Louisville scored 2 in the eighth inning to beat the Mud Hens, 3-2. This happened:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Video room operator has timed Billy Hamilton's Inside the Park homer at 14.3 second <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23HeIsStillFast">#HeIsStillFast</a></p>— Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) <a href="https://twitter.com/MudHens/status/341730104319307777">June 4, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Let's list things it takes longer to do than what Billy Hamilton did:
-Make instant oatmeal
-Put on your socks
-Doctor up your coffee in the morning
-Like, most things. I dunno. 14 seconds is not a lot of time, stop pressuring me.
So yeah, Billy Hamilton is fast. Like, really fast. He was 2-4 with that inside-the-parker and a double, scored twice, and drove in 2. He's up to .249/.315/.349 on the year, and I think that line will continue to improve. Anyway, Armando Galarraga pitched well again, going 7 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs/1 earned on 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Cool. Up next: Greg "Sweet Dee" Reynolds (5-0, 2.92) and the Bats host the Norfolk Tides, first pitch at 7:05.
- Pensacola half-assed a comeback attempt, eventually crumbling to the Biscuits, 9-7. Ryan Dennick was the sacrificial lamb, giving up 9 runs (8 earned, a Wahoo season high) in 7.1 innings. David Vidal "Organs" reached base three times, and Moose Mattair embodied "walks will haunt," going 0-3 with 2 bases on balls and 2 runs scored. Five Montgomery errors led to five unearned runs by the Wahoos, but Dennick just didn't have it despite recording the longest outing by a Pensacola starter this season. It's not often you see a pitcher set team season highs in innings AND runs allowed as part of the same outing, so...uhh...congratulations or something. Up next: Danny Renken (1-4, 3.77) on the mound as the series continues at 7:05.
- Bakersfield rallied for a late 5-4 victory over the High Desert Mavericks. Yorman Rodriguez struck out three times but made his only hit count, knocking in the tying and eventual winning runs with a ninth-inning double. Some bro-tastic minor league dude the Blaze apparently just signed named Shane Dyer (of course he is) went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned), with no walks and 6 K. Marquez "de Sade" Smith, Steve Selsky, and Wanderin' Juan Duran all had 2 hits for the boys from Bako. Up next: Slappity McDoodlehound (6-9, 6.66) will face High Desert at 10:05. Wait, nope, they haven't announced starters yet. My mistake.
- Dayton rallied as well, but fell just short, losing to the Captains 6-5. 2012 first-round pick Nick Travieso made his Midwest League debut and promptly gave up 3 runs in the first inning, but settled down for the next three. His final line of 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K looks worse than it is. The Naughty Boy retired 9 of the last 11 batters he faced, and, by many accounts, his stuff looked pretty good. Word out of Goodyear was that Travieso had looked mighty impressive in extended spring training, hitting 97 on the gun, so this was an exciting first step. I'd expect him to probably head to Billings when the Mustangs start their season in June, but I like that he's getting a taste of some better competition beforehand. Elsewhere in this tilt, Jesse Winker continued down the road towards top prospect lists, winking his 8th wanger of the year. Peanut Butter Jeffrey and Beau "Party" Amaral both had 2 hits for the Dragons, but unfortunately, the team left the tying run on the basepaths several times in the late innings. Up next: OFF DAY
The Reds' 2012 first-round pick makes his season debut