The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Weekend
Rece Hinds - 6 for 13, 4 R, 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Woof. Tough weekend for the Bats. Riley “Father” O’Brien started on Friday and pitched well. He only allowed a run on 2 hits but walked 3 against 6 strikeouts. Alfredo “Sauce” Rodriguez went 1 for 4 and drove in a run. Saturday was a bullpen game for Louisville and, well, the bullpen gave up 13 runs. Diego Lopez only allowed an unearned run in 3 innings while striking out 4. Mark “Silver Medal” Kolozsvary went 3 for 5 with a solo dinger. Mike Freeman also had 3 hits, going 3 for 4 with a triple and a home run and TJ Friedl “Dee” joined the 3-hit club by going 3 for 4 with a RBI. Pitching wasn’t much better on Sunday. Michael “Courtyard by” Mariot gave up 4 runs in 5 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. In a weird stat, only 1 of the Bats’ 12 hits was for extra bases. That 1 was a 3-run homer by Michael De Leon as part of his 2 for 5 day. Narciso Crook went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.
The Lookouts didn’t play this weekend because of Covid issues with the Tennessee Smokies. They play again on Tuesday against Birmingham.
Christian Roa came in after the first inning in game 1 on Friday and gave up 4 runs in 5 innings for Dayton. Allen “Mattress” Cerda was the bright spot offensively, going 2 for 4 and driving in both runs for the Dragons. Game 2 went a little better as Dayton got the 6-4 victory. Spencer “Short Shorts” Stockton started and allowed a couple runs on 3 hits with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts over 4 innings. “Lighten Up” Francis Peguero struck out both batters he faced for the save. Juan “Gone” Martinez went 3 for 3 with a 3-run blast while Jack Rogers added a solo homer.
Things didn’t go as well on Saturday. The pitching allowed 8 runs so I’ll just skip over them. Juan Martinez had a double and drove in a run, which was pretty much all there was to write home about on the offensive side of things. Sunday was better as the Dragons pulled out the 8-6 victory. Carson “Ex” Spiers started and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts over 5 innings of work. “Vote For” Pedro Garcia struck out a pair in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. I hate myself for making that reference. Allen Cerda had another solid night, going 3 for 5 with a triple and a couple runs scored. Eric Yang also had 3 hits, going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Daytona had a late run on Friday but fell short in the 5-3 loss. Jason “Peter” Parker started on Friday and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts in 4 innings of work. Alberto Gonzalez struck out a pair in a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Rece “Piece” Hinds had a couple hits, including a triple, and scored a run. Justice Thompson added a 2-run blast for the Tortugas. Saturday was better, as Daytona won it in the 10th. Miguel Medrano was solid in his start, going 5 innings and allowing only 1 run while walking 2 and striking out 5. Rece Hinds had another 2-hit night, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. Daytona came roaring back on Sunday, scoring 6 runs in the 9th inning for a nice 6-9 victory. James Marinan threw 5 shutout innings in his start and struck out 3. The bullpen was bad but the offense was better. Rece Hinds, again, had 2 hits, both of these being 2-run dingers. Jose Torres had a solo home run and Danny Lantigua went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI.