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Farmer’s Only: Bob Steve cruises, Ty Boyles pops off a shutout

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Louisville Bats 5, Norfolk Tides 3

Robert “Bob Steve” Stephenson showed more itchiness to get back to the show in this start for Louisville, pitching 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out eight. The biggest bright spot for the still young right-hander start, however, was the zero walks. Jimmy “Drinks To” Herget earned his third save with Louisville, pitching a scoreless ninth.

Darnell “Philbin” Sweeney walked, homered and drove in two to pace the offense for the Bats, while Hernan “The Barbarian” Iribarren and Brandon Dixon “Dicks Off” each cashed in a 2-for-5 showing. “Uncle” Jesse Winker, meanwhile, threw in a casual 1-for-5 with a double and a ribbie.

Sal Romano gets the ball for Louisville when they begin their game against Norfolk at 12:05 p.m. EST on Thursday.

Pensacola and Montgomery got suspended because of rain. They’ll try again on Thursday with a 7:35 p.m. EST start time.

Daytona Tortugas 0, Lakeland Flying Tigers 6

Well, fart. Daytona mustered a whole two hits on Wednesday, one each from Chris “Annie Are You” Okey and Mitch Piatnik “At The Motherfreakin’ Disco”.

Wendolyn “And Wheredolyn” Bautista wasn’t awful in his start, but wasn’t spectacular either, giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks while fanning three in 5.2 IP. Austin “Popcorn” Orewelier and Zach “Berry” Weiss then combined for 2.1 shutout innings from the bullpen before Tanner “I Feel It’s Gonna” Rainey “Like This For Days” gave up the final two runs in one inning of work.

Daytona might score Thursday when they send Wyatt Strahan to the mound for a 7:05 p.m. EST start time.

Dayton Dragons 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 0

Atta boy, Dayto Drago. Tyler “Tall Adult Baseball Catcher” Stephenson homered and drove in two to lead Dayton past West Michigan on Wednesday, while John “Say It Ain’t” Sansone pitched in with a dinger of his own. Taylor Trammell “Clef” contributed a 2-for-4 day at the plate, and so did “Butch” Cassidy Brown and Hector Vargas “Grass, or Ass”.

The real star of this one, though, was Ty “Poppin’” Boyles. He pitched a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out four and walking two. He did on 109 pitches, 81 (!!!) of which were strikes. My oh my.

Dayton’s gonna go ahead and play another game against West Michigan on Thursday, with Wennington Romero leading the charge in a 7:00 EST start time.

Billings Mustangs 9, Missoula Osprey 8

Leandro “Barbosa” Santana homered and drove in four in the Billings offensive attack on Wednesday, powering it past Missoula. Alejo “Get” Lopez went 3-for-4, while Montrell “Williams” Marshall and Andy “Andy Sugilio” Sugilio each chipped in two hits apiece.

Billings’ pitching was mostly rough in this one, with Ryan “Nutella” Nutof being the only arm to enter the game and successfully hold Missoula scoreless.

Max Wotell will pitch for Billings when they get started at 9:05 p.m. EST on Thursday.

AZL Reds 4, AZL Athletics 3

Mariel “Muriel” Bautista and Reshard “My Whole Name’s Spelled Wrong” Munroe each collected a pair of hits on Wednesday, with Munroe’s including a double and an RBI as the Baby Reds held off the Baby A’s. Jose “Baby” Castillo pitched four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out four, before John “Come On, You” Ghyzel and Ricardo “Ricola” Smith shut down the Baby A’s for a combined five scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts from the bullpen.

The Baby Reds will continue teething on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EST.