It was a productive little weekend for the Bats. The only game they lost was Friday which was a bullpen game. You’ll need to check the box score to see the lines for the eight pitchers that appeared but Brad “Sweet Tooth” Brach was particularly impressive. In Saturday’s win, Tim “Able body” Adleman struck out three in two shutout innings. Dingers were hit by Jose “Sbarro” Barrero, Narciso Crook, Jan “Brady” Hernandez, and Beau Taylor. Dingers literally accounted for all the runs. Sunday was another bullpen game but this time they pitched a shutout. Art Warren had the best line when he struck out the side in the third. TJ “Of the Hill” Friedl dingered and Alfredo Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a RBI.
On Friday, Ricky “Slobbering” Salinas started off the weekend for the Lookouts with a pretty dominate start. He allowed only an earned run over five innings on six hits, two walks, while striking out eight. The bullpen was not quite as great though. Offensively, Robbie Tenerowicz dingered and walked, and Pat McAfee went 2 for 3 with a RBI and a walk. Saturday was a wash for the Lookouts as they lost the double header. However, Tenerowicz dingered again and Luis “Big River” Rivas went 2 for 4 with three RBI. They were shutout in the second game but Matt Pidich and Alexis Diaz pitched well. The Lookouts would steal the last game for the series against the Barons. Dylan “Muffin Man” Baker gave up an earned run over 5.1 innings and Eddy Demurias struck out two in 2.2 innings of shutout relief. Drew “Stallion” Mount went 2 for 4 with a dinger and two run scored, Wilson Garcia went 3 for 4, and Chuckie “Finster” Robinson went 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
Bryce “Boppin” Bonnin took the start and was fantastic on Friday. He struck out nine in 4.1 innings where he did not allow an earned run (two unearned runs were scored though) on one hit and two walks. Gilbert (2.2 IP, 4 K) and Timpanelli (1.2 IP, 3 K) shut down the Lugnuts for the rest of the evening. Jake “Lou” Hurtubise went 2 for 4 with a RBI and Eric Yang doubled in two runs. Saturday’s game was banged due to rain so the doubled up on Sunday. Neither game went well for the Dragons as they scored one run over fourteen innings. In Game 2 on Sunday, the bullpen was particularly strong. Fisher struck out two in 2.1 innings and Branche struck out five in 1.2 innings.
Friday turned out to be a snoozer for Daytona fans. Though, Anthony Zimmer struck out three in two shutout innings of relief. Danny Lantigua was 2 for 3 with a double. The Tortugas were able to take both games of a Saturday double header with Miguel “Mike” Medrano pitching five shutout innings on two hits, two walks, while striking out four. Justice Thompson hit a two run dinger and a walked. James “Sauce” Marinan took the start in Game 2 and put together probably one of his best of the season. He allowed only an earned run over five innings on three hits, one walk, while striking out five. Jose Torres led the Tortuga offense by going 4 for 5 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. On Sunday the Tortugas got scorched by a score of 10-2. Sometimes you just gotta put a loss like that behind you and that’s 100% what I’m about to do.