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Farmer's Only Weekend Harvest: T.J. Friedl explodes in pro debut

The Reds' recent undrafted signee put on a hell of a show in his first weekend with Billings.

John Byrne, Nevada Athletics

Friday

Louisville Bats 4, Columbus Clippers 17

Daniel "The Price Is" Wright would be happy to never be reminded of this game again. He allowed 11 runs on 13 hits in 5.1 innings of work, ballooning his ERA to 6.05. The Clippers also bonked three homers off of him.

Offensively, "Uncle" Jesse Winker remained a force at the plate. He put together a 4-for-5 showing, with four singles and two knocked in. Hernan "The Barbarian" Iribarren continued his solid performance in the box, going 2-for-4, while Juan "The Loneliest Number" Perez also collected two hits including a double.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4, Biloxi Shuckers 5 (10 innings)

Tyler "Darth" Mahle was solid, if unspectacular, in his start on Friday. He pitched seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, two of which were dingers, while striking out five and walking one. He also reached base twice at the plate, collecting a hit, a walk and an RBI. Carlos "Other Cargo" Gonzalez allowed one unearned run in 2.2 innings to get tagged with an unfortunate loss.

Zach "Floating J" Vincej reached base three times on two hits and a walk in this one, while Taylor "Jordin" Sparks added a pair of hits including a homer. Phillip "Phlava Phlerv" Ervin doubled and drove in one, and Sebastian "Lizard People" Elizalde smacked a pair of hits that included a double of his own.

Daytona Tortugas 1, Tampa Yankees 7

Keury Mella "Yella" lived dangerously on Friday, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out two. The bullpen wasn't good for much behind him, and the offense was good for even less, mustering just three hits for the day. Aristides "Heiress Titties" Aquino, Chad "Make Daytona Great Again" Tromp, and Yorman "Our Man" Rodriguez supplied those hits, with Tromp and Rodriguez's being doubles.

Dayton Dragons 5, West Michigan Whitecaps

Nick "Senzational" Senzel is still awesome. He yawned through another 3-for-4 game that included a home run, his fourth, two RBI's, and two stolen bases. Daniel "Sugar" Sweet, another 2016 draftee (albeit much later), also continued a torrid pace in Dayton, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Brantley "Hell's" Bell also came through with a fine day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 out of the DH slot.

Alex "Charlotte's" Webb did a nice job with his second start in Dayton, allowing just one unearned run on three hits in five innings, striking out three and walking none. Sandy "Cheeks" Lugo was equally terrific out of the bullpen, tossing four shutout innings in which he allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning five.

Billings Mustangs 4, Ogden Raptors 3

When it comes to professional debuts, it really doesn't get a whole lot better than the one undrafted signee T.J. "Land Of The" Friedl had in Billings this weekend. He homered in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch before homering once again in his second official pro at-bat. He finished his perfect evening by bunting for a single, because why the hell not.

Friedl's wildly successful debut overshadowed a shaky start by Ian Kahaloa, who lasted 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five. Four pitchers combined for shutout baseball the rest of the way to nail down the win.

AZL Reds 2, AZL Brewers 1

Pitching was strong for the Baby Reds on Friday, with Gregory Reinoso starting the game with three shutout innings in which he walked four and allowed two hits with two strikeouts. Adolfi "Better Throw An I On That" Telleria, Braulio Ortiz and Darren "Metal" Shred also combined for four innings of scoreless pen work.

Ignacio Otano was not to be taken lightly in the nine-hole, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk, while Zach Clark tripled and walked out of the leadoff spot.

Saturday

Louisville Bats 2, Columbus Clippers 1

This one went better! Tim "Rattleman" Adleman was fantastic in his start, tossing seven shutout innings while yielding just six hits, no walks, and striking out eight. Recent waiver-clearer J.J. Hoover got the win in this one following a blown save by Wandy Peralta, pitching 1.1 innings of shutout baseball to finish things.

Jose "What Is Starting" Peraza was the primary catalyst for Louisville's offense, finishing 3-for-5 and driving in the Bats' only two runs. Beau "Eff You Like A" Amaral and Perez each finished with a pair of hits as well, while Winker reached base twice via the walk.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2, Biloxi Shuckers 7

Alex "Curse Of The" Blandino is alive, it would appear. He led off this game and came through with a 3-for-4 day with a three singles and a walk. There wasn't much offense behind him, though, as a pair of hits from Kyle Skipworth, including a double, and a 2-for-2 performance from Ronald "Muy" Bueno after a late entrance to the game pretty much wrapped up the rest of the day's production at the plate.

El'Hajj Muhammed did a fine job after being handed the spot start, tossing three hitless innings and allowing just one unearned run while fanning two.

Daytona Tortugas 3, Tampa Yankees 1

"Tool" Shed Long has done little else but rake since his promotion to Daytona, and that continued to be the case Saturday. Long collected four hits, including a home run and a triple, and drove in a pair of runs to power the Tortugas' offense. "Leif" Garrett Boulware reached base three times near the bottom of the order via two singles and a walk.

