The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night
Tony Santillan - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
Hunter Greene - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
The Bats did not live up to their namesake last night, falling 2-1 to Columbus. Tony “Santigold” Santillan was fantastic in his AAA debut, striking out 7 and walking none in 4 innings of work. The lone run he allowed was unearned. The bullpen was also solid, with Hector “I hardly knew her” Perez and Brad Brach each throwing a scoreless inning in relief. Alfredo “Little Pasta” Rodriguez went 1 for 3 with a walk, a triple, and a RBI while Mike “I was born” Freeman went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a run scored.
Louisville plays Columbus again tonight at 6:30 PM EDT.
God, what a fantastic nickname. I’m partial to the Lookouts, given they were my hometown team for 6 years, but imagine being able to root for the Trash Pandas. Anyway, Hunter Greene “Day” turned the Pandas’ bats to Trash on Tuesday with a fantastic Double-A debut. In his first Minor League start since 2018, he threw 5 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits with no walks and 8 strikeouts. He reportedly topped out at 102.6 on the gun and hit triple digits 37 times. That’ll do. Nick (!) Howard, yes that Nick Howard, threw a shutout inning of relief and struck out 1 in the process. Jose Garcia went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo dong. Mark “Prices may” Koloszvary reached base 4 times, going 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
Chattanooga makes up their postponed opener with a double header today. Game 1 starts at 5:15 PM EDT.
Strong pitching was the theme of the Reds farm system last night, as Dayton shut out Great Lakes 4-0. Eduardo “Slytherin” Salazar got the start and went 5 innings, allowing no runs on 2 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Jacques “Pikachu” Pucheu followed that up by striking out 5 in 2 scoreless innings. Brian “Cool” Rey went 2 for 4 with a 3-run dinger and Quin “Thankfully not Tom” Cotton went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI.
Dayton fires it up again against Great Lakes tonight at 6:10 PM EDT.
Daytona beat the brakes off the Cardinals last night. Any time you can beat the Cardinals, no matter the level, it’s a good thing. Carson “Tinkers, Tailers, Soldiers” Spiers started and went 4.2 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits with a walk and 4 strikeouts. It was a hit parade up and down the lineup. Rece “Piece” Hinds got his first two career hits, going 2 for 5 with a double and a 2-run tank. Allan “World’s Best Mattress” Cerda went 3 for 5 with a triple and a run driven in. Wilfred “Baby Tortuga” Astudillo and Danny Lantigua each had 2 hits of their own.
Daytona plays again tonight at 6:10 PM EDT.