- Louisville got walked off on, falling 3-2 to Syracuse. Hanging Chad Rogers turned in his best start so far in AAA, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing 6 hits and one walk with 4 K. Unfortunately, Pedro Villarreal and Jose Arredondo (combined 3 ER to blow it). Jim "RIGGLEMAN!" Riggleman did his diddly-darnedest to preserve the game in the ninth, bringing Billy Hamilton (1-4, RBI, CS) in as a fifth infielder with a man on third and 1 out in the ninth, but a grounder still found a hole and that was that. Every starter except catcher Matt Kennelly had exactly 1 hit. Up next: The game is already over, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to hear how it went. Yohan Pino (2-5, 3.00) got the start.
- Pensacola rode a swell start from Danny Renken (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) to beat the BrAAves, 5-2. Mike "Mother Teresa" Costanzo and Moose "Knuckle" Mattair carried the offense, collecting 3 hits apiece. Moose has taken to July like Vladimir Putin to evil deeds, slashing a nasty .359/.425/.438 overall this month. I'm not sure if he's altered his approach or what, but he's seen his average and on-base spike while his power has all but disappeared. All 11 of his homers this year have come pre-July. Ryan "Phil" LaMarre chipped in with 2 singles and a walk as well. Up next: Tim Crabbe (4-7, 3.63) looks to infect the Braves at 7.
- Bakersfield's 11-2 win at Modesto was about as complete a victory as you could ask for. Top prospect Robert Stephenson, who hit triple-digits on the Modesto gun in his final frame, tossed 6 1/3 innings of 1-run, 6-hit, no walk ball with 6 strike outs, and the Blaze offense exploded for 14 hits. Kyle Waldrop walloped his 14th donknugget of the year and was a single shy of the cycle. Five other Blaze hitters posted 2 hits, and Junior Arias, Ryan Wright, and Juan Perez all stole a base. Needless to say, things went well. Up next: Shane Dyer Mak'r (3-4, 3.52) looks to shell the Nuts at 10:05.
- Dayton fell victim to a fifth-inning meltdown by Ismael Guillon, losing to Lansing 7-1. It's weird, Guillon struck out six of the first nine batters he faced, and barely allowed a ball to get out of the infield, and then the fifth inning came around and the Lugnuts batted around and then some. His final line was 4.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, and I just don't know. At least he isn't walking everybody and their senile aunt Helen anymore. The stuff is obviously still there, so perhaps patience is still in order, but sheesh. Anyway, the only Dragon run came on a solo peanut butter from Jeff Gelalich, as there wasn't much offense to speak of. Ryan Ludwick got his first live-game experience since his shoulder surgery, going 1-2 with a pop out, a walk, and a line drive single. By all accounts, Lugnuts looked good against the Lugnuts, so that's encouraging. The Three-Brean Casserole extended his hitting streak to eight games, but lowered his batting average over his last 13 to .510, the slacker (fun with selective endpoints!). Up next: Nick Travieso (4-3, 6.02) faces the Lugnuts at 7:05. Let's hope for a good one.
- Billings had a rough go of it in Helena, falling 11-6 despite notching one more hit than the Brewers. Ty "Wooden Teeth" Washington, Avain Rachal, and Jon Matthews each had 3 hits, one of Matthews' being a solo wangeroo. Jhimmy Lopez added a 3-run superfluous H, and Jonathan Reynoso and Phil Ervin slapped 2 hits apiece. Unfortunately, the pitching, as all 4 guys who appeared gave up runs, and also unfortunately the defense, as 2 errors led to 5 unearned runs. Up next: Austin Salter (0-0, 2.20) faces the H-Brewers at 9:05.
- The AZL Reds lost a diaper-wetter, falling 6-5 to the Aspiring Athletics. Hopefully, this was Kevin Franklin's coming-out party, as the big dude went 3-4 with a double and his first homer as a pro. Dalton Carter added a solo snoot-blast, but the pitching couldn't hold it down as Junior Morillo and Franderlyn "Now With More Y" Romero gave up most of the runs. Up next: Off dizzle.
Robert Stephenson doin' the damn thing, Moose whackin' singles, and a big night for a high draft pick.
By Johnny Weez