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Farmers Only: The Losing is the Hardest Part

Take after the Blaze, guys.

Sal Romano pitch face!
Sal Romano pitch face!
  • Louisville got stomped back to .500 by the lowly Knights, 12-4. Brett Marshall has been putrid since "coming back" from injury, and it was business as usual today as he got lit up like Rob Ford on a Tuesday. 2 innings, 9 hits, 11 runs (8 earned), a walk, and 2 K. He pitched to 6 batters in the third, too, but got exactly none of them out. Bryan "Neo" Anderson went deep for his only hit of the game, and Jason "Let Them Eat Cake" Bourgeois, Ruben "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotay, Rey "Mysterio" Navarro, and Hernan "Where the Hell is El Dorado" Irribarren all had a pair of hits. Up next: Wang (7-5, 3.76) against the Knights at 7:05.
  • Pensacola had the lead until they didn't, getting walked-off on by the Lookouts, 4-3. Juan Duran (2-4) gave the Wahoos a lead with a solo jackalope in the top of the eighth, but Elvin Ramirez retired just 1 batter before the game was blown. Jon Moscot was solid in his 6 innings of work, giving up 2 runs on 9 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk. "Here Comes" Yorman Rodriguez continued to swing a hot stick, going 2-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot. He's sporting a .326/.383/.512 line in his last 10 games. Up next: Michael Lorenzen (4-4, 2.61) faces off against Chattanooga at 7:15.
  • Bakersfield went to extras against Visalia, and ended up winning in ten, 3-2. Juan "Is the Loneliest Number" Perez was 3-4, and Jeff Gelalich was too. Wandy "Samberg" Peralta gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, and the bullpen tossed clean frames through the rest. There were no extra-base hits by the Blaze, and a walk, sac bunt, single, and wild pitch scored Brent Peterson for the win. Up next: Stockton at 10:45
  • Dayton lost to the TinCaps (whatever those are), 9-4. Jon Matthews was 2-4 with a triple, Gabriel "Pizzeria La" Rosa reached base 3 times, and Tanner "Hide" Rahier and Ronald Bueno added a pair of hits each, but Sal Romano blew a gasket, giving up 7/6 earned in 4 innings. He struck out and walked 2, and gave up 9 hits. Up next: Jackson Stephens (0-0, 6.75) makes his second start for the Dragons against Fort Wayne at 7:05.
  • The Billings Mustangs mounted (heh heh) a valiant comeback attempt with a 4-run bottom of the ninth, but an early 6-run deficit was too much to overcome and they lost, 7-5. Alex Blandino made his professional debut, going 1-4 with a sac fly. He played shortstop, which is pretty cool. Nick Benedetto was 2-3 with a solo shot and a walk, and Ty Washington showed no signs of slowing down, with a 2-5 night. Lots of pitchers pitched. Up next: 3rd-rounder Wyatt Strahan (0-1, 0.00) tries to keep a clean career ERA against Missoula at 9:05.
  • The AZL Reds took a page from the Blue Wahoos' book, falling in walk-off fashion to the AZL Indians, 5-4. 2013 3rd-rounder Mark Armstrong got the start, giving up an earned run in 3.2 innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and a strikeout. Lots of 2014 draftees made their pitching debuts, including the culprits of the walk-off loss (Connor Krauss-20th round, Jake Paulson-27th round). 29th-rounder Michael Sullivan retired both batters he faced for a hold. He was the guy who had those ridiculous numbers pitching for a tiny community college in New Jersey, so he's a wild card to watch. 7th-rounder Shane Mardirosian was 3-5 with a triple, Jose "iPhone5" Siri was 2-4, and Gavin "South Beach Diet" LaValley was 1-2 with a pair of walks. Up next: Indian Kids at 10.