The Bats got shutout on Friday, falling 3-0 to the Rochester Red Wings in a fairly uneventful contest. Raisel "Raise Hell" Iglesias had a 2-on, 2-out situation in the top of the first when he allowed a 3-run ding dong on a 2-strike count. That would end up being the only runs scored in the game. Iglesias finished the night with a line of 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Ryan "The Old Grey" LaMarre went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.
Louisville doubled up the Rochester Red Wings, winning 10-5 on Saturday in a game that was way more lopsided than the score makes it look. David Holmberg tossed his second straight solid start, allowing 1 run on 7 scattered and 3 walks, while striking out a pair of batters. The score was 10-1 when Mongo left the game, and it stayed that way until the 9th when Nick Christiani gave up 4 unearned runs. Yorman Rodriguez had a big night, going 2-4 with a double and a 3-run dinger.
The Bats won the rubber match on Sunday, beating Rochester 3-1. Jon Moscot threw 8 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 7 while allowing 3 hits and 2 walks. Ryan LaMarre and Yorman Rodriguez both went 1-3, with back to back dingers in the 5th inning.
The Wahoos blanked the Tennessee Smokies 3-0 at home to kick off their weekend. Josh "The Pitcher with the Thorn in his Side" Smith spun a gem, holding the Smokies scoreless for 5 innings on just 2 hits, while walking none and fanning 5. He even helped out his own cause, smacking an RBI single. Zack "Edel" Weiss picked up his first save in his first opportunity since being called up from Daytona. Beau Amaral scored 2 of the 3 Pensacola runs, going 2-3 with a triple.
P-Cola beat up on the Smokies again, winning 5-1. Jesse Winker has been swinging a better bat lately, and he continued that on Saturday; going 2-3 with a double, a walk and 2 stolen bases. Kyle Waldrop walloped a triple and drove in 2 runs on a 2-4 night with 2 K. "A Fish Called" Wandy Peralta gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 7 innings, striking out 4 with no walks.
Pensacola, Daytona, and Dayton all had the day off on Sunday.
Daytona edged out Devin Lohman and the Clearwater Threshers 2-1 on Friday. Sal "Pecorino" Romano danced around 8 hits and a walk, but gave up just 1 run over 6.2 innings while striking out 5 batters. Phil Ervin went 1-4 with a double and a run scored, and Alexander "the Great" Blandino went 1-4 with an RBI. El'Hajj tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing one baserunner on a walk with no strikeouts.
The Tortugas got thrashed by the Threshers Saturday, falling 7-0. Amir Garrett didn't have his best stuff, giving up 6 hits and 5 walks with just one K in 6 innings pitched, but kept Daytona in the game allowing only 2 runs. Unfortunately, the bullpen. The combination of Baine "Notwell" Howell and Evan "Mibby" Mitchell surrendered 5 runs in the final 2 innings. Junior Arias made his season debut, going 0-4 with a strikeout. Maybe one of these years he'll get promoted to AA.
Friday night saw the Dragons fall victim to a 4-3 loss against the West Michigan Whitecaps. Brian "Beef" O'Grady and Garrett Boulware each went 1-4 with a solo wanger. Wyatt Strahan struggled mightily with his control, walking 6 batters in 5 innings, but he allowed only 1 run while fanning 4. Incidentally, Garrett Boulware and Wyatt Strahan both sound like secondary characters from Gunsmoke. Errors ultimately doomed the Dragons with Scott Brattvet getting tagged with 3 unearned runs, and the loss, in 1.2 innings pitched.
Dayton squeaked past the Whitecaps on Saturday, winning 2-1. Tejay Antone was slicin' up eyeballs, fanning 7 batters and walking none in 6 innings pitched. His only run allowed was of the unearned variety. "Body By" Jake Paulson got the rare 3-inning save, as he tossed a perfect final 3 frames with 2 strikeouts. Jonathan Reynoso had the only multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double.