Louisville delivered some big news last night. Sunday, August 31 will be Corky Miller Night. If you have not heard, Corky Miller "unofficially" retired in May. Since then, he has been working as a roving catching instructor for the minor leagues. Louisville will be retiring his #8 jersey as well as giving away commemorative posters to the first 2,500 fans through the gate. Corky is one of the best guys to play the game and a general folk hero around these parts. If you have time to go, make your way to Louisville to cheer on The 'Stache. On to the games.
Louisville got a run in the first inning and never looked back, beating Rochester 1-0. Dylan "Polished His" Axelrod picked up the win with a complete game shutout. In 9 innings he gave up 1 hits, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. /JazzHands. The lone run was scored when Jason Bourgeois, Jake "The Lake" Elmore, and Thomas Neal led off the game with singles. Neftali Soto grit'd hard and hit a double play ball to score the run. When you play the game the right way, RBI's means squat. Thomas Neal also had two walks. Louisville doesn't play until Thursday when Brett Marshall looks to get his ERA under 8.
The Pensacola Blue Boohoos were off tonight, and I'm an idiot for thinking they were playing. I wrote half a game summary until I realized it was the same from yesterday. Takes a major sip of coffee and yawns.
Bakersfield busted out their 'whoopin sticks on Tuesday night and busted San Jose right in the kisser with a 8-2 victory. Daniel "Much Cool Than Ryan" Wright continued his hot streak by carrying a no hitter into the 8th inning. His final line was 7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, but he did give up a 2 run homer. Good game, though. El"hajj "Don't Color Me" Muhammad pitched 1.2 IP, but walked 3 and only struck out 1. All Bakersfield hitters but Beau Amaral (who had a walk), Brent Peterson, and Yovan Gonzalez had multi-hit games. There were three wangers hit by Jeff "Peanut Butter" Gelalich (2 run) and Old Marquez Smith (3 run), and Sebastian Elizarde (Solo). Sean Lucas starts tonight.
Dayton told their offense to stay home tonight in a 2-1 loss to Great Lakes. Well, I guess someone showed up because they did score one run. Whatevs. Jackson "Dixie" Stephens pitched 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Nolan Backer and Alejandro Chacin also had scoreless appearances from the pen. Becker pitched 3 innings. Everyone talks about Chacin, but Becker's ERA is 1.26. He has a 10.0 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9. Alex Blandino had a double and a walk. Avain Rachal hit a solo homer. Amir Garrett takes the mound tonight.
Billings got the best of Grand Junction with a 6-2 victory. Luke Moran had a good start (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR). He was hittable, and for some power, but 2 runs is 2 runs. Jacob "Broody" Moody (1 IP, 0K), Mike Saunders (1 IP, 1 K), and Brian Hunter (2 IP, 3K) had scoreless appearances. Only Alberti Chavez had a multi hit game with 2 singles. Everyone in the game had a hit, and there were some clutch extra base hits. Aristides had a double. Kevin Franklin had a RBI double. Taylor Sparks had a RBI triple and a walk. Garrett "Tupperware" Boulware had a single and a walk. Teehee Tejay Antone will start tonight.
The AZL Reds have a winning streak after they beat the D-Backs 3-2. The pitching stud of the game was Ty Boyles. He went 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 5 K. Wagner Gomez also had a scoreless appearance. Jose Siri led off the game, going 2 for 4 with a double. Narciso Crook also went 2 for 3 with a triple, RBI, and a walk. The AZL Reds will face off against AZL Cubs tonight.