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The Brandon Larson Honorary Star Of The Night

Gavin LaValley - 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI

You just can’t not give it to a guy that went 3 for 4 with a grand slam. You can’t. LaValley brought his average up to .250 which isn’t great. However, I still get this feeling this guy will continue to come along, never play for the Reds, and we’ll see him playing 1B and ringing dingers at the age of 28 for someone else. There’s just something about his bat that I love. There are obvious limitations to his game, and there’s the concept of Joey Votto existing. I just fall in love with some prospects.

Louisville Bats 3, Columbus Clippers 5

“General” Jackson Stephens put together a very serviceable start. He allowed 2 earned runs over 6.2 innings. He did walk 3 but struck out 7 over those innings on 4 hits and no dingers allowed. The best thing for Stephens at this point is to remain relevant and try to make it as a bullpen arm. Kevin “Duck Hunt” Quakenbush struck out 1 over 1.1 scoreless. Nick Senzel was 2 for 4 with a double, and DJ “Mr.” Peterson was 2 for 4 with a double, RBI, and a walk.

Jose Lopez pitches at 6:35 PM ET.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 9, Mississippi Braves 5

I’ll admit it took me several tries to spell Mississippi right because I’m leaking brain cells out of my ears. Daniel “Won’t Be” Wright had another bad outing. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and 2 long balls. Evan “Oven” Mitchell struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and Carlos “Nevar” Navas struck out 3 in 2 scoreless of his own. Gavin “BLOOD RUNS DEEP IN” LaValley was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and a GRAND SALAMI. Brian “Beef” O’Grady went 2 for 4 with a double, RBI, and a run scored, and Garrett “Malware” Boulware went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI, and a run scored. The Wahoos scraped together 9 RBI on 11 hits which is pretty gosh damn clutch.

Keury Mella will hopefully continue to build on a stellar season tonight at 6:35 PM CT.

Daytona Tortugas 2, Jupiter Hammerheads 3

Ty “Poppin’” Boyles was fantastic. He pitched 6 scoreless innings on 3 hits, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. That lowered his season ERA to 9.88 so he really needed this. Jesse “Clutch” Stallings struck out 2 over 1.2 scoreless innings. I’m also searching for better nicknames for him, but I can’t think of a better one for a reliever. Tyler “Bat Flip” Stephenson went a pedestrian 2 for 5, and Ibandel “I’m In Hell” Isabel went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. I don’t know who this guy is, but I fucking loving his name.

Tony Santillan will be on the mound at 6:30 PM and let’s see if he continues to mount a campaign to be the top pitching prospect in this system.

Dayton Dragons 7, Burlington Bees 6

I’d like to point out a new box score format that is only being used on the Dragon’s site right now that I’m a huge fan of. So much easier to write these. It’s honestly less scrolling and switching tabs. Wendolyn Bautista was bad. He allowed 6 runs (5 earned) over 5.1 innings. It doesn’t help when you give up 12 hits and 2 walks. That’s a real bad WHIP. He did strikeout 5. Now, I have something to complain about the new format. They only put last names. I’m in a struggle of more clicking because I don’t have all the names memorized at this level. Dauri “I Forget” Moreta struck out 3 in 1.2 innings, and Ryan “Busta” Nutof struck out 2 in 2 scoreless. Jeter “Jeets” Downs went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 steals. He has 11 on the season. Stu Fairchild went 1 for 4 with a walk, run scored, and a steal himself. Montrell Marshall went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, a solo dinger, and a walk. This good stuff. Michael Beltre also went 2 for 4 with a walk, double, RBI, and a run scored. Cool.

Hunter Greene looks for redemption at 12:30 PM ET.