The Bats lost Friday night in a 13-inning pitcher's duel, falling 2-1 in 13 innings. Raisel Iglesias threw 5 strong in his MiLB debut, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. The Louisville bullpen held the Indians scoreless for 7 innings before Nick "Sister" Christiani blew the save and got tagged for the loss in the 13th. Steve Selsky had the only Bats XBH, going 2-6 with a double, and "Peabo" Bryson Smith had the only mother multi-hit game, going 3-5 with an RBI. Michael Lorenzen was used as a pinch hitter and struck out.
Louisville returned the favor on Saturday, beating the Indians 7-6 in extras on a walk-off. Chris Dominguez went 1-5 on the night, but made his one hit count, jacking a grand slam in the bottom of the 5th. Irving Falu "Kuti" went 2-5 and knocked in the winning run on a single in the 11th. Josh "Not Daniel Corcino" Smith got smacked around a bit, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 4.1 innings. Sam LeCure pitched 2.2 perfect innings with 2 K's, and even got a hit in his only AB. Good on ya, Sam.
The Bats game got banged on Sunday due to rain. No word on a makeup as of yet. The Bats will head to Toledo to face the Mudhens on Tuesday.
The Wahoos split a double header against the Tennessee Smokies on Friday. The 'Hoos lost the regularly scheduled game, falling victim to a 1-0 2-hit shutout in 7 innings. Daniel "Wilbur" Wright struck out 6 in 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk. Ryan "Orville" Wright went 1-2 with a double.
It took extra innings to decide the make-up game, but Pensacola pushed across 3 in the 9th to beat Tennessee 4-1. Timothy Adleman pitched 5 scoreless innings, fanning 5 and allowing just 2 hits. I'm going to be honest, I have no recollection of Adleman being in the Reds organization last year. The Wahoos offense had a great deal of help from 4 errors, managing only 6 hits on the night. Jesse Winker went 1-4 with his second double of the season, which is nice, I guess.
Pensacola got beat up on Saturday, losing 7-1 to Tennessee. The Wahoos were never really in this one, as "A Fish Called" Wandy Peralta gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings. He was followed by Jacob Johnson, who kept the hit parade going, giving up 3 runs in 1.1 innings of work. The offense struck out 10 times, and managed just 5 hits on the day.
The Wahoos had yet another rainout on Sunday, their third so far of this short season. They play tonight at 7:05 in Birmingham.
The Tortugas won on Friday, edging out the Tampa Yankees 6-5. Amir Garrett struggled early, giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings, before settling down for the next 3 innings. He finished the day with 6 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 7 hits over 5 innings. Phil Ervin had a huge day at the plate, going 3-4 with 3 doubles and a walk out of the leadoff spot. Our old pal El'Hajj Muhammad faced one batter, and got the win. Thom Brennaman later praised Hajjy for his TWTW.
Daytona had the bats working on Saturday, as they beat up on the Yankees 9-1. Alex "The Great" Blandino went 4-5 with a triple and 3 RsBI, while Sebastian "Monitor" Elizalde drove in 4 runs on a 2-5 day at the dish. Nick Howard struggled with his control, walking 5 batters in 5 innings, but he was able to dance around trouble with the help of 4 strikeouts, giving up only one unearned run. Joel "Kiss My Shiny Ass" Bender got the rare 4-inning save.
The Tortugas completed the weekend sweep on Sunday, beating the Yankees 7-2. "Uncle" Phil Ervin continued his hot start, going 2-4 with a double and a couple ribeyes. Jackson Stephens got the win, giving up just one run on 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5 in 5 innings.
Nick Travieso gets the start tonight as the Dunedin Blue Jays come to town for the start of a 3 game series.
The Dragons got outran by the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Friday, falling 4-3. Tejay "My" Antone gave up one run in the first, before cruising through the next 4.2 innings scoreless. The bullpen did their best impression of the big league pen, giving up a run in each of the last 3 innings.
Dayton beat up on the Lugnuts in Lansing Saturday, winning 9-3. Jose Ortiz provided some pop from the 9-spot, driving in a pair of runs on a 2-4 day with a double. Gavin "Lilly of the" LaValley went 2-4 with a walk and 3 RBI. Seth Varner struck out 6 in 6 innings, while allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits.
The Dragons were shutout on Sunday, losing 4-0 on a day they were able to muster just 5 hits. Mark Armstrong struck out 6 in 5 innings, but got knocked around for 10 hits and gave up 3 runs. Ultimately that was enough to sink the Dragons, whose offense took the day off.
The Dragons continue their series with the Lugnuts tonight, with Tyler "Darth" Mahle taking the hill for the series finale.