- Louisville snuck a victory from Indy, riding the hot Wang to a 5-4 win. Despite a solo can-crusher from Chris "Captain Planet" Dickerson, the Bats got big games from their own recycled AAAA players. Three-hit nights from Jason Bourgeois and Rey "Mysterio" Navarro were key to the Louisville win, and Chien-Ming Wang gave up just 2 runs in 6.2 innings, despite walking 6. Allowing a mere 4 hits will help, especially when accompanied by a lonely strikeout. Up next: Jair Jurrjens is still listed as the starter, so we'll see.
- Pensacola got another ho-hum effort from Robert Stephenson (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K), but Jesse Winker (1-6) made his only hit count as the Wahoos wahlked off on the Suns, 4-3. Timothy "Edelweiss" Adelman was especially effective, striking out 4 in 4 scoreless relief innings, while "Sergeant" Brodie Greene and Ryan "Wilbur and Orville" Wright each had a pair of hits to pace the 'Hooffense. Up next: Ben Lively (0-1, 2.89) looks to snuff out the Suns at 7:30.
- Juan Perez liked driving in the winning run so much on Tuesday night, he went and did it again Wednesday, leading the Blaze to a 7-6 win over Visalia. Like Jesse "The Fonz" Winker before him, he made his only hit count, going just 1-5, but I'm sure his teammates forgive him. Juan Silva left the game with an injury after the outfield grass gave out beneath him. No word on how serious it is, but somebody make sure AaronBabyBruce is OK. Sean Buckley had another big game, going 3-5 with a solo hallelujah. Up next: Daniel Wright (4-1, 4.62) squares off against Visalia at 10.
- Krampus strikes again. Dayton beat the TinCaps 7-2 behind 6 shutout innings from Nick Travieso, who struck out 5 and gave up just 2 walks and 3 hits. Kid's having himself a veritable breakout, methinks. Every Dragon starter had a hit, while Carlton "F. Murray Abraham as Dar A-" Daal (2-4) had his 4th straight multi-hit game, Jose Ortiz smacked a double and a triple, and Ronald "Morphine" Bueno was 2-4 as well. Scott Brattvett got the fabled 2-inning, 2-runs-allowed save. Up next: Jackson Stephens (0-0, 5.19) leads the Greys into battle at 7.
- Billings rode a big 9th inning to beat Missoula 7-2. Alex "The Great" Blandino was 3-4 with a pair of steals, and Cory Thompson continued to slug his way into our middle infield-starved hearts with a 2-5 job from the top of the order. He played second base, with Blandino manning the keystone. I dig the versatility. Tyler Mahle bounced back in a big way, tossing 5 scoreless innings of 4-run baseball. May the force be with you, young man. Up next: Jeremy "Arm Bar" Kivel (0-1, 5.56) looks to force Missoula to tap out at 8:35.
- The AZL Reds did their best to claw back from a 10-run deficit, but fell short and lost 11-8 to the White Soxlets. Gavin LaValley wonged his second hanker in as many games, but this one came with the bases loaded. I dunno how he expects to keep the weight off with all that salami. 18-year-old Canadian catcher Morgan Lofstrom was 2-5 with 2 runs, as was Reydel "Funky Cold" Medina. Last year's 11th round pick Ty Boyles was about the only pitcher who was acceptable, with a solo home run in 4.1 innings his only blemish. He struck out 4. Up next: More White Sox at 10pm.
And middle infield prospects!
By Johnny Weez