The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Weekend
Julian Aguilar - 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K
Jay Allen - 5 for 10, 2B, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Things went from bad to worse for Louisville this weekend. “Golden” Graham Ashcraft started on Friday and did not have a great 2022 debut, as he lasted only 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. “Slick” Nick Howard threw 1.2 shutout innings of relief, allowing no hits with a walk and a strikeout. Lorenzo Cedrola had a couple hits but that’s about all there was on offense. On Saturday, things were worse in an 11-1 loss to St. Paul. It was a committee game on the mound for Louisville and, well, it went poorly. Michael “Feel The” Byrne struck out 2 in a scoreless inning of relief. Alejo Lopez went 2 for 3 with a double.
Sunday provided a little more offensively but unfortunately the pitching wasn’t there again.
Blake Ben Lively made his second start and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts in 4 innings of work. Lorenzo Cedrola went 2 for 3 with a 2-run dinger and 3 runs scored. Jake “Light Tower” Bauers went 1 for 2 and also hit a 2-run homer.
Things did not go much better for Chattanooga, though they were able to turn it around Sunday. Chattanooga used 4 pitchers in their 8-0 loss. Andy Fisher was the only one who didn’t give up a run, striking out 2 in 3 shutout innings. Offensively, Michael Siani collected 2 of the Lookouts 3 hits on the night. Things didn’t go much better Saturday, though the pitching was better. Sam McWilliams “Had a farm” started and threw 4 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits with no walks and 6 strikeouts. The Lookouts were out-hit 11-1 so we’ll just skip the offense.
On Sunday, Chattanooga bounced back from an early deficit to win 9-5. Brandon Williamson gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in his 4 innings of work. Ricky “Bobby” Karcher struck out 3 in a scoreless inning of relief. Michael Siani hit a 2-run tank and walked twice while Matt “McDouble” McLain went 2 for 5 with a double and 2-runs scored. Eric Yang and Francisco Urbaez each hit homers in the win.
Things went a little better for Dayton this weekend than their higher-up brethren. On Friday, they fended off a furious late comeback and beat Fort Wayne, 6-5. Connor Phillips “66” started and allowed no runs on 2 hits with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings of work. Jake “Dilbert” Gilbert came on in relief and struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings. Jose Torres went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in a pair Elly “Elly Elly Eh Eh Eh” De La Cruz and Nick Quintana each went 1 for 4 with a double and RBI.
Saturday’s was banged so they made it up with a double header on Sunday. Game 1 was bad, as Dayton lost 13-2. Rece “Piece” Hinds went 2 for 4 with a double and a 2-run blast and Evan “Lenny” Kravetz struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced in relief. Sunday’s game 2 went better, as Dayton won 5-1. Andrew “Who killed Roger” Abbott started and went 4 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Alex “Scary” McGarry went 1 for 2 with a 2-run dinger and Ashton “Blue Steel” Creal also