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Farmers Only: Offensive explosions and dominant pitching

Robert Stephenson and Tony Santillan were lights out in an undefeated night on the farm.

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Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night

Today’s trophy actually is split between 2 players: Robert Stephenson and Tony Santillan. Bob Steve bounced back from a rough first start and went 7 strong innings, giving up only a single run and struck out 10 against 3 walks. Santillan was even better, going 6 innings, giving up no runs on 1 hit with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. For Stephenson, it was nice to see him come back from a bad outing and do the things he was doing at the end of 2017. This was Santillan’s 2nd straight outing without giving up an earned run on the season. He also has 13 strikeouts over 10 innings pitched. That’ll do.

Louisville Bats 8, Columbus Clippers 2

Louisville put the hammer down early and never let up in an 8-2 victory over Columbus Wednesday night. Robert “Bob Steve” Stephenson got the start and was absolute nails. He threw 7 innings and gave up an unearned run on 3 hits with 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. Exactly the type of performance we hoped to get out of Mr. Steve. The offense was on fire for the Bats. Rosell “Rose Hell” Herrera continued his hot start to the season, going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Sebastion “5000 Candles in the Wind” Elizalde was 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI, Brandon “Dixoff” Dixon was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI, and DJ Peterson was 2 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI.

Up Next: Jackson Stephens gets the start tonight against Lehigh Valley at 7:05 PM ET.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6, Chattanooga Lookouts 5

The Wahoos tried to give it away in the 9th, but they held off a furious comeback from Chattanooga in a 6-5 victory. Daniel “2 Wrongs Don’t Make A” Wright started and was solid, giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings of work. Gabby “Douglas” Guerrero went 2 for 4 with a 2-run dinger, Chadwick “Unfortunate Name” Tromp was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI, and Taylor “Bubba” Sparks was 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored, and 1 RBI.

Up Next: Keury Mella starts against Chattanooga tonight at 6:35 PM CT.

Daytona Tortugas 11, Charlotte Stone Crabs 8

Daytona used an offensive outburst to take game 1 of the double-header, 11-8. Daytona went with a bullpen game in the first, giving Jesse “No Evil” Adams the start. He went 2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Hendrix struck out 3 in 1.2 scoreless innings. Taylor Trammell reached base 4 times, going 1 for 1 with a 2-run dinger and 3 walks. Tyler “Bat Flip” Stephenson was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored, Brantley “Ring My” Bell was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, and Daniel Sweet was 2 for 3 with a walk, 1 RBI, and a run scored.

Daytona Tortugas 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs

Daytona may not lose again. They swept the double-header from Charlotte on Wednesday en route to their 6th straight win. Tony “Santigold” Santillan started and was lights out, going 6 shutout innings while striking out 8, walking 2, and allowing only 1 hit. The offense didn’t really get going until the 6th, but that’s all they needed with pitching like that. TJ “I was born” Friedl was 1 for 3 with a triple and a run scored, Luis Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with a triple and 1 RBI, and Tyler Stephenson was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI.

Up Next: Scott Moss takes the mound against Charlotte tonight at 7:05 PM ET.

Dayton Dragons 9, Lake County Captains 3

Dayton continued the minor league philosophy of “Score a shit-ton of runs” on Wednesday with a 9-3 victory over Lake County. “Return of the” Mac Sceroler started for Dayton and went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. The bullpen was lights out, allowing only 1 base-runner the rest of the way. Narciso “Malfoy” Crook was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI. Have a night, kid. Miles “Commissioner” Gordon reached base 3 times, going 1 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored and Leandro Santana was 1 for 4 with a RBI double.

Up Next: Tyler Mondile starts tonight against Lake County at 7:00 PM ET.