Seth "Not A Righty" Varner was exceptional on the mound, shutting out Tampa in seven innings and allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out six. Jimmy "Drinks To" Herget then nailed down another save with 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball.

Dayton Dragons 7, Lake County Captains 2

nick senzel three hits with his fifth home run YAAAAWWWWWNNNN. This box score was eerily similar to Friday's actually (but not the exact same, I triple-checked!). Sweet notched two hits out of the leadoff spot again, but this time made one of them leave the yard for a ninth-inning grand slam. Bell also collected three hits again, adding a triple and a double this time around.

Tony Santillan got his second career Dayton start in this one and was virtually unrecognizable from his troubled first start. The hard-throwing right-hander lasted six innings and allowed just two runs to score on six hits while striking out seven and walking two. Let's hope we get to see more of this as Santillan's 2016 reaches its final month or so.

Billings Mustangs 5, Ogden Raptors 8

It took T.J. Friedl eight plate appearances into his pro career to make an out. Eight. He used his first three PA's on Saturday to smack two doubles and walk once. He was called out looking on strike three in his fourth plate appearance, and because I don't have the video to refute this claim, I'm gonna go ahead and say he totally got robbed on the call. He had to.

Satchel "Paige" McElroy doubled and drove in two as the leadoff man in this one, while Montrell Marshall "Law" added a pair of hits. On the mound, Moises "Super" Nova looked sharp, allowing two runs in five innings of work on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

AZL Reds 5, AZL D-Backs 2

Edgar Herrera knocked three hits and drove in one as the Baby Reds fought off the D-Backs to inch one game closer to .500. Pabel Manzanero went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Andy Sugilio added a double and an RBI as well.

Matt "Another" Blandino was dominant on the hill for the Baby Reds, striking out seven in three shutout innings. The bullpen was nails behind him as well, as both of the D-Backs runs were of the unearned variety.

Sunday

Louisville Bats 5, Columbus Clippers 14

We don't have to talk about Rookie Davis' AAA debut, do we? Okay, good. The middle of the order was solid in this one, with Seth Mejias-Brean "Burrito", Kyle "To The Window, To The" Waldrop, and Ray "P.F." Chang combining for six hits and four RBI's. Mejias-Brean also doubled. Peraza doubled on Sunday, while Winker reached once via the walk. The latter exits the weekend with a .293/.382/.369 line with the Bats on the season.

So that's pretty much Sunday's action for Louisville and alright Jesus fine we'll talk about Rookie Davis. He got rocked, as in nine runs on ten hits in four innings of work rocked. He walked two and struck out three. I'm sure he'll settle in over the next month or so, and could even be a solid candidate to get some innings at the big league level in September. Let's just hope he's able to keep his eyes forward, and not let this rough outing get to him. Alfredo Simon actually started this one, pitching the first inning and allowing a run on three hits because of freakin' course he did.

Robert Stephenson (6-8, 4.10 ERA) will get the ball for Louisville on Monday when the Bats go back to work against Columbus.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4, Biloxi Shuckers 1

Jackson Stephens has been a damn steady presence in Pensacola's rotation this year, and Sunday was more of the same. The 22 year old pitched seven innings of one-run baseball, surrendering seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts. His ERA now sits at 3.19 for the year, which may make him a decent candidate to grab a cup of coffee in Louisville this month as well.

Blandino doubled as the only Wahoo extra-base hit in this one, while Elizalde notched two of their five hits.

Sal Romano (4-10, 3.86) will toe the rubber for Pensacola on Monday when they face off against Biloxi again.

Daytona's Sunday game got postponed. Tejay Antone (11-6, 3.53) will get the start on Monday.

Dayton Dragons 2, Lake County Captains 7

Did Senzel dinger home both runs for Dayton on Sunday? We both know he did, there's no need to even ask. James Vasquez collected a pair of hits behind him. The Dragons combined for 15 strikeouts and zero walks in this one, which is suboptimal.

Austin Oreweiler got roughed up a bit in his start, yielding five runs on 11 hits in just 4.1 innings. Jacob Constante came into the game behind him and allowed two more runs to score in 3.2 innings.

Ty Boyles (3-7, 5.67) will look to help Dayton bounce back against Lake County on Monday.

Billings Mustangs 10, Ogden Raptors 13

Jose "Shut Up" Siri had a monster day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three home runs, all solo shots, and scoring five times. His three homers doubled his season total. Taylor Trammell knocked two hits, including a double, and drove in one, while Friedl finished 1-for-6 with a double, plummetting his batting average to .500. Mitch "The Giving" Trees crushed a solo homer out of the nine-hole.

Recent Reds trade acquisition Max Wotell pitched four innings in his Mustangs debut, allowing three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out four.

Andrew Jordan (0-2, 2.86) gets the start for Billings when they host Idaho Falls on Monday.

The Baby Reds were off on Sunday. They'll take on the Baby Indians on Monday, when they'll expect Mystery Pitcher to kick ass.