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Farmers Only: Valiantly Honking Wangers

Finally, some offense

Winker goes yard despite the opposing catcher trying to pinch him on the bottom
Winker goes yard despite the opposing catcher trying to pinch him on the bottom
Dayton Dragons
  • Louisville tarred and feathered the Mud Hens, cruising to a phat 12-0 win. Armando Galarraga was really good again, and wangers were valiantly honked by Nevin Ashley (2-4, 3 RBI) and Felix El Gato (2-4, 2B, 4 RBI). Hank Rodriguez and Neftali Soto both had 2 hits, while Denis Phipps was 3-4. Whole lotta hitting goin' on. Billy Hamilton was 0-4, unfortunately, but he did walk twice, so he's still down with OBP (yeah you know me). Up next: Daniel Corcino (4-11, 6.72) will pitch, if he remembers how, against Indy at 7:05.
  • Pensacola came out King Goose in a honkerfest, beating Montgomery 5-3. Nothing better than a good ol' fashioned Biscuit-Wahoo match-up. Anyway, the pitching was largely uninspiring in this one. However, five Wahoos had multiple hits, though neither Donald Lutz nor Yorman Rodriguez were among them (both 0-4). Two guys went yard that I'd love to see keep hitting, Ryan LaMarre and Tucker Barnhart, with LaMarre's 9th inning 2-run blast being the difference maker. Moose Mattair helped the cause with 3 singles. Mattair has forgotten how to hit for any semblance of power, but sports a .286/.375/.357 line over his last 10 games. I didn't realize Moose was a 2007 2nd-rounder by the Phillies, did you? That's some fonky banana crizazlebeans, yo. Up next: Tim Crabbe (3-7, 3.63) will pinch the Biscuits at 8:05.
  • Bakersfield tied the game three separate times, but couldn't do it a fourth and lost to the Storm 5-3. The bottom of the order really carried the offense, with the 7-8-9 hitters of Vicioso, Vidal, and Juan Perez hitting a combined 7-10 with a walk, a double, and all the RBI. Shane Dyer gave up all 5 runs, though it was nice to see Kyle Lotzkar not shit himself on the mound for once, tossing 1.1 hitless, with a walk and a K. I'm still baffled as to why he's gotten so much worse in the pen. Up next: Jon Moscot (1-12, 5.22) will embarrassingly look for his second win of the year at 10:05.
  • Dayton also won big, beating Cedar Rapids starring Ed Helms, 12-6. Jesse Winker hasn't been hitting much recently, but he made his one count today, smashing a first-inning grand slam. It was his only hit in 5 tries, but it was a big one. Seth Mejias-Brean was the eighth Dragon to ever record 5 hits (and the first since...wait for it...Ronald Torreyes), and the final hit of his 5-5 night was a bases-clearing 3-run double. Nice evening at the dish for the Casserole. Sammy Diaz, Jeff Gelalich, and Joe "Hyde Park on" Hudson all added 3 hits apiece in the 18-hit outburst. Sal "Spicy Mustard" Romano allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking none. 2013 supplemental rounder Michael Lorenzen tossed another clean inning, striking out 2. He's yet to give up an earned run in pro ball (albeit 3 innings). Up next: More Kernel poppin' as the Dragons send Ismael Guillon (4-6, 5.68) to the mound. Somehow, his ERA is less than Corcino's, which is kind of mind-blowing. Game's at 7:35.
  • Billings fell to Grand Junction, 10-6. Jose "Luis" Guzman was roughed up, allowing 9 runs (7 earned) in 2.2 innings. It wasn't a bad day at the plate for the Mustangs, as 4 guys collected multiple hits, including 3 high-profile prospects: Phil Ervin (2-5, 2B), Gabriel Rosa (2-4, 2R), and Jonathan Reynoso (2-4). 2013 30th-rounder Taylor Terrasas was also 2-4 with a double. Up next: Big Ben Lively (0-1, 0.00) squares off against Grand Junction at 10:05.
  • The AZL Reds brought out the boomsticks in a 12-6 win over the Royals. Lots of contributors, but Alberti "Hugo" Chavez and Aristides Aquino led the way, going 3-6 and 3-5, respectively. Juan "Nombre Tedioso" Martinez picked up the win with 5 innings of 1-run, 4-hit ball. He walked 3 and struck out 2. Up next: They'll pick it up again against the Junior Royals at 10.