I don’t wanna get ahead of myself, but I think this kid Jesse “Balls, Hit Strikes” Winker might be pretty good at this baseball thing. He went 3-for-3 on Wednesday for Louisville with a double, two walks, and four runs driven in. I promise, having a guy hit like this at AAA and having everyone at the big league club hit too well to warrant being replaced by him is a good problem to have. “Bye Bye, Li’l” Sebastian Elizalde chipped in with 2-for-3 showing that included a solo homer and a pair of walks, while Darnell “Head, Shoulders” Sweeney “‘s and Toes” made his Bats debut in center and went 2-for-3 with two walks as well. Yep, that’s the nickname to beat, guys. REALLY set the bar high for Darnell’s future FO appearances.
The pitching in this one was decidedly meh for the Bats, as Kyle “R U” McMyne allowed two runs and struck out four in just three innings on the mound after getting the start, with Lucas “Hack A” Luetge earning the dub with two innings of one-run ball.
Ismael Guillon’s apparently still in this Bats rotation, and he’s gonna get the start on the mound when they face Gwinnett again on Thursday, with game time set for 7:30p.m. EST.
Tyler “Good Day” Goeddel did a nice job setting the pace at the top of the order on Wednesday, clocking in with a 3-for-4 evening that included a double, two runs driven in and two more scored. Aristides “Heiress Titties” Aquino went 2-for-5 with a double and a ribbie, while Eric Jagielo “Male Gigolo” and Adrian “Say It Like Rocky” Nieto each clubbed dingers in a fruitful yet ultimately losing offensive effort. Oh, and Alex “The Great” Blandino Blandino’d two hits.
Jose “Can You See The Strike Zone” Lopez had a rough showing, allowing four runs on four hits and six walks in 4.2 frames while striking out five. Robert “Unsolved Mysteries” Stock pitched 1.1 scoreless innings around two hits and a walk, and he was the most successful pitcher of the day.
Luis Castillo will lead the charge on Thursday when the Wahoos are back at it, with first pitch set for 7:35p.m. EST.
This wound up being a marathon 13-inning effort for Daytona, which is a shame because Wendolyn “Spears” Bautista had a pretty fine day on the bump. He pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and walking two while striking out two. Jake “Record Scratch” Ehret pitched 2.1 scoreless innings after allowing two unearned runs that reached base against Zack Weiss “Snake” to score, and Sandy “Beaches” Lugo allowed one run in 2.1 IP of overtime pitching to get tagged with the loss.
The Tortugas were led at the plate by Shedric “Von Beethoven” Long, who went 2-for-4 with a homer and two walks, and Gavin “Down In” LaValley, who went 2-for-5 with a tater of his own and a walk. Chad “Make Bases Clearing Doubles Great Again” Tromp also made good use of his VERY specific nickname, driving in three with one swing of the bat in the eighth. Some of you will become irate if I don’t mention Nick Senzel in this, but he actually went 0-for-6 tonight, so I’m not gonna mention him. See how much happier all of you are? Not knowing he went 0-for-6?
Tyndon Baines Dohnson “TBD” will be on the hill for Daytona on Thursday at 6:30p.m. EST.
Hot chicken, do I get fired up seeing Taylor Trammell “Clef” go nuts on a box score. He went 3-for-4 on Wednesday with two doubles, a triple and a walk while driving in one for Dayton. Fellow former-first-rounder Tyler “Large Adult Catcher” Stephenson cashed in with a 2-for-5 day that included a double, and Jose “Shut Up” Siri drilled home three with a 2-for-3 day that included a triple and a homer. Brantley “Hell’s” Bell and Michael “Outfield Adrian” Beltre also added two-hit performances.
Wennington “Wins A Ton” Romero wasn’t a strong as usual on the mound, giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk in just 4.2 innings. Andy “hehe” Cox earned the victory with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief behind him.
Dayton does battle with South Bend again on Thursday, with Ty Boyles scheduled to throw the game’s first pitch at 7:00p.m. EST.