Friday, July 22nd
Scott "Schebly Ebbly" Schebler is going to be an interesting hitter to watch when he gets back to Cincinnati. He went 3-for-4 in this one with a home run and a triple, driving in three. The triple was his sixth of the AAA season, the home run his 11th. Sure, he's a 25-year old in AAA, but it's certainly not *discouraging* to see what he's been doing with the Bats. Raffy "Duck" Lopez also doubled in this game.
This was also John Lamb's first minor league appearance since being sent down, and he was pretty solid in this one, lasting 5.2 innings on the mound and allowing three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out ten. Dayan "Daniel" Diaz, Wandy "Wandell" Peralta and Kevin "Garagechevy" Shackelford combined for 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Jackson "5" Stephens took a loss he probably didn't deserve on Friday. He lasted six innings and allowed just two runs while scattering seven hits and two walks and striking out four. Evan Mitchell and Carlos "Other Cargo" Gonzalez each pitched in with a scoreless inning of relief. Taylor "Hicks" Sparks and Joe Hudson each provided the only hits in this game.
Aristides "Heiress Titties" Aquino is still a bad, bad man. He went 3-for-4 on Friday with a home run and a double, which were respectively his 14th and 18th of the year. Juan "Duran" Duran also notched a pair of doubles and a pair of RBI's, while "Leif" Garrett Boulware also added a pair of hits including a double.
Keury Mella "Yella" has seen better days, giving up five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Alex Powers was good for 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Shed Long dingered for the 11th time and drove home two to power Dayton in Friday's action, further expanding the optimism people have shown in him this season. Jose "Diwali" Duarte knocked two base hits, while James Vasquez crushed a solo homer of his own.
Austin Oreweiler was nothing short of stellar in this one, pitching five innings of one-hit shutout baseball, walking one and striking out four. Jesus "Save Me" Reyes and Sarkis Ohanian combined for three one-hit shutout innings out of the pen.
Billings Mustangs 4, Grand Junction Rockies 3
Jose "Calling" Siri doubled and tripled on Friday, while Cassidy "Pope" Brown added two hits, a walk and two RBI's. Alejo "Felipe" Lopez collected a pair of hits.
Adrian Rodriguez got the start in this one, pitching five runs and allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out four while walking three. Joel "Puppy" Kuhnel, "Crazy Uncle" Jesse Adams, Patrick Rhiel "World" and Junior "Rico" Arias combined for five scoreless innings of relief.
Saturday, July 23rd
Robert "Bob Steve" Stephenson started this one on the mound, and gave up very little of the damage ultimately done to the Bats on Saturday. He surrendered three runs, one earned, in six innings of work, allowing just three hits and zero walks with seven strikeouts. The bullpen won't be spoken of.
"Uncle" Jesse Winker continued his solid return from the DL, chipping in with a pair of doubles in this one, while Seth Mejias-Brean "Casserole" provided three hits including a double.
Perhaps no one in the entire system could benefit from a string of good-to-great games like Alex "The Great" Blandino, and he happened to get one on Saturday. The young infielder went 3-for-3 with a walk and two singles to help jumpstart the Wahoos' offense. Sebastian "Lizard People" Elizalde was an even bigger bat in this one, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and four RBI's.
"Everybody Loves" Sal Romano continued to correct course in this game, pitching 5.2 innings allowing just one unearned run on three hits and two walks while also fanning three. "Saving" Abel De Los Santos pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless pen work behind him, with Jacob "Record Scratch" Ehret following with a scoreless frame of his own.
Daytona got postponed for rain.
Senzelnati, man. He went 2-for-3 on Saturday with a walk and two RBI's, raising his Dayton average to .333. When Aquino gets promoted, I'd expect Senzel to take his place on the roster. Shane Mardirosian added three hits for the Dragons, while Chris "Everything Is" Okey drove in a run with a 1-for-4 day at the plate.
Jose Lopez was solid here, allowing just three runs in 5.1 innings and striking out three. Ryan "Purple Haze" Hendrix and Ohanian shut out the Kernels for the final three innings of this one.
Daniel Sweet "Caroline" reached base three times on two hits and a walk on Friday, while Mitch "The Giving" Trees hit 2-run homer to provide the only offense for Billings.
On the mound, Ian Kahaloa tossed 4.1 innings, in which he allowed six hits, four runs, two earned, with one walk and two strikeouts. His ERA is now 2.08 for the year. Jake "Nick Miller" Johnson and Alfredo Mena tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball in relief.
Sunday, July 24th
'Member Schebler? Yeah, he did the thing again. He went went for 2-for -4 with a solo homer and a double while Steve "Feelin'" Selsky launched a double to bolster his Louisville numbers as well.
On the mound, Amir Garrett was his typical awesome self, allowing two runs in six innings on three hits, walking one and striking out two. "Frat Boy" Chad Rogers pitched a scoreless inning of relief once Garrett exited.
Homer Bailey will be making another rehab appearance Monday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
Barret Astin was terrific on Sunday, tossing five innings of one-run baseball on one hit and zero walks while striking out three. Stephen "Skeeterson" Peterson, Tristan "Sterling" Archer and Stephen "Cool Scene" Kohlschleen each pitched a scoreless inning out of the pen behind him. Elizalde and Chad "Walla Walla" Wallach supplied the only hits for Pensacola in this one, with Wallach knocking a double.
Tyler Mahle (5-1, 2.41 ERA) gets the ball for the Wahoos on Tuesday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
Shedric Long was once again a big contributor on Sunday, coming through with a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a double. Kevin "Everybody Loves" Franklin added a 2-for-4 afternoon that included a double and three RBI's. Vasquez and Mitch Piatnik "At the Disco" each contributed an RBI as well.
On the mound, Tanner Rainey allowed six runs, two earned, in five innings, walking three and striking out four. Lucas "Not Andrew" Benenati pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball out of the bullpen.
Jacob Constante (4-8, 4.99 ERA) will take the hill for Dayton on Monday, with first pitch set for 7:05p.m.
The Mustangs knocked 15 hits on Sunday, seven of which went for extra bases. Sweet tripled twice, Siri finished with three hits, including a double and two RBI's, while Alejo Lopez smacked three hits with a double, triple and 2 RBI's. Hector Vargas also tripled and drove in three runs, and Taylor Trammell reached base twice and stole his 13th base of the young season.
Moises Nova got the start, pitching four innings and allowing just two runs on four hits and fanning three. Alex Webb was dominant out of the bullpen, pitching four more innings of shutout baseball on just two hits while striking out two to lower his ERA to 0.79.