Louisville bounced back from an opening day loss by defeating Columbus 7-2. Rob “Horton Hears A” Wooten got the start and had a solid debut for the Bats, allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings of work with only 1 walk and 10 strikeouts. “Uncle” Jesse Winker had a solid day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with double, a walk, and a run scored. Dilson “Pickles” Herrera was 2 for 5 with a 2-run dinger and 4 RBI, Zach “Cincy” Vincej was 2 for 4 and scored a run, and Sebastian “Lizard People” Elizalde was also 2 for 4 and had a RBI. Nick Routt had 1 strikeout in 2 scoreless innings of relief.
The hits were hard to come by on Friday as the Blue Wahoos fell to Tennessee, 2-1. Luis “the other” Castillo got the start and pitched well, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits with 5 striekouts over 6 innings of work. Josh “Feed the” VanMeter was 2 for 4 with a double and the only extra base hit of the night. Gabriel Guerrero was also 2 for 4. Austin Brice “Waterhouse Cooper” struck out 2 in his inning of relief.
Daytona fell in a close one on Friday, losing 5-4 to the Florida Fire Frogs. Jose Lopez got the start and gave up 5 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Chris “Annie are you” Okey had a solid day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Reydel “
Yadier Toilet” Medina also had 2 hits, going 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI. Tanner “Make it” Rainey struck out all 3 batters he faced in his only inning of relief.
Dayton fell to Lake County 7-3 on Friday. Scott “Unfortunately not Randy” Moss got roughed up for 6 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits over 4.1 innings. He did have 8 strikeouts, which was nice. TJ “Land of the” Friedl was 2 for 3 with a triple and 1 RBI. Brantley “Ring My” Bell and Hector Vargas were each 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored, with Vargas adding 2 RBI to that line. Jesse Stallings struck out 3 in a scoreless inning of relief.
Louisville mounted a huge rally in the late innings, but ultimately fell in extra innings to Columbus, 9-8. “General” Jackson Stephens got the start and wasn’t great. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts over 4 innings of work. Rob “Loblaw” Brantley had a good night at the plate, going 3 for 6 with a double, a dinger, and 4 RBI. Phil “Phlervin” Ervin, Jesse Winker, Sebastian Elizalde, and Seth Mejias-Brean “Burrito” all collected 2 hits on the evening. Kevin “Love” Shackelford didn’t allow a base-runner in his 2 innings of work out of the bullpen.
Things didn’t go much better for Pensacola on Saturday, as they lost 9-2 to the Smokies. Keury “They call me” Mella “Yella” gave up 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 5 innings pitched. Devin “Where are my labrums?” Mesoraco provided the only runs of the night, going 1 for 3 and mashing a 2-run dinger. Josh VanMeter went 2 for 4 again and Angelo “Numb” Gumbs had the only other hit for the Wahoos in a 1 for 3 night. The bullpen was bad and should feel bad, except for Jacob “record scratch” Ehret, he struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings.
The offense didn’t give fans much to write home about on Saturday, as Daytona fell again to Florida, 4-1. Vladimir Gutierrez started and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks in 6 strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Nick “Senzinnati” Senzel was 1 for 4 with a double and scored a run, Alfredo “Sauce” Rodriguez was 1 for 4 with the only RBI, and Shed “Me” Long “Time” reached base twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk. Robert Stock struck out 1 batter in a scoreless inning and Austin “Brock” Orewiler limited the damage, giving up 1 run in 2.1 innings.
Dayton picked up their first win on Saturday, shattering their pace to win more games than they did in 2016 in a 7-3 victory over Lake County. Wennington “More like WINnington if you ask me” Romero was solid in his first start of the season, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits with no walks and 9 strikeouts over 6 innings. Tyler “TySteve” Stephenson was 2 for 4 with a solo dinger and 2 RBI, Jose “Ask” Siri was 2 for 5 with a RBI and scored a run, and Avain Rachal reached base 4 times, going 1 for 2 with a double, 3 walks, and 2 RBI. Joe “Kourage” Kuhnel struck out 1 batter and got the save in 2 innings of relief.
Louisville rode a monster, 6-run 4th inning to defeat Columbus 10-4 on Sunday. Lisalverto “I can’t believe the Mets are still paying Bobby” Bonilla got the start for the Bats and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched. It didn’t really matter that he gave up that many runs, because the offense went nuts yesterday, tallying 15 hits as a team and 8 of the 9 batters collecting at least one base hit. Jesse Winker had yet another multi-hit day, going 3 for 3 with a double, 2 walks, and 3 RBI. That’s some good baseball hitting. Beau “F me like an” Amaral also collected 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Brandon Dixon was 2 for 4 with a solo tater and 3 RBI, Dilson Herrera was 2 for 5 with a double, 1 RBI, and scored twice, and Tony Renda was 2 for 5 with a double. From the bullpen, Barrett “A little place called” Astin struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings.
Up Next: Tim Adleman gets the start as Louisville takes on Toledo at 6:35 PM ET tonight.
Pensacola mounted a furious comeback, scoring 4 runs in the last 2 innings to take down Tennessee 4-3 on Sunday. Apparently there’s a guy named Deck Maguire in the Reds’ farm system, and he got the start yesterday. Things didn’t go great as he gave up 3 runs on 4 walks and 4 hits in 4 innings of work. Gabriel “Young Vlad” Guerrero went 3 for 5 with a double and a walk-off RBI single, Adrian Nieto was 1 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI, and Brian “Beef” O’Grady was 1 for 3 with a walk. The bullpen was lights-out yesterday, as Alex “Danger” Powers, Domingo Tapia, Ariel Hernandez, and Ismail Guillon all put in scoreless efforts in relief.
Up Next: Austin Ross toes the rubber against Tennessee tonight at 6:35 PM CT.
The Tortugas didn’t forget their bats on Sunday, as they exploded for 14 runs on 18 hits in a dousing of the Fire Frogs. Jesus “Saves” Reyes started and gave up 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 6 strikeouts and only 1 walk over 5.2 innings. Tanner Rainey struck out 2 in a scoreless inning and “His name is” Jake Paulson gave up 1 run in 1.2 innings. Now, for the offense. Everybody collected a hit and 6 of the 9 batters had nice multi-hit games. Danile “Isn’t life” Sweet was 4 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI. Gavin “Lily of” LaValley was 3 for 6 with a double, a 2-run blast, and 4 RBI. Garrett “Tupper” Boulware was 2 for 6 with a double and also had 4 RBI. Narciso “Malfoy” Cook was 2 for 6 and scored a run, Nick Senzel was also 2 for 6 and scored twice, and Blake “Country Breakfast” Butler was 2 for 4 with a solo dinger.
Up Next: Ty Boyles takes on Jupiter at 6:30 PM ET.
Dayton finished off the Sunday organizational sweep by defeating Lake County 6-0 on Sunday. Ryan Olson “twins” was nails in his start, throwing 7 shutout innings while giving up only 2 hits, walking none, and striking out 9. Aaron “Brush your teeth and” Fossas finished off the shutout by throwing 2 scoreless. TJ Friedl continues to rake, going 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Michael Beltre also had 3 hits, going 3 for 4 and scoring a run. Jose Siri was 2 for 4 with a walk, 1 RBI, and a run scored and James Vasquez was 1 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI.
Up Next: Andrew Jordan gets the start against West Michigan at 7:00 PM ET.