Louisville Bats 2, Charlotte Knights 1
This was a start we can confidently say was one of Robert “Stob Beve” Stephenson’s best of the season. The longtime top prospect lasted seven innings for just the third time this season, at any level, and allowed just one run on three hits while walking three and striking out seven. In his two starts since getting called out by manager Delino DeShields, Stephenson has small sampled his way through 13 innings of three run, eight hit, 14 strikeout, six walk work. That’s gettin’ ‘er done. Dayan “Daniel” Diaz and Kevin Shackelford each tossed scoreless innings in relief.
Dilson “Pickle” Herrera provided much of the notable offense in this one, going 0-for-1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly that plated the deciding run. Beau “Bice” Amaral singled and drove in one, and added a stolen base for good measure.
The Bats will get “Bat” in action HIGH FIVE tomorrow at 6:05p.m. EST, with TBD scheduled to throw smoke on the mound.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1, Jacksonville Suns 4
The weight of a whole offense once again fell on one guys shoulders in this one, with Brandon “Mason” Dixon having to carry the load. He went 3-for-4 with a solo dinger just a few hours after being announced as part of the group the Reds would be sending to the Arizona Fall League. Sebastian “Lizard People” Elizalde doubled for the Wahoo’s only other XBH, and that was pretty much it for the offense.
“Naughty” Nick Travieso got the start on the mound, and he could’ve been better, stretching out four runs on five hits and three hits over six innings of work. He also struck out seven, so yay for that I guess. Evan Mitchell, Abel De Los Santos and Kevin McMyne each tossed scoreless innings out of the pen behind him, but will get neither victory nor nicknames as a reward.
Tyler Mahle will look to get Pensacola back on track when they go again Thursday at 8:05 p.m. EST.
Daytona was supposed to make up Tuesday’s game as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, but didn’t get to play either game because of rain. If I’ve written 15 of these FO’s this season (a liberal guess), the Tortugas have *maybe* played in six of them.
Dayton Dragons 2, Lake County Captains 3
Zack “Buchanon” Shields was a blip on a mostly sleepy day at the plate for Dayton. The right-fielder went 2-for-4 out of the 8-spot to secure the only multi-hit game for the Dragons on Wednesday. Luis “Not that one” Gonzalez “Or that one” doubled and drove in a run as the team’s only XBH on the evening. Nick “Senzelnati” dozed off on the bus on the way to the park, slept through the game, had a bad dream, farted, and puffed out a 1-for-3 night with a walk.
Austin Oreweiler “Redenbacher” was solid as he often is, going six innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Braulio Ortiz was lights out in relief, as he often is not, striking out four in three innings of one-hit shutout baseball.
Wendolyn Bautista will toe the rubber for Dayton when it takes the field again Thursday at 7:00p.m. EST.
Billings Mustangs 5, Great Falls 15
Are you kidding me? Jesus rooks, pull it together.
Wennington “more like loseington imo” Romero started this one and actually didn’t pitch as poorly as you’d think, looking at the final. He went six innings and allowed four runs, just two of which were earned, on seven hits, walking none and striking out six. Tim “Herman” Melville came in from the bullpen as part of a rehab assignment, and retired just one batter while allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.
Also rehabbing with the AZL squad Wednesday was Steve “So” Selsky, who went 1-for-4 with a pair of K’s. Leandro “Barbosa” Santana went 2-for-4 with the Baby Reds’ only RBI, while “The Life of” Pabel Manzanero pitched in with a pair of hits as well.
The loss ended the season for the Baby Reds. We’ll catch back up with Arizona when the fall league gets going.