Indy picked up the Bats, put them headfirst into the toilet, and hit flush on Thursday night. Amir “acle on 34th Street” Garrett continued his complete dissolution by allowing 9 R (7 ER) in his 4.1 IP, raising his AAA ERA to 6.63 on the season. Ugh. Alex “TOOT” Blandino singled and walked, Brandon “Corleone” Dixon doubled, and that’s honestly the only shiz worth even mentioning. Forget this one.
“Green Day” Rookie Davis and his 5.31 AAA ERA will take the mound Friday in the series opener against Toledo, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
The Generals got lone runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings off Blue Wahoos starter Jesus “Jones” Reyes (6 IP, 2H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and that proved to be enough despite an all around solid outing. Nick “No. 2” Senzel singled in his only PA before exiting the game after being checked on by trainers, though The Enquirer’s Zach Buchanan reported it’s nothing to worry about. Gabby Guerrero launched a solo honker for Pensacola’s lone run, one of six ‘Hoos who had one lone hit on the evening.
Jose Lopez will be on the bump Friday at 6:35 PM CT when these two clubs do battle yet again.
The Tortugas won this one to bring their record to a lovely 48-76 on the season. Yeesh. Brantley “Ring My” Bell doubled and drove in a pair, Malik “Flogging” Collymore clubbed a 3-run tater, and Shane Mardirosian walked thrice and scored twice to pace the offense. That was good enough to back Ty “Lancing” Boyles in an 8 inning workhorse outing, one that saw him allow 4 ER while scattering 10 hits and 3 walks along the way, somehow doing all of that on just 94 pitches. Lotta first pitch swinging, I suppose, since he only fanned 2.
Wendolyn “Steal My Sunshine” Bautista will be on the mound when Daytona takes on the Florida Fire Frogs on Friday at 7:05 PM ET. The Florida Fire Frogs? Seriously? I mean, I’m cool with the Fire Frogs nickname, but Florida? It’s the damn Florida State League, you can’t name one of the teams “Florida.” That’s like calling the Yankees the Major League Yankees while the rest of the 29 teams just schlep around and wonder why that other club is so damn special. The Fire Frogs are located in Greater Orlando, which features wonderfully tailored minor league named locales like “Buenaventura Lakes” and “Poinciana” and “Okahumpka” and “Tangerine” and “Howey-in-the-hills.” Howey-in-the-hills! But seriously, the Okahumpka Fire Frogs need to be a thing right this damn minute. Get outta here with that Florida junk.
Jose “Que Sera” Siri and Taylor “Alan” Trammell each smacked homers on Thursday, because that’s just simply what those two do. Both came in the Bottom of the 8th in what had been just a 2-1 contest to that point, too, so they effectively put this contest on ice for the Dragons. Bruce “Pirate Voice” Yari added a honker of his own as part of a 2 for 4 night that also featured a double, and that was plenty enough to back Matt “TOOT” Blandino in his excellent 7 inning, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K outing.
Wennington Romero gets Friday’s start for Dayton against Great Lakes, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.
The Mustangs were completely shut down and shut out on Thursday. They collected just 2 hits - both singles - and nary a walk on the evening, fanning 10 times in the process. Heck, there wasn’t even a HBP in the game, and those seem almost like a prerequisite in rookie ball. Alejo “Rhythm Divine” Lopez and Montrell “Travis Wood” Marshall were the singlers, and Luis Alecis pitched OK with 3 ER in his 5.2 IP, but this was all about Great Falls journeyman pitcher Kyle Von Ruden just completely breezing through the Billings offense. For the record, he’s an undrafted free agent out of the University of Hawaii who spent all of 2016 and some of 2017 in Indy League ball before the White Sox plucked him and sent him to Pioneer League play at age 23. So, it wasn’t exactly a top prospect doing the damage to Billings on Thursday.
Jhon De Jesus starts Friday night for the Mustangs against Great Falls, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM MT. There’s something called a “Ninja Blender Mega-Giveaway” going on, so if you’re in the Greater Great Falls area, you know where to be tonight.