The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night
Tyler Stephenson - 2 for 8, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Ty Steve’s bat has long been one we’ve expected to take off, and so far in his healthy 2018 campaign we’ve seen why the Cincinnati Reds were willing to use a 1st round draft pick on him. What’s also begun to stand out, though, is his defense behind the plate, and while he doubled and dingered in his doubleheader action for Daytona on Monday, he also threw out a pair of baserunners, which is a damn fine sight to see.
Homer “Allowed By” Bailey looked positively Homer Bailey-ish in his rehab start for the Bats on Monday, though that, unfortunately, is not a good look. He was knocked around for 5 runs on 6 hits in just 3 innings of work, with a lone walk and lone strikeout wrapping his ledger. He needed 68 pitches to get through those 3 IP, and all 5 runs he allowed came in his final inning of work.
Offensively, Dilson “Pickle” Herrera continued his torrid stretch with a 3-run wanger, Nick “No. 2” Senzel went 2 for 4 with a double, run scored, and a ribbie, and Hernan “Gordie Howe” Iribarren walked twice and scored.
Cody Reed will start for Louisville Tuesday night against Columbus, where he’ll probably allow 4 runs (3 earned) in 5.1 IP, with 7 H, 4 BB, and 5 K. First pitch is set for 7:00 PM ET.
The Blue Wahoos had Monday off after rain threw everything all to hell. They surely appreciated the rest, as they’ll play a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Vlad Gutierrez will take the mound for them first on Tuesday against Mississippi, with first pitch set for 6:00 PM ET. A second game will presumably get squeezed in afterwards.
The Tortugas completed this rain-interrupted affair on Monday as the first part of a sorta/kinda doubleheader, and while they rallied for a run in the Bottom of the 8th, they fell a run short against the dastardly junior Mets.
Ibandel “Taylor” Isabel continued to wreck heads with yet another dinger, Taylor “Tyler” Trammell went 3 for 5 from the leadoff spot, and Ty “Tay” Steve doubled, scored, and went 2 for 4 throwing out would-be base-stealers.
Ty “ler” Boyles was on the losing end of this one, as he was wrecked for 5 ER in just 3 IP. Yuck.
The ‘tugas only cobbled together 3 hits in their second game of the day, though at least one was a solo dinger off the bat of Stephenson. The aforementioned Ibandel Isabel chipped in with 2 walks, which is nearly as impressive as him jacking homers by the dozens.
On the mound, Tommy “Ice” Bergjans surrendered 2 ER in his 4.1 IP, and that was backed by a dismal 1.1 from Aaron “Brush Your Teeth and Then Use Some” Fossas where he allowed 5 hits and 3 ER in just 1.1 IP.
Daytona and St. Lucie will tangle in another doubleheader on Tuesday, though the Tortugas haven’t yet listed any starting pitchers. First pitch in the first game will be chucked at 4:00 PM ET.
The Dragons wrapped the farm-wide losing by dropping Monday’s matchup with the Hot Rods. Adrian “Yo” Rodriguez got the start and allowed 4 ER in his 4.0 IP, but at least Austin “Smelting” Orewiler did his best to keep them in the game by following with 3 scoreless innings of relief.
At the plate, Randy “The Body” Ventura made his season debut by going 2 for 5 with a ribbie and a stolen base from the leadoff spot, Leandro “Dro Dro Your Boat” Santana went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, and Jeter “Git ‘er Done” Downs singled and swiped his 18th bag of the season.
Dayton begins a series with South Bend on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET, but their starter has yet to be named.