The Bats were off on Monday, and they will be off again on Tuesday in the run-up to Wednesday's Triple-A All Star Game in Charlotte between the International League and Pacific Coast League. Jermaine "The Breaks" Curtis will be the lone Bat in attendance.
Awh, shucks. Biloxi plated a pair of runs in the Top of the 7th to pull away from the 'Hoos on Monday, spoiling what had otherwise been a damn solid start from General Jackson Stephens. Jack Steve's final line was still respectable, though, as he fired 6.2 innings of 5 hit, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K ball. Pensacola cranked out 8 hits and 3 walks on the evening, but just couldn't get enough to cross the plate. Alex "Ington" Blandino went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, Joe Hudson had a 2 for 4 evening with a run scored, and Jeff "Pastrami" Gelalich chipped in with a pinch hit to raise his AA average to a saucy .326.
Sal Romano will probably see his record move to 1-11 on Tuesday against Biloxi, with first pitch set for 7:30 PM ET.
Daytona 9, Charlotte 2
Daytona littered the box score with 13 hits in a thrashing of the Stone Crabs on Monday, and it was the usual suspects in the middle of the order providing much of the pop. Gavin "Thunder in" LaValley went bonkers with a 3 for 4 night that included a double and four ribbies, "Prince of" Aristides Aquino bonked his 13th dinger of the season, and a rehabbing Yorman Rodriguez went 2 for 2 with a run scored. That helped back an iffy yet effective start by Wendolyn "Stefani" Bautista, who allowed just a singled earned run in 5.1 while scattering 9 hits.
TBD will be on the mound when the Tortugas play again on Wednesday against St. Lucie at 7:30 PM ET.
Dayton 4, Great Lakes 0
Jose "Can You See" Lopez was nails on the mound for the Dragons as the driving force behind their shutout on Monday, tossing 6 scoreless innings of 2 hit, 3 BB, 7 K ball to notch his 6th win of the season. Nick Senzel continued to blast A-ball pitching with another 2 for 3 night (that featured a double and 2 runs scored), James Vazquez doubled twice and drove in 3 runs, and Reydel "Curry" Medina brushed off striking out 3 times by blasting a solo dinger in his other PA. Senzel has hit .350/.435/.500 in his first 46 PA since joining Dayton - not bad, not bad, not bad.
Tanner "Hardly Even Knew Her" Rainey will start when the Dragons next play on Wednesday against Beloit, with first pitch set for 7:00 PM ET.
Billings 10, Helena 0
The Mustangs also hopped on the shutout train on Monday, drilling Helena in a thorough offensive drubbing. Mitch "Dank" Trees dingered, drove in 3, and scored twice to pace the offense - which also got 2 hit nights from Alejo "Tolly Ho" Lopez, Ty "Lannister" Blankmeyer, Gabriel "Gavin La" Ovalle, and Montrell "Mathers" Marshall. Ian "N Out" Kahaloa fired 5 scoreless innings to get the victory, limiting the Brewers to just 4 singles and a walk while striking out 3.
Ian Kahaloa is somewhat interestingly listed as the scheduled starter for Billings' next game, too, something I expect will be update before they tangle with Grand Junction on Wednesday at 9:05 PM ET. At least, the Reds' front office would probably hope so.
AZL Reds 14, AZL White Sox 7
While Todd Frazier was busy knocking off Adam Duvall in the big league Dinger Derby on Monday, the AZL Reds were backing Duvall by downing the AZL Frazier socks in thorough fasion. Jesse "No Evil, Hear No Evil" Winker continued his hot-hitting while on rehab with a 2 for 4 night that included a walk and a run scored, but a 3 hit (and 4 runs scored) night from Raul "'sheed" Wallace and a dinger by Leandro "mache"Santana proved to be the biggest boons to the Baby Reds' offense.
The AZL Reds are off both Tuesday and Wednesday, probably because life in the desert in July is miserable.