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Farmers Only Weekend Late Harvest

I forgot to write it yesterday so I did it today instead! Deal with it!

David Vidal, from
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  • Louisville lost a nail-biter on Friday, falling to the Tides 2-1. Jose Diaz spoiled a good start from "You Don't Mess With the" Yohan Pino, and Neftali Soto donked a solo wanger for the only Bat run. Saturday was no better, as they lost to Durham, 6-3. Felix the Housecat was 3-4 to account for most of the offense, and Billy Hamilton stole base #33. Armando Galarraga was doomed by 2 Wil Myers longballs, giving up 6 runs in 6 innings. Sunday's contest ended better as the Bats beat the Bulls 5-1. It was a true team effort, as every starter but Corky Miller had a hit, but we all know that he was actually responsible for the win. Greg Reynolds twirled another gem, going 8 innings and allowing just one run on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. Monday was back to losing, as they were on the wrong side of a 5-2 score against Durham. Cool Papa Snax had a big night, going 3-5 with a double and 2 steals, and that was about it for the offense. Pedro Villarreal had slightly better command of the beach balls as he did when he was in Cincy, giving up 2 homers in his six innings, allowing 4 runs. Senor True House: still not a good name for a pitcher. Up next: Chad Reineke (4-3, 3.51) faces Durham at 7:05.
  • Pensacola was scalped by the Braves on Friday, losing 6-1. Luis "Dodge" Durango (3-4) and Ryan LaMarre (2-4) made up most of the offense as Tim Crabbe got shelled (OK, not really, but c'mon how can I not use that) in 5 innings, giving up 5 runs (but only 2 earned), with 4 K and no walks. The Wahoos beat Mississippi 4-1 on Saturday, though, as Ryan Dennick pitched 7 1/3 strong innings, giving up just a lone run on six hits with no walks and 4 K. Pensacola pissed away a 3 run lead in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday to lose 7-5. Ray Chang wolfpack'd his first AA home run of the year, but Loek Van Mil dutched everything up in the final frame, giving up 5 runs to blow the game. Monday was a hard-luck loss, falling to the Braves 2-1. Chris Manno got walked-off on, giving up the go-ahead run, as the Wahoos managed just 4 hits. Up next: Josh "Founder of Mormonism" Smith (5-5, 3.50) faces the Braves at 7.
  • Bakersfield didn't start the weekend off so well, falling to Lake Elsinore 3-2. Jon "Muskrat" Moscot somehow managed to lose his ninth game already, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings. Kyle Waldrop dropped one over the wall for his tenth of the year. Saturday was better as the Blaze beat the Storm, 7-3, despite 4 errors. Big games from Marquez Smith (3-5, HR) and Juan Duran (2-4, HR) helped put the game out of reach in the middle innings. Kyle Lotzkar took the loss on Sunday, giving up the go-ahead run on a suicide squeeze in the top of the ninth for a Blaze loss, 5-4. Juan Duran had another big game, reaching base all 4 times up, and Marquez Smith honked another one, but all for naught. Monday was a good ol' fashioned Cal League special, as the Blaze erupted for 19 hits in a 13-7 win over the Rawhide. It was a total wangerfest, with homers from Yorman Rodriguez (his 9th of the year), Ryan Wright (5th), Juan Duran (5th) and Steve Selsky (6th) all helping the cause. Yorman even walked once! Giggity! Up next: Carlos Contreras (3-5, 3.63) against the Rawhide at 10:45 eastern.
  • Dayton did their best Cal League impression, beating the Hot Rods 12-10 in ten innings on Friday. They knocked 18 hits, none of which left the yard. Zach Vincej reached base 6 times as part of a 4-4 night, and every position player had a hit and all but leadoff man Beau Amaral drove in at least one run. Saturday was basically the inverse of the previous contest, as the Dragons fell to the TinCaps 1-0 in 12 innings. Robert Stephenson continued to flummox Midwest League hitters, tossing 7 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 8. Double giggity. No Dayton player had more than 1 hit, and Joel Bender pitched admirably for 4.1 innings, but took the loss. Sunday saw the Dragons fall once again to the TinCaps, 5-3. Nick Travieso got the start, and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits in 5 innings, striking out 2 and walking 2. A step in the right direction, though I'd like to have seen a few more strikeouts from him. Vincej again led the way with the stick, going 2-2 with 2 walks, while catcher Brandon Dailey was 2-4. Wandy Peralta and Sean Lucas teamed up to blow a late 2-run lead. Drew Cisco got dumped on like a truck, truck, truck on Monday as the Dragons were crushed by the TinCaps, 14-4. Junior Arias had a 3-run wanger and Tanner Rahier went 2-3 to account for most of the offense, but Cisco gave up 8 runs before the third inning was over, so the game was out of reach pretty quickly. Up next: Ismael Guillon (2-6, 6.80) hosts Bowling Green at 7.