The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Weekend
Hunter Greene - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Hunter Greene’s first full season of professional baseball has had a few bumps in the road. Even with all of his talent, that is to be expected when you have an 18 year-old throwing in full-season Single-A. He made strides on righting that ship on Saturday, though, with his best outing of the year. He didn’t give up a run in 4 innings while allowing just 2 hits, walking none, and striking out 5. It’s performances like this that show why Reds’ fans should be excited about him, and it’s even better when you read stuff like this:
Hunter Greene's final line tonight:— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) May 13, 2018
4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO.
Fastball hit 100 mph in three different innings including the last pitch of his outing.
Friday, May 11
The Bats used some lights-out pitching to shut down Toledo on Friday. Robert “Bob Steve” Stephenson started and pitched well. He lasted 6 innings and gave up only 1 run on 2 hits with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Kevin “Love” Shackelford, Tanner “Make It” Rainey, and Kevin “Do we really need a nickname for” Quackenbush, each threw a scoreless inning in relief. There wasn’t a ton to write home about offensively, but it was enough. Mason Williams was 2 for 4 with a double and Brandon “Get Your” Dixon was 2 for 4 with a solo dinger.
Wyatt “Derp” Strahan started for Pensacola Friday and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. Taylor “Bubba” Sparks was 2 for 4 with a double and a solo dinger. Luis Gonzalez was 1 for 5 with 2 RBI and Shed “Love me” Long “Time” was 1 for 5 with a 2-RBI triple. Aristides “Heiress Titties” Aquino was 1 for 3 with a 2-run dinger.
It was not a good weekend for Daytona, which started with a 7-2 loss to Clearwater on Friday. Ryan Olson got destroyed in his start, lasting 4 innings and giving up 7 runs on 9 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Nick Howard threw 2(!) scoreless innings, bringing his ERA down to 7.90. Jose “Ask” Siri was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, Ibandel Isabel was 1 for 4 with a solo bomb, and Brantley “Ring My” Bell was 2 for 4
It also wasn’t a great weekend for Dayton, as they fell 7-4 to Peoria on Friday. Tyler Mondile continues to struggle this year. He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings of work. Miles “Flash” Gordon was 4 for 5 and scored 3 runs, Michael “Head Rub” Beltre was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, and Stuart “Little” Fairchild was 1 for 3 with 1 driven in.
Saturday, May 12
The Bats got lit up on Saturday. Zach Neal got the start and was bad. He lasted only 3.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and struck out 1 batter. “Stone Cold” Steve Selsky and Gabriel Guerrero were each 2 for 4 with a double withe Guerrero driving in a run. Tyler “Good Day” Goeddel was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, and a run driven in. DJ Peterson had a 2-RBI double in a 1 for 5 night.
Pensacola couldn’t get it going offensively on Saturday, as they were shut out by Biloxi. Daniel “Did It” Wright was solid in his start, giving up an unearned run on 6 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. Victor Payano struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings of relief. Luis Gonzalez was 2 for 5 and Daniel Sweet was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
I told you, things were bad for Daytona this weekend. Wennington “When In” Romero was bad, though he ran into a bout of bad defense in a 6-run 2nd inning. In all, he pitched 5.2 innings and gave up 7 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and no strikeouts. The bats didn’t show up either, Jose Siri was 1 for 4 with a double and TJ “I Was Born” Friedl was 1 for 4 and scored a run.
Dayton gave up a late 3-run lead to fall 4-3 on Saturday. While they didn’t get the win, they got a fantastic outing by Hunter “I hardly knew her!” Greene. He gave up only 2 hits in 4 shutout innings while walking none and striking out 5 in what was quiet possibly his best outing of the year. Andy Sugilio was 1 for 3 with a 2-run home run and Jeter “Re2pect” Downs was 1 for 4 with a solo blast.
Sunday, May 13
Pitching was even worse for Louisville on Sunday in a 10-4 loss. Jose Lopez started and was roughed up in 4 innings of work. He gave up 5 earned runs on 5 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He also couldn’t keep the ball in the yard, giving up 3 bombs in the process. Tanner Rainey also gave up his first runs in Triple-A yesterday, bringing his ERA up to 1.26 on the season. Brandon Dixon continued to hit well, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. Cliff Pennington went 2 for 5.
Up Next: Louisville is off tonight. Justin Nicolino will start Tuesday against Durham at 7:15 PM ET.
Keury “Hella” Mella had himself another solid start on Sunday. He went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts. Robinson “Pants on Fire” Leyer struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings of relief. “Butch” Cassidy Brown was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI, Aristides Aquino was 1 for 3 with a 2-run dinger, Shed Long hit a solo bomb in a 1 for 5 night, and Keury Mella helped himself out with a 2-RBI double.
Up Next: TBD will start against Biloxi tonight at 6:35 PM CT.
Daytona was off on Sunday. They play tonight against Bradenton at 6:30 PM ET with Ty Boyles getting the start.
Dayton was also off on Sunday. TBD gets the start tonight against Lansing at 7:05 PM ET.