- Louisville lost on Friday to Columbus, 7-3. Daniel Corcino gave up all 7 runs in the second inning, yet stayed in the game to pitch 7.2 innings, allowing 8 hits, walking 3, and striking out 5. I guess you could call that "settling down" but I mean, 7 runs. After the second, he only allowed 1 hit and 2 walks. I have no idea what to make of this. Felix Perez and Josh Fellhauer each had RBI doubles for the Bats. On Saturday, the Bats split a doubleheader with Columbus despite totaling just 5 hits, losing Game One 4-0, and winning Game Two 1-0. Billy Hamilton was 2-3 in his first game back, and Greg Reynolds lost his first decision of the year, a CG 4-run effort. Mike Hessman's 19th he-man was the difference in Game 2, in which the Bats faced opposing pitcher Bryan Price. On Sunday, the Bats beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Clippers, 4-0. Neftali Soto's 3-run wangjob was the difference-maker to back a pristine 8 innings from Chad Reineke. Up next: The Bats head to Toledo, sending Yohan Pino (2-5, 3.68) to the mound.
- Pensacola was rained out on Friday, but proceeded to score zero runs on 3 total hits during the make-up doubleheader on Saturday. Game 1's 3-0 loss was putrid, with Yorman Rodriguez going 0-3 with 3 K. In Game 2, Ryan Dennick was a bit roughed up, and the Wahoos lost 5-0. It was gross. So was Sunday any better? Sort of! Pensacola still lost, but only 5-4 this time. Our Man honked his first wanger in AA, and Ray "Cheech and" Chang was 2-4. After taking a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Wilkin of the Rose and Loek of the Tall coughed it up. Up next: Newly-minted All-Star Josh Smith (7-6, 3.47) looks to avoid getting swept at 7.
- Bakersfield took a 5-run lead into the seventh on Friday, but still lost 8-5 to the Storm. 3 errors and 6 walks will certainly do that to a team trying to close out a win. Shane Dyer was great, allowing just 1 run over 7 innings, but Kyle Lotzkar, Ben Klimesh, and Carlos Gonzalez all were decidedly un-great. Steve Selsky went yard, and Kyle Waldrop and Ryan Wright each drove in runs while going 2-4. Bummer. Lake Elsinore rode that momentum, beating the Blaze 4-1 on Saturday. Bako GI3DPs, as Jon Moscot gave up 4 runs in 5 innings, striking out 7 and walking 3. Kyle Waldrop was 2-3 with a triple and the only run scored. Sunday wasn't any better, as the boys were slapped around by the Nuts, 7-2. The Blaze squeaked out their runs on 3 hits, two of which came in the first inning, a 2-run homer by Juan "Cash 4" Silverio to score Ryan Wright. Gross pitching, too. Up next: More Nuts at 10:45.
- Dayton gave up a 3-spot in the top of the tenth to lose in extras to the Hot Rods on Friday, 4-1. Drew "San Fran" Cisco was great in his 6 innings, allowing just an unearned run on 7 hits, walking none with 4 punchouts. Unfortunately, Alejandro Chacin. Seth Mejias-Brean Dip led the way with the stick, going 2-3 with 2 doubles. Saturday was much better, as Nick Naughty led Dayton to a 5-1 victory. Travieso struck out a career high 7 batters over 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits with no walks. Nice. Peanut Butter Gelalich was 2-4 with an RBI triple, and Sammy Diaz reached base thrice. The Reds 2013 supplemental rounder Michael Lorenzen made his Dragons debut, tossing a scoreless inning with 2 hits allowed. Apparently he was hitting 98 MPH, which is sexy. It was back to losing on Sunday, however, as South Bend came to town and promptly beat Dayton 5-1. Starter Mike Saunders didn't register an out before leaving the game with elbow issues, but Wandy Peralta filled in admirably, firing 5 shutout innings before Tony Amezcua and Kyle "Dumb Pronunciation" McMyne puked up 4 runs. Tanner Rahier had 2 of the 3 Dragons hits on the night. Up next: Robert Stephenson (5-3, 2.97) makes his triumphant return from a bum hammy against South Bend at 7.
- Billings saw their rally fall short on Friday, losing to Missoula 4-3. Ben Lively allowed 3 unearned runs in his 3 innings, and Jonathan Reynoso and Ty "Wooden Teeth" Washington had 2 hits apiece for the Mustangs. Saturday was less dramatic, as the Osprey won 6-1. Daniel Paula slapped 2 singles, and Phil Ervin reached base twice and stole one to lead the quiet offense. The Mustangs rounded out the weekend with futility, falling again to Missoula, 3-2. Ty Washington was 2-4 with a double. Luke "Get a Run Support" Moran pitched well, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings, walking 2 and striking out 2. Up next: Off day.
- The AZL Reds didn't want to feel left out, so they lost to the Indian Kids, 11-3. Kevin Garcia and Cory Thompson both went yard for the local 9, but twas all in vain as the pitching staff collectively sharted. More of the same on Saturday, as the AZL Indians won again, this time 6-4. Kevin Garcia was 3-5, and Logan Uxa was 2-4 with an RBI double. 2013 seventh-round RHP Tyler Mahle got the start, and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings, walking none and striking out 3. Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Angels dropped the AZL Reds to 3-12 on the year. Oviel "Chicken" Florentino was 3-4, as was Aldi Guzman, who came a homer shy of the cycle. CF Jose Fernandez stole 3 bases as part of a 2-4 performance as well. The Slovak Missile Jakub Izold took the loss, allowing 2 runs in 1/3 of an innings. Up next: More action against the Angel interns at 10pm.:
Whole lotta losin' goin on
By Johnny Weez