Ugh. Nobody else wanted to touch today, full of losses and the fuzzy end of a no-hitter, so I've got your back.
The Louisville Bats lost 8-14 after an 11-run fifth inning by the Norfolk Tides. Tim Crabbe faced 25 batters: 12 got on base and 6 scored. Lee "definitely not Jeckyll" Hyde faced 7 batters, allowing 4H, 2BB, and 6ER. Pedro "Shit got" Villareal was able to go 2.1 IP with 2H, 1ER, and 3K so that's nice.
For the hitters: Mesoraco came back and went 2-3. Felix Perez went 2-5 with a 2B and a HR. He's 29, but I wouldn't be opposed to throwing him against the Reds OF to see if he'll provide more than what else they got. Chris "Admiral" Nelson went 4-5, Josh "Hellflower" Feilhauer went 1-4, and some dude I've genuinely never heard of named Mike LaDon Wilson went 2-4 as the DH. It was a good hitting day, clearly not good enough.
The Norfolk Tides may be a sadder bunch than the Bats. Some dude named Chris Jones got the W after a 3IP, 10H, 5ER relief effort. Their lineup was Jemile Weeks, Ivan De Jesus, Francisco Peguero, Brett Wallace, Cord Phelps, Xavier Paul, and 3 dudes I don't know.
Wang faces off tomorrow against Norfolk's Suk-min Yoon at 6:35 p.m. ET today. Yes, you read that right, the pitching matchup will be Suk-min - Wang.
Pensacola had their 9th-inning rally come up short to lose 4-5 to Barons von Birmingham. Michael "Dimples" Lorenzen had his worst start as a pro and actually probably his entire life, going 5IP giving up 8H, 5ER, 2BB to go with 2K. He still has a 2.51 ERA on the year, but this was some dangitude.
Big Lutz went 1-4 on his comeback day. Yorman stood by his team with the 'Hoos only multihit game, going 2-4. Rey "Olmedo" Navarro went 1-3 with a walk. Scott "John" Snodgress just pitched a heck of a game for the Barons, going 7IP, 5H 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 5K.
Mikey O'Brien will face Terry Doyle in the 11:00 a.m. ET series closer today in The Battle of The Irish.
A team got no-hit in the Bakersfield game that Ben Lively started!
But it was the wrong team.
The Blaze were snuffed out by the Lancaster Redhawks, losing 0-1 in a combined no-hitter. Ben "Been" Lively was great, going 7IP with 4H, 1ER, 2BB, 7K but that didn't matter as Josh Hader, J.D. Osborne, and Daniel Minor combined for 5BB, 9K, and 0H. Seth Mejias-Brean went 0-2 with a walk, which is the least-disappointing thing a Blaze batter did yesterday.
Another series finale in Lancaster, as Wandy Peralta faces Brian Holmes at 11:00 a.m. in Lancaster. I didn't even know California had a Lancaster.
Boom! TThe Dragons got mayonnaised! Dayton fell victim to the South Bend attack, losing 3-7. Unable to take advantage of a bad start by Sean "Snodgrass" Furney "Is my copilot," Ryan Kemp's 5ER in 2.1IP of relief blew the Dragons chances.
Sebastian Elizalde is back and went 2-5 with a HR. Joe Hudson went 2-3 which never happens so he deserves some lauds when he does. Sammy Davis went 2-3 with a walk as well; not shabby with a glass eye. Phil Ervin went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and when do we get nervous?
Dan Langfield takes the next step in his recovery, starting for Dayton on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET. If you're able to go, please do, I'm curious to know how he looks.
Better luck tomorrow, dudes and gals. We'll always have this headline: