Indianapolis 8, Louisville 6
Wendolyn Bautista started for the Bats, and...
...well, he allowed 6 hits, and 7 runs - 5 earned - while not retiring a single batter. Keep in mind, he’s the starter who was summoned to AAA when Tyler Mahle was promoted to Cincinnati a week ago, but still. Ismael “Moby” Guillon picked him up by tossing 3.2 innings of scoreless ball in relief (and even added a triple at the plate), and Brandon Dixon & the Louisville offense did their best to come back, but it was not to be. Dixon finished with a 2 for 5, 2 double night, Hernan “Theirnan” Iribarren went 2 for 4 with 2 ribbies and a walk, and Alex “Luther” Blandino singled, walked, and scored. This, by the way, was Louisville’s final home game of the season.
The Bats will play at Columbus on Friday at 7:15 PM ET, but with Friday being September 1st - the first day MLB rosters expand - there hasn’t been a starter named just yet.
Jacksonville 5, Pensacola 2
Deck “Minwax” McGuire fired 6 innings of excellent ball for the Blue Wahoos, allowing just 2 ER and fanning 11 in the process. That came with just 3 hits allowed and nary a walk issued. Unfortunately, Pensacola’s bullpen/offense combo couldn’t back Deck. Shed Long continued to look good after returning from injury with a double and a walk from the leadoff spot, Jonathan “Rey Knew So” Reynoso doubled and walked, too, but that was pretty much the bulk of the highlights in this loss.
Jose Lopez will start for the ‘Hoos on Friday at Jacksonville, with first pitch set for 6:05 PM CT.
Daytona 7, Florida 2 (F/7)
The Tortugas won the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, jumping on Florida early and often. Both Luis Gonzalez and Blake “Brett” Butler swatted dingers, Chris “Dokey” Okey had a rare 2-hit day, and that was plenty good enough to back a complete game 4 hitter by Juan “Two Three” Martinez, who allowed just 4 hits and a lone earned run in his effort.
Daytona 8, Florida 3 (F/7)
Them Tortugies swept their doubleheader with another thumping of the Fire Frogs. Jake “Taylor” Paulson fanned 6 against nary a walk in his start, firing 5 innings of 3 ER ball to set the base. Luis Gonzalez and Shane “Viento de” Mardirosian paced the offense, though with 4 for 4 (2 R) and 3 for 4 (2 R) days, respectively. James Vasquez clubbed a dinger and drove in 3 to back them up, and that was that.
Former Detroit Tigers 1st round draftee Jonathon “Something” Crawford will take his 0-10 season record to the mound for Friday’s start, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
Bowling Green 6, Dayton 0
The Dragons tallied a total of 3 hits on the night, with Michael “Head Rub” Beltre’s triple the lone extra-base donk of the night. Taylor Trammell had the night off, though, so that might help explain things at least a bit. Move along.
Tony Santillan will start Friday for Dayton, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
Billings 5, Missoula 4
Jacob Heatherly allowed 4 ER in his 3.1 IP as the starter, but that didn’t stop the offense from picking up the slack. J.D. “Tim-Ted” Salmon-Williams clubbed a J.D. Salmon-Dinger as part of his 2 hit night, both Henrik “Tangelo” Clementina and Andy “Boy Named” Sugilio had 3 hit nights, and Jeter “Git-Er” Downs walked twice to get Billings back into the game, and Mac “Cheese” Sceroler fired 3 innings of 2 hit, 3 K scoreless ball from the bullpen to turn the tides.