First - A Perfect Game
The usual format says that we go in order of affiliate, day-by-day.
The usual format, however, doesn’t normally feature a perfect game.
That’s exactly what Tyler Mahle did for Pensacola on Saturday night. And he was perfectly dominant in doing so, only needing 89 pitches to complete the feat. 69 of those 89 pitches were very nice strikes, and he struck out 8 BayBears on the night.
It was Pensacola’s first perfect game ever (it was their first complete game shutout ever, for that matter). At the time of this writing, it looks to be the the first perfect game by any Reds affiliate since 1994 (also, everyone go ahead and thank Kourage for that great stat that he begged us all not to quote him on so naturally I quoted him on it).
The offense did nothing, recording only 2 hits on their own (an Aristides Aquino double was drove in by Joe Hudson), but that doesn’t matter. Tyler Mahle popped a perfecto. That’s the story.
The Wahoos, at 13-3, are off to the franchise’s best start (thought I’d quote Kourage on this one that he’s more certain about).
Tyler Mahle, 22 years old, now has two no hitters on his ledger. That’ll do.
Well, they started this one. “Sloppy” Sal Romano allowed only 1 ER and 1 BB over 3 H in 4 IP, striking out 1. “Obi” Juan Perez had a hit and an RBI while Tyler Goeddel had a hit and an RBI but, really, Mother “Fuckin’” Nature won the night.
Once they resumed on Saturday, Kyle “Double” McMyne “With Cheese” spun 3 innings, allowing just two hits, striking out 2. Things came apart for Austin “City Limits” Brice, allowing 4 earned runs in 2 innings pitched, walking 2.
Austin “Happy Trees” Ross was great, allowing no runs over 7 innings, striking out 7 and walking only 3. “The Big Merman” Ariel Hernandez picked up the win (to that in a moment), with 1 IP and 2 strikeouts, while Jimmy “Drinks to” Herget dunked those shrimp into some cocktail sauce to close out the win. He still has a 0.00 ERA.
The Wahoo offense only collected 4 hits, but they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to seal this win. Devin Mesoraco collected 2 hits outta 4 tries, which is super cool. Taylor “Bubba” Sparks doubled, while Blake Trahan collected the only RBI of the night.
Jesus “Walks” Reyes pitched 4 IP in this one, allowing only 1 earned and and 2 walks, striking out 1. “His Name Is” Jake Paulson was better in 3 IP, allowing nothing but a walk, striking out 3. Robert “Broth” Stock just about souped it all up, though, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. He was allowed to lock down the 9th, however.
Blake “the” Butler really did it on Friday night, smacking 3 hits (1 double) and scoring a run. Reydel Medina basically did the same thing. Gavin “Down In” LaValley also hit an RBI double and scored a run, while Narciso “Captain” Crook smacked a dinger on a 2 hit night, driving in 2.
Andrew Jordan pitched 7 innings in this one, scattering 8 hits but allowing only 3 earned runs, walking 1 and striking out 4. Ryan “Petey” Hendrix struck out the side in his 1 inning of work.
Brantley “Rang the” Bell with 2 hits in 3 tries. Luis Gonzalez did the same. Ty Steve smacked a hit and scored a run, while TJ Friedl “Dee” doubled. It was a slow night for the Dragons.
Barrett Arftin got the start in the short game on Saturday, but only went 1 full inning, allowing 2 runs and striking out 1. Nick Christiani is still in this organization, apparently, as he pitched 3 innings, allowing only a single run, striking out 4 and walking 2. Alejandro “Cha-Ching” Chacin pitched 2 innings allowing 3 hits, but only 1 unearned run. Kevin “Love” Shackelford went 0.2, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, while Louis “The Cooler” Coleman put the final out on ice in 0.1.
Hernan Iribarren and Brandon Dixon each hit doubles with the Barbarian batting the only run in (scored by The Juan Perez). Otherwise, this was a forgettable afternoon for the Bats bats.
Tyler Mahle Perfect, Mobile BayBears SuckButt
Maybe you read about that above?
