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Farmers Only Weekend Harvest: Sweeping Dragons

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TJ Friedl stays hot and Dayton gives up 1 run in 3 games in an all-around solid weekend of pitching.

Friday, April 28

Louisville Bats 2, Rochester Red Wings 1

There wasn’t much from the offense on Friday for Louisville, but it was enough in their extra-innings victory. Somebody named Asher “name so good he doesn’t need a nickname” Wojciechowski started and was brilliant. He lasted 5.2 innings, giving up only 1 hit, no runs, while walking only 1 and striking out 7. Phil “Phlervin” Ervin returned from his call-up and went 2 for 4, smacking the game-winning solo dinger in the 10th. Dilson “Vlasic” Herrera was also 2 for 4. Nick “Church of” Christiani, who apparently is still a thing, pitched 1.1 shutout innings in relief and Kevin “Love” Shackelford worked around 4 walks and got the win in his 2 innings of work.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0, Biloxi Shuckers 1

Pensacola started off a rough weekend by getting shut out by Biloxi, 1-0. Luis “Not that one. No, not him, either.” Castillo started and was solid once again, giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings. Gabriel “El ángel” Guerrero was 2 for 4 and Josh “Parking” VanMeter and Leon “Not Jarvis” Landry were each 1 for 4 with a double. And that’s all the offense would do. In the bullpen, Alex “Danger” Powers struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings and Geoff “With a G” Broussard pitched 1 scoreless inning.

Daytona Tortugas 2, Tampa Yankees 3

Daytona gave up 3 late runs to fall 3-2 to Tampa on Friday. Jesus “Saves” Reyes started, which is unfortunate because that nickname works much better for a closer. He did pitch well, though, going 7 innings and only giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Nick “Senzational” Senzel was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, Shed “Me” Long “Time” was 3 for 5, and Gavin “As I Walk Through” LaValley was 1 for 3 with a 2-run dinger.

Dayton’s game got banged on Friday and made it up with a double header on Saturday.

Saturday, April 29

Louisville Bats 1, Rochester Red Wings 7

Things did not go quite as well for Louisville on Saturday, as they fell 7-1. Nick “It was a” Routt got the start and unfortunately lived up to this nickname. He lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up 7 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Again, there wasn’t much from the offense. Hernan “The Barbarian” Iribarren was 2 for 4 and scored a run. Tiny Tony Renda was 1 for 3 and had 1 RBI, and Phil Ervin was 1 for 4 with a double. The bullpen was solid, as Alejandro “Caught him” Chacin, Evan Mitchell “Is Batman”, Austin Brice “Waterhouse Cooper”, and Louis “Sleeping Bag” Coleman all combined for 5.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Biloxi Shuckers 5

Pensacola fell again on Saturday, this time in a 15-inning marathon. Keury “We all live in a” Mella “Submarine” got the start and pitched well, going 5 innings and giving up only 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Josh “Make some noise” VanMeter was 3 for 6 with a double, a walk, and 3 RBI. Blake “She took a midnight” Trahan was 2 for 6 and scored a run and Gabriel “Young Vlad” Guerrero was 2 for 6 with a walk. Ariel “Under the Sea” Hernandez struck out 2 in 2.1 innings of relief while Jimmy “Don’t let” Herget “Away” and Brennan “San” Bernardino each struck out 2 in their 2 scoreless innings.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1, Tampa Yankees 12

Daytona got smoked on Saturday, falling 12-1 to Tampa. Ty “Poppin’” Boyles got the start and was bad, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits with 2 walks and no strikeouts in only 3 innings of work. The offense wasn’t much better. Nick “At Nite” Senzel was 1 for 4 with a double and scored the only run and Shed Long was 1 for 4 with a triple. Tanner “Make It” Rainey pitched a scoreless inning. That’s pretty much all that was worth writing about in that game.

Dayton Dragons 9, Great Lakes Loons 0

The Dragons used a 7-run 3rd inning to drive them to a 9-0 mashing of Great Lakes in game 1 on Saturday. Scott “Keep the beat runnin’ like Randy” Moss was brilliant, going 6 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. The offense was also great in this one. TJ “Land of the” Friedl was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Tyler “Bat Flip” Stephenson was 1 for 2 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. “The Other” Luis Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI, Brantley “Ring My” Bell was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, and John Sansone was 1 for 3 with a 2-run dinger.

Dayton Dragons 5, Great Lakes Loons 0

Dayton completed the shutout sweep of the double header on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Great Lakes. “All he does is” Wennington Romero continued his great start to the season, going 6 shutout innings while allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. I did not copy and paste that from the first game, those lines were truly identical. TJ Friedl “Dee, Friedl Dum” was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. He is now hitting .298/.362/.500 on the season. “Butch” Cassidy Brown and James Vasquez were each 1 for 2 with a double and 1 RBI. Joel Kuhnel struck out the side in his scoreless inning of relief.

Sunday, April 30

Louisville Bats 1, Rochester Red Wings 5

Louisville continued the whole “Not scoring very many runs” thing going on Sunday, falling 5-1 to Rochester. “General” Jackson Stephens lost the battle in this one, going 6.1 innings while giving up 3 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. He actually started off very well, but gave up 2 dingers in the top of the 7th to seal his fate. Dilson “Baby pickle” Herrera was 1 for 4 with a double and score the only run, and Uncle Jesse Winker was 1 for 3 with a walk and 1 RBI.

Up Next: TBD gets the start tonight against Columbus at 6:35 PM ET.

Pensaola Blue Wahoos 3, Biloxi Shuckers 4

Things only got worse for Pensaola, as they gave up 2 runs in the 9th to lose 4-3 on Sunday. Deck “The Halls” McGuire started and was good, going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits with only 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Jimmy let this one Herget away, giving up 2 runs in his inning of relief. Rocket Ismael Guillon struck out 4 in 2 innings, which was good. Josh “MVP, apparently” VanMeter was 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice. Gabriel “Douglas” Guerrero was 2 for 5 with 1 RBI and Angelo “Numb” Gumbs was 1 for 4 with 1 RBI.

Up Next: Austin Ross starts against Biloxi tonight at 6:35 PM CT.

Daytona Tortugas 4, Tampa Yankees 0

Lo and behold, it was a win. Wendonlyn “More like WINdolyn if you ask me” Bautista was great in his start, giving up no runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. “His Name Is” Jake Paulson and Tanner “Have You Ever Seen the” Rainey combined for 3 scoreless innings in relief. Shed Long was 1 for 4 with a 3-run dinger, Nick Senzel was 1 for 4 with a double, and Garrett “Tupper” Boulware was 2 for 3 with a walk and scored a run.

Up Next: Jonothan Crawford starts tonight against Fort Meyers at 6:35 PM ET.

Dayton Dragons 7, Great Lakes Loons 1

Dayton completed the weekend sweep by defeating Great Lakes 7-1 on Sunday. Alex “Charlotte’s” Webb got the start and was great, going 4.1 innings, allowing only 1 run on 2 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts. Luis Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with 2-run dinger and 3 runs scored. Michael “Head Rub” Beltre was 2 for 4 with a run scored and 1 RBI and John Sansone was 1 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Ryan “Guitar Hero” Hendrix got the win and struck out 3 in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Up Next: Dayton is off today.