Louisville got railroaded by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders over the weekend, losing all three of their games. On Friday, the Bats fell 6-5 in extra innings. Daniel Corcino struggled through 4.1 innings, giving up 4 runs, on 4 walks and 6 hits, with no strikeouts. The bullpen held Scranton in check until the 10th where Pedro Villarreal gave up 2 and the RailRiders rode off happy. Billy Hamilton went 1-5 with a walk and a stolen base, and Hank Rod went 3-4 with a walk. Saturday's game saw the Bats losing another one-run game, falling 4-3. Ryan Dennick scattered 7 hits in 5.2 innings, but only allowed 1 run to score before getting the hook. Jose Arredondo followed, and promptly gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings. Remember when some of us were saying the Reds should give him consideration to be the closer last offseason? Yeah, uh, me neither. Multi-hit affairs from Denis Phipps, Hank Rod, and Felix "the Cat" Perez, who all went 2-4, highlighted this one for the offense, while Billy Quix went 0-4 with a walk and his his 60th stolen base. Sunday's game was a bloodbath, as Louisville got shelled 9-2. The Bats were actually up 2-1 in the game, facing off against Michael Pineda, before Chad Reineke (5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 BB) had a nightmare 6th inning and gave up 5 runs. Billy stole number 61, Felix Perez went 2-4 with a double, and Neftali Soto got the golden sombrero. Up Next: Chad Rogers (2-2, 4.76 ERA) takes on someone named Chris Bootcheck at 7:05.
Pensacola had a winning weekend, splitting two games against the Jr. Braves and taking one from the Bay Bears. The Wahoos won 5-3 in Mississippi on Friday, with Chris Berset (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Moose Mattair (2-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI) driving in all 5 of the Pensacola runs. Josh "Boring Name" Smith got a boring win, throwing 5 innings of 2-run, 5-hit, 2-K ball. Theo Bowe and his .250 OBP led off the game and went 1-5. The' Hoos lost 4-2 in the series finale on Saturday. Carlos Contreras got a no decision in his second AA start, striking out 2 with 2 walks, allowing 2 runs in 5.2 innings on 5 hits. Lanky Loek Van Mil got tagged with the loss, giving up 2 runs (1 earned), in 2 innings. Ryan "Hedy" LaMarre went 2-4 for the only multi-hit game, and Mike Costanzo had the Wahoos' only XBH, going 1-4 with a double. Pensacola got back on the smiling side of the scoreboard on Sunday, shutting out Mobile 2-0. Sean "Perry" Ellis covered the first 4 innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3, and Parker "I Hardly Even Knew Her" Frazier got the win, throwing 3 no-hit innings, walking one, with 3 strikeouts of his own. Chris Berset had another good game, going 2-4 with a double. He's taking well to his call up to Pensacola so far, OPSing .978 in his first 5 games. Up Next: Daniel Renken (4-7, 3.56 ERA) takes the hill as the Battle of the Bay continues at 8.
Bakersfield made it rain, taking two of three from the Lake Elisnore Storm. The Blaze left 10 runners on base in 6-1 loss on Friday night. Bako banged out 8 hits, but only 2 of the extra-base variety, courtesy of Juans Duran (1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB) and Perez (2-4). Mike Dennhardt got chased after 4 innings, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk, with one K. The Blaze nearly Charlie Scrabbles'd the Storm on Saturday, winning 10-0. Tres Juans - Silva, (3-5, 2B, 3 RBI) Silverio (1-5, 2 RBI) and Duran (1-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI) combined to drive in 8 of the 10 Bakersfield runs. Steve Selsky brought home the other 2 runs, going 2-4 with a double and a walk. Jon Moscot was slicing up eyeballs, striking out 6 in 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits and no walks. On Sunday, the Blaze held off a late rally to beat the Storm 8-6. James Allen struck out 7 and gave up 7 hits in 5 innings, but held the Storm to only 1 run. Kyle Lotzkar continued his struggles, allowing 3 runs in a third of an inning. Kyle Waldrop went 2-4 with a 3-run wanger, and Juan Silverio was a perfect 5-5 with 5 singles and an RBI. Up Next: Bobby Steve (1-1, 2.19 ERA) tries to crack the Modesto Nuts at 10:30.
Dayton lost 6-3 on Friday night to Lansing after Jackson Stephens got the loss, relieving Amir Garrett who tossed 4 innings of 2-run ball with 5 hits, 2 K and a walk. Seth Mejias-Brean seems to have found his power stroke, as he honked a 2-run wanger and drew a walk on a 1-3 night. Uncle Jesse went 1-4 with a solo ripper, and Ryan Ludwick went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. The Dragons headed home to host Fort Wayne on Saturday, and beat the TinCaps 5-2. Drew Cisco tossed 5 innings of 3-hit ball, allowing an unearned run, walking 2 and striking out 2. The Dragons were helped out by 3 Fort Wayne errors, as the offense, outside of Daniel Pigott, who went 2-4 with a double and a triple. Dayton topped the TinCaps on Sunday, winning 8-5 thanks to a 6 run 8th inning. Sal Romano got back on track, striking out 6 in 5.2, walking 3 and allowing 2 runs. The Seth Matthews Band, who's OPSing 1.676 in his last 10 games, hit his 6th dinger in the month of July on a 2-4 night. Up Next: Ismael Guillon (4-7, 6.37 ERA) looks to harpoon Fort Wayne 7.
Billings went O-fer on the weekend. In a Friday night wangerfest, the Mustangs came up on the short side of a 9-7 ffair against the Helena Brewers. Uncle Phil Ervin drove in 3 runs and went 2-5 with a 3-run honkball. Jonathan Reynoso is finally starting to make good on the prospect-hype, going 2-5 with a home run. Unfortunately, the pitching. Starter Jose Guzman gave up 4 gopher balls in as many innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. The Mustangs went on a not so fantastic voyage against Great Falls on Saturday, losing 5-2. After heading into the 9th with a 2-1 lead, Abel de los Santos attempted to complete a 6-out save, and failed miserably, giving up 4 runs, and getting the loss. Another bullpen collapse and another loss on Sunday, as Billings fell 6-2. Pedro Diaz went 6 full, giving up 2 runs n 7 hits, with 4 K and no walks. Jon Matthews went 4-5 with 2 runs scored, and that was about it on offense. Up Next: Luke Moran (2-2, 4.71 ERA) squares off against Great Falls at 9:05.
The AZL Reds split their two game weekend set, losing 5-3 Friday against the Indians. Hey look, a center fielder who can hit! Kevin Garcia, .376/.408/.581 in 25 games this year, went 3-5 with a double and a dong-shot. Two-way player, Cory Thompson played shortstop and went 2-3 with a walk. The Jr. Reds got rained out on Saturday, before whooping up on the Brewers 7-2. Aristides Aquino plated 4 runs on a double and a long ball, and Kevin Franklin busted out of his slump with a 2-4 night with a double. Up Next: Reds v. Brewers at 10.