- On Friday, Louisville got spanked by the Paw Sox, 5-0. Thomas Neal was 2-4 with a double, and not much else happened as the Chads Reineke and Rogers led a pedestrian pitching staff to mediocrity. I dunno what's up with Sharkbait this year, as not only is he not starting, but he's sucking out of the bullpen.
Saturday worked out much more nicely for the Bats, as a 4-run eighth propelled them to a 7-4 victory over the Sawx. Bryan Anderson played a very large role in the win, knocking in the tying and go-ahead runs with a triple as part of a 3-4, 4 RBI night. He was a homer shy of the cycle. Jeff Francis got the start and gave up all 4 runs on 5 hits in 5.1 innings, striking out 5 and walking 4. I'm still not thrilled at the prospect of him getting spot starts.
Sunday was not a fun day for Louisville, as Jumbo Diaz allowed a ninth-inning homer to cost the Bats a 3-2 loss. Josh Smith was pretty good over 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits with a walk and a pair of Ks. Felix Perez hit his sixth double in five games, but that was it for the Louisville XBHs. Up next: Day ball! David Holmberg (0-3, 14.46) returns from injury to face the PawSox at 11:05.
- Pensacola came from behind on Friday to beat the Lookouts, 4-2. Devin Lohman smacked his second Arthur Miller of the year, and two hits from Moose Mattair, Rey Navarro, and Rossmel "Rosie" Perez were all that the Wahoos would need. Mikey O'Brien and Elvin "Rivendell" Ramirez took care of bidness on the pitching side of things. Yorman Rodriguez was 0-3 with three strikeouts, but he did take a base on balls, so he's got that goin' for him, which is nice. Michael Lorenzen pinch-hit in this game, which amuses me (he struck out).
The Wahoos got walked-off on the following day, losing to Birmingham 2-1. Daniel Corcino's final line was solid–6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K– but he was in and out of trouble all night. Meanwhile, the 'Hoos bats were mostly silent, with just 3 singles in this one. Yorman only struck out once this time, and walked again! Fabian Williamson took the loss.
Sunday might as well have been a one-inning game, as the Wahoos scored two in the top of the ninth only to lose 3-2 to the Barons. Shane Dyer ruined a Bob Steve gem, allowing all 3 runs in the ninth. Robert Stephenson went six scoreless, allowing just 4 hits and a walk to go with 5 strikeouts. Hopefully he's got the Jolly Roger on course and primed to plunder some booty. Steve was too Selsky to make an out, going 3-3 with a walk, and Brodie Greene had two doubles as part of a 3-5 night. Up next: More day ball! Jon Moscot (2-2, 2.28) faces Birmingham at 12:30.
- Bakersfield was shut out for the first time all year on Friday, losing to Visalia 3-0. Marquez Smith had 2 of the 3 total singles in this game, with Jesse Winker snagging the remainder (they each had a walk as well) to account for the majority of the offense. James Allen gave it the ol' Jim-Al effort, allowing 3 runs in 6.1 innings, but no run support is no run support.
They must've had fun, however, as they went and got shut out again on Saturday, 5-0. That's 26 scoreless innings in a row. C'mon boomsticks. The Blaze TOOTBLAN'd all over the place, losing three base runners caught stealing, and two more erased on double plays. Zach Vincej was 2-3 with a double, but Drew Cisco's best start of the year (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K) wasn't enough to outduel Visalia starter Ryan Sinnery's CGSO. I blame "#crackaboom."
At least they scored some runs on Sunday, even though they lost to Visalia 5-3. Ryan Wright (3-5) was a triple shy of the cycle, and Marquez Smith added a solo dongdoodle, but Mike Dennhardt just didn't seem to have it, giving up all 5 runs before leaving without retiring a batter in the seventh. Up next: Off day!
- Dayton lost to the TinCaps on Friday, 5-2. Amir Garrett was actually decent, scattering 6 hits over 5 innings, and striking out 6 to just one walk. He gave up 3 runs, but just 2 were earned. No XBH in this one either, but Sammy Diaz had 2 of the 3 hits on the night. Woof.
The Dragons finally got some offense going on Saturday, collecting 14 hits in a 6-4 win over Fort Wayne in Dayton's 1000th consecutive home sellout. In his first game since being demoted from Bakersfield, Nick Benedetto led the way with 3 hits, including a 2-run jamodrick, as part of a 4-RBI night. Every starter had at least one hit except friggin' Phil Ervin and Joe Hudson, the latter of whom collected the proverbial golden sombrero. Nick Travieso pitched well again, striking out 6 and walking 2 in 5.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits.
They had Sunday off for Mother's Day. Well, they had Sunday off, at least. Up next: Daniel Wright (2-1, 1.67) takes the mound against South Bend at 7.