Louisville won a pitcher's duel against Rochester, 2-1. Josh Smith turned in an almost identical start to his smokin' 4/20 line, allowing 1 run on 2 hits across 7 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 4 in just 95 pitches. Jason Bourgeois had 2 of the Bats' 3 hits on the night (only 6 hits total in this game...), including the go-ahead RBI, and Skip Schumaker had the other one. Up next: Tim Crabbe (1-2, 3.91) at 7:05 against Rochester.
Pensacola stranded 15 runners en route to a strange 5-1 loss to Jackson. Robert Stephenson pitched much better than his 5.1IP 4H 5ER 2BB 4K line would indicate, allowing some lucky hits & smawl bawl and a solo homer in the first two innings to fall behind 3-0, and then retiring 11 of the next 12 batters he faced (the 12th reached on error). And then he's pulled after a hit and a walk, and some guy named Timothy Adelman promptly allows both inherited runners to score. To put this game in perspective, the Wahoos were 3-15 w/RISP, Jackson was 2-4 and still won by 4 runs. Lady Luck can be such a punk sometimes. Rossmel Perez was 4-5 with ZERO runs and just 1 RBI, and his only out was probably a bases loaded, 1-out GIDP, but like, who cares because this game is a dummy. NEXT: Jon Moscot (1-1, 2.08) at 7:05.
Bakersfield just keeps on winning, notching #20 against Stockton, 3-1. Juan Silva was again responsible for the go-ahead–well, all the runs, smashing a 3-run bomb in the third for his only hit (he also walked and stole his 17th base...yawn). I'm gunna start calling him Miguel el Pescado because he's basically the next Mike Trout. Seth Matthews-Brean danced some nancies with his third multi-hit game in a row, and Mike Dennhardt was pretty denn hardt to hit, dontcha know, giving up a run on 3 hits in 6 innings. Up next: Somebody will face Modesto at 10:05.
Dayton couldn't get it done (a 9-6 loss) despite the best efforts of two of my favorite players ever, Aroldis Chapman and JAMODRICK WHAMMY-SLAMMIN' MCGRUDER. God, that name is to me what saying "WE'RE ALL RAHR RAHR" is to resident blogless rebel Don. I live for this shit. OK, yeah, Chapman hit 101 on the gun while striking out 2 in a perfect inning and claiming that everything is hunky dory and he's fine yadda yadda yadda but Jamodrick McGruder hit a home run and I think that is wayyyyyy more awesome. Because he's the best. Tanner Rahier was decent too, with 2 hits and 2 walks, but the pitching sucked outside of Mr. Pitchy. Up next: Jalopy Sal Romano (3-1, 2.33) faces Lake County.
Farmers Only: Jam On, Rick McGruder
Jamodrick and Chapman...sounds like a fancy law firm