Friday, May 19
The Bats played an 18 inning marathon on Friday night, falling 6-5 to Columbus. Rookie “Of the Year” Davis got the start and lasted only 3 innings, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2. He was apparently removed from the game early due to a back injury, so hopefully that isn’t too serious. He was relieved by “Double” Barrett Astin, who also went 3 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Peter “Oh, Oh, Oh” O’Brien was 1 for 7 with a walk and a 2-run dinger. Phil “Phlervin” Ervin was 3 for 8 and scored a run, Hernan “The Barbarian” Iribarren wa 2 for 7 with a walk and scored twice while also striking out a batter in 3 innings of work off the mound. For more extensive coverage of Friday night’s game, go here.
Austin “Powers” Ross got the start in this game and was a little wild, but did enough to keep Pensacola in position to win. He went 4.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. His season ERA now sits at 1.37. Not bad at all. Domingo “Frozen Fish” Tapia came on in relief and struck out 3 in 2.1 scoreless innings. Offensively, there wasn’t a ton to write home about. Adrian “That’s pretty” Nieto was 1 for 3 with a RBI double, Eric “Deuce Bigelow Male” Jagielo was also 1 for 3 with a RBI double and scored a run, and Blake “Thomas the Choo-Choo” Trahan was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and a run scored.
Daytona had their game rained out on Friday and made it up with a double-header on Saturday.
Dayton continued their hot start with a 4-2 win over Bowling Green on Friday. Tony “Santigold” Santillan started and was fantastic, throwing 7 shutout innings while giving up only 2 hits, no walks, and 5 strikeouts. Taylor “Here comes” Trammell was 1 for 3 with a 3-RBI triple, John “Swimmy, Slippy, Swammy” Sansone “ite” was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk, and Hector Vargas was 2 for 3.
Saturday, May 20
Louisville’s game got banged on Saturday and was made up on Sunday as part of a double-header.
Saturday was quite the offensive struggle for the Blue Wahoos. The team as a whole only collected 2 hits. Blake Trahan was 1 for 3 and Joe Hudson was 1 for 3 with a double. That was it from the offense. The pitching, however, was great for the Wahoos. Luis “The Other” Castillo went 7 innings, giving up only 1 run on 7 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts. Ariel “Under the Sea” Hernandez came on in relief and went 1.2 innings, giving up 1 run on 1 hit with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Jose Lopez got the start in game 1 and was great. He went 6.1 innings and only gave up 1 run on 5 hit with only 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Jacob “Scritch-Scratch” Ehret came on in relief and got the final 2 outs without allowing a base runner. Chris “Annie are you” Okey went 1 for 3, bonked his first dinger of they year, which was of the grand slam variety, and had 6 RBI. Nick “Senzinnati” Senzel was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, Daniel “Isn’t life” Sweet was 2 for 4 with a double and scored a run, and Gavin “As I walk through” LaValley was 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a solo bomb.
It was a good weekend for sweeping double-headers on the farm, as Dayton swept theirs on Saturday. “His name is” Jake Paulson got the start and was solid, giving up only 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 4 innings of work. The big story of the day was the offense. Everybody in the lineup had a multi-hit game except for Mitch Piatnik “At the Disco,” who was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI. Alfredo “Baby Pasta” Rodriguez was 5 for 5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI, Shed “Me” Long “Time” was 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI, Nick Senzel was 2 for 4 and scored twice, Gavin LaValley was 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI, and Reydel Medina was 2 for 5 with a solo dinger and 2 RBI.
Dayton had a big win on Saturday, combining to throw the team’s first 9-inning no-hitter. Scott “Keep the beat running like Randy” Moss started and went 6 innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Carlos “Cinnamon” Machorro followed that up by striking out 3 in 2 innings of work and then Brian Hunter “Gatherer” closed it out with 1 strikeout in his inning. At the plate Tyler “Kennesaw” Stephenson was 3 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI, Bruce Yari was 2 for 4, and Hector Vargas was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI.
Sunday, May 21
Louisville almost got caught up in another extra-innings affair on Sunday, if not for a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 7th. “General” Jackson Stephens got the start and was great, going the distance and giving up no runs on 7 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts. Sebastian “Lizard People” Elizalde was 2 for 3 and scored the winning run while Brandon “Too Many” Dixon “The Dance Floor” was 1 for 3 and drove in Elizalde for the game-winning RBI.
Louisville used a 4-run 6th inning to get past Columbus and earn the sweep of Sunday’s double-header. They got a solid start out of “Rocket” Ismael Guillon, who gave up 1 unearned run on 4 hits with no walks and 2 strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. Beau Amaral “Ackbar” was 2 for 2 and had the big hit of the game, a 3-RBI triple in the bottom of the 4th that ended up being the difference in the game. Peter O’Brien was 1 for 3 with a double and Rob “The Cowboy” Brantly was 1 for 3 and scored a run.
Up Next: Louisville is off today.
Keury “Nooma Nooma” Mella was roughed up in this one, giving up 8 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks against 5 strikeouts in only 3.2 innings. The offense also continued to struggle, collecting only 5 hits as a team. Aristides “Heiress Titties” Aquino was 2 for 4 with a solo donger and Eric Jagielo continued his solid hitting weekend by going 2 for 4 with a 3-run tater. Blake Trahan had the other hit as a part of his 1 for 3, 1 walk evening. Brennan “San” Bernardino and Geoff “Ree” Broussard each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Up Next: Deck McGuire gets the start against Mobile at 6:35 PM CT.
Daytona followed up their double-header sweep by getting deeeestroyed by Tampa on Sunday. It was not a great day for pitching, as you can tell by the score line. Vladimir Gutierrez got smacked around in this one, giving up 9 runs on 12 hits with 2 walks and 1 strikeout in 3.1 innings of work. Robert “Beef” Stock and Blake “Country Breakfast” Butler each deserve to get mentioned for being the only ones to keep Tampa off the board for an inning at a time. The offense didn’t fare much better. Nick Senzel and Gavin LaValley were each 1 for 4 with a double, Blake Trahan was 2 for 3, and Reydel Medina was 1 for 3.
Up Next: Jesus Reyes takes the mound against Charlotte at 6:35 PM ET.
Dayton earned the weekend sweep with a walk-off victory in the 10th inning on Sunday. Wennington Romero “And Juliet” went 6.1 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. T.J. “I was born” Friedl was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and 2 runs scored. Taylor Trammell was also 3 for 4 and had a double with 2 RBI, Jose “Ask” Siri was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, and Brantley “Ring My” Bell was 1 for 4 with a walk, 1 RBI, and scored a run. Patrick Riehl “Housewives of New York” pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief while Jesse Adams got the win with his scoreless inning of relief.
Up Next: Ty Boyles get the start against Great Lakes at 7:05 PM ET.