Louisville 6, Pawtucket 5 (F/14)
The Bats needed extras to down the Red Sox, but down them they did. Alex “TOOT” Blandino clubbed a double into LF in the Bottom of the 14th and scored the walk-off run a batter later when Hernan Iribarren singled him in. TOOT went 2 for 7 with a pair of runs scored on the day, as did leadoff man Tyler Goeddel. Sebastian “Seschweinsteiger” Elizalde dingered and walked to add to the offense, while Ariel Hernandez picked up the win after firing 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.
Luke “Pig” Farrell will start Friday night for Louisville, who is somehow almost inexplicably 25 games under .500 this year despite sporting damn near a dozen names who have made it to the big leagues this year. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.
Pensacola 11, Mississippi 5
The ‘Hoos cruised thanks to a 6 run 8th inning that blew the doors off this one, backing Keury Mella in one of his better starts in awhile. He went 6 innings and allowed just 3 hits and 2 earned runs, walking nobody against 3 Ks. Nick “No. 2” Senzel walked twice and scored a run in solidarity with Joey Votto’s 2x on-base streak, Aristides “Whities” Aquino bonked a 2-run dinger as part of a 3 hit night, and both Arismendy “Kaling” Alcantara and Gabby “Sabatini” Guerrero had 3 hit nights atop the order - with 2 triples and a double for the former big league utility man.
These two clubs will duke it out again on Friday beginning at 7:00 PM CT. Austin “Scott” Ross gets the start.
Daytona 2, Bradenton 1
Them Tortugies scored twice in the 2nd inning and held on to pip the Marauders, thanks largely to a 3 combined excellent, scoreless innings of relief from Seth “You go Glen” Lugo and Joel Bender. They allowed just 1 hit combined, backing 5 innings of 8 hit, 1 ER ball from starter Seth “Knowhutimean?” Varner, who fanned 2 against nary a walk. Chris Okey provided the offense with a 2-run honkasaurus flex, though The Head of Alfredo Rodriguez did slap a pair of singles from the leadoff spot.
Ty Boyles starts Friday evening at 6:30 PM ET for Daytona.
Dayton 3, West Michigan 1
Hey! Dayton won, too! Their winning ways came on the back of Tony “Wolfe” Santillan, who fired 5 innings of 4 hit, 3 BB, 1 ER ball, striking out an impressive 9 in the process. Methinks this kid’s gonna make waves, and soon. Jesses Stallings and Adams then paired with Dauri Moreta to fan 6 more against no walks and 2 hits in an impressive bullpen outing, meaning the Dragons K’d 15 total on the night. Jose “You cannot be” Siri again paced the offense with a 3 for 4, 2 SB night, while John “Sad Song Says” Sansone went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
The Dragons will employ the services of Andrew Jordan as their initial pitcher on Friday, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
Idaho Falls 17, Billings 2
Juuuuuust when you thought it might be an organizational sweep on Thursday...yeesh.
Billings committed 4 errors on the night to pair with already rough pitching, and that’s never a good thing. Tyler Mondile was shelled for 12 hits and 8 runs in his 5.0 IP, though only 4 of those runs were earned. At least he didn’t walk anyone, I guess? Zac Correll “Reefer” took over and allowed 6 ER in his 0.2 IP, and that was pretty much that. Miles Gordon tripled, Hendrik “Tangerine” Clementina bashed a pair of doubles, and Jeter “Churchill” Downs poked a dinger, though that pretty well sums up the entire offense.
Someone’s going to pitch for Billings on Friday at 7:05 PM MT, but who the hell it is I cannot currently relay.