The Bats found themselves on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel in Norfolk, with Elih Villanueva and the Tides bullpen outlasting Matt Buschmann's Bats. Buschmann lasted just 5 innings, giving up a pair of runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2 batters. Sam LeCure struck out 1 in his only inning. The Bats managed only 3 hits on the night, with Ryan LaMarre accounting for 2 of those hits, going 2-3 with a solo dinger. He also had the team's only walk.
Up Next: Bobby Steve takes the hill as the Bats kick off a series in Durham at 7:05 ET.
The Wahoos attempted a late comeback, but fell short in Jacksonville. Pensacola pitching was lucky to allow only 5 runs after giving up 8 hits and 11 walks on the night. Barrett Astin got tagged with the loss, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 2 in 3 innings. Marquez "Glove in the Time of Cholera" Smith went 2-2 with a double, a triple and 2 walks. Kyle Skipworth and "Peabo" Bryson Smith both honked late inning dingers.
Up Next: Daniel Wright faces off against the Birmingham Barons at 7:35 ET.
Nick Travieso made his return to the mound on Thursday night, giving up a run in 2 innings while walking 4 and striking out 1 in his first start since June 15th. Seth Varner followed Naughty Nick and struck out 9 in 6 innings, but allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. The Tortugas only managed 2 hits on the night. Chad Wallach had the only extra-base hit of the game, going 1-3 with a double.
Up Next: Jackson Stephens gets the start as the Turtles head to Lakeland at 6:30 ET.
The Dragons fell victim to a 9th inning walkoff in a back and forth affair in Cedar Rapids. Junior "Mint" Morillo managed just 3.2 innings, as he got knocked around for 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4 batters. Jeremy Kivel came on in relief, and his 4.1 innings pitched was by far his longest of the season. Kivel kept the Kernels off the board, striking out 4 batters while allowing 2 hits and a walk. On the offensive side, Gavin LaValley drove in a pair of runs on a 3-5 night, and Jimmy "Slim" Pickens drove in 1 going 3-5 with a pair of doubles.
Up Next: Tyler "Darth" Mahle takes on the Quad City River Bandits tonight at 8:05.
Franderlyn Romero made it though 4 innings, giving up a pair of runs on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 4 batters. He was followed by Soid Marquez, and the wheels promptly fell off. Marquez gave up 6 earned runs in just 1.2 innings on 4 hits and 3 walks with a pair of strikeouts thrown in for good measure. Brantley "Saved by The" Bell went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. The young second baseman is putting together a nice little season for himself, slashing .323/.377/.451 in 133 AB.
Up Next: Tanner Rainey toes the rubber against the Raptors tonight at 9:05.
The only team in the organization to get a win last night were the Jr. Reds of the Arizona League. Antonio Santillan got the start, tossing 3.2 innings of 1-run ball, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 3. Afredo Mena picked up the rare 4-inning save, striking out 6 while allowing a run on 2 hits. Jake Turnbull and Raul Wallace both went 2-4 with a double.
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