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We round up the weekend results of the Reds minor leaguers

MiLB: JUN 23 Florida State League - Tortugas at Threshers
Oh hey, it’s Jose Garcia!
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Louisville Bats

Friday: 3-1

Saturday: 5-7

Sunday: 0-12

The Bats invited the Toledo Mud Hens to Louisville for a weekend slate and dropped two of three. They won the opener on the strength of four clean innings from Jesus “Walks” Reyes and two from Matt “Two Fingers” Bowman. Alex “The Great” Blandino had two hits and a run scored and Chadwick “Domp” Tromp made the difference with a two-run kowalski.

The Mud Hens won a slugfest on Saturday. 19 hits were banged by the two teams, three of them by Christian “Jewish” Colon (including a two-run mitzvah) and two from Blake “Mayhem” Trahan (including a triple). Vladimir “The Czar Defenestrator” Gutierrez got roughed up pretty bad, allowing seven hits, four walks, and six runs in just five innings. He has now thrown 108 innings at the AAA level this season to the tune of a 6.90 ERA. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: Communism just doesn’t work.

Sunday is probably best left undiscussed. The Bats got sawed off, 12-0. Christian Colon, the infielder, threw the final two innings.

Chattanooga Lookouts

Friday: 2-8

Saturday: 8-2

Sunday: 7-6

The Lookouts took three of four from the Montgomery Biscuits, but we covered the Thursday opener last week. Friday was the only L, due in large part because the lineup could not capitalize on scoring chances. They were 2-12 with runners in scoring position and they stranded 11 runners, though eight of the nine collected at least one hit. Stuart “Good Kid, M.A.A.D Hitty” Fairchild and “Bring me the head of” Alfredo Rodriguez doubled.

They rebounded on Saturday, largely on the strength of a solid start from Packy “back off pikey or I’ll cut you” Naughton. He threw six strong, striking out seven against one walk and two runs. Archbishop Brandon Finnegan threw a scoreless inning, striking out two.

They eked out a good ol’ good one on Sunday, prevailing 7-6. “Glo Stik” Reiver Sanmartin, fresh off the IL, threw 5 2/3 scoreless, striking out five. The bullpen nearly let it all slip away though (not to name names, but Ryan “Hands Off” Nutof and Jesse “Manhattan Madness” Stallings), giving up five runs in the ninth. Fortunately, they had a six-run lead at the time. Stu Fairchild and Ibandel Isabel “is waiting in a room of many shadows” both homered.

Daytona Tortugas

Friday: 1-7

Saturday: 4-3

Sunday: 4-5

The Tuges played a weekender against the St Lucie Mets, dropping two of three. Friday’s 7-1 loss featured eight hits from yer turtle boys, but they left ten runners on base. The new kid Jameson “Storm” Hannah collected two hits including a three-bagger and Jose “Wrestles with grounders” Israel Garcia added a double.

They were winners on Saturday by a 4-3 score. Unfortunately, Garcia exited the game with a shoulder injury. Bryant “YEEEEEET” Flete, signed recently out of the Frontier League, had a pair of hits including a two-run camero. Michael “Fire” Byrne threw 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief.

The Tuges’ comeback fell just short on Sunday as they lost by a 5-4 score. Hannah continued to endear himself to his teammates and the Red Reporter crew by notching a run-scoring double and walk. Bruce “Toyota” Yari was on base five times.

Dayton Dragons

Friday against Bowling Green: 1-5

Saturday against Lake County: 4-3

Sunday: Game postponed because of what happened

The Dragons were beaten soundly by the Hot Rods on Friday, 5-1. “The Other” Juan Martinez had two hits, including a solo wangjob.

They held on for a 4-3 win on Saturday, in no small part due to Andy “Not Carlos” Fisher’s three perfect relief innings. He struck out seven for good measure. Lyon “of the Tribe of Cincy” Richardson started the game and threw four innings, striking out seven himself. Jay “WORK” Schuyler hit a solo home run.

Sunday’s game was postponed due the tragedy in the Oregon District. I don’t feel like saying anything more about it than that.

Billings Mustangs

Friday double-header: 9-1, 0-3

Saturday: 2-3

The Mustangs won the pythag series but dropped two of three. Thursday’s game was bagged so they played two on Friday. In the first match, the ‘Stangs plated runs in every one of the seven innings played. TJ “My friends call me Teej” Hopkins and Edwin Yon “Alons” led the way with three hits apiece. Yon cracked two bangos and Hopkins added one of his own. James “Hustlin’ ain’t” Free had one of his own. Carlos “El Camino” Carreno started and threw five scoreless.

In Game 2, the Mustangs were blanked and dropped by a 3-0 score. Cash Case “The fun new game show Thursdays on NBC” cracked a pair of doubles and Noah “ArkMan” Davis threw four innings with just a solo home run as a black mark against him.

Saturday’s tilt was only marginally better, as at least they plated a few runs. They still lost, 3-2 in ten innings. Matt Lloyd launched a home run in the opening inning to get the scoring started, and Leonardo “best name in the Reds’ minor leagues” Seminati tied it up with a lead-off home run of his own in the ninth inning. Francis “Mi Guero” Peguero threw two perfect innings in relief, striking out five.

Greeneville Reds

Friday: rained out

Saturday double-header: 2-5, 2-5

Sunday: 0-3

Greeneville had a dreary, rainy weekend and suffered a good ol’ sweepin’ at the hands of the Pulaski Yankees. Thursday and Friday were both bagged because of the rain, so they played two on Saturday. Game 1 went to extra innings, but the Yanks put up three in the top of the eighth to close it out. Jake “Grape” Gilbert pitched well, giving up two runs in six innings with six Ks and nary a walk. The lineup mustered only three hits in support, though.

The backend of the double dip ended with the same 5-2 score. It also went to extra innings, and the Yankees again pulled away with three in the eighth. Déjà vu? More like déjà sucks. Randy “All I do is” Wynne threw six impressive innings, striking out five and giving up just a single run.

At least Sunday’s loss was a little bit different. They scratched five runs and five walks but were unable to dent the dish. Carlos Reina “Maria Rilke” had two hits and Mike “Frosted Mini” Spooner was on base three times. “Not former Attorney General and torture apologist” Alberto Gonzalez threw three scoreless relief innings in his season debut.

AZL Reds

Friday vs Indians: 5-6

Saturday vs White Sox: 3-9

The AZL Toddler Reds faced their sister Indians on Friday, dropping it by a score of 6-5 in ten innings. Four Reds had two hits, including Sebastian “Bash” Almonte. He tripled, walked, and drove in a run. Pedro “Don” Moreno threw three innings in relief, striking out four and surrendering a lone run.

They lost to the White Sox on Saturday, 9-3. Jose “Go” Tello “on the mountain” had two hits in vain and Ruben Nunez threw two scoreless with three strikeouts.