Louisville melted the IronPigs 4-2, but the real story was Mat Latos leaving his third rehab start early with what the Bats call an "undisclosed injury" and what Bryan Price called "more of a cramp," not "really an issue," "disappointing," and something "he shouldn't be pitching with." So there's that crystal clear information. Let's hope that Latos stops breaking body parts and starts slicing up eyeballs in Red. He left after 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with a walk and 3 K. Anyway, I wonder if he tweaked it rounding the bases when he hit a double and scored on Ruben "Pastrami" Gotay's RBI double. Gotay "It on the Mountain" was 2-4 with a walk, as was Chris Nelson and Kris Negron, while Thomas Neal was 3-4 and Jason Bourgeois was 2-5. Up next: Tim Crabbe (3-5, 4.60) continues his quest for perpetual mediocrity against Lehigh Valley at 7:05.
Pensacola took the rubber match of a 5 game set with Jacksonville, winning 7-3. Michael Lorenzen bounced back from the worst outing of his short career to toss 5 shutout innings, giving up 2 walks and 5 hits while striking out 3. That's good to see. Lorenzen is pitching really well this year, but he's not really striking a ton of guys out, with just a 6.05 K/9 right now to go along with a 9% K/BB. Can't argue with the results, but I'd like to see a bit more swing and miss as he develops confidence in his stuff. Rey "Not a Prospect or Guitarist" Navarro was 2-4 with a double and a triple, while Moose Mattair was 2-4 with a triple, RBI, and 2 runs scored. "Aww, what the hell," said Juan Duran, "I'll hit a triple too," and thusly he was 1-3 with a three-bagger. Up next: Some Wahoo will pitch at 8:05 against Montgomery.
Bakersfield unleashed hell on the Stockton Ports, opening up a can of good ol-fashioned whoopass to win 11-1. Kyle Waldrop had it out for presumed fellow NASCAR enthusiast and Sen. Ted Cruz fan Hunter Adkins, who happened to start for the Ports, as the former went 4-5 with 2 2B, an RBI, and 3 runs scored. Beau "and Arrow" Amaral was 3-5 with a steal, Marquez Smith honked a 3-run chien-ming wanger, and Juan Perez added a honkdoodler of his own. Danny "Do-" Wright didn't need to be as good as he was, but boy was he good, going 8 great innings, allowing just 7 hits and a single run. He didn't walk anyone and struck out 3. Wright on! Up next: Tecate Thirsty Thursday! That sounds so freakin' awesome, $1 Tecates for 2 hours. Too bad you have to go to Bakersfield, CA to get it... Anyway, Drew Cisco takes the hill for the good guys.
- Dayton may not have pulled off the organizational sweep, but Mother Nature sure did, as the Dragons had their game suspended due to lightning in the top of the second inning of a 0-0 game. They'll finish it today before the 8:05 game.
Farmers Only: The Golden Calf
Latos exits rehab start with calf "cramp"