The Bats were shutout in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, probably because they were too busy trying to say their opponents' name three times in a row quickly. It was no dominant starting prospect that did the deed, either, as Scranton starter Tyler Olson only made it through 4 IP. "David Allan" Cody Reed was on the bump for the Bats, and he did what he could in another impressive outing, tossing 6 IP of 2 ER ball, striking out 6 against just 4 hits and a lone walk. Jesse "Trent Rosecrans" Winker walked twice, and that was roughly it from the Bats' bats.
The second game of the set didn't provide any additional fun, as this time it was "Horton Hears A" JJ Hoover doling out all 4 runs in the Top of the 7th after a stellar start by AJ "Less is" Morris. Morris scattered 6 hits over his 6 scoreless innings, walking none while striking out one, but that was quickly flushed when the ghost of Reds' bullpen past reared its hideous head. The Bats tallied just four hits, one of which was a double from "Jon Mo" Scott Schebler, and that was about the extent of the fun-having for the evening.
Josh "ucks" Smith will take the mound for the Bats on Thursday at Slugger Field, with the RailRiders once again the foe. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.
Them Wahoos pipp'd the Braves late in this one, plating 3 runs in the Bottom of the 8th after having been held in check prior to that point. Phil "Up the Stat Sheet" Ervin again led the charge, going 2 for 3 with a double, walk, stolen base, and run scored, and he was backed by Brandon "Jimi Hen" Dixon's 2 for 4, RBI evening. Amir "Fleshwound" Garrett was on the hill for Pensacola in this one, and he spun yet another gem, lowering his season ERA to 1.51 in the process. He K'd 6, walked 3, and allowed just 4 hits in his 6 IP, and once the Super-two issues are allayed allowing Robert "Ernie" Stephenson and Cody Reed - among potentially others - to join the big league Reds, I'd wager that Garrett's going to find a ticket to AAA Louisville in short order.
Pensacola will head to Jacksonville to open a set on Thursday. "Pen" Sal Romano will get the starting nod, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
The 'tugas also struck late in this one, scoring 3 runs in the Top of the 7th and another in the Top of the 8th to steal one from the Stone Crabs. It's almost 9:30 PM MT, and I'm slapping keys on my keyboard talking about "stealing one from the Stone Crabs," in case you need any more evidence that minor league baseball is the absolute best. Avain "Stays Mainly on the Plane" Rachal went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, Jonathan "'tHan" Reynoso doubled and drove in a pair, and Blake Trahan singled to extend his on-base streak to, what, 23 games? Well done. Tejay "Tony, Toni" Antone picked up the win after a solid 8 IP.
Durable swingman TBD will be on the hill for Daytona at 6:35 PM ET tomorrow when they tangle again with those pinchy Stone Crabs.
Of course the bulk of the farm's offense came via the Dayton Dragons on Thursday, since they entered play having scored a grand total of a run or two all season. Tyler "Hardly Even Knew Her" Stephenson clubbed a grand slam as part of a 3 for 6, 5 ribbie day, and that was buttressed by a 2 for 5, 3 ribbie day from "Big Game" Zack Shields, a solo dinger from Shed Long, and a 2 for 5 afternoon from Reydel "Made It Out of Clay" Medina. Unfortunately, the pitching, which was lit up from top to bottom.
Franderlin Romero will toe the rubber for Dayton against the Captains on Thursday, with first pitch set for 6:30 PM ET.