Brandon Finnegan made his debut for the Bats tonight, as the Reds hierarchy begin to try to stretch out the 2014 first round draft pick so that he can battle for a rotation spot in the big leagues as soon as next year. In 3 IP, the newest Reds kinda-prospect gave up 4 hits, 2 earned runs while walking none and striking out 4. Finnegan blew away folks for 3 Ks in the first inning in 13 pitches, but served up a long ball in the second. The stuff is clearly there and the numbers don't really matter at this point. But we're definitely going to have to wait and see. I'm excited.
Drew Hayes and Jose De "Yo" La "Tango" Torre combined for the rest of the game, allowing nothing and striking out 5 combined. Ryan LaMarre and Chris Dominguez combined for 4 hits (2 a piece), while Josh "666" Satin and Brennan Boesch were responsible for a hit a piece and all of the RBIs.
Up Next: Donn "Freddie" Roach goes for the Bats against the Toledo Mud Hens at 7:05 ET.
Josh "Boring Name" Smith went the whole way in this one all workhorse-like, allowing 8 hits, 3 earned runs with 4 strike outs and no walks. So that's pretty good. Unfortunately: the offense. The Wahoos bats collected 6 hits and did absolutely nothing with them. Yovan Gonzalez picked up 2 hits, while some other guys had only one. Green Brean Casserole struck out 3 times. This is forgettable and I suggest you all forget it, too.
Up Next: The final piece of the Cueto trade shows himself, as Cody Reed looks to make good impressions against the Lookouts at 7:15pm ET.
Okay, so Seth Varner wasn't terrible. In 4.2 innings pitched, the Dragonas pitcher gave up 8 hits but only 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 7 strike outs. "K"Evan Mitchell "is Batman" allowed only 1 run in his 1.1 innings of work, which wasn't earned, and "Not That" Carlos Gonzalez and Red Reporter favorite El'Hajj Muhammad gave up nothin'.
You know what I have nothin' to write about? The Daytona offense. Because they produced 1 hit. It was Taylor Sparxxx. That's it. That's all they did.
Up Next: General Jackson Stephens does what he always does: start a game after I write a Farmers Only. The offense behind him will try and get some damn hits against Fort Myers at 7:05 ET.
Junior "Lorna" Morillo was less than sharp tonight, allowing 5 earned runs in his 5 innings of work, walking 2 but striking out 5. Jacob "Record Skip" Ehret was ehret ehret, allowing 2 runs (only 1 earned) but walking 4 in 3 innings. Jimmy "T. Boone" Pickens and Aristides Aquino combined for 4 of the Dragons 7 hits (2 a piece) and also the only 2 RBIs (one a piece). They also both hit triples, so that's super neat. Gavin "Down In" LaValley had a hit and a walk.
Up Next: Jacob "His Name Was Robert" Paulson goes against South Bend at 7pm ET.
Jacob Constante started this one and allowed all of the Osprey runs in his 3.2 innings of work, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 2. Carlos "The Savage" Machorro spun 3 innings himself, allowing only one hit with his 2 strike outs. Sarkis Ohanian and Jake "Jingleheimer" Johnson finished out the game allowing nothing to secure the win for the 'Stangs. Hector Vargas was 2-5 with 3 RBI on the night, Kevin "K-Fran" Franklin added 2 hits with a deep stanger, and Ed Charlton chipped in with 2 hits, a double and a run scored.
Up Next: Tanner Rainey will get the call against Missoula at 9:05 ET.
The Baby Reds did well limiting their counterparts from Weez Country. Antonio "Banderas" Santillan started the game and pitched 2.2 innings of 0 run ball with 4 strike outs. Adrian "ADRIAN!" Rodriguez got the win, going 3.2 with 5 hits, allowing the only run (unearned) while striking out 5. Alexis "Lil" Diaz and Pedro Damian closed out the game for the AZL Reds. James Vasquez and Blake Butler combined for half of the Reds 12 hits, while Alberti Chavez knocked 3 hits of his own with 2 RBIs. Satchel McElroy had one hit on the night while possessing a plus-plus name tool. If there is one person I want to make it more than anyone else, it's Satchel McElroy.
Up Next: The AZL Reds will play baseball against the AZL Dodgers unless the Dodgers trades all of this team in the meantime. Find out at 10:00 ET.