The Bats got roughed up on Friday, falling 7-3 to the Rochester Red Wings. Keyvius Sampson made his second start for the Bats, tossing 5 innings of 2-run ball, striking out 5 and walking 4. Sam LeCure got rocked in 1 inning of work, allowing 5 earned runs on 4 hits and a walk, while striking out none. The offense struggled, scratching out 9 hits, none of the extra-base variety.
Friday was bad, but Saturday's game was even worse as the Bats got spanked 10-1. David "Mongo" Holmberg got beat like a rented mule, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. But hey, at least he didn't falcon walk a guy. Jose "Can't Stand Ya" Constanza drove in the only Louisville run, going 1-4 with a double.
The Bats salvaged the weekend, winning 3-2 on Sunday. Newly acquired Matt "Roster Filler" Buschmann picked up the win, striking out 6 while allowing 2 runs over 7 innings. Josh "Hail" Satin went 1-4 with a 2-run dinger, and Ryan "Hedy" LaMarre went 1-3 with a solo shot.
Dylan "From a Buick 6" Axelrod takes the hill tonight as the Bats head to Scranton tonight at 7:05.
The Wahoos completed the suspended game from Thursday, turning a 1-0 lead to a 3-2 loss on Friday night. Timothy Adleman tossed 3 scoreless innings before the game was stopped. Blaine Howell threw 4 innings, giving up a run on 2 hits, while striking out 1 batter. Carlos Gonzalez got tagged with the loss after giving up 2 unearned runs in the 9th. "Uncle" Jesse Winker went 2-5 with a pair of singles.
In the regularly scheduled contest, the Wahoos rode another strong start from Robert Stephenson to a 4-2 win. Bob Steve threw a 7 inning complete game, striking out 10 batters and walking 1 while allowing 2 runs on 2 solo home runs. After a rough 2014 and a shaky start to this season, it's fantastic to see Stephenson knocking on the door to AAA right now. Seth Mejias-Brean was the hero of the day however, as he came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th and honked a 3-run-pinch-hit-walk-off wanger.
Pensacola lost 6-2 on Saturday. Daniel Wright struck out 6 batters and walked none in 4.2 innings, which is pretty good! Unfortunately, he gave up 6 runs on 7 hits including a pair of 2-run dingers. Ray Chang drove in both Wahoo runs, going 1-3 with a double.
The Bay Bears beat up on the Wahoos again on Sunday in an 11-4 game. Jacob "Jingleheimer" Johnson caught a bad case of dingeritis, giving up 3 home runs in 4 innings. His final line of the day was an unfortunate 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. Marquez "Glove in the Time of Cholera" Smith went 1-4 with a 2-run honk job.
The Wahoos have the day off today for the Southern League All Star break.
The Tortugas had the weekend off for their All Star Break. Phil Ervin and Alex Blandino both went 0-2 in the game.
The Dragons lost Friday's contest to Lake County 4-3. Josh Smith pitched a perfect first inning before handing things over to Tyler "Good Golly Miss" Mahle. Mahle looked good aside from a 4-run (2 earned) 4th inning, striking out 6 and walking none in 6 innings. Brian "Beef" O'Grady drove in a pair of runs, going 2-5 with a triple.
Dayton walked off a winner on Saturday, beating the Lake County Captains 9-8 in 10 innings. The pitching was quite obviously not very good. Fortunately, the offense. Brian O'Grady did some serious heavy lifting, driving in 5 runs on two ding dongs. Jose Ortiz also went 2-5 with a single and a 2-run wanger. Paul Kronenfeld went 2-2 with 2 doubles, including the walk off hit.
The Dragons had another extra inning walk off victory, winning 5-4 in 11, or did they? The game ended in controversy, with Lake County claiming that Paul Kronenfeld, who was on first base when the walk off single was hit, never touched second and that he was forced out to end the inning. The Captains filed an official protest with the league. Gavin LaValley went 4-6 with 2 doubles and a dinger and scored the winning run. Junior Morillo got the start for the Dragons, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 4 and walking 1 in 6 innings.
The Dragons are off for their All Star Break.
The Mustangs were rained out on Friday.
Billings beat the Missoula Osprey 4-2 on Saturday night. First round pick Tyler Stephenson went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Brantley "Stringer" Bell drove in a run, going 3-4 with a double. Jordan "Hell's Kitchen" Ramsey made his professional debut, tossing 2perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.
The Mustangs lost on Sunday, falling 5-2 to the Osprey. The offense managed just 5 hits on the day, with their only run coming from a Mitch Trees solo home run. Jacob Constante "Gardener" gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in 4.2 innings, while striking out 4. The other Jake Johnson struck out 2 and walked 1 in a scoreless 9th inning.
Tanner Rainey makes his debut tonight at 9:05 as the Mustangs continue their series against Missoula.
The AZL Reds kicked off their season on Saturday night, losing 10-8 to the Lil' Indians. Jesus "Take the Wheel" Reyes made his professional debut, giving up 2 unearned runs while striking out 4 and walking 1 in 3.2 innings. Reyes was signed out of junior college last year after going undrafted in the amateur draft. He's a 22 year old Dominican righty that can apparently touch the upper 90's with his fastball. Juan "Duran" Duran made his season debut going 2-3 with a 3-run dinger.
The Jr. Reds exacted their revenge on the Indians Sunday, winning 8-4. Argenis Aldazoro drove in 3 runs, going 1-2 with 2 walks. Juan Duran went 2-4 with 2 RsBI. Cory Thompson went 2-3 with a walk. Wendolyn Bautista picked up the win, allowing 3 unearned runs in 4.2 innings, while striking out 6 and walking none.
The AZL Reds host the Royals tonight at 10:00.