Louisville lost to the Indians 7-3, despite out-hitting Indianapolis 11-8. Josh "Meat is Murder" Smith got hit hard, giving up 6 runs without being able to escape the 6th inning, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Tucker Barnhart, who's been swinging a much better bat since the All-Star break, went 2-4 with a pair of singles, and Jason Bourgeois went 3-5 with a double. Up Next: Scott "Dustin" Diamond (5-10, 6.27 ERA) takes the hill for the getaway game at 1:35 ET.
Pensacola chased Jacksonville's starter in the first inning, and never looked back, beating the Suns 8-4. Moose Mattair kept up his hot August, going 3-3 with a double, a dinger and a 2 walks, bringing his OPS to .995 for the month. Kyle Waldrop walloped a pair of wangers, going 2-5 with 3 RBI. Ben Lively danced around 8 hits and a walk, giving up 3 runs while striking out 6 batters in 6 innings. He also hit a home run. That was right after this happened:
Up Next: Robert Stephenson (6-8, 4.48 ERA) faces the Suns at 6:05 ET.
Bakersfield held off a 9th inning rally, beating the Inland Empire 66'ers 3-2. Wandy Peralta struck out 7 batters in 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up just 1 hit. Harold Riggins drove in 2 runs on a 1-4 night and Sean Buckley went 1-4 with a double. Up Next: The Blaze take on the 66'ers at 10:05 ET. No starter announced yet.
In a sign of solidarity to their MLB brethren, Dayton blew a late lead, losing 5-4 in walk-off fashion. Sal Romano kept the Dragons in the game, tossing 6 innings of 2-run, 4-hit ball, striking out 4 and walking 3. Alejandro Chacin did his best JJ Hoover impression, getting tagged with a blown save and the loss after giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. Jon Matthews drove in 2 runs on a pair of singles, while Phil Ervin and Tanner Rahier both went 1-4 with a double. Up Next: Naughty Nick (11-5, 3.17 ERA) squares off against the SilverHawks at 7:05 ET.
Billings and the AZL Reds both had the night off. They'll both be back at it tonight.