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Farmers Only: Old Wang and The Other Junior

And honked wangers in the low minors

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wangs on wangs on wangs
Koji Watanabe
  • 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 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.