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Farmer's Only: Jurrjens leads a sweep

Great pitching and better hitting led the Reds minor leaguers to four wins on Monday.

Take a bow. Or, well, whatever it is you're doing.
Take a bow. Or, well, whatever it is you're doing.

Louisville beat the visiting Columbus Clippers 4-1. Jair "jch" Jurrjens went 5IP with 5H, 1ER, 1BB, and 8K in his (latest) comeback bid. Adam Russell, who I've never heard of but is 31 and from North Olmstead pitched 2 scoreless innings (with two strikeouts) in relief. The hitting was pretty scattered; Felix "Pie" Perez went 1-2 with a key lime and Hernan "Conquistador" Iribarren went 3-3 with a walk from the bottom of the order. The Bats will travel to Lehigh Valley tonight, where Wanger will face off against Chris "shoeshine" Bootcheck at 7:00 p.m. ET.


Pensacola -- who I thought was much better than their 24-34 record -- beat the Jacksonville Suns' old timer team 5-1. With "that" Miguel Tejada batting third and Micah Owings starting, the Marlins affiliate was no match for Jon "Jan" Moscot, who threw 7IP of 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 8K ball. Drew Hayes had the rare "faced 5 batters, let three on base, and didn't give up a run" line whereas the Sweaty Walczak stuck out 2 of the 4 batters he faced.

The Blue Wahoo hitters were more the latter than the former. Josh "Soul Flower" Feilhauer went 2-3 with 2BB, Ray "How to Cook Humans" Chang went 2-5 with 2 doubles, Rossmel "We all smell!" Perez had a 2-3 line with a double and a walk, and Juan "Goddamn" Duran went 2-4 with a double to bring his season average up to .218. Mikey O'Brien will host the Suns' Justin Nicolino tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.


Is the bloom off of Ben Lively? No. Of course not. What a dumb question. But still, he gave up 5ER (in 7IP, with 0BB and 7K) in a 14-8 Bakersfield defeat of the High Desert Mavericks. The ball was flying out of Adelanto, California (to be fair, if you were in Adelanto you would be flying out too), but Bakersfield got the better of it. Fun thing: Google autocompletes "High Desert" with "Vapes," "prison," "test site," "guns," and "wolves" before "Mavericks" for me. Must be a lovely place.

As you can imagine, the offense: Juan "Gone" Silva went 4-6 with 3 doubles and a stolen base, Ryan Wright had himself a 2-5 game with an HR, Jesse Winker went 2-5 with 2HR, 1BB, and 5(!!)RBI and that's just the top of the order. Seth Mejias-Brean went 3-5 with a BB and an HR, Yovan Gonzalez went 2-5 with a double, Beau Amaral just filled up the dang statsheet going 3-5 with a double, a homer, and two stolen bases, and Zach "Cozart" Vincej went 3-5 with his own bad self. Whew. I imagine a ton of these guys are in line for promotion, but it's always fun to remember that Winker's hitting .320/.417/.558 as a 20-year-old in a league where the average is .263/.336/.411

On the down side, David Vidal was taken out of the game before getting a PA, though I don't know why. Today, Bakersfield's Wandy Peralta will host the Stockton Ports at 10:30 p.m. ET. I kinda wish the Stockton club was called the "Johns" and that their logo was a skeevy guy yelling at a sex worker whilst wearing short-shorts.


Sal Romano was sassy enough to beat the Lansing squad, and Dayton won 10-5. The used car salesman scattered the lugnuts over 6IP with 5H, 1R (0ER), 0BB and 7K. The bullpen didn't do their job: Ryan Kemp allowed 4 of 5 batters on base, and then Pedro Diaz proved that ERA ain't nothing but a number by allowing 3H to bring Kemp's batters home. But hey, who needs a bullpen when you've got offense?

Sammy Davis had a good eye, going 3-5 with a double. Phil Ervin went 1-5 with a triple, Sebastian "Hurricane" Elizalde went 2-4 with a walk, Danny Piggott went 2-5, and Gabriel Rosa went 1-2 with a walk and an SB before leaving the game (I don't know why). Jon Matthews, whoever he is, had a Vottonian 1-1 with 3BB line. Avain "Murder Me" Rachal went 0-2 with 2BB. Carlton Daal, who is quickly becoming my favorite sleeper prospect, went 2-5 with a steal of home (off of a double steal but still). The Antillean is at .316/.360/.358 for the year.

Lansing has some fantastic names on their team: Dickie Joe Thon, Derrick Loveless, Dawel Lugo, Santiago Nessy, Chaz Frank and Yeyfry Del Rosario all saw action for the Michiganders. Who cares about them, though, since Dayton has Tuesday off.