Louisville defeated the dreaded MudHens on Friday, 3-2. Yohan Pino "Grigio" allowed 2 runs/1 earned in 7 innings, striking out 7. Henry Rodriguez continued his August assault, going 2-3 with a run scored, and Mike Hessman did the same. The Bats took Saturday's contest as well, topping Toledo 4-3. Hank Rod had another 2 hits, Neftali Soto wanged a two-runner, and Billy Hamilton was 2-5 with a double. It was a vintage Sharkbait performance, as Chad Rogers gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings, walking one and striking out 4. They couldn't pull off the weekend sweep, though, falling 4-1 on Sunday. Tim Crabbe was pinching up eyeballs all day, going 7 1/3 innings and giving up just 1 earned run, but errors from Mike Hessman and Denis Phipps, along with suckitude from Jose Arredondo let the game get away from the boys in black and blue. Billy Hamilton nailed Nick Castellanos trying to tag at third, though, and Hank-Rod made a sweet diving catch on a soft fly to right field, which is cool. Hessmania (2-4, 2B) and Hank (1-3, BB) were the only two real contributors at the plate. Up next: Columbus comes to town, and Kanekoa Teixeira (0-0, 3.18) gets the start.
Pensacola beat Birmingham on Friday, 6-2. Ray Changnesia led the way, going 3-4 and Moose Mattair and Ryan LaMarre had a pair of hits each. Bad news for the Knockwurst, as Donald Lutz was hit by a pitch in his first AB back from a broken finger, and promptly left the game. Carlos Contreras struck out 6 in 5 innings, giving up 2 runs. On Saturday, the Wahoos pulled out an improbable win. A five-run eighth inning stunned the Barons, and it led to another win for Pensacola, 5-4. Ryan LaMarre was 3-3 with a key triple to spark the rally, and my boy that everyone else has given up on is now hitting .304/.379/.456 since the all-star break. Danny Renken was alright in his 6 innings. Sunday wasn't quite as fruitful, as Pensacola fell 2-0 to the Barons. Jon Moscot was in and out of trouble, but managed 6 scoreless innings, allowing 8 hits and striking out 7 with 2 walks. Unfortunately, the offense managed just 5 singles, 2 each from Yorman Rodriguez and Devin Lohman, and that was that. Up next: Josh Smith (9-9, 3.51) will aim to take the series at 7.
Bakersfield was trounced by San Jose, 10-2. Fabian Williamson and Jimmy Moran got shelled, and the offense was pretty rough. Reliever Joey Housey, who didn't pitch, was ejected in the fourth when Williamson was called for a balk, and boy would that have been a fun game to watch. Saturday was a bit closer, but the Blaze still lost to San Jose 3-2. They scored both their runs in the bottom of the ninth on a 2-run single from Steve Selsky, but that was all they could muster. Sunday sealed the weekend oh-fer with a 4-2 loss to the Giants. The game ended with what appeared to be a bit of a cheat. With runners on the corners and 2 outs, Juan Silverio hit a dribbler up the first base line, and the Giants first-baseman seemed to push the ball from foul territory into fair ground, and with only 2 people on the whole field treating it as a fair ball, Silverio (who was not one of them) was thrown out at first to end it. Hmm. Anyway, Junior Arias had 2 hits for the third straight day, and Shane Dyer was mediocre over his 6 innings. Up next: Shaun Ellis makes his first A+ start at 10:15 hoping to avoid a 4-game losing streak.
Dayton lost to Lake County on Friday, 8-5. Daniel Pigott was 2-3 with a walk, and Zach Vincej "Bitsy Spider" was 2-4 with a triple. Sal "Sloppy Jalopy" Romano wasn't great, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) in 5.1 innings, striking out 2 and walking 2. On Saturday, Ismael Guillon had perhaps his best start of the year. He went six innings, allowing ZERO hits, walking 3 and striking out 3. That's a good sign, as the Dragons won, 6-1. Daniel "This Little" Pigott knocked in 4 with a pair of doubles, and Seth Mejias-Brean reached base three times and scored 2 runs. Sunday, the Dragons won in extra innings, 5-4 over Lansing. Nick Travieso was solid, lasting 6 innings and allowing 2 unearned runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2. Beau Amaral was 3-5 from the top of the order, and Joe Hudson's RBI single gave Dayton the win in the 11th. Up next: Amir Garrett (1-2, 5.28) will help the Dragons go for the sweep against Lansing at 7:05.
Billings can't seem to beat the Chukars, and Friday's 4-3 loss was no different. Avain Rachal was the biggest contributor on offense, going 2-3 with a walk. Pitching wasn't great, offense was lackluster, it's Pioneer League baseball, kids. Good thing the Ogden Raptors came to town on Saturday, because the Mustangs won, 4-3. Avain Rachal was again the major offensive force, going 3-4 with a honktopia, and Adam Matthews was 2-3 with a triple and a walk. The first three innings were a Ben Lively special, as the young right-hander struck out 6 in 3 innings, allowing just 1 hit and no runs with 1 walk. I dig this kid. Sunday was less exciting for the Mustang faithful, as the Raptors devoured Billings, 8-3. Carlos Sanchez was 3-4, and Adam Matthews was 2-4 with a pair o'doubles, but the rest of the team was pretty quiet. And bad pitching, obviously. Up next: Lucas Moran (3-4, 4.88) takes on the Raptors at 9:05.
- The AZLiens fell 10-7 on Friday to the Lil Snakes. Nice to see Kevin Franklin have a big day, 3-5 with a double. Pitching was bad, and feel-good story Chad Jones hasn't felt good on the mound, as he gave up another 2 runs in 0.1 innings of relief, inflating his ERA to 10.24 on the year. Eesh. They had Saturday to rest up, and it seemed to help as they beat the AZL Cubs 5-1 on Sunday. Shedric "the Great" Long went yard for the first time this year, and Cory Thompson was 2-4 with a double. Franderlyn Romero pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just 1 hit and no walks, with 3 strikeouts. Up next: AZL As at 10.
Farmers Only Weekend Harvest
Second-half standouts keep rolling