Louisville learned what it was like to Knockwurst, beating Durham 5-4. Donald Lutz was 2-4 with his first kartoffel-shot as a Bat–a 1-1 tiebreaking 3-run job–and a steal. He played 1B, which leads me to believe he'll be in Cincinnati soon if Joey Votto has to go on the DL after all. Bryan Anderson added his first wanger in purple and black, and Argenis "Joplin" Diaz was 2-3 with a walk and a double. It was a bullpen game, with Curtis Partch starting the first 3 innings, Nick Christiani going the next two, and then a bunch of other guys. No one gave up more than a run. Up next: Josh Smith (6-0, 2.81) faces Buffalo and former top prospect Kyle Drabek at 6:35.
Pensacola was off today. They'll face Birmingham at 7:30, no starter as yet announced.
HERO CAT SAVES BOY FROM DOG...
...THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AT MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME
[we will now return to your regularly scheduled Farmers Only]
Bakersfield was spayed and neutered by the JetHawks, 8-4. And yes, hero cat Tara
threwpawed out the first pitch. Cats are dumb, but Tara is a true American hero. Anyway, Lancaster teed off on James Allen, who allowed 6 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings. Casserole Seth was 2-4 with a solo three-Breaner* and Marquez Smith (8) and Juan Perez (4) added their own solo shots. So much unclutch power in this one. Juan Silva was 1-3 with a double, a walk, and a steal. Dat walk rate doe. Up next: Drew Cisco (1-2, 5.29) faces Lancaster at 10:30.
*Seth Mejias-Brean was 2-4 with a solo home run, his fifth of the year.
Dayton lost a heartbreaker, falling 3-2 in 11 innings to Great Lakes. The Dragons had 11 hits, but not when they counted. Sammy Diaz was a homer shy of the cycle, and Dayton got two hits apiece from the greatest trio in modern history: Jamodrick McGruder, Carlton Daal, and Sebastian Elizalde. Cmon, those are three quality names right there. Phil Ervin was 0-5 [sad trombone]. Amir Garrett was great, giving up one run on 3 hits in 6 innings, striking out 3 and walking just 1. It was his best outing of the season, and he got a no-decision. Bummer. Dan Langfield blew the save in relief, and Evan Mitchell lost it in extras. Double & triple bummer. Up next: Nick Travieso (5-1, 1.58) looks to further his case for a promotion against Great Lakes at 7.
Farmers Only: Knockwursts, Casseroles, and Hero Cats
Lots going on in Reds minor leaguedom!