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Farmers Only: Keury Mella keeps on dominating

The former Giants’ top prospect continues to show promise in Double-A this season

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The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night

Keury Mella continues to have himself a fantastic season in Pensacola. He kept on trucking on Thursday night, giving up only an unearned run in 5 innings, while scattering 6 hits, walking 1, and striking out 7. In 32 innings for the Blue Wahoos this season, he sports a 0.84 ERA with only 6 walks against 32 strikeouts.

Louisville Bats 5, Norfolk Tides 6

Louisville let an early 5-0 lead get away from them and ultimately lost in 10 innings on Thursday night. Jose Lopez got the start and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Tony Cruz went 2 for 5 with a grand slam and Brandon “Dixoff” Dixon was 3 for 5 with a double and scored a run. The big news from this game was that Nick Senzel left after his first at-bat. While there was much speculation among Reds Twitter about his reason for leaving, it was revealed today that he had been dealing with some dizziness. If you remember back to last season, his season ended prematurely due to vertigo, so hopefully for his sake this isn’t a relapse of that issue.

Up Next: Justin Nicolino takes the mound against Norfolk tonight at 7:05 PM ET.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7, Mississippi Braves 1

A 5-run 6th inning and another fantastic performance by Keury “Hella” Mella propelled Pensacola to a 7-1 win on Thursday. The aforementioned Mella continues to dominate Double-A hitters. He went 5 innings and gave up an unearned run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7. Speaking of players doing good things, Shed Long had another great night, going 2 for 4 with a 2-run dinger. Chadwick “Piss Tape” Tromp was 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Jose Rafael De Paula was great out of the bullpen, striking out 6 in 3 scoreless innings of relief.

Up Next: Vladimir Gutierrez gets the start tonight at 6:35 PM CT.

Daytona Tortugas 2, Jupiter Hammerheads 7

Tony “Santigold” Santillan had his first rough start of the season on Thursday. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings of work. The good news is that he had only 1 walk against 7 strikeouts. Nick Howard threw a scoreless inning, which will always be noteworthy. Mitch “Yay” Nay was 1 for 3 with an RBI double and a walk and Ibandel Isabel was 1 for 4 with an RBI double. That’s pretty much all there was offensively.

Up Next: Scott Moss will start against Jupiter tonight at 7:05 PM ET.

Dayton Dragons 8, Burlington Bees 4

Hunter Greene got the start for Dayton and struggled again. He lasted only 1.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 1. Austin “Animal Farm” Orewiler came on in relief and threw 5.1 innings, giving up a run on 5 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Montrell “Marsha, Marsha” Marshall was 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and 3 RBI, Michael Beltre was 1 for 3 with a solo blast, 2 walks, and 3 runs scored, and Stuart “Little” Fairchild was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI double. This was Dayton’s fourth straight win.

Up Next: Adrian Rodriguez makes his season debut tonight at 7:30 PM ET.