Louisville split their weekend set against the Indianapolis Indians. On Saturday, the Bats fell 5-3, despite Daniel Corcino stringing together his second consecutive non-sucky start. Lil' D spun 6 innings of 3-run ball (2 earned) with 3 hits, 2 whiffs and a walk while driving in a run on a single in the 4th. Jose Arredondo got tagged with the loss, giving up 2 runs in the 9th. The offense was quiet, with nary an extra base hit tallied, but Corky Miller went 1-3 with a walk and 2 ribeyes. The Bats won on Sunday, thanks to a solid start from Pedro Villarreal (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB) and even better bullpenning as 4 relievers combined for 4 hitless innings. Mike Hessman provided all the offense the Bats needed, as he plated 3 runs on a 3-4 day with a honker. Cool Papa Bill has missed the last three games with a nagging wrist injury. Up Next: Greg Reynolds (9-0, 2.50 ERA) looks to become the first pitcher in Bats franchise history to start a season 10-0 as he takes on the Indians at 7:05 PM ET.
Pensacola dropped both of their weekend games against the Jacksonville Suns. The Wahoos outhit the Suns 5-3 on Saturday, but lost 3-2. NEEDZ MOAR CLUTCH. Yorman Rodriguez is still enjoying his honeymoon in Florida, as he went 2-4 with a double (the Hoo's only XBH) and drove in Pensacola's only 2 runs. Unfortunately, the rest of the offense. Chad Rogers struggled with his command, walking 4 in 5 innings, while striking out 3, but kept his team in the game by only allowing 2 runs to score. Josh "Not So" Ravin was tagged with the loss, as he gave up the go ahead run in the 7th. The Wahoos lost a nail-biter on Sunday, falling 4-3 in 11 innings. Newly acquired middle infielder, Corey "Wizard of" Wimberly "Place" went 3-6 from the leadoff spot, and Our Man went 1-5 with a double, which again was the only XBH the Wahoos managed. Tim Crabbe was knocked around a bit, giving up 8 hits in 4 innings, allowing 3 runs to score while striking out just one batter and walking two. Up Next: The Wahoos are currently in a rain delay against the Suns. Ryan Dennick started the game for Pensacola.
Bakersfield split their two games against Visalia. Saturday saw the Blaze tan the Rawhide by a score of 11-6. Los Juans did most of the damage for the Blaze, as Silva drove in 3, going 2-4 with a double, a dinger and 2 walks, and Silverio drove in 4 on a 4-5 night with 2 doubles. Catcher Chris Berset went 3-3, scored 4 times and walked twice. Carlos Contreras proved that sometimes walks don't actually haunt, as he gave up 5 free passes in 5 innings, but only surrendered 2 runs. On Sunday, the Blaze lost a close one, 3-2. It looked as if the Blaze would continue their hot hitting, as Steve "I'm Bringing" Selsky "Back" drove in 2 runs on a single in the top of the first, but that would prove to be all the scoring the Blaze could muster. Shane Dyer was not so great, giving up 3 runs in 4.2 innings, walking 3 and striking out only one batter. Up Next: Bakersfield heads to Lancaster to start a series against the JetHawks at 10 PM ET. No starters announced yet.
Dayton got rained out on Saturday, and lost both games of their double header in South Bend on Sunday. The Dragons lost 4-2 in the makeup game. Starter Mike Saunders exited after 4 scoreless innings, and handed the ball over to Tony Amezcua who promptly gave up 3 runs (2 earned) before managing to get out of the inning. Jesse Winker was the lone bright spot on offense, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. In game two, poor defense bit the Dragons, and they lost 4-1. Drew Cisco struck out 7 and walked only 1, but was tagged for 3 unearned runs (4 total) in 6.2 innings pitched. Junior Arias (2-4) had the only multi-hit game, and Uncle Jesse (1-2, 1 BB, 1 2B) had the only XBH of the game. Up Next: Nick Naughty (2-2, 5.57 ERA) faces the Silver Hawks at 7:05 PM ET.
Billings also got swept, losing back to back games to the Great Falls Voyagers. The Mustangs went down without much of a fight on Saturday, losing 4-1 in a 6-hit effort. Phillip Ervin was hitless, but managed to work 2 walks, and is currently sporting a .476 OBP. Starter Jose Guzman (4 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB) gave up only one run, his first of the season, but still was tagged with the loss. Bummer. On Sunday, the Mustangs rallied late, but still came up short, losing 5-4. Phil Ervin again failed to get a hit (0-3), but managed to work another pair of walks. Catcher Jose Ortiz killed a rally in the 6th inning, by honking a 2-run wanger. Up Next: Pedro Diaz (0-1, 5.14 ERA) continues the fantastic voyage in Great Falls at 9 PM ET.
The AZL Reds won their only weekend game, doing what the actual Reds couldn't do on Sunday, by beating the Rangers 7-5. No prospects of note played for the Lil' Reds, so instead, let's giggle at some funny names on the Rangers' roster: Smerling Lantigua, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and John Kukuruda. Tee hee.