On Friday, the Bats got themselves another win with a lot of help from the bullpen. Lisalverto “Baby Bobby” Bonilla took the start and went 5.1 innings. He gave up 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Evan “Hair cut” Mitchell pitched 1.2 scoreless with a strikeout, and Louis “Ville” Coleman and Kevin “Rusty” Shackelford both pitched scoreless innings. Phil Ervin is putting a lot of concerns to rest early in 2017, and he’s doing it surprisingly with his power. Ervin hit 2 for 4 with a walk in this one. Those two hits were homers (both 2-run shots) for a total of 4 runs batted in. Chad “Walka Walka” Wallach walked twice and scored a run.
The bullpen took care of this one, sporting numbers that inspire Bryan Price’s dirtiest of bullpen dreams. Nick “Emergency” Routt took the start and gave up only an earned run over 3 innings. He allowed 2 hits (1 dinger), 2 walks, and struck out 2. Kyle “McNugz” McMyne pitched 4 scoreless giving up 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out two. Louis “Light The Way” Coleman pitched 2 innings but did give up a run on 3 hits. He also struck out one batter. Juan “Huan” Perez was 2 for 4 with a solo dinger and 2 runs scored. Sebastian “Bach” Elizalde was 2 for 4 with a run scored, and Chad Wallach hit a solo chuck wagon and walked again.
This one wasn’t a good one for about anyone involved. Barrett “I-71” Astin took the start when Tim Adleman went to Cincytown and gave up 3 earned runs over 3 innings. He gave up 6 hits, a dinger, 1 walk, and struck out 3. Alejandro “Cha-Ching” Chacin pitched a scoreless inning with a K, Austin “Twice As” Brice pitched 1.2 scoreless with 2 strikeouts, and Kevin “Dale Gribble” Shackelford pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts. Tony Renda was 2 for 4 with a double.
The Bats have Monday off.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Keury “Yella” Mella had a rough go of it Friday night. Mella pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. He surrendered 6 hits, but walked none and struck out 2. Could have just been a bunch of bad luck. Alex “Light Tower” Powers pitched in with 3.1 inning while allowing only a solo homer and striking out 1. Jake “Scritch Scratch” Ehret, Brennan “San” Bernardino, and Domingo “Ate Your Baby” Tapia (with 2 strikeouts) all pitched scoreless innings. Blake “Lively” Trahan was 1 for 4 with a walk, and Gabriel Guerrero was 2 for 5.
Something called a Deck “Of Cards” McGuire took the start on Saturday and was pretty good. He pitched 6 innings and only gave up an earned run on 1 hit, 2 walks, and struck out 7. Deck was a former 1st round pick in 2010 out of Toronto. Brennan “Bosch” Bernardino (1 IP, 1 K), Ariel “Seashell Boobs” Hernandez (2 IP, 4 K), Domingo “Baked” Tapia (1 IP, 1 K), and Jimmy “Eats Orange” Herget (1 IP, 3 K) all combined to pitch the final 5 perfect innings. Taylor Sparks hit a solo homer in the 11th to put the Wahoos ahead but also struck out 3 times. Gabriel “Eddie” Guerrero and Josh “Man Eater” VanMeter both had 2 hit games, and VanMeter also had a walk. Devin “Golem” Mesoraco was 1 for 3 with 2 walks.
Austin Ross took the start and ate some innings brilliantly for the bullpen. He pitched 8 scoreless innings while scattering 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. Jimmy Herget picked up his fifth save of the season by striking out 2 in a perfect 9th. Joe Hudson, taking over for Mesoraco who caught 10 innings in the previous day’s game, did all the damage in this one by hitting a 2-run homer in the third inning.
The Wahoos play tonight with the always terrifying TBD on the mound at 6:35 PM CT.
Vladimir “Gutin” Guttierez was roughed up on Friday. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 6 earned runs over 10 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Austin “Big Brother” Orweiler (1.1 IP, 2 K), Juan “Marty” Martinez (2 IP, 0 K), and Tanner Rainey (1 IP, 3 K) combined for the final 4.1 innings and were perfect. Nick Senzel was 1 for 3 with a walk, Shed “Blockers” Long had 2 walks, and Narciso Crook was 2 for 4 with a double.
Jesus “Lives” Reyes got the start and gave up 4 earned runs over 7 innings. He gave up 9 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 5. Sounds like he got hung out to dry early on, but rose to the top at the end. Robert “Chicken” Stock pitched 2 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. Daniel “Too” Sweet was 2 for 4 with a double and 3 runs scored. Shed “Dong” Long was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and a run scored. Gaving “Going Deep In” LaValley went 2 for 4 with a solo dinger and 2 runs scored. Nick Senzel also pitched in with a 2 run double.
Not much was working for Ty “Lancing” Boyles in this one. He allowed 4 runs, 2 earned in 4 innings pitched. 4 hits were surrendered, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Juan Martinez pitched 2 scoreless with 2 strikeouts, and Tanner “Mount” Rainey continued to do a thing. He struck out 3 in 2 perfect frames. Since moving completely back to the bullpen, Rainey has pitched 7 perfect innings while striking out 16 batters. Only 5 batters out of 21 have put the ball in play. If he is expected to just be a bullpen arm at this point, and looks to be a good one, I’d expect his call up to AA to come pretty soon. He didn’t have a problem with strikeouts as a starter. It was the walks. The bullpen minimizes that issue. Mitch Piatnik At The Disco was 2 for 3.
The Tortugas will play tonight at 7:05 PM EST time with TBD trying to finagle time zones and distance between Pensacola and Daytona.
Ryan “Mary Kate & Ashley” Olson didn’t need any help in Friday’s affair. He pitched all 9 innings, picking up the complete game shutout, on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. Tyler Stephenson had a 2 run single, and Taylor Trammel was 1 for 3 with a walk.
Andrew “Jackson” Jordan was bad. He pitched 3 innings and gave up 4 earned runs. He gave up 6 hits, walked 1, gave up a dinger, but struck out 4. The Loons really nullified his plans. Patrick “Let’s Get” Riehl pitched a scoreless 9th with 2 strikeouts. James Vasquez was 2 for 4, and Taylor “TT” Trammell was 1 for 4 with a double and a walk. T.J. Friedl was 1 for 3 with 2 walks.
The Dragons did not play on Sunday because their moms made them go to church, probably. Tony Santillan will pitch on Monday at 7:00 pm EST.