The Louisville Bats Louisville batted the hell out of Mud Hen pitching on Thursday, led by Hernan “The Barbarian” Iribarren, who donked a triple, a homer, scored 4 runs, and drove in 3. Jesse “No Evil, Hear No Evil” Winker and his 3 for 5, 3 ribbie day that included a double and a run scored sure helped, as did Phil “Hors d’ ” Ervin, who singled, walked, and scored twice. Beau Amaral did his part, too, with 2 doubled, 2 ribbies, and 2 runs scored.
The bigger story was probably Cody “Lundin” Reed, however, who finally got back on the right track with 7 innings of 2 ER ball that featured just 4 hits as well as 3 walks against an impressive 9 Ks. Hopefully, that’s the beginning of him turning this gawdang thing around.
Rookie Davis will start for Louisville on Friday, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET
The Blue Wahoos scored a run in the 8th and 2 in the Bottom of the 9th to walk-off against the BayBears, which is cause enough for a fistbump with whomever’s next to you while reading this. It was Brian O’Grady with the heroics, as his 2-run double proved the decisive hit and wrapped his solid 2 for 3, 2 ribbie day that include a walk along with said double. Gabby Guerrero went 3 for 4 and scored on the walk-off double, for good measure.
The pitching was solid, per Pensacola-usual. Tyler Mahle allowed 2 ER in his 6 IP, Alex “Danger” Powers tossed a pair of scoreless innings from the bullpen with 4 Ks, and Brennan “Man” Bernardino K’d all 3 batters he faced in a perfect 9th.
Austin “Boston” Ross will start for the ‘Hoos on Friday, with first pitch set for 7:35 PM ET.
Bradenton scored a pair of runs in the Top of the 9th off reliever Robert “Drop and Roll” Stock to pip the ‘Tugas, though the entire pitching staff’s 10 walks issued sure didn’t help things. Shed Long paced the offense with a 2 for 4 night that included a ribbie and a run scored, and he’s now hitting a stupid-good .322/.377/.497 on the season. Nick “Vegetables Are Sensuous, People Are” Senzel singled in his 1 for 4 night, and aside from a Mitch “Clark” Piatnik triple, that was pretty much it for the action.
Jose Lopez will toe the rubber for the Dragonas on Friday, with first pitch set for 7:00 PM ET.
The Dragons got in on the walk-off action, too, as Michael “Buble” Beltre singled in a run in the Bottom of the 9th to put Dayton back in sole possession of 1st place in their division. TJ “T Bruce” Friedl walked twice and scored from the leadoff spot and now owns a solid .281/.374/.453 line on the season. Tyler “Son of Jackson” Stephenson singled and drove in a run, and both James Vasquez and John “Sad Songs Say” Sansone had 2-hit nights, as well.
Tony Santillan gets Friday’s start for Dayton, with first pitch set for 7:00 PM ET.