- Louisville scored just a single run and beat Syracuse 1-0 (duh). I don't know why the Chiefs didn't know, but I thought it was pretty obvious that you don't mess with the Yohan. Yohan Pino dropped the mic after shutting out Syracuse. Team LOB was 8? Doesn't matter. You don't mess with the Yohan. Zero XBH? Ain't no thang but a chicken wang, you don't mess widda Yohan. He was a single, a double, and a wild third strike away from perfection, striking out 7. Armando Galarrawho? Oh, hey, Henry Rodriguez had 2 hits. Remember him? Me too :( Up next: Daniel Corcino (5-11, 6.11) faces Scranton Wilkes-Barre at 7:05.
- Pensacola was also involved in a 1-0 affair, but since they don't have a Pino with whom not to mess, they lost in 10 innings. Tim Crabbe was almost as filthy as Yohan Pino, though, matching him with 9 IP. He allowed no runs and 5 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts in a cool 98 pitches. You do, apparently, mess with the Jamie Walczak, who retired just one batter before blowing the game. Moose Mattair continued his gentle assault of singles on Southern League pitching, going 2-4, and Devin Lohman also had 2 hits out of the leadoff spot. Ehh well. Up next: Josh Smith (7-8, 3.87) and his boring name face off against Mississippi at 8:05.
- Bakersfield roshambo'd the Nuts, rising victorious, 4-2. Steve brought Selsky back, going 2-3 with a double and a walk, and Ryan Wright reached base twice in 3 AB. Shane Dyer lasted 6.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8. Up next: Mike Dennhardt (6-7, 4.60) at 10:05.
- Dayton screwed the Lugnuts, winning 8-0. Evidently, it was a good day to be a pitcher in the Reds' organization. Nick Travieso posted his best start as a member of the Dragons, going 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Michael Lorenzen allowed 2 hits, but neither scored and he has yet to allow an earned run in 7 1/3 innings as a pro. Seth Mejias-Brean was 1-5, but that hit was a 2-run gravy boat, and Beau Amaral and Tanner Rahier both had 2 hits. Ryan Ludwick looked solid again in his 3 AB, walking, reaching on catcher interference, and grounding out sharply to third. Up next: Amir Garrett (0-1, 6.75) faces the Lugnuts at 7:05.
- So the pitching luck ended here, but Billings still came out on top of the Brewers 12-11. Large, large days from Phil Ervin and Ty Washington. The most recent first-round draft pick was 4-4 with 2 homers, 3 RBI, 4 runs scored, and a gotdamn walk. The 2011 43rd-rounder, Ty Washington, was 4-5 with a double and 3 runs scored. Gabriel "Surfer" Rosa added a 3-run bone machine, and Ronald "Here Is" Bueno was 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. Pitching was not so good in this one. Up next: Jose Guzman (2-3, 7.89) takes on the Brewers at 9:05.
- The AZL Reds did not play. They'll take on the AZL Indians at 10 tonight.
Top 4 levels enjoy top notch pitching, plus a Montana hit parade
By Johnny Weez