After a two and a half hour rain delay on Friday night, Louisville lost to the Clippers, 5-2. Dylan Axelrod was great for 7 innings, striking out 8 while giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a pair of walks. Unfortunately, the converted-starter-bullpen law firm of Dennick, Partch, and Rogers allowed 3 more runs in just 2 innings. Steve Selsky was 1-2 with a double, a run, and a little dance on the catwalk, and Neftali Soto was 2-4. That's about it for the offense.
The Bats rode 5 straight singles to victory over Toledo on Saturday, 3-2. Jake "Almost the Blues Brothers" Elmore led the sticks, going 3-3, and Brett Marshall snagged his first win of the year, with 5.2 innings of 5-hit, 4-walk ball. He gave up just an unearned run and struck out 8. JJ Hoover tossed 1.1 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts as well.
Louisville stomped the Mud Hens on Sunday, 10-2. In what has become something of a rarity, the offense exploded for 17 hits, and Jon Moscot picked up his first AAA win. He sported a nifty line of 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K, and has looked great in 2 starts for the Bats. Mighty Mike Hessman was the only one who seemed able to figure Moscot out, accounting for both runs with 2 solo dingers. Neftali Soto was 4-5, Ruben Gotay was 3-4 with a walk, and everyone else had a hit except Jake Elmore.
Up next: Scott Diamond (1-4, 6.45) faces the Mud Hens at 6:30.
The Wahoos were gluten intolerant on Friday, getting bested by the Biscuits, 5-3. They managed just 5 hits, with Chris Berset snagging two of them, and Yorman Rodriguez was 1-3 with yet another walk. Me likey. Tiny Tim Adelman was alright, but not alright enough. Jesus is just alright with me. Alright alright alright. Gloria Allright. Alllllrighty then. Sorry, I'm done.
The Biscuits rose again on Saturday, winning a wild one 8-6. If Fabian "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" Williamson and Shane Dyer hadn't given up 4 runs in the top of the ninth, the Wahoos 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth would've been more than enough to win. Buuuuut alas. Anyway, I don't know what's gotten into Yorman Rodriguez, but he's all of a sudden an on-base machine. He was 1-2 with a double and 3 (!!) walks. I'm lovin' it. Kyle Waldop was 3-5 with 3 ribeyes, and every starter got a hit, but not enough when they counted.
Sunday was Biscuits and gravy as the Wahoos finally won, 9-4. Ben Lively was unusually hittable, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2. Yorman "in Havana" was 1-3 with a double and another walk, Kyle Waldrop was 4-5, and Moose Mattair and the Casserole both had 2 hits. That sounds like a radio morning talk show team... "Catch Moose and the Casserole in the mornings, on one-oh-three-seven The Walrussssss." Anyway.
Up next: Robert Stephenson is already not pitching very well against Montgomery. Sad face.
The Blaze squeaked out a win on Friday, beating the Storm 3-2. Danny Wright battled for 6 innings, giving up a pair of runs on 7 hits and no walks. He struck out 8 in the process, earning his 10th win. Jeff Gelalich had a pair of doubles to go along with a walk and a steal, and Beau Amaral was 1-3 with a walk. Not much offense, but enough.
Despite a 2-run jack from Beau "Tupac" Amaral "Shakur", the Blaze lost to the Storm on Saturday, 8-5. Drew Cisco "Biscuits", Sean Lucas, and Brian Pearl all gave up runs, and Juan Perez joined Amaral as the only two starters with multiple hits.
Sunday was another loss to the Storm, big time this time, 8-2. Marquez Smith (2-4) honked his Hessman-esque 27th wanger of the year, and Sean Buckley added a solo shot of his own, but Wandy "Samberg" Peralta, James "Jim Al" Allen, and Ryan Kemp all gave up multiple runs. The bottom of the order did their best to make up for it, with Brent Peterson (3-4), Zach Vincej (2-3, BB) and Julio Murillo (2-3) all chipping in, but to no avail.
Up next: Off day
The Whitecaps edged the Dragons on Friday, 3-2. Nick Howard pitched well for 5 innings, giving up 2 runs/1 earned on 4 hits, with a walk and 3 K. Pedro Diaz was saddled with the loss. Jonathan Reynoso was 2-4 with a steal from atop the order, but that was about all the offense could muster.
Saturday was another tough loss, as West Michigan topped Dayton in 10 innings, again by a score of 3-2. Amir Garrett was solid for 6 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits with a pair of walks and 4 K, and the offense rallied from 2 runs down to take it to extras, but Zack Weiss took the loss in his fourth inning of relief. JimmyJam Jamodrick McGruder and Robert "Team RamRod" Ramirez were both 2-5, but the rest of the bats were pretty quiet, and they went silently into the night.
I guess Whitecaps are tougher than Loons, because Dayton took the first game against Great Lakes on Sunday, 4-2. JamRod and Alex Blandino hit back to back honkers, and Robert Ramirez had a couple doubles to give Sal Romano all the padding he'd need. The Sloppy Jalopy struck out 3 in 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk, getting 11 groundouts to just 2 flies.
Up next: Krampus is pitching against the Loons right now.
The Mustangs split a doubleheader on Friday against Missoula. They won the first game five-nil, thanks in large part to a CGSHO 2-hitter from Tyler Mahle. He struck out 7 and walked 2. Ty Washington was 3-4 and Taylor "Alcohol AND Caffeine!" Sparks went yard to lead the way. Game 2 was less fruitful, with the Stangs falling 3-1. Garret Boulware and Cory Thompson had the only 2 hits for Billings. It was a bullpen game, so not much to report, although Jeremy Kivel struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings.
It was raining in big sky country, because the Mustangs had their Saturday evening contest banged. No word on a make-up.
Sunday was dry enough to play, however, and play they did in a 6-2 victory over Helena. Luke Moran and the pen pitched pretty well, and Argenis Aldazoro was 4-5 with a double and 2 RBI to lead the attack. Every starter had a hit except Taylor Sparks, who walked twice.
Up next: Tejay Antone (1-2, 5.14) against Helena at 9:05.
The little Reds were naughty on Friday, so they got spanked by the AZL Rangers, 10-3. Bad pitching and inconsistent hitting doomed 'em, and not much exciting happened.
They split a doubleheader with the Seminarians on Saturday, losing to the Padres 4-1 in the first game, and beating them 3-1 in the second. They managed just 3 hits in the loss, so let's move on. Gavin "As I Walk Through" LaValley was 1-2 with a pair of walks and a 2-run Gangsta's Paradise, and Jacob Constante, Pedro "Jr. Gong" Damian, and Jake "Hatchet" Paulsen all struck out 4 apiece. The Reds managed just 4 hits, but that's better than game 1!
No game on Sunday. They'll face the Mariners in a doubleheader tonight.