Louisville lamed it up this weekend, dropping three games to the Rochester Red Wings. The Bats lost 6-1 on Friday night. Tim Crabbe had a pretty rough go of it, allowing 5 runs in 5.1 innings on 7 hits and a walk, with 3 strikeouts. Chad Rogers is still pitching in relief, which still seems weird to me. He had 2 walks and a strikeout in 0.2 scoreless innings. Skippy Schumaker gritted out the only Bats run, going 1-3 with a double and a walk.
Saturday's game saw the Bats get blanked 2-0 in a complete game shutout at the hands of former Reds farmhand Yohan Pino. Louisville managed only 3 hits on the night, and Thomas Neal's double was the only XBH the Bats could muster. Chien-Ming Wang provided some stiff competition, allowing only a pair of runs (one earned) in 7.1 innings, but it wasn't enough to get it done.
Louisville got slaughtered on Sunday, falling 12-6 to Rochester. After failing to make it out of the 2nd inning in his previous start, Chad Reineke failed to make it out of the 3rd yesterday. He got tagged for 8 runs on 11 hits and a pair of ding dongs before mercifully getting the hook. Felix Perez drove in 3 runs on 2 doubles, and mighty Mike Costanzo drove in a pair on a future HoF home run. Up Next: The Tides roll into Louisville to face Jeff Francis (3-3, 2.72 ERA) tonight at 6:35 PM ET.
Pensacola swept the Jackson Generals over the weekend, improving their record to 13-17 on the year. Jon Moscot was sharp in Friday's 4-1 victory, tossing 7 innings of one run ball striking out 5 and walking one. Good on ya, Gopper. Big Lutz went 2-2 with a walk and 2 RBI, and then... left the game only to not play the rest of the weekend. No word as to why, but it seems safe to assume he's joined the ranks of the walking wounded. /sigh
Michael Lorenzen tossed 6 innings of one-run ball on Saturday, striking out 5 and walking 3, leading the 'Hoos to a 3-1 win. Bryan Anderson went 2-3 with a double and a walk, while Juan Duran rapped out a 2-RBI single.
The Blue Wahoos boat raced the Generals on Sunday, winning 10-1. Brodie Green would have made a BrenneMan proud, driving in 3 from the leadoff spot on a 3-6 night with a wanger and a double. Bryan Anderson also drove in three runs, going 3-4 with a triple and a walk. Mikey "Look Out Itchy, He's Irish" O'Brien, full of potatoes and Powers, got his first win of the year, giving up 1 run and striking out 4 in 5 innings. Up Next: The Wahoos host the Lookouts at 7:30 PM ET. No starters announced yet.
Bakersfield enjoyed a weekend sweep, cracking the Modesto Nuts in 3 games. Ben Lively continued his wave of mutilation, and carried the Blaze to an 8-4 victory on Friday. Big Ben struck out 8 and walked one in a 2-run, 6-inning performance, raising his ERA to 0.76 on the season. Kyle Waldrop wal-bopped a double and a wanger, driving in a pair of runs on a 3-5 night. Ryan Wright (Ryan Wright!) also went 3-5 with a double, hold the dinger.
The Blaze, led by the Three-Brean Casserole, beat Modesto 6-4 on Saturday. Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-4 with a double, a triple, and 2 RsBI. Wandy Peralta gave up 4 runs (2 unearned), striking out 5 and walking 2 in 5 innings before Jake Johnson and Kyle McMyne closed it out.
Bakersfield won a California League special on Sunday, besting the Nuts 10-9. Multi-hit games from Ryan Wright (3-6), Kyle Waldrop (2-5, 2 RBI) and Marquez Smith (2-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led the offense. James Allen gave up 3 over 5 innings, striking out one and walking one before Jimmy "Get a Brain" Moran and the rest of the bullpen made it closer than it should have been. Up Next: Drew Cisco (1-1, 5.68 ERA) takes the hill at 7:15 Weezt Coast time.
Dayton only managed to take one this weekend in their series against the lowly Lake County Captains. In Friday's 9-8 loss, Sal Romano struck out 9 batters in 6 innings with only 1 walk, but got dinged for 9 hits, which led to 4 runs. JamRod McGruder jammed really hard, going 3-6 with a triple and 2 RBI from the leadoff spot. Phil Ervin, who's been slowly showing signs of getting it together, went 2-4 with a double and a walk.
The Dragons lost another slugfest on Saturday, falling 8-6. Some guy named Aroldis Chapman got the start, striking out one and walking one in one inning of work. Ismael Guillon, who was just named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, followed Chappy and promptly stunk up the joint, giving up 6 runs (4 earned) with 6 K and 3 BB. Jam Jam kept on jamming though, knocking another triple and scoring a pair of runs on a 2-4 night. Tanner Rahier, who's been having a nice little start to the season, went 2-3 with a double, a dinger, and a walk.
Dayton got off the snide on Sunday, beating the Captains 6-4. Amir Garrett turned in another ho hum effort, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks and 4 strikeouts in 4.1 innings. The Dragons scored 4 unearned runs, but Carlton Daal went 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Up Next: Naughty Nick (1-1, 1.55 ERA) takes his Cuetonian ERA to Great Lakes to face the Loons at 7:05 PM ET.