Friday, June 9th
The good news was that Robert “Ernie” Stephenson fired 5 scoreless innings as the Bats’ starter, striking out 6 and allowing just 1 hit in the process. The bad news, however, was that he walked 5 Mud Hens. Rob “Ernie” Brantly went 3 for 3 with a double and a walk to pace the offense, and every other position player who got a PA for Louisville had exactly 1 hit except for poor Darnell “Ernie” Sweeney, who had and 0-fer (but did take a walk).
Homer Bailey returned Friday for his first rehab start since his elbow surgery back in February, and looked the part of potential rotation savior. He needed just 64 pitches to toss 5 scoreless, 3 hit innings, striking out 5 against a lone walk. Keury “Julio Urias” Mella piggybacked Homer with 2 ER in 4 IP, and that was good enough for the Blue Wahoos thanks to Blake Trahan’s 2 for 3, 2 ribbie night. Alex “Luther” Blandino doubled and drove in a pair, Eric “Catherine Bell” Jagielo doubled and scored twice, and Gabby Guerrero went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and a run knocked in.
The Tugas fell to the baby Cardinals in 14 innings despite the best efforts from the big bats in their lineup. Shed “a Woulda Coulda” Long went 2 for 6 with a homer and a walk, and Gavin LaValley went 2 for 4 with a ribbie. Alfredo “re mi fa so” Rodriguez went 2 for 7 with a pair of runs scored, but also had a pair of errors in the field. The pitching walked 8 on the night, and every arm that threw allowed at least one run to score save for Brian “Big Buck” Hunter and his 3 scoreless innings from the ‘pen.
The Dragons held the Whitecaps scoreless over the final 5 innings of the game, with Andy “X-man” Cox and Ryan “no my nickname is X-man” Hendrix backing a 3 ER, 8 H, BB, 7 K, 6.1 IP start from Tony Santillan. That was enough for the hitters to overcome despite no position player collecting more than one hit and nobody on the team socking an extra base hit, as the Dragons walked 8 times and benefited from 5 Whitecap errors to pick up the win.
Saturday, June 10th
The Bats scored early and held off a late Mud Hen rally to win again Saturday, thanks largely to Austin “Massachusetts” Ross allowing only 2 ER in his 6 inning start. Jesse Winker singled and walked because Jesse Winker singles and walks, Phil Ervin bonked a solo homer, and Sweeney walked twice, singled, drove in a run, and stole a base. Zach “Taubensee” Vincej went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, to boot.
The Braves scored 4 times in the Top of the 9th off Jimmy “don’t you” Herget “about me,” which overshadowed a bit another terrific outing from Tyler Mahle, who K’d 9 and allowed just 5 hits and a walk in 6 scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA to 1.54. Blandino had a 2 for 4 night, Josh “Church” Van Meter went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, and Aristides Aquino showed proof of life with a single to raise his season average all the way up to .215. Hmm.
The Dragonas went bonkers on the Cards after losing late the night before, dropping 16 hits on their league rivals. Nick “Hunter Greene” Senzel led the way in absurd fashion, going 4 for 5 with 3 doubles, a triple, 4 runs scored, and 4 driven in, reminding us of how nice it is to add a #2 overall pick to a franchise just days before the Cincinnati Reds will do so again. Chad “Chad” Tromp also went 4 for 4 with a double and 3 driven in, Long went 2 for 4 with a walk and 3 rund scored, and evvvverybody went home happy.
The Dragons were shut down completely by West Michigan, racking up just 3 hits and 2 walks against 10 Ks on the night. Jose “Que Sera” Siri was the lone man with a great game, as he alone went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and a walk, but that wasn’t enough as Scott “Rolling Stone” Moss was uncharacteristically knocked around for 9 hits and 4 ER in his 6.1 innings on the mound.
Sunday, June 11th
Sal Romano got the start for the Bats and got rocked, surrendering 7 runs on 9 hits in his 5 IP. Only 3 of those runs were earned, but it still was far from pretty. Dilson “Pickle” Herrera cracked a 2-run dinger to provide the entirety of the offense, as this one was pretty well forgettable.
Brandon Finnegan returned with 3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just a hit and a walk to go along with a strikeout in a promising day on the mound. Blandino and Guerrero both cracked doubles, the former scoring a run and the latter driving one in, and both Tyler Goeddel and Adrian “Yo” Nieto had 2-hit afternoons.
So the filthy baby Cards got some revenge on the ‘Tugas on Sunday, it seems. Vlad “Badimir” Gutierrez got blitzed for 6 ER in 4 IP, and despite 3 hits and a homer - a homer! - from Fred Rod, the bats couldn’t claw their way back, though Mitch Piatnik tried with a 2 for 4, 2 run scored day.
Dayton got trounced all around on Sunday. Wennington “Wherefor art thou” Romero surrendered 9 hits in just 4 IP, allowing 4 ER in the process, and the bullpen got spanked around afterwards. Taylor Trammell chipped in with a 3 for 4 day that included a triple, a ribbie, and a run scored, Tyler Stephenson doubled in a run, and TJ “Born” Friedl went 2 for 4 with a run scored, but that was all she wrote.