The Bats beat out our old pals Ramon Santiago, Chris Dickerson, and the Buffalo Bisons 2-1. "Shady" Layne Somsen tossed 4 scoreless innings in his AAA debut, striking out 6 and walking one while allowing a pair of hits. Steve Selsky had a nice day at the dish, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles. Jermaine Curtis went 1-3 with a solo dinger in the first, and Ourman kept on trucking, going 2-4 with 2 singles.
Louisville got knocked around on Saturday, losing 11-6 to the Bisons. Poor pitching performances from Donovan "Mr." Hand (2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) and Carlos "Quite" Contreras, who gave up 4 runs without recording an out in the 8th inning, ultimately proved too much for the Bats to handle. Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double though, which is nice.
The Bats secured the series win on Sunday, beating the Bisons by a score of 8-4. Dylan "Cleats of Spanish Leather" Axelrod allowed 2 runs on a pair of solo dingers over 6.2 innings, striking out 3 and walking none. Eugenio Suarez had himself a day, going 3-3 with a double and a triple, while driving in 3 and scoring 3. Yorman drove in 3 runs as well, going 3-4 with 3 singles.
The Wahoos snatched defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to a bullpen meltdown (sound familiar?), losing 5-4 in 10 innings. "Uncle" Jesse Winker was a ripper, going 3-5 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Kyle Waldrop went 2-4 with a solo wangshot. Kyle McMyne blew the save, giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning before Kevin "Rusty" Shackleford gave up the walk off run in the 10th.
Pensacola got one-hit by the Jacksonville Suns and lost 5-1. The Suns had a no-hitter going into the 7th inning when Jesse Winker knocked a triple. He was then driven in on a Kyle Waldrop sacrifice. Wandy Peralta got the start, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
The Suns completed the sweep on Sunday, beating the Wahoos 8-7. Keyvius Sampson is still working his strand rate magic, as he gave up just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. He did strike out 6 batters, though. The duo of McMyne and Shackleford once again blew the save and got tagged with the loss, just the other way around this time. Jesse Winker had a rough go of it, going 0-5 with a strikeout. Ray Chang had a nice day at the dish, going 3-3 with 3 runs scored and 2 walks.
The Tortugas lost in walk-off fashion on Friday as well, falling 7-6 to Lakeland. Sal "Santo" Romano sputtered out in the second inning, allowing 5 runs in the frame. All in all, he made it through 5 innings with just 5 runs, striking out 5 and walking 3. Sebastian Elizalde drove in 4 runs, going 2-4 with a double. Alexxandre Blandino did his best Joey Votto impression, going 1-2 with 3 walks. Daytona had the lead in the bottom of the 9th before El'Hajj coughed up a pair of runs and got tagged with the loss. Dang.
Daytona rallied late to sneak past the Flying Tigers, winning 3-2. Barrett Astin tossed 7 innings of 2-run ball, striking out 3 and walking 2 while allowing 6 hits. Junior Arias went 2-4 with a double and a dinger, while Phil Ervin went 2-4 with 2 singles. Nick Howard got the save despite allowing a pair of hits.
The Tortugas had the day off on Sunday.
The Dragons took the LumberKings to the woodshed on Friday, beating Clinton 17-7. Obviously, the offense had themselves a day, banging out 18 hits - including 5 doubles, 3 triples and a dinger. Luis Gonzalez drove in 5 runs on a 2-6 night with a pair of doubles. Jonathan Reynoso went 4-6 with a pair of triples, Gavin "Hidden" LaValley went 3-6 with 2 doubles, a triple and 3 RBI. All said, not a single Dragon starter went hitless on the day.
The Dragons were doomed by poor pitching and bad defense, falling 8-5 to the Kane County Cougars. Tejay Antone struggled through 5 innings, giving up 7 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out one batter. Ronnie "Be" Bueno went 3-4 with three singles and scored 2 runs from the leadoff spot. Brian "Beef" O'Grady drove in a pair of runs with a well timed single on a 1-5 night.
Dayton lost again on Sunday, dropping the final game 8-5. Seth "Time" Varner slogged through 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk, while striking out 4. He was replaced by Jake Paulson who gave up 3 runs in 3 innings of relief work. No one on the Dragons had a multi-hit game, but Ron Good did go 1-4 with a triple.