- Louisville put the hurtin' on Pawtucket, backing Tony Cingrani en route to a 10-0 win. The Bats whooped up on a guy I knew in college, Terry Doyle, and were on base a collective 21 times in all. Spaghetti Hoowee was pretty obviously working on some things (he walked 4 guys in 5 innings), but the fact that he only gave up 2 hits and no runs with 5 K rocks a lot of high socks. The offense was pretty good across the board (obvs), save for Denis Phipps who sulked in a corner (0-5). Billy Hamilton was 2-6 with a steal, but Felix Perez led the way, going 3-5, and I think I've decided that he should be the next OF called up. He won't hit for this much power, but the contact tool is legit (K% in the low teens) and his .350 BABIP isn't crazy high for a guy with his skillset. He's only 28. Up next: Armando Galarraga (2-2, 2.37) faces the Paw Sawx at 6:35.
- Pensacola had a season-high 14 hits, but were mounted by the Lookouts 5-3. All but 2 of those hits were singles, with a Moose Mattair bullwinkle and a Ryan LaMarre double the only exceptions. Chad Rogers got twice as many grounders as flyouts–8 to 4–in 6 innings of work, giving up just an unearned run on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out 3, and lowered his ERA to 1.93 on the year. Loek Van Mil's streak of good pitching ran out, as he retired just one batter to go along with the 4 runs he served up. Up next: Ryan Dennick (2-3, 3.00) against the Lookouts at 7:15.
- Bakersfield won their sixth in a row, walking off against the Ports 4-3. Steve Selsky made his only hit of the game a big one, singling in Ryan Wright in the bottom of the 11th. Juan Silverio singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, and El'Hajj Muhammad vultured the win with a perfect inning. Kyle Lotzkar struck out 4 in his first 2 innings of relief since being demoted, but he pegged the first batter he faced, and it cost him a run. No walks though, which is good. Up next: James "Jesus Shuttlesworth" Allen (2-4, 4.62) faces the Ports at 10:30.
- Dayton continued to ride some late-inning clutchitude to a 7-6 win over the Whitecaps. Joe Hudson, Zach Vincej, and Joe Terry were responsible for the eighth inning rally, which, along with a Tanner Rahier solo logsplitter, was enough to propel the Dragons to their sixth win in seven games. This is fun! Drew Cisco didn't have as much fun, giving up 11 hits and 5 runs in 5.2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 6. It's nice that the team can win despite their best player (Jesse Winker) going 0-5. Up next: Sal "Meatball Salad" Romano (4-3, 3.28) looks for the sweep against West Michigan at 7:05.
3 of 4 affiliates won! Bakersfield has won 6 in a row! Dayton has won 6 of 7! Juan Silverio has hit in 14 straight! What is happening? I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so...scared...