Louisville Bats (AAA)
Friday: Gwinnett 2, Louisville 1
The Bats forgot their bats on Friday against the Stripers, logging just 4 hits and a lone run. Beau “Tato Rounds” Taylor socked a dinger to plate their lone run, unfortunately leaving Riley “When You’re on the Go, Beep Beep” O’Brien (7.0 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), BB, 6 K) without enough backing for a win. Former Milwaukee Brewers SS Orlando Arcia did the biggest bopping for Gwinnett.
Saturday: Gwinnett 11, Louisville 1
Saturday was a sad day for the Bats offense again, and this time they didn’t even get the pitching to back them. Josh “Kosh B’Gosh” Osich, Hector Perez, and Edgar “Gar-Gar” Garcia combined to yakk up 10 ER from the bullpen after a competent 6 IP of 1 ER ball from Bo Takahashi. Arcia again wrecked the Bats arms, while a 2 for 4 day (with a double) for Cheslor “Utility Infielder Next Door” Cuthbert was one of the very few bright spots offensively.
Sunday: Gwinnett 5, Louisville 4
Louisville’s misery wrapped on Sunday with a competitive game, at least, as the Stripers walked this one off in the Bottom of the 9th. Ashton “Smoked” Goudeau was honked for 3 ER thanks to 5 BB in 4.2 IP, and dingers from TJ Friedl (his first in AAA) and Nicky Delmonico weren’t enough to stop the Bats’ slide.
Louisville heads to Memphis for a series beginning on Tuesday.
Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
Friday: Chattanooga 7, Montgomery 4
The Lookouts continued buttering the Biscuits in their win on Friday, scoring 4 runs in the 8th inning and beyond. Starter Connor “Rip” Curlis fanned 8 in a rock-solid 4 IP start, while Alejo Lopez banged out a pair of dingers at the plate to back him. Leonardo “Leads, Donatello Does Machines” Rivas had a 3-hit day, Jose Garcia had another 2 hits, and all was right in the prospect world.
Saturday: Chattanooga 7, Montgomery 2
Chattanooga kneaded the Biscuits on Saturday, too, behind 5 brilliant 1 ER innings from Reiver “Midnight Ride” Sanmartin, in which he fanned 9 against just 3 H and a lone walk. Alejo Lopez had yet another 3-hit day, Jose Garcia homered, walked, and scored twice, and the inimitable Mark Kolozsvary smashed 3 more hits to raise his season OPS to 1.594. Old friend Nick “The Duck” Howard kept his spotless start to the season going with another IP, too.
Sunday: Chattanooga 5, Montgomery 1
Sunday was Hunter “John Deere” Greene’s turn to flour the Biscuits, and flour them he did. The fireballing righty tossed 6 scoreless IP, yielding just 3 H and 2 BB against 10 K in a brilliant outing. Remember when some folks dropped him out of their Top 100 prospect lists altogether? Don’t forget that. Jose Garcia continued his torrid start with another 3 hit day, while Alejo Lopez continued his with a 2 hit day, too. Each of Lorenzo Cedrola and Yoel “Doodle” Yanqui bonked dingers, too.
Chattanooga continues their road trip at Mississippi after a Monday off-day.
Dayton Dragons (A+)
Friday: Dayton 3, Lansing 1
The Dragons stripped the Lugnuts on Friday in a tight affair, and once again the bat of Brian Rey led the way. He socked another 3 hits, scored, and popped a ribbie to pace the offense, doing enough to back the brilliance of pitching combo Spencer Stockton (5 IP, H, 3 K) and Ricky Salinas (3 IP, H, 4 K) on the night.
Saturday: Dayton 3, Lansing 2
Dayton scored twice in the Bottom of the 8th to turn the tide of this one, doing so after they’d failed to back Lyon Richardson in a cromulent start earlier (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Both Brian Rey and Bren Spillane socked dingers to pace the offense, with Spillane sporting a very Joey Gallo-esque .154 average and .830 OPS as this one wrapped.
Sunday: Lansing 3, Dayton 1
Dayton’s winning ways came to an end on Sunday, but it surely wasn’t due to Brian “Skywalker, Skyhitter” Rey, who had yet another yet another yet another 3 hit day, with his 9th inning ribbie the lone run the Dragons pushed across on the day. Eduardo Salazar got the start and performed admirably, scattering 5 H and a BB across 5.0 IP, fanning 4 while allowing 2 ER.
Dayton will look to poke the Baby Bears of South Bend when they take on the Golden Domers on Tuesday.
Daytona Tortugas (A)
Friday: St. Lucie 5, Daytona 4 (F/10)
The Tortugas retreated into their shells on Friday as the Mets pipped them in extras. Case Williams was somewhat effectively wild as the starter, allowing just a lone ER in 4.2 IP despite walking 5 and scattering 4 H. Austin Hendrick doubled and scored, Gus Steiger had a 3-hit day, and Danny Lantigua continued his hot start to 2021 with another 2-hit outing (including a double).
Saturday: Daytona 5, St. Lucie 1
The Tugas exacted some revenge on Saturday, with Alex McGarry socking a dinger and Tyler “Auto” Callihan chipping in with a 2-hit outing. Austin “Motorsports” Hendrick walked thrice, doubled, and scored, and that offensive outburst was enough to back James Proctor’s 5.0 scoreless outing, one that featured 8 K and a lone unearned run against just 3 H and 2 BB.
Sunday: St. Lucie 2, Daytona 1
Daytona dropped the final game of the series to the Mets, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort by their pitching staff. Carson “Truckchild” Rudd fanned 6 with nary a walk while yielding 2 ER in 4 IP, while his bullpen backed him with 5 scoreless IP. Unfortunately, the bats scattered 7 hits without any real traction, with Danny Lantigua socking 2 of them and Allan Cerda providing the biggest blast via a solo dinger.