On Friday, Mongo made pitch and Ruben "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotay made ball go far, and the Bats beat the Chiefs in 10, 6-4. David Holmberg went 6.1 innings, giving up 3 runs/2 earned on 6 hits and 2 walks. He also struck out 2. Gotay smacked his 17th (!!) homer of the year in a 3-6 game, and Felix Perez and Thomas Neal each had 2 hits.
Saturday was less kind to Louisville, as Josh Smith got blown up for 5 runs in 4+ innings. Felix Perez was 3-4 to lead the way for the good guys, but they fell 7-2.
Sunday was another rough one for the Bats in a 5-1 loss. The shine wore off of Scott Diamond, who was smashed for 5 runs on 10 hits in just 2.2 innings. Tim Crabbe filled in admirably, tossing 2.1 hitless innings of relief, but there weren't runs to be had. The old guard hit pretty well, with Jason Bourgeois, Ruben Gotay, Thomas Neal, and Bryan Anderson all collecting 2 hits, but none came when it counted, and they were held to 1 run.
Up next: Dylan Axelrod (7-8, 4.05) faces Scranton at 7:05.
The Blue Wahoos beat the Generals on Friday, 5-1, behind a superb start from Jon Moscot and a honk-job from Seth Mejias-Brean. The Casserole was 2-4, with just his 3rd homer of the year, and he was the only Hoo down in Hoo-ville to reach base more than once. It didn't matter, because Moscot tossed 7 innings of scoreless 3-hit baseball, walking none and striking out 4.
Saturday didn't go quite as well, with runs scored early and often in a 7-5 loss to Jackson. Wherefore art thou, Robert Stephenson? Bobby Steve got his timbers shivered, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits in just 2.1 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2. It's weird, he's been wild this year, but not at all hittable so I wonder if he was working on something particular (that obviously wasn't successful) since the 9 hits are unusual. Meh. Juan Duran went yard, and Moose Mattair was 2-4 with a pair o doubles.
Sunday was a wild one, with 11 combined runs scored in the first 3 innings, but Pensacola emerged victorious, 9-8. Not a good day for Michael Lorenzen, who walked 2 and didn't strike out anyone in his 3 innings of work. He gave up 6 runs on 4 hits, which sounds like a pretty unlucky line. The Wahoos hit 2 home runs during a 5-run first inning, one a 3-run shot from Travis "Bullwinkle" Mattair (2-3, BB), and the other a 2-run job from Juan Duran (1-3, BB, 2 R) for his second wanger in as many nights. Yorman Rodriguez was 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored.
Up next: OFF DAY
Bakersfield struck early on Friday (including a leadoff homer from Beau Amaral, who was 2-5), but eventually fell to the Butt Onions, 6-5. Sammy "Ratpack" Diaz and Sebastian Elizalde were both 2-4, but Wandy Peralta struggled through 4.2 innings and the Blaze couldn't hold on. Peralta struck out 7 and walked none, but gave up 5 runs/4 earned on 9 hits.
The Blaze put up less of a fight on Saturday, losing 7-3 this time around. Mike Dennhardt fired a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER), but James Allen blew it up in the 7th and that was that. Sebastian Elizalde and Juan Perez were each 2-3 with a walk.
They finally pulled it off on Sunday, though, riding a 5-run seventh to a 7-2 win over Visalia. Sebastian "Lizard Tits" Elizalde had another 2-hit game, going 2-5 with a triple and a steal, while Marquez Smith reached base 4 times via 2 walks, a single, and a triple of his own. Dan "Orville and Wilbur" Wright was phenomenal, giving up a run on 7 hits and a walk in 7 innings, striking out 6 along the way.
Up next: OFF DAY
Dayton swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green on Friday, winning Game 1, 3-2 and Game 2, 8-7. Alex Blandino was the hero of the early contest, capping a 3-run rally with a go-ahead 2-run single in the top of the seventh and final inning to give the Dragons the lead for good. Dan Langfield was decent enough in 5 innings (6H, 2ER, BB, 5K). The nightcap saw a bit more offense, with The Great Blandino again playing a big part, going 1-2 with 3 RBI (2 of which came via sac flies). He's hitting a cool .302/.407/.468 with Dayton. Sal Romano was sloppy, so I won't bore you with details.
No rest for the weary, though, and Bowling Green exacted their revenge on Saturday in a 6-3 Dragons loss. Naughty Nick Travieso was effectively wild in 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run despite 4 walks. The Rowdy Quesadilla blew the game, though. Phil Ervin was 2-4 with a double, and that's about the most exciting offensive performance.
Sunday didn't really work out for the Dragons either, as Bowling Green battled back to beat Dayton 6-4. They had an early 3-run lead thanks to multi-hit days from Ervin, Jon Matthews, Jose Ortiz, and Nick Benedetto, but Tony Amezcua and Joel Bender spoiled a nice start from Jackson Stephens to give away the W.
Up next: OFF DAY!
Billings beat the Owlz on Friday, 5-2. Argenis "Alan" Aldazoro was 2-3 with a 2-run M*A*S*H, and Josciel "Spider" Veras made his only hit in 4 AB count, a solo home run. Wyatt Strahan was perfect in 3 innings, and Seth Varner was almost as good in the next 3.
Another day, another Argenis Aldazoro home run, another Mustangs victory. Billings beat Orem 4-3 in 10 innings on Saturday thanks almost entirely to Aldazoro's 3-run sabre in the 4th. He had 2 hits, and the Mustangs only had 4 on the day (other two from Alberti Chavez). The winning run in the tenth? Aldazoro singled, and scored on an error. So yeah, he pretty much won this one singlehandedly, although Tyler Mahle was great in 6 innings. He allowed 2R/1ER on 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2.
The Mustangs were blanked on Sunday, though, mustering just 3 hits in a 3-0 loss to the Owlz with a Z. Jimmy Pickens had a triple, and that's all there is to say about the offense. Luke "Get Some Run Support" Moran gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, which was obviously not going to cut it.
Up next: OFF DAY!!
The baby Reds were stomped on Friday, falling to the Jr. Sox 11-2. Bernardo Moreta and Israel "Jose" Cuevas gave up 9 runs before the third inning was over, and since none of the bats had more than 1 hit, that's all she wrote.
They were off on Saturday, but came back and beat the AZL Brewers in 12 innings on Sunday, 4-3. Gavin LaValley, Reydel "Funky Cold" Medina, and Narciso "Arrogant Bastard" Crook were all 2-5, with Crook's single and steal crucial in the go-ahead 12th inning. This was a bullpen game, so I won't run through it all, check the box for deets!
Up next: Baby Brewers at 10.