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Farmers Only Weekend Harvest: Jose Garcia stays hot

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The Dragons’ shorstop has hit .286 in the second half.

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The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Weekend

Jose Garcia: 7 for 14, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Jose Garcia had a pretty rough go of it to start his first season of Minor League baseball. He has bounced back in a huge way in the second half, though. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .286/.339/.411 with 5 home runs. It’s nice to see him adjust like that and make some improvements after such a tough start. Well done.

Friday, August 17

Louisville Bats 4, Charlotte Knights 3

Louisville was able to pull out an extra-innings victory on Friday night. Jose Lopez started and pitched well. He went 6 innings and gave up only 1 run on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5. Josh “Feed The” VanMeter went 3 for 4 with a solo dinger and 2 RBI and a walk. Brian “Beef” O’Grady went 1 for 3 and also hit a solo dinger and had 2 RBI. Tanner “Make It” Rainey struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6

Daniel “Wasn’t” Wright got lit up, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts over 6 innings of work. There wasn’t much to write home about offensively, as the Wahoos collected only 3 hits. TJ Friedl “Dee” went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

Daytona Tortugas 2, Tampa Tarpons 3

Daytona fell in 10 innings on Friday, losing 3-2 to Tampa. Tommy “Soft J” Bergjans”, a player I just learned of, had a good start. He threw 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. Brantley “4th Meal” Bell went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored and Bruce Yari went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Lake County Captains 5, Dayton Dragons 4

Packy “Wacky” Naughton had a rough go of it early on, giving up 5 runs in the first inning, but cruised the rest of the way to a final line of 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Wendolyn Bautista struck out 4 in 1.1 innings of relief. Jonathan India went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 walks, Jose Garcia went 2 for 5 and scored a run, and Hendrik “Oh, My Darling” Clementina went 1 for 5 with 3 RBI.

Billings Mustangs 6, Ogden Raptors 3

Luis Alecis was great in his start for Billings on Friday. He threw 6 shutout innings and gave up only 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6. Drew Mount “Your Steed” went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a dinger, and 2 RBI. Bren Spillane went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk and Jay Schuyler “Sisters” went 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Greeneville Reds 8, Danville Braves 1

Jacob Heatherly had the best start of his young career. He threw 5 innings and gave up no runs on only 1 hit while walking 1 and striking out 8. That’s awesome. Mike Siani keeps tearing the cover off the ball, as he went 2 for 4 with a triple and 1 RBI. Miguel Hernandez went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI and Claudio Finol went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI. AJ Moore struck out 3 and walked 1 in a scoreless inning.

Saturday, August 18

Louisville Bats 6, Charlotte Knights 7

Louisville fell in 10 innings on Saturday after their 10-inning victory on Friday. Keury “Nooma Nooma” Mella went 4 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts. Unfortunately “General” Jackson Stevens’ rehab start didn’t go well, as he gave up 4 runs in 1.1 innings of work. Blake Trahan went 4 for 5 with a solo home run and 2 RBI. Tim “TIMMMAYYY” Federowicz went 2 for 5 and also hit a solo dinger.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2

Wyatt Strahan was fantastic in his start. He threw 7 shutout innings, giving up only 1 hit, 3 walks, and striking out 2. Jose “Ask” Siri went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Shed “To Bed” Long went 1 for 3 and drove in a run.

Daytona Tortugas 9, Tampa Tarpons 4

Tejay “TJ” Antone started and pitched pretty well Saturday. He threw 7 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Taylor Trammell returned to the lineup in a big way, going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Stuart “Little” Fairchild went 2 for 5 with a double and 1 RBI and Ibandel Isabel went 1 for 4 with a walk and 3 runs scored.

Dayton Dragons 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1

Three runs in the first inning were enough to propel Dayton to a win Saturday. Austin “Animal Farm” Orewiler was great, throwing 7 innings and allowing only 1 run on 2 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. John Ghyzel struck out 2 in a scoreless inning. Jose Garcia went 2 for 4 and Andy “Sluggo” Sugilio went 1 for 3 with a 2-run dinger. Jonathan India had a double and a RBI.

