Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night
Hunter Greene had scouts, prospect wonks, and Reds fans from every possible corner of the universe in Dayton for his 2018 debut, and while he was never in-line to pitch deep into the game due to year-long innings restrictions, the 18 year old phenom flashed an incredibly impressive repertoire.
His first three pitches each hit 100 mph, as The Enquirer’s John Fay relayed, and while he eventually allowed a pair of runs, the dominant stuff was every bit as advertised.
Greene’s final line: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K on 53 pitches, meaning 8 of the 9 outs Greene recorded were strikeouts. Giggity.
Columbus 7, Louisville 1
Brandon Finnegan was on what should hopefully be his final rehab assignment as the Bats starter, and things certainly could’ve gone much better for him. He allowed 4 R (3 ER) in his 5.0 IP, but allowed an unsightly 8 H and 5 BB against just 2 Ks. Gross.
The Bats committed 4 errors and had more walks by their pitchers (8) than strikeouts (7), which was also, well, gross. Offensively, things weren’t much better, with Rosell “Raised Hell” Herrera’s 1 for 3, BB, RBI (and CS) night the best of the bunch.
The Bats will play Columbus again tomorrow at 6:30 PM ET, though they’ve not yet listed their starter on their website.
Pensacola 5, Mobile 4
The Blue Wahoos jumped out early and held on to beat the BayBears on Monday. Wyatt “Would You Do If I Sang Out of Tune” Strahan limited Mobile to a lone run in his 5 IP, Josh VanMeter went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a ribbie, Nick “Shedhi” Longhi went 3 for 5 with 2 ribbies and a run scored from the 2-hole, and even Alfredo Rodriguez chipped in by scoring twice on a 1 for 3, BB evening out of the 9-spot in the order.
Pensacola is back in action on Wednesday, though their website lists Vlad Gutierrez as their starter - and that can’t be right, since he just started yesterday. Early season website jitters, I’d imagine.
Daytona 2, Charlotte 1 (F/6)
The Tugas picked up a win against the StoneCrabs in a game that was abbreviated due to rain. Seth “Knowhutimean” Varner went the 6 IP distance for Daytona in impressive fashion, allowing just 3 H and the lone ER, fanning 3 against nary a walk.
Taylor “Tyler” Trammell had a solid outing, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored, while Tyler “Taylor” Stephenson went 1 for 3 with a ribbie.
Tony Santillan will get his second start of the spring when Daytona takes the field on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.
Dayton 3, Lake County 2
Hunter Greene got things going for the Dragons, and an impressive 6 IP performance in relief from Austin “Iron” Oreweiler (4 IP), Tyler “Tyler Taylor” Buffet (1 IP), and Sarkis “O-H-I-” Ohanian (1 IP) did enough to keep the Captains’ bats in check.
Offensively, both Jose Garcia and Hector “10,000 m^2” Vargas had 2 for 4 nights, while Miles “Commissioner” Gordon went 1 for 2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and already his 4th stolen base of the young season. This Dayton team is damn, damn talented, folks.
Packy “Keynote” Naughton will be back on the mound for the Dragons on Tuesday, with first pitch set for 7:00 PM ET.