- Louisville faced a new old foe today, beating Chien-Ming Wang and the Charlotte Knights 6-5. Wang was touched for 5 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings, which is pretty much what we came to expect during his AAA tenure with the Bats. In reality, David Holmberg probably wasn't much better—just luckier— as he only allowed 3 runs in 6 innings despite 11 hits. It was nice that he didn't walk anyone, though, and struck out 4. Felix Perez brought the big guns, smacking 3 doubles in 5 at bats, scoring all 3 times he reached base, and Neftali Soto was 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Up next: OFF DAY
- Pensacola was doomed by a big first inning, losing to Mississippi 6-2. Jon Moscot blew up immediately, giving up a five-spot in the first, 3 runs before he even got anyone out. He settled way down, though, and wouldn't allow another run for the rest of 6-inning outing. He struck out 4 and walked two (the first two of the game). Take out the first inning and he kicked ass. Juan Duran was 2-4 with a triple, and Moose Mattair and Brodie Greene each had 2 hits. Up next: Robert Stephenson (5-6, 4.12) tries to get back on track against the M-Barves at 8.
Bakersfield almost came back to win despite going down 5-0 in the first inning, but ultimately lost to Visalia 8-7. Marquez Smith was the man of the evening yet again for the Blaze, going 4-5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI (for the second time in 5 games). That's 20 on the year for the 28-year-old. Sebastian "The Legend of" Elizalde was 3-5, and he's gotten his OPS up to .835 in Bakersfield, after a slow start. Wandy Peralta put the Blaze in a big hole early, and that was that. Up next: Mike Dennhardt (5-6, 5.23) against Visalia at 10:30.
- Dayton made it back to .500 with a 3-2 victory over Cedar Rapids. JamRod the RamRod McGruder was 2-4 with a triple, Jonathan "El Oso" Reynoso was 2-4, and Ronald Bueno was 1-3 with a triple of his own. JamRod stole his 11th base, and Phil Ervin, who was 1-3 with a walk, stole his 23rd. Sal Romano kicked the NOS into gear, striking out 10 in 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on a walk and 5 hits. Nick Howard gave up his first run as a pro, a sixth inning solo shot. That was his lone blemish in 1.2 innings, allowing one other hit and notching a strikeout as well. Up next: Dan Langfield (2-2, 3.38) will hope to find a way to pitch without the RR contingent present against Lansing at 7:05.
- Billings doubled up the Hell Brewers, 10-5. Brian "Grade A" O'Grady and Taylor "Caffeine + Booze" Sparks both honked 3-run spaghetti-O's, scored 2 runs, and walked once. The only difference between their 1-3 days was an extra strikeout from Sparks. Kevin "C-Note" Franklin and Ty "Twin Peaks" Washington were both 2-4. Wyatt Strahan didn't earn any of his 4 runs allowed in 3 innings, but he did give up 5 hits to go along with 3 strikeouts and no BBs. Up next: Tyler Mahle (2-4, 5.50) faces the Helena Brewers at 9:05.
- The AZL Reds lost to the lil Dodgers in a heartbreaker, 3-2. Some weird shit went down in this one. Junior Arias, the pitcher (I think), started the game at DH, not pitcher. He went 1-3 with a double, but that's not the point. He goes by Junior Joselin Arias now, apparently. Maybe that's just his hitter's moniker? His player page on milb.com contains no stats, but lists him as a pitcher. The only explanation is that this is an episode of Orphan Black (which I haven't seen, but hear is pretty good). Anyway, Bernardo Moreta allowed just 1 run on 5 hits in 5 innings, striking out 4 with no walks. Nobody had more than 1 hit, and the artful Baby Dodgers scored 2 in the bottom of the ninth to walk it off. Womp. Up next: More Dodgers at 10.
And honked wangers in the low minors
By Johnny Weez