Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night
Jesus Reyes earned a spot on the 40-man roster of the Cincinnati Reds after his 2017 campaign, one that saw him post a 3.60 ERA in 137.1 IP spent between A+ Daytona and AA Pensacola. His 2018 season got off to a bit of a rocky start with the Blue Wahoos, but his Thursday effort showed the upside that landed him a roster spot to begin with.
He retired 15 batters in his Pensacola start, and 9 of them came via K. That’s the kind of effort that’ll have a few more eyes on the 25 year old.
Louisville Bats 0, Buffalo Bisons 0, Weather 1
The end of the would-be series in Buffalo has now been thoroughly weathered-out.
The Bats will return to action at home in Louisville on Friday, as they’ll open a series against Syracuse. Robert “Bob Steve” Stephenson will get the nod for the Bats, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.
Mississippi 3, Pensacola 2
A 2-run 8th inning rally got the Blue Wahoos close, but it wasn’t enough to get Pensacola a win on Thursday.
Jesus “Daisy Ridleyes” Reyes was solid as the team’s starter, allowing just 2 ER in his 5 IP. He allowed 5 hits, but also fanned 9 against nary a walk. That’ll do. Offensively, Scott Schebler went 1 for 5 with a run scored in what figures to be his final game on rehab assignment, and he was backed by Shed “Ob” Long (1 for 3 with a walk) and Taylor “Tyler” Sparks (1 for 3 with a double) on an otherwise lackluster offensive night.
Wyatt “Strut Cat” Strahan gets the start for the ‘Hoos on Friday night, as they’ll take on Mississippi at 8:00 PM ET.
Daytona 5, Tampa 2
The Tortugas plated 3 runs in the 3rd inning and held off the Tarpons, and man, do Florida State League teams have some kick-ass names.
Mitch “Night Putting” Nay continued his torrid start to the season with a 2 for 4 night that included a dinger and 2 ribbies, Dilson “Pickle” Herrera chipped in with a triple, and T.J. Friedl went 2 for 4 with a ribbie himself. That was plenty enough to back another solid start by Ryan Olson, who fired 6 innings of 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K ball to improve to 3-0 on the season already.
Daytona will play at Dunedin at 6:30 PM ET on Friday, though they’ve not yet announced their starting pitcher.
Dayton 3, South Bend 2
The Packy “The Dude’s Name is ‘Packy,’ What More Could You Want” Naughton-led Dragons scored 3 runs over the first 3 innings and held on to down the Cubs on Thursday. Naughton fired 6 innings of 4 hit, 2 run ball, fanning 4 while not walking a soul, dropping his season ERA to an impressive 2.60.
Offensively, Jeter “Git-R-Done” Downs championed the offense with a 2 for 4 night that featured a triple and his 6th stolen base of the season, and he’s hitting a solid .302 in the early going. Montrell “Harrezl” Marshall backed him with a 1 for 3 night that included both a walk and a double, Miles “Before I Sleep” Gordon walked, swiped a bag, and scored a run, and Stuart “Liz” Fairchild kept his hot start to the season going with yet another double.
Mac Sceroler starts for the Dragons on Friday, with their first pitch at Fort Wayne set for 7:05 PM ET.