- Louisville lost a pitcher's duel, 1-0, on Friday against Indy. Greg Reynolds was the hard-luck loser, allowing 3 hits and a run in 7 innings, but the Bats were stymied by Stolmy Pimentel for 8 innings. Mike Hessman had a double and Billy Hamilton was 0-3 with a walk and his 52nd steal. Saturday was a shit show, with the Bats collecting another 3 hits in a 10-0 loss. Chad Reineke was shelled in 3 innings, and the offense was nonexistent. Eesh, Sunday wasn't much better as Toledo curb stomped the Bats again, 11-3. The runs all came on solo wangers from Neftali Soto, Nevin Ashley, and Jason Donald. Chad Rogers hit stormy seas, allowing 8 runs in 4+ innings, his worst start of the year. Jose Arredondo gave up a 3-spot in his inning of relief, and what the hell, Jose Arredondo? Up next: All-Star Break
- Pensacola set a franchise record for runs in a 12-4 win over the Biscuits on Friday (well, Saturday...it was suspended). Ryan LaMarre hit his third home run in as many games, going 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored. Brodie Greene added a solo broseph, and Corey Wimberly (3-5, 2B, 2 R) had his third-straight multi-hit game. The Knockwurst and Tucker "Big Rig" Barnhart each drove in 2 with a pair of hits. However, the regularly-scheduled Saturday game–shortened to 7 innings due to Friday's rain-delay–did not go nearly as well. The Wahoos were one-hit in a 6-0 loss. Momentum is a myth. Moose had a single, LaMarre had an outfield assist, and Josh Smith got roughed up. 'Nuff said. Sunday was back to scoring, as Pensacola pounded the Biscuits again in a 7-0 win. Ryan Dennick tossed 5 shutout innings, and the pen closed it out nicely from the mound, but the staff was given a nice cushion by the offense. Every starter had a hit except Ray Chang (who walked twice). Corey "Boy Meets" Wimberly had yet another 3-5 evening, and prodigal son Mike Costanzo had his first 2 hits since rejoining the Reds' org. Lutzy, Tucker, and Moose had 2 hits apiece, as well as several award-winning bluegrass albums. Oh, and Yorman Rodriguez walked! Yay! Up next: All-Star Brizzeak!
- Bakersfield beat Lake Elsinore in the 3,744th game of the series 2-0. James Allen and Ben "Branch Davidian" Klimesh combined to 5-hit shutout the Storm, and a first-inning RBI triple from Steve "Heavy Petting" Selsky was all it took, though Juan Silva knocked in another one an inning later for good measure. The Blaze almost overcame a first-inning injury to starter Mike Dennhardt, but even Carlos MarmLOL couldn't blow the game for the Quakes, who won 3-2. Juan "Rosie" Perez was 2-4 with a jackhammer, and Juan "Kemo Sabe" Silverio added a solo shot off Marmol (who also walked a guy) to account for all the Blaze runs. Sunday saw Bakersfield fall again, 4-1, to the
WorkaholicsRancho Cucamonga Quakes. David Vidal had 2 doubles to account for half of Bako's hits, and Jake the Snake Johnson was bitten early to put the Blaze in a hole. But hey, Kyle Lotzkar tossed a perfect inning with 2 strike outs, so there's that. Up next: Shane Dyer (2-3, 3.08) faces the Quakes at 10:05.
- Dayton and Nick Traveiso had a rough start to the weekend, losing to Cedar Rapids 7-1. Nick Naughty was roughed up for 7 runs on as many hits in 2.1 innings, walking and striking out 2. Beau Amaral and Tanner Rahier had the only 2 XBH for the Dragons in a forgettable contest. Saturday looked to be going down a similar path until the 8th inning, in which the Dragons dropped a four spot to steal this one from the Bandits, 4-3. Jesse Winker yet again made his one hit count, dropping a 2-run single, and Beau Amaral reached base 3 times in 4 tries from the top of the order. Robert Stephenson was timber-shivering again, allowing 2 unearned runs in 6.2 innings on a meager 2 hits (though one was a home run). He struck out 8 and walked just 1. Michael Lorenzen has still yet to give up an earned run as a member of the Reds organization, tossing a scoreless eighth. Sunday was no-fun day, with the Dragons falling 9-2 to Quad Cities. Pitching was bad all around, and outside of Beau Amaral's 3-5 night, the bats were quiet too. Super Furry Amaral has hit in 6 straight. Peanut Butter Gelalich drove in both runs with a double. Up next: Drew Cisco takes on Quad Cities right now.
- Billings fell on Friday in 11 innings to Grand Junction, 3-2. Jose Ortiz Big Papi'd his 5th homer of the year for his only hit, and Jon Matthews was 3-5. Ben Lively continued to pitch excellently, tossing 3 near-perfect innings (1 BB, 3 K), but the pen couldn't hold it. On Saturday, they went all Twin Peaks on the Orem Owls, winning 11-8. Jonathan Reynoso was 4-5 with a steal and his first Log Lady of the year, Phil Ervin walked and doubled, and Avain Rachal had 2 hits. The pitching wasn't great, but the bats made up for it. Sunday wasn't as nice, as the Mustangs fell to the Owls 8-6. Sweet stuttering shits, I forgot that Orem spells their name "Owlz." That's monumentally stupid. The Mustangs fell to the Owlz 8-6. I feel dirty. Anyway, Magic Ervin doubled and walked again, and Carlos Sanchez was 2-3 with 2 walks. Amir Garrett allowed 3 runs on 5 hits in 4.2 innings, walking 2 and striking out 2. Up next: Jose Guzman (2-2, 4.24) looks to knock the Z off the Owlz at 10:05.
- The AZL Reds whooped up on the AZL Cubs on Friday, winning 7-0. Cory Thompson and Kevin Garcia led the way with 2 hits apiece, and starter Jeremy Kivel "n Bits" threw 5 innings of scoreless 2-hit ball, striking out 4 and walking 2. On Saturday, a nine-run sixth inning went a long way towards helping the Reds beating the Seminarians (AZL Padres) 11-10. Kevin Garcia had another good day, going 2-4. The 20-year-old Venezuelan CF is sporting a .333/.354/.540 line this year. Of course he isn't walking any, but I guess that's not a thing for the Reds farm system. Cory Thompson and Aidi Guzman also had 2 hits. Chad Jones vultured a win with a scoreless two-thirds as the Lil Reds walked it off. They didn't play on Sunday. Up next: AZL Brewers at 10.
I like big bats and I cannot lie.
By Johnny Weez