Louisville was that pesky team that just wouldn't go away when they beat Durham 4-3 Monday night. Louisville got off to a quick 2-0 because Felix Perez came to play, hitting a 2-run funk blast in the first. Perez would add another RBI to go with his 3 for 5 night. Kristopher Negron had 2 hits and Gotay had 2 walks. Chien-Ming Wang has had better and he has had worse nights (7.1 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). I don't think you can really ask him to do much more. Louisville would take the lead in the top of the 9th, but Jumbo Diaz would Reds his way into blowing the the save in the 9th. He would eventually get the win, as Louisville would score again in the top of the 10th. It was Diaz's first blow save on the year. Louisville and Durham play again tomorrow night, but neither team knows who is pitching.
Pensacola did their best to allow Jacksonville back into the game, but still held on to win 11-8. It's good to see Pensacola hitting the ball. There were a lot of hits in this game. Rey Navarro was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI, and a walk. Devin Lohman (2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, Travis Mattair (1 R), Juan Silverio (1 R, 1 RBI), all had two hits. Juan Duran also put in a 2 for 4 night, but he was hungry like a wolf and hit a solo bomb. Brodie Green played along going 1 for 2 with a solo shot of his own, 2 RBI, and a walk. Little Mickey O'Brien had himself a weird night. He went 5 innings, 4 hits, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, but had 9 K's. That's super weird. I'm perplexed. Justin Freeman gave up 3 earned runs in the 9th to give the Suns some hope. Pensacola will play Birmingham tomorrow night at 6:30 pm CST with some dude on the mound.
Bakersfield got out to an early lead, in large part because they were being very patient at the plate, but they lost in 11 innings 6 to 5. When I say patient, I mean very patient. The Blaze coaxed 12 walks from the Stockton battery. Somehow they still lost. This has to be the weirdest team ever. Juan Silva led the team in walks with 4 and he also 2 stolen bases to push his season total to 19. He also had a run scored and an RBI. That is some Joey Votto stuff. Marquez Smith had 2 walks and John Tolisano also had 2. Everyone else participated in the walking party but Ryan Wright (who went 1 for 6) and Zach Vincej (1 for 5). Beau Amaral went 2 for 4 with a run scored, a walk, and a RBI. The only sucky part is the Blaze didn't have an extra base hit. That would have helped. Wandy Peralta got the start, and wasn't at his best (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, and 2 K). He also gave up a 2-run homer. Ben Klimesh was the only Blaze pitcher that did not give up a run. He went 3 innings, giving up 0 runs!!!, and striking out 5. The Blaze will play Lancaster tomorrow night at 7:30 pm PST with James Allen on the mound.
Dayton got jiggy with it on Monday night, collecting 14 hits on their way to a 7-3 victory. Ismael Guillon got the start and didn't last very long. He went 4 innings, gave up 2 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. His season ERA stands at 2.83, which is awesome. Pedro Diaz and Scott Brattvet had scoreless appearances out of the pen. The story was the offense, predominately the top of the order. Jam Jam McGruder was the leadoff hitter and went 3 for 5 with a double, triple, run scored, and 2 RBI. Sebastian Elizalde is coming back from injury in complete kick ass mode. He went 3 for 4 with a two run Screaming Mimi in the first inning. He's pretty much the best ever, and is probably a robot. Sammy Diaz had 2 hits, including a triple. Tanner Rahier and Carlton Daal also pitched in with multi hit games. Amir Garrett will start tomorrow night at 7:00 pm against Great Lakes.