and Didi Gregorius knocked in both runs as part of a 2-5 performance. Pedro "Early Success May Not Have Been" Villarreal went 6 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. Silver lining? Logan Ondrusek didn't give up a run! In completely unrelated news, Logan Ondrusek didn't pitch last night. Up next: Another tussle with Columbus at 7:05. Chad "Company Man" Reineke (5-10, 4.69) gets the start.
  • Pensacola had the day off, and it wasn't due to a hurricane! Today, Isaac permitting, Wirfin Obispo (5-0, 2.16) and the Hoos down in Hooville host Tennessee at 8.
  • Bakersfield lost to Visalia, 7-1. The Blaze had 5 hits, all doubles. 2 came from Niko Vazquez, and one apiece from Theo Bowe, Dominic the Donkey, and Kurtis Muller. Tim Crabbe was meh but not yuck (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), but Kyle McMyne and Brooks Pinckard got a case of the Lurches, giving up 5 combined runs in 2 innings of work. Up next: Jamie Walczak (3-5, 6.01) hopes to stop the chafing against Visalia at 10:05.
  • Dayton fell 5-4 to the Great Lakes Loony Bins. The Most Interesting First Baseman in the World went 1-2 with a single and a walk in his second rehab game back from double knee surgeries. In a shocking development, the Dragons were only just now eliminated from postseason play with the loss. Yorman Rodriguez continued show his tools (perv...), going 2-3 with a triple. He's hit in 8 straight and 9 of his last 10, with 7 XBH and a 1.144 OPS during that span. He's also walked three times to just 7 strikeouts. Do work, Tool Shed! Juan Perez also thwacked a three-bagger, and Juan "Anderson" Silva choked out 2 hits. Ismael Guillon struck out 8 in 6 innings, but El'Hajj Muhammad decided it was high time for another pilgrimage to Blecca, and gave away the lead, the game, and ultimately, hopes of a Midwest League Championship in the top of the ninth. Up next: Jacob "Not Randy" Johnson (2-5, 5.18) takes on the Loons at 7:05.
  • Billings felt bad for its organizational brethren, so they decided to lose to Helena, 6-4, in similar late-inning fashion. The Brewers scored 5 runs in the final two innings to come from behind for the win. Jesse Winker went against the grain, chelloveking 2 doubles, me droogies, and Zachary "Prospect?" Vincej had two hits as well. This game marked the return of Seth Mejias-Brean, who had been out for 12 days. He went 0-2 with 2 walks. Dan Langfield worked out of some jams with 7 Ks in 4 innings, but again, late inning bullpen implosions doomed the Stangs. Up next: The Mustangs open up a big series with Missoula, handing the ball to Drew Cisco (4-1, 4.05) for a 9:05 start.
  • The AZL Reds made it a clean sweep, losing 3-1 to the Dodgerkins. Tanner Rahier went 0-4 to bring his season average below the Mendoza line, and only Brayan Arias had more than 1 hit. Avain Rachal had a triple. Yawn. Pedro Diaz and Abel De Los Santos struck out a combined 9 over the first 5 scoreless innings, but yet again, late inning bullpen sharting allowed the Dodgers to score 3 unanswered to close out the game. Up next: There's a game at 10, apparently, but it seems as though not only starters, but also teams are TBD. Weird.

    And now, the nominees for the second ever Tasty Snax Minor Leaguer of the Day! Jesse Winker ran away with the first ever award yesterday.