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Andy Lyons

Louisville held off a 9th inning rally, and beat the Charlotte Knights 6-4.  Chien-Ming Wang went 7.2 strong, giving up a pair of unearned runs, striking out 2 and walking 2.  Pedro Villarreal gave up a pair of earned runs in the 9th, before he had to be bailed out by Justin Freeman, who picked up the save.  Rey "Suck it, Dioner" Navarro drove in 4 runs, going 2-4 with a 2-run wangerdoodle.  Up Next: David Holmberg (0-4, 6.88 ERA) looks to right the ship against the Knights at 7:05 ET.

Pensacola scratched out an extra inning victory, winning 3-2 in Chattanooga.  Yorman Rodriguez, as has been mentioned, has been swinging a hot stick of late.  He went 2-5, bringing his line up to .333/.378/.524 over the last 10 games.  The offense was rather quiet, managing only 7 hits over 11 innings.  Michael Lorenzen tossed a quality start, giving up 2 runs over 6 innings, striking out 4 and walking 2.  He's sitting on a cool 2.63 ERA on the season.  Up Next:  Bob Steve (3-5, 3.97 ERA) sets sail against the Lookouts at 7:15 ET.

Bakersfield beat Boog Powell (yes, really) and the Stockton Ports 7-5.  Mikey O'Brien struggled in his first start in the Cal League, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits in 5.1 innings, striking out 4 and walking 2.  He still got the win, though.  (Hooray?)  "Cupid, Draw Back Your" Beau Amaral scored 2 runs from the leadoff spot, going 3-5 with 2 doubles and a stolen base.  Up Next:  Ismael Guillon (0-1, 17.18 ERA) faces the Ports at 10:45 ET.

Dayton shut out the Conspiracy Theorists, topping Ft. Wayne 5-0.  Dan Langfield looked sharp in his first start of the season after making 11 relief appearances.  Rodney held the TinCaps scoreless over 4 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1.  Tanner Rahier, who has been quietly been putting up a solid season, went 3-4 with a double.  He's slashing .281/.341/.434 this year, which is by no means incredible, but much better than he's put up so far in his professional career.  Up Next:  Nick Travieso (6-3, 3.31 ERA) gets naughty against Lake County at 7:00 ET.

Billings outlasted the Osprey, beating Missoula 5-4.  The Reds 3rd round pick, Wyatt "Earp" Strahan made his second stat of the year, giving up an unearned run in 3 innings, striking out one batter and walking none.  Cory Thompson went 2-4 with 2 doubles, and as a SS who can swing the bat is officially getting my sugars up.   Up Next:  Tyler "Darth" Male (1-0, 3.60 ERA) takes on the Helena Brewers at 10:05 ET.

The AZL Reds laid a big ol' egg, falling 9-0 to the Baby Tribe.  This game was a pretty big stinker.  We did get an El'Hajj Muhammad sighting, which was pretty cool.  He tossed a perfect inning, striking out one.  The other Junior Arias had some tough luck, giving up 5 unearned runs as well as an earned run in 2.2 innings.  Up Next: Reds vs. Rangers at 10:00 ET.