Louisville Bats 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Bats were buoyed by the return to the mound of Robert Stephenson, and Bob Steve put the Freekbass back into the bump of the Cincinnati Reds future once again. Bob tossed a scoreless 4 innings, and while he wasn't dominant throughout, it was great grand beautiful to see him healthy and throwing darts after his recent forearm scare. Layne "Rooster" Somsen backed him with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, and a dinger from Juan "Hi-Ho" Silva provided all the offense an otherwise shutdown Louisville staff would need.
Uber-prospect "TBD" will take the mound for Louisville opposite Chris Volstad and Indianapolis at 7:05 PM ET on Friday.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 11, Mississippi Braves 8
The Hoos rode a 5-run 8th inning to a comeback win over the Braves on Thursday, and several of the biggest Cincinnati Reds prospects played a part in the process. Alex "Skipped the Light" Blandino went 1 for 3 with a walk, a double, and 3 runs scored, and Jesse "Blynken" Winker backed him in the lineup with a line that could only be described as Vottonian: 2 for 2 with 3 walks, 3 runs scored, and 4 ribbies. Not to be completely outshined, Phil Ervin backed-up Winker with a 1 for 3 evening that also featured a walk and a ribeye. "Bob Bob Bob, Bob" Juan Duran dingered and drove in an full hand of Blue Wahoos for good measure in a solid overall offensive burst.
Daniel Wright will take the rubber on Friday evening at *:05 PM ET as the Jackson Generals will be the Blue Wahoos' foe.
Daytona Tortugas 3, Tampa Yankees 6
It wasn't the best of nights for Nick Travieso, as the former 1st round draftee allowed 5 ER in 6 IP while yielding more walks (4) than strikeouts (3). Seth Varner did pick up his starter with 2 scoreless, hitless innings that featured 3 K's and nary a walk, but at the plate only Chad Wallach, Brian O'Grady, and Junior"Age of" Arias managed to reach base more than once, and that obviously wasn't enough.
General Jackson Stephens will toe the bump when the Tortugas take on the Tampa Yanks again Friday at 7:05 PM ET.
Dayton Dragons 6, Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
The Dragons put together a late-game comeback to top the Camaros from Bowling Green, and the victory put the A-ballin' Reds four games over the .500 mark on the season. Leadoff hitter Shedric Long "But Distinguished" smacked a pair of hits, Luis Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a ribbie and 2 runs scored, and Jonathan Reynoso went 2 for 3 with a triple and a pair of runs driven in.
Jake Paulson will take the mound for the Dragons on Friday.
Billings Mustangs 8, Great Falls Voyagers 2
Shane Mardirosian had himself quite the evening with a 2 for 3, 2 walk, 3-run dinger performance, and Reydel "The Funky Homosapien" Medina chipped in with a Votto-esque 1 for 1, 2-walk, 3-run, solo dinger evening to help the Mustangs turn back Lewis & Clark. For good measure, Medina chipped in with his 13th steal of the season, as well.
Tanner "He Hardly Knew Her" Rainey will get the ball for the Mustangs on Friday, with first pitch set for 7 PM MT.
The Arizona League Reds did not play on Thursday, probably because both would-be teams were investigating the Land of the Endless Strip Mall.