Louisville was off for the All-Star break. Billy Hamilton was 1-4 with a single, a steal, and a run scored, and Greg Reynolds got the win despite allowing 2 runs in 1 inning.
Pensacola was also off for the All-Star break, in which the Northern Southern League all-stars played the Southern Southern League all-stars. Tim Crabbe and Shaun Ellis each notched a hold with a scoreless inning.
- Bakersfield was shut out by Visalia, 4-0. Ryan Wright had half of the Blaze's 4 hits, and Steve Selsky walked twice. Jon Moscot pitched pretty OK, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings on 7 hits, walking 1 and striking out 6. Up next: Jimmy Allen (6-7, 4.50) takes on Visalia at 10:45.
- Dayton was bitten by the Snappers, falling 4-2. Jesse Winker hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth, but the next three Dragon hitters went down in order to close out the loss. Winker was 2-3 with a double and the aforementioned wangeroo to go along with a walk, which is great to see. Joe Hudson was 2-3 as well, but no one else did much of note. Sloppy Sal Romano pitched a messy 4 innings, walking 5 and striking out 5 while allowing 2 runs/1 earned on 5 hits. Up next: Ismael Guillon (4-6, 5.86) looks to keep chipping away at that ERA against Beloit at 7.
- Billings fell to Grand Junction, 5-4. This year's 30th-rounder Taylor Terrasas went deep for his first professional wanger (Raven Riley finds that adorable), and Jon Matthews and Ronald Bueno each had a pair of hits. Ben Lively went 3 scoreless innings, and he's now tossed 15 professional innings and given up exactly zero earned runs, while sporting a nifty 21:4 K:BB ratio. Nice-looking draft pick so far. The culprits for the loss were Daniel Wright and Austin Muehring, who gave up 2 and 3 runs, respectively. Up next: Pedro Diaz (1-3, 4.30) against Grand Junction at 10:05.
- The AZLiens topped the AZL Brewers 5-4. Aristides "A Little Bit Taller, Aristides a Baller" Aquino was 3-5 with a triple and a steal, and Jose Fernandez stole 3 bags despite going 1-5 with no walks. Ahh, the rookie leagues. Chad Jones, who I'm rooting for as much as anyone from this last draft, had a rough night, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) without recording an out. Keep on truckin' dude. Up next: They'll face the Baby Snakes at 10.
Wangers and Steals
By Johnny Weez