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Farmers Only: The Byrd Flies Again

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In what seems to Reds fans to be a story straight out of a fairy tale, a Reds player shows signs of possibly getting healthy.

So much better than a turtle
So much better than a turtle
Drew Baden

Louisville dropped below .500, losing 3-1 to the Gwinnett Braves last night. "Bob" Dylan Axelrod went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs to take the loss.  Nick "Knack" Christiani allowed the third run in 1.2 innings of work.  The Bats just couldn’t muster enough offense despite three singles apiece from Steve "Alka" Selsky, Josh "Spawn of" Satin, and Jose "George" Constanza.  Next up is an off day for the Bats.

Pensacola dropped another one, losing 5-3 to Mobile.  The big news in this one was a rehab appearance by Marlon "Zoo" Bird.  He didn’t disappoint, driving in all three of the Blue Wahoo runs with an 8th inning blast to tie the game at 3.  Ben "Gil" Klimesh allowed the Bay Bears to score twice in the ninth though for the decisive runs.  Zach "da" Vincej went 3-5 from the leadoff spot, while the law firm of Winker, Waldrop, & Amaral each provided a couple of singles.  "Magic" Wandy Peralta has a solid outing, going 6.2 IP, allowing 2 runs (1 ER) and striking out 5.  Southern League All-Star Tim Adleman takes his sterling 2-6 record to the mound against Mobile tonight.

Daytona had a chance to clinch the FSL North tonight, but they lost 9-5 to Ft. Myers.  Couple that with Clearwater’s win, and the Dragonas Tortugas magic number remains at 1.  Alex Blandino was 2-3 with a 2B and a BB, but the rest of the team could muster only 3 singles despite scoring 5 times.  Four Daytona pitchers combined to walk 9 batters, 6 coming from starter Sal Romano.  Barrett Astin "Martin" is on the bump for the Tortugas against Ft. Myers "Briggs"  tonight.

Dayton knocked off South Bend, 3-1, for the second night in a row.  Tonight was Tejay "TJ" Antone’s turn to put up a stellar outing without being overpowering.  He struck out just 2 batters, but he lasted 8.2 IP to pick up the win. Brian Hunter got the last out for the save.  Brian "Beef" O’Grady (2-4), Paul Kronenfeld, and Jimmy "Nose" Pickens each tripled in the game, but combined for 0 RBI.  Jonathan "Can You Smell the" Reynoso drove in two runs in a 2-3 night, and Ronald "Here is" Bueno supplied the third.  The teams brawled after a play at the plate, and three players were ejected from each side as a result.  Must have been a doozy.  Seth Varner looks to shut down South Bend tonight in what I continue to hope will be his last start before beginning life as a Dragona.