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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.