The Bats got back to their winning ways against Scranton on Thursday night. A big reason for the win was Jon "money" Moscot's effectiveness on the mound. Over six innings he only surrendered 4 hits, and he held the RailRiders scoreless. He also struck out four and walked none. Steve Delabar threw a scoreless inning in relief. This was his first appearance in Louisville since he was designated for assignment last Saturday. "magic" Wandy Peralta and Jumbo Diaz chipped in with scoreless relief appearances as well.
On offense shortstop Carlos Triunfel led the charge with a three hit night. In the top of the second he drove in Steve "alka" Selsky on an infield single. Later in the fifth, he drove home Jesse "just playin" Winker with a double. Kyle Waldrop plated two runs on a double of his own. Jose Peraza, who also had three hits, picked up an RBI with a fourth inning single. In fact, Juan Perez and Scott Schebler were the only Bats starters who didn't have a hit.
Tomorrow night the Bats kick off a series against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. Robert "just a regular guy" Stephenson will take the mound for Louisville. Game time is set for 7:05 ET.
The Blue Wahoos got a quality start out of Sal "big cheese" Romano, but it wasn't enough to get the win last night. Romano went seven innings, struck out nine, allowed seven hits, and gave up three runs (two earned). Evan Mitchell gave up two more runs for Pensacola in the eighth, and Kyle McMyne surrendered another in the ninth. El'Hajj Muhammad recorded the final two outs of the game. He was the only Blue Wahoos pitcher not to allow a run.
For most of the game the only Pensacola run came off of a Kyler Parker solo home run in the fourth. However, the Blue Wahoos tried to mount a come back in the bottom of the eighth. Philip Ervin and Kyle "Peter's less famous brother" Parker led off the inning with walks. Brandon Dixon then loaded the bases with a single. The next hitter, Sebastian Elizalde, grounded out, but Ervin was still able to score on the play. Following the second out of the inning, Chad "to the window, to the" Wallach drove home both runners with a single.
Pensacola ended the game with only four hits, but they were able to draw seven walks on the night.
Tomorrow night Pensacola and Birmingham continue their series. Barrett Astin takes the mound for the Blue Wahoos at 7:30 ET.
Most of the offense in this one happened in the first two innings. Following that, no one scored for eleven innings until Tampa took the game in the 13th. Keury Mella gave up two runs in the first, but settled down from that point on. He finished with a line of 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 0 SO, and 2 ER. Alex "super" Powers, Nolan Becker, Jimmy Herget, and Brennan "san" Bernardino combined for 6.1 innings of shutout baseball. Notably, Herget struck out four in 2.1 innings. Tampa finally got the winning run off of Tortuga pitcher Nick Howard.
Daytona's offense got off to a quick start in the first. Ronald "muy" Bueno drew a walk and Aristides "the Greek philosopher" Aquino doubled to give them second and third with one out. Bueno scored on an Angelo Gumbs ground out. The Tortugas scored their final run of the game in the second when Jonathan Reynoso singled home Ty "president" Washington. That's not to say Daytona didn't have other chances. Taylor Sparks left six runners on base throughout the night, and Brian O'Grady stranded four. Blake Butler and Washington both contributed two hits a piece
Tomorrow night Daytona kicks off a series with Dunedin at 6:30 ET. The starting pitcher is TBD.
Dragons starter Tanner Rainey had a night to forget on Thursday. Over five innings he gave up seven hits, six earned runs, and walked four. By the end of the fourth Lake County held a 6-1 lead, but the Dragons offense wasn't done for the night.
In the fifth Mitch "don't lost the forest for the" Trees reached on a single, and Zack "I will be your hero" Shields followed that up by drawing a walk. Later, a Shed Long double scored both runners to cut Lake County's lead to 6-3. James Vasquez kept the rally going with a two run homer to bring Dayton within a run.
Unfortunately those were the last runs Dayton would score, and Lake County tacked on three more runs off of Ariel Hernandez. Sandy Lugo and Juan Martinez did pitch scoreless innings of relief for Dayton.
Long was clearly the offensive star of the game. He went 2-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Zack Shields contributed three hits of his own.
Dayton starts a new series with West Michigan tonight at 7:00 ET. Austin Orewiler will take the mound for Dayton.