Robert "hopefully I have an exciting middle name" Stephenson took the mound for the Bats in this one. Through six innings of work he didn't run into any significant trouble. Syracuse came up with five singles and two walks off the Louisville starter, but they never moved a base runner past second. His final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, and 4 SO. The start lowered Stephenson's season ERA to 3.47.
Unfortunately, the offense struggled to take advantage. Louisville didn't get on the board until the top of the 7th. Brandon "not the Arkansas QB" Allen led off the inning with a double, but the next two hitters recorded outs. With two outs and a runner on second, the Bats sent Jermaine "Dupri" Curtis to the plate to pinch hit for Stephenson. Curtis drove in Allen with a single, and Louisville took a 1-0 lead.
The lead didn't last long as Syracuse scored three in the bottom of the inning. Matt "mo' money mo' problems" Magill replaced Stephenson on the mound, but he struggled to find similar success. Magill gave up two hits and a walk in the first four batters he faced, and "Magic" Wandy Peralta was brought in to try and stop the bleeding. Syracuse's Brian Goodwin immediately singled off of Peralta and drove home two runs. Later in the inning Syracuse scored one more on another single off of Peralta.
J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless eighth inning and struck out two. Louisville only accumulated six hits on the night, and Jesse Winker earned the only multi-hit game on the team. Louisville had their chances to score more runs, but they went 1-7 with RISP. Scott "Anthony" Schebler and Chris Berset both left three men on base.
Speaking of Winker, he has really turned it on in June. For the month he's hitting .471 with a 1.147 OPS.
Tonight Keyvius Sampson takes the mound for Louisville in Syracuse at 6:35 EST.
Amir "straight outta Victorville, CA" Garrett produced another strong start for the Blue Wahoos. Over six innings of work he only gave up three hits and two walks. He also struck out six and lowered his season ERA to 1.63. Jackson pushed one run across off of Garrett in the fourth inning. That run was aided by a Tony "Romas" Renda error in left field. Nick Routt, Kevin Shackelford, and Alejandro Chacin all pitched scoreless innings in relief.
On offense Pensacola produced two three-run innings to come up with the 6-1 win. In the top of the 3rd the Blue Wahoos opened the inning with four straight hits. Joe Hudson led off with a double, Zach Vincej singled, Tony "Rowdy" Renda hit a double of his own, and Sebastian "Four RBI" Elizalde also contributed a base knock. Later in the inning Kyle "Spiderman (wait it's Peter Parker isn't it? You would call me out on that nerd)" Parker got a base hit of his own to finish off the three run inning.
Pensacola tacked on three more runs in the top of the 8th. Zach Vincej led off the inning with a double, Tony Renda walked, and Sebastian Elizalde tripled in to right to drive home both runners. Elizalde would score the final run of the game on a Brandon Dixon sac fly.
Clearly Renda, Elizalde, and Vincej were the offensive starts in this one. Renda went 3-3 on the night with a walk, and in the process raised his batting average to .320. Elizalde came in at 2-4, but he contributed four of the Blue Wahoos six RBI. Vincej also went 2-4 and scored twice.
Sal Romano gets the start on Tuesday night for the Blue Wahoos. They'll be in Jackson once again with first pitch at 8:05 EST.
Daytona's game against Fort Myers was rained out. The Tortugas have an off-day today. Their next game will be Wednesday night against Palm Beach at 7:05 EST. Keury Mella is slated to get the start.
Dayton was off on Monday. They'll face South Bend on Tuesday night. Austin Orewiler makes the start for the 7:05 game.