Louisville Bats 0, Charlotte Knights 2
Offense was lacking for the Bats on Tuesday, with Knights pitchers holding them to just three hits on the evening, including only one extra base hit - a double off the bat of "Uncle" Jesse Winker. Despite this, they remained within striking distance the entire game, thanks to a stellar outing by Amir "No, You Come 'Ere" Garrett, who went seven innings while allowing just two runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking none. Drew "Hunter" Hayes fanned one in a scoreless inning of relief work.
Alfredo Simon (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will start on the mound I guess on Wednesday, but I'd expect Daniel Wright to make an appearance after the first couple of innings. Louisville takes on Charlotte at 7:05 p.m.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7, Biloxi Shuckers 4
Nick Travieso was sharp in his first game back from a DL stint, throwing 3.1 shutout innings in which he walked three and allowed three hits while striking out a pair. With the exception of the July 18th start he exited due to injury, he has now gone six straight starts of allowing two runs or fewer. Hell yeah, Nasty Nick. Barrett "I Figured She'd Gone Back To" Astin pitched the next 3.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn his seventh win of the season, while Alejandro "Jhoulys" Chacin earned his 22nd save with 1.2 innings of scoreless closing action, during which he fanned three.
The big bat in the order on Tuesday belonged to Phillip Ervin, who clobbered his tenth homer of the season, smacked another double, and drove in two runs. It's his second consecutive season with 10 homers and 30 stolen bases, if you're into that sort of thing. Zach Vincej collected two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs, while Alex "The Curse Of The" Blandino and Brandon "Mason" Dixon each doubled, walked and drove in one at the top of the order.
Tyler Mahle (5-2, 3.68) will get the ball when Pensacola returns to action on Thursday, against the Tennessee Smokies. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. EST.
Daytona got rained out again. What the hell is happening down there.
Dayton Dragons 0, Lake County Captains 2
A whole bunch of Dragons (okay, Senzel and Sweet) seemed to discover mortality on Tuesday, and they paid dearly for it, getting shut out on four hits. Two of those hits came off the bat of Chris "Annie Are You" Okey, who DH'd while Tyler Stephenson caught behind the plate. Nobody walked for Dayton in this game, which is no bueno.
Jesus "Is Risen" Reyes got the loss thanks to two unearned runs allowed in four innings of work. Ouch. He struck out two and walked three. Jesse Adams, Sandy Lugo and Manuel Aybar combined to shut out the Captains the rest of the way.
Alex Webb (1-1, 1.13) will look to continue his wicked start on Thursday, and will probably hope to get a few runs behind him as well. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.
Billings Mustangs 3, Idaho Falls Chukars 1
One person who thankfully has not figured out that he's human is T.J. "Land Of The" Friedl. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, which actually dipped his batting average to .550. Both hits *were* singles though, so maybe the poor guy's getting tuckered out. Taylor Trammell had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and driving in all three of Billings' runs. "Butch" Cassidy Brown and Hector Vargas each had a pair of hits as well.
2016 fourth round pick Scott Moss was excellent in his start, pitching five shutout innings and allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out three. He holds a 1.74 ERA in 20.2 innings so far this summer. Patrick Rhiel "World" and Junior Arias tossed shutout baseball over the final three innings to nail down the win.
Ian Kahaloa (1-1, 3.08) will toe the rubber for Billings on Wednesday, with game time set for 9:05 p.m. EST.
AZL Reds 10, AZL Brewers 4
The Baby Reds busted out the hardwood on Tuesday, smacking 17 hits and running roughshod over Baby Brews pitching. Bruce "I Got A Glock In My" Yari went 4-for-6 with a triple, while Pabel Manzanero doubled during a three-hit day that also included three RBI's. Raul "Ibanez" Wallace and Leandro "Smooth" Santana each reached base three times via two hits and a walk.
Luis Alecis tossed a strong four shutout innings in which he surrendered four hits and two walks while fanning four, with Adolfi Telleria coming through with three shutout innings behind him. Telleria's thrown 12 shutout innings in Arizona since his promotion from the Dominican Summer League.
Mystery Pitcher will take the hill when the Baby Reds get back in action Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. EST.