The Bats game got banged before it ever had a chance to begin on Thursday.
TBD will get the start tonight, and he’ll be determined to thump Lehigh Valley. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET, assuming the rain doesn’t wash that one out, too.
Austin “Scott” Ross was nails once again, this time firing 7 scoreless innings to lower his season ERA to a microscopic 1.21. He allowed just 3 hits and a walk, struck out 4, and as an LSU product likely celebrated his alma mater’s 10-0 thumping of Kentucky in the SEC Tournament, too. Josh “Hippie” VanMeter waxed his 1st dinger of the season, a 2-run shot in the 5th off consensus Top 100 prospect Kolby Allard, and that put all the runs on the board that this game would see.
Luis Castillo will toe the rubber for the Blue Wahoos tonight against Mississippi, with first pitch scheduled for 8:00 PM ET.
The first game of Thursday’s doubleheader between the Stone Crabs and Tortugas needed an extra inning, though it was only the 8th inning due to MiLB’s 7 inning doubleheader rules. The game was scoreless through 7 before Alfredo Rodriguez bonked a 2-run single to put Daytona ahead, only for the least likely thing to happen - Tanner “SPF 50” Rainey getting rocked for a 3-run walk-off dinger. Wendolyn “Steal My Sunshine” Bautista, to his credit, fired 7 scoreless innings prior to that, though he walked 2 without striking out a soul.
Things didn’t get much better for Daytona in Game 2, as Jonathon Crawford got rocked for 4 ER in 4.1 IP and the offense remained largely stagnant. Shed “Wallace” Long went 2 for 4 with a double and run scored to raise his average up to .322, Nick Senzel went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored, and Gavin “Diesel” LaValley went 1 for 2 with a ribbie, but that didn’t quite cut the mustard.
Daytona will square off with Tampa on Friday. Someone will pitch - several someones, probably - but that hasn’t yet been defined. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET, though.
After wrapping up a 16 inning marathon with a loss early Thursday morning, the Dragons went wild on the Loons yesterday afternoon. TJ “Hum” Friedl bogarted a pair of dingers just a few swings after homering late in the previous marathon, giving him a trio of dingers hit on the day and a .295/.383/.512 line that should have him looking for rental property in Daytona right meow. Tyler Stephenson went 2 for 6 with a double, Brantley “Ring My” Bell bonked a 3-run dinger, and Bruce “Soulja Boy” Yari went 2 for 3 with 2 walks, a ribbie, and 3 runs scored. All that backed Scott “Austin” Ross on a day where he finally wasn’t excellent, allowing 5 ER in 5 IP and continuing to make differentiating between “Scott Ross” and “Austin Ross” more difficult than it should be.
Wennington Romero starts Friday night for Dayton at home at 7:00 PM ET.