The Bats dropped a tight one to their Ohio brethren on Monday, and a pile of former Reds played a big part in the 6-5 loss to the Columbus Clippers. Headline numero uno was Devin Mesoraco getting the start in LF, but he went 0 for 3 and fielded nary a live-action ball while naively patrolling the outfield. Jason "Red, White, And" Bourgeois - who is somewhat inexplicably also still on the 40-man roster - went 0 for 2 with a walk in his return to action after his shoulder injury. Josh Smith got the start and allowed just a pair of earned runs in 6.2 IP, Chris Dominguez went 2 for 4 with a dinger and 3 ribbies, and Yorman Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with a run scored to continue his hot streak.
That was the good news. The bad? Jumbo Diaz pitched the 9th and allowed a walk, 4 hits, 2 ER, and blew the save.
Tuesday is Mongo Day, as David Holmberg will take the hill for the Bats at 7:05 PM ET against Columbus mystery starter 'TBD."
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Wahoos were not playing the Biscuits, and that pisses me off since there's nothing I enjoy more than writing words about baseball and thinking about biscuits. Instead, they were busy blowing a late lead of their own to the Jacksonville Suns, one that left them on the wrong end of a 6-4 partido. Jesse Winker Blinkin' & Nod'd his way to a helluvan evening, going 3 for 4 with a solo dinger, Marquez Smith followed with a tidy 3 for 4 evening of his own, Kyle "Times Square" Waldrop went 2 for 3 with a walk, and Ryan Wright did not play but provided the kind of moral support that will make him very Skip Schumakerian at some point in the future.
Robert Stephenson will put his "best Reds prospect named Stephenson" reputation on the line for the 'hoos in Tuesday's game, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM CT against the non-Biscuits. Mmmm, Biscuits.
The Tugas continued the "blow a lead" pattern of their Farmy friends on Monday, as they took an early 3-0 command against the St. Lucie Mets before eventually losing 6-4. St. Lucie has a leadoff hitter named Yeixon, and that's worth noting despite my inability to provide any added value to the statement. Yeixon. Bravo. Phil "Trouble With The" Ervin went 1 for 4 with a double for Daytona, as did Sebastian "Schweinsteiger" Elizalde (who drove in a pair). Taylor Sparks went 2 for 4 with a run scored, Alex Blandino had a hit, Jeff "Not Gonna Work Here Anymore" Gelalich continued his descent into minor league fodder, and Brigadier General Jackson Stephens got shelled for 5 ER in 6.1 IP.
The good news: Nick "The Duck" Howard didn't walk anybody.
The bad news: Nick Howard didn't pitch.
Naughty Nick Travieso gets the nod for the Tugas for Tuesday's bout against St. Lucie, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
Every other Reds affiliate lost on Monday, so the Dragons decided they'd out-lose the rest of them. They traveled to Kane County, where they promptly got their butts whipped 11-4. Ronald "Gerald Fald" Bueno had a hit and a pair of ribbies, Gavin "All Ya Need Is" LaValley went 2 for 3 with a walk, but Khaleesi's babies couldn't do any more to back the rough outings from Tyler Mahle & Jeremy Kivel, each of whom yielded 4 ER.
The Dragons have an off day on Tuesday, but Wyatt Strahan will take the mound for them on Wednesday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers since there's never been a game I've ever noticed where Wyatt Strahan wasn't either pitching or scheduled for the next day.