Louisville Bats 0, Gwinnett Braves 3
Jon "Capital One" Moscot tossed another quality start for the Bats in this one, managing yet again to turn a lot of baserunners into relatively few runs, allowing three to score in six innings on seven hits and two walks while fanning five. Kevin Shackelford pitched 2.2 scoreless innings behind him, with Dayan Diaz recording the final out for Louisville. I'm burying the lede a bit here, but the Bats got no-hit by Rob Wooten, Matt Marksberry and Jose Ramirez. The trio also didn't walk anybody, with the Bats only reaching base via one error.
Robert Stephenson (5-4, 3.93 ERA) will go the mound for Louisville on Friday. Maybe they'll find some offense by then.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 7
Rookie Davis was on the mound for this one and looked very Rookie Davis-y. He allowed two runs in six innings, yielding six hits and walking one while striking out three. His ERA sits at 2.67 for the year, while his K/9 sits at 4.22. Do with that information what you will. Caleb Cotham appeared in this one on a rehab assignment, which could have gone better - he faced four hitters, allowed all of them to reach base on two hits, one walk and one error, and three of them scored. Ouch.
Offensively, Jeff Gelalich was the main threat for the Wahoos in this one, smacking a double and a triple while driving in one and swiping a base. Sebastian "Lizard People" Elizalde and Juan "Duran" Duran each recorded a hit and an RBI as well.
Jackson Stephens (5-6, 3.19) will head to the mound when the Wahoos try to bounce back on Friday, with the game set for a 6:30 p.m. start.
The Tortugas were suspended because of rain. Damn.
Dayton Dragons 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2
BOARD THE DOORS THE DRAGONS HAVE A WINNINGS STREAK. Reydel Medina and Shed "Ed Shlong" Long brought out the big guns on Thursday, with Medina launching a 3-run homer in the eighth inning and Long dingering in solo fashion in the ninth, providing all the offense for the Dragons, but also all the offense it needed. That's thanks in large part to Jose Lopez being his excellent self once again, as he pitched seven innings of one run, two hit baseball, walking two and striking out six. Jesus Reyes notched the four-out save behind him.
Tanner Rainey (2-6, 5.88) will toe the rubber for Dayton on Friday against the West Michigan Whitecaps, with game time set for 7:00 p.m. I'd expect recent draftees Nick Senzel and Chris Okey to be in the lineup.
Billings Mustangs 1, Great Falls Voyagers 5
Taylor Trammell continued to look impressive in this one, doubling to provide the Mustangs' only extra base hit in a mostly punchless evening. Moises Nova got the start on the mound, and got picked apart pretty well, with all five runs being charged to him in just three innings of work. Carlos Machorro, Soid Marquez and "Other Uncle" Jesse Adams combined for six shutout innings behind him.
Billings will put its trust in Mystery Pitcher to get it done against Great Falls when they get going at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
AZL Reds 1, AZL Giants 0
I'm not trying to sound like one of those guys, so I'll just relay the information that's been presented to me. In the box score, and all the official scorebooks, it says that former first-round selection of the Detroit Tigers, Jonathon Crawford, actually started this game on the mound for the Baby Reds. I know, I know, hear me out. It says he pitched one scoreless inning, allowed one hit, and struck out two batters. I'm not some guy on the corner preaching about the end of the world. I'm just a dude acting as a middle man, giving y'all the information that's been given to me. I know nothing.
Ian Kahaloa *probably* came in to pitch in the second inning, the first of five shutout frames he hurled while striking out seven and allowing just two hits. Kahaloa has now thrown eight innings for the Baby Reds without allowing a run, and has a 10/1 K/BB. Greg Reinoso closed this one out with three scoreless innings to earn the save. Emmanuel Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double and the game's only RBI for the Baby Reds' offense.
The AZL Reds will take on the Giants again on Friday at 7:00 p.m. MST.