Ty “Inflamed” Boyles pitched 5 in this one, allowing only 2 hits and 1 run, striking out 8 along the way. Austin Orewiler was Orwellian in 2 IP, striking out 2 and allowing only 1 hit. Sarkis “Buckeye” Ohanian allowed a hit and a walk in an inning pitched striking out 2, while Tanner Rainey struck out 2 to secure the save.
Reydel “Tyler Perry” Medina smacked another double on a two hit night, driving in 1. Blake Butler smacked a dinger and walked twice, while Shed “Don” Long also popped a big bopper, good for 2 runs.
Tony “Santigold” Santillan got the start and struck out 7 in 4 IP, allowing 5 hits and 3 walks, but only 1 earned run. Aaron “Michael” Fossas pitched another 4 innings, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 1, while Joel “Slyde” Kuhnel allowed only 1 run in the ninth and nothing else.
Michael Beltre and James Vasquez both hit dingers in this one for a combined 4 RBI, Luis Gonzalez hit a 2 RBI double, Taylor Trammell hit an RBI single and scored a run. Jose “Hey” Siri hit a double, while TJ Friedl walked a scored a run.
Asher Wojciechowski, who doesn’t really need a nickname, got the start of the Bats and pitched 4 innings of 2 hit, 6 strikeout ball (on the hook for 1 unearned run). Evan Mitchell is Batman pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing a walk. Louis “Soft Sided” Coleman pitched 2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned, striking out 5, while also being charged with the blown save. Lucas Luetge “Fam” then went 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and a run, striking out 3, before Nick Routt struck out 2 in his inning.
Uncle Jesse Winker had a big day on Sunday, going 4-5 with a ribbie. Rob “Cowboy” Brantly recorded a double as part of a 2 hit day and scored a run, as did Juan Perez, who also walked. Dilson “Pickle” Herrera smacked a 2 run dinger. Louisville won the game in the bottom of the 9th when the Bulls pitcher walked the bases full, and then uncorked a wild pitch with 2 outs that allowed Beau Amaral to score. Go Bats, score without your bats!
Luis Castillo “Jr.” took the hill and was pretty good, allowing only 5 hits and 2 earned, walking no one and and striking out 4. Call Me Ismael Guillon allowed the winning run in 1.1 inning of work, while Geoff Broussard allowed a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings.
Devin Mesoraco smacked a double and walked, while Josh Van”Damn”Eter walked twice, scored a run, and hit an RBI single. Angelo “Bubble” Gumbs had 2 hits, including a double, and an RBI. Alex “The Great” Blandino recorded a hit and 2 walks.
Wendolyn “Pitch Flip” Bautista pitched 5 innings of 2 run ball, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5. Sandy “Beaches” Lugo was, uh, less than stellar, allowing 4 earned on 5 hits, while only recording an out. Juan Martinez pitched 3 scoreless, while striking out 4, while Sarkis Ohanian struck out 1 in 0.2 innings.
Blake Butler did it again, scattering 4 hits and scoring 2 runs. Nick “Sensational” Senzel hit, walked, and scored a run. Gavin LaValley hit twice, including a double and drove in a run. Reydel Medina was funky cold, blasting his first dinger of the year. The hero on Sunday was Tool Shed Long, who had 2 hits and scored 2 runs and 3 RBI, including a bottom of the 9th walkoff dinger to win it for the Dragonas.
Scott “Randy” Moss got the start and was straight cash, homie, allowing only 1 earned run in 6 innings, while striking out 11 Little Cubs. Andy Cox cocked it up, giving up 2 runs without recording an out. Lucas Benenati allowed 2 more runs in 1 inning, while Ryan “Jimmy” Hendrix allowed 3 more (on 3 walks and 3 hits) in 0.2 innings. Kevin Stallings recorded the last out, mercifully.
TJ Friedl “Dum” rocked a double and scored 3 runs, while Jose “Can You” Siri hit a double, scored a run, and drove 2 in. Taylor Trammell had a hit, an RBI, and a run scored. Tyler Stephenson had 2 hits (one a double), driving in one and scoring a run. John “Arenite” Sansone hit 2 doubles and drove in 3.