The Bats kicked off the weekend with a hit parade, beating the MudHens 8-5 on Friday. The Bats had 15 hits on the day, with 4 of them coming off the bat of Brennan "Who's the" Boesch. Boesch went HAM on the Hens, going 4-4 with a double, a walk, and 5 RBI. Irving Falu "Kuti" had 4 hits on the day as well, going 4-5 with 4 singles. Donn "Papa" Roach wasn't great, but he didn't really need to be, giving up 5 runs over 7.1 innings with 4 strikeouts and a walk.
Louisville won a pitcher's duel against Toledo on Saturday, squeaking out a 1-0 victory. Matt "Check Out Her" Buschmann did the damn thing, tossing a complete game shutout with just 4 hits while striking out 4 batters. Josh "Hail" Satin drove in the only Bats run, going 1-1 with a single and 2 walks
The Bats made it a weekend sweep, beating Toledo 4-3 in a 14 inning marathon. Robert Stephenson plundered the MudHens, tossing 6 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 5 and walking 2. Bob has been lights out since his call up to AAA, sporting a 2.25 ERA through his first 6 starts. And that's with a 6-run clunker thrown in there as well. Sam LeCure threw 4 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just 1 baserunner and striking out 1 batter. Adam Duvall went 2-6 with a solo dinger in his first game as a member of the organization.
Pensacola won on Friday, besting Chattanooga 4-1. The big story in this one was Cody Reed making his Reds debut, as well as his AA debut. The young southpaw looked sharp, giving up 1 run in the first inning before settling down for 6 scoreless frames. Reed finished the night with a final line of 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 2 BB. Juan Duran who's still swinging a hot bat, went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Zach "Berliner" Weiss picked up the save, tossing a perfect 9th with 3 strikeouts.
The Wahoos whooped the Lookouts on Saturday, winning 8-1. Barret "Martin" Astin cruised through 7.1 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 9, walking 4, and allowing just 2 hits. Juan Duran had another big night at the plate, driving in 4 runs and belting 2 doubles on a 3-5 night. Marquez Smith went 2-4 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI. Jesse Winker went 1-4 with a double and 3 runs scored.
Pensacola lost 5-4 in the opening game of their series against the Jacksonville Suns. Daniel Wright didn't have his best stuff, allowing 3 runs over 5.2 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks. Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with 2 doubles and a walk. Juan Perez went 2-4 with a double and a stolen base.
Daytona beat up on the Ft. Myers Miracle, winning 8-1. Jackson Stephens was slicing up eyeballs on Friday, tossing 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 5 batters. Stephens is quietly putting together a nice little season. Sebastian Elizalde drove in a pair, going 2-4 with a triple. Joe "'36" Hudson went 1-4 with a 2-run wanger, and Phil Ervin went 1-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.
For what feels like the 100th time this season, Daytona had their game postponed due to rain on Saturday. They played a double header on Sunday, which the Tortugas swept, shutting out Ft. Meyers in both 7-inning games.
In game one, the Tortugas won 3-0. Nick Routt got the start, and tossed 6 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and walking 2 while allowing 2 base hits. Sebastian Elizalde and Chad Wallach both went 1-3 with a double in the first inning which would end up being all the scoring this game would see.
Daytona won in a 7th inning walkoff in the nightcap, beating the Miracle 1-0. The Tortugas used this as a bullpen game, with Scott Brattvet, Evan Mitchell "Is Batman", and Carlos Gonzalez combining for the shutout. Alex Blandino went 2-3 with a double. Junior Arias had the game winning hit, driving in Ronald Bueno on a single to right.
The Dragons took care of business against the South Bend Cubs on Friday, winning 6-1. Jake Paulson had yet another nice night on the mound, striking out 7 batters in 7 scoreless innings while allowing just 5 hits and no walks. Cory Thompson went 1-2 with a solo dinger and Luis "CK" Gonzalez drove in a pair, going 3-4 with a double.
Dayton lost a late lead on Saturday, falling 5-4 to the Baby Bears. Tyler "Darth" Mahle had his strikeout pitch working, fanning 8 batters and walking just 1 over 6 innings, but he got tagged for 3 runs on 3 hits in the no decision. Conor "Sauer" Krauss blew the save in the 9th and got tagged with the loss after giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Narcisco "By Hook or By" Crook went 1-3 with a 2-run dinger, and Aristides Aquino drove in a pair of runs on 2 well placed singles.
The Dragons made it a losing weekend, falling 7-2 to the Cubs on Sunday. Wyatt Strahan struck out 9 and walked none over 7 innings, but got knocked around for 3 runs on 8 hits. Ty Sterner blew the game open in the 8th, giving 2 hits, a walk, a HBP and a grand salami. Argenis Aldazoro had the only multi-hit game for the Dragons, going 2-4 with an RBI.
The Mustangs couldn't make it an organizational sweep on Friday, as they lost 5-4 to Missoula. Tanner "Hardly Knew Her" Rainey struck out 6 batters over 4.2 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. Unfortunately, the bullpen. Soid Marquez gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks over 1.1 innings. Ed Charlton was a single away from the cycle, going 3-4 with a double, a triple, and a home run while driving in 3 runs.
Billings out dueled the Osprey on Saturday, winning 4-2 over Missoula. Reydel Medina was funky cold, honking 2 solo wangers on a 2-4 night. He's sporting a mighty fine .557 slugging percentage as we enter the final month of the season. "Sugar" Shane Mardirosian went 3-4 with a solo dinger of his own. Jordan "Hell's Kitchen" Ramsey threw 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 3 and striking out 3.
The Mustangs shut out Missoula on Sunday, winning 5-0. Jose Lopez struck out 8 batters in 4 innings, walking 2 and allowing 2 hits. Sarkis Ohanian struck out 4 in 3 innings of relief, and Austin Orewiler struck out 3 over the final 2 innings. Tyler Stephenson went 1-3 with a 2-run double. Shane Mardirosian went 2-5 with a triple and an RBI.
Had their game Friday postponed due to rain.
The Reds faced off against the Dodgers on Saturday and won 5-1 with the help of 4 Dodger errors. Ian Kahaloa, the Reds' 5th round pick out of Hawaii, tossed a gem - striking out out 7 batters over 4 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and no walks. That's about as good of a start as you'll see in the AZL. Jose Siri had the only XBH of the game for the Reds, going 1-2 with a double. Blake Butler drove in the only 2 earned runs, going 1-3 with a single.
The AZLiens had the day off Sunday.