Billings Mustangs 6, Ogden Raptors 4

A 3-run 8th helped propel Billings to a comeback win on Saturday. Ricky Salinas started and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts over 5 innings of work. Jake Wyrick struck out 5 in 2 scoreless innings. Drew Mount continued his hot weekend, going 3 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI. Pabel “Apple Sauce” Manzanero and Dylan Harris each went 1 for 3 with a double and 1 RBI.

Greeneville Reds 7, Danville Braves 5

Lyon Richardson got the start on Saturday and was okay. He went 4 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Connor Bennett struck out 2 in 1.1 innings of relief. Edwin Yon “Gone” had a monster game, going 2 for 4 with 2, 2-run ding dongs. Miguel Hernandez went 2 for 4 and scored twice and Claudio Finol went 3 for 5 and drove in 1.

Sunday, August 19

Louisville Bats 3, Charlotte Knights 1

Tyler “Poppin’” Mahle had a great start on Sunday. He threw 6 innings and gave up no runs on 2 hits while striking out 6, though he did walk 3. Josh VanMeter went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a triple. DJ Peterson went 2 for 4 with a solo blast.

Louisville is off tonight.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Biloxi Shuckers 4

Seth Varner started for Pensacola and threw 6.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. Shed Long went 2 for 4 with a triple and scored twice. TJ Friedl went 2 for 5 with a solo dinger and Jose Siri also went 2 for 5.

TBD starts for the Blue Wahoos tonight at 6:35 PM ET.

Daytona Tortugas 1, Tampa Tarpons 3

Daytona did not have much to show offensively, as they collected only 2 hits in a 3-1 loss Sunday. Wennington Romero started and went 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits with only 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Carlos Diaz and Joe Kuhnel each struck out 2 in their scoreless innings of relief. Randy Ventrua and Morgan Lofstrom had the 2 hits for Daytona, with Ventura adding the RBI.

Daytona is off tonight.

Dayton Dragons 9, Bowling Green Hot Rods 13

Runs on runs on runs. Both teams had 18 hits on Sunday for a 2-run slugfest. I won’t even talk about the pitching because 13 runs. Jose Garcia went 3 for 5 with a 2-run dinger and Andy Sugilio also went 3 for 5 with a 2-run blast and had 3 total RBI. Hendrik Clementina went 2 for 5 with a solo ding dong and Lorenzo Cedroia went 3 for 6 with a double and a run scored. Jonathan India went 1 for 4 with a double, a walk, and a RBI.

Patrick McGuff starts tonight at 7:00 PM ET.

Billings Mustangs 7, Ogden Raptors 8

Billings fell in 12 innings on Sunday, narrowly missing the sweep. Adrian Rodriguez started and lasted 4 innings, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2. Drew Mount went 2 for 6 with a 2-run dinger. Pabel Manzanero went 3 for 3 with 2 walks and a solo homer. Juan Martinez went 2 for 5 and drove in 2.

Ricardo Smith starts tonight at 7:00 PM MT.

Greeneville Reds 0, Kingsport Mets 5

Greneville did not put up much of a fight in game 1 on Sunday. They collected only 2 hits in the shutout loss. Alexis Diaz got the start and went 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Raniel Ozuna and Edwin Yon each had a hit for Greeneville.

Greeneville Reds 7, Kingsport Mets 6

Greeneville hit much better in game 2, defeating Kingsport 7-6 and getting their 3rd win of the weekend. Randy Karcher gave up 2 runs in 2.2 innings of work in his start. Claudio Finol went 3 for 3 and drove in a pair and Miguel Hernandez went 2 for 3 and also drove in 2. Jonathan Willems hit a double and scored a run.

TBD starts tonight at 7:00 PM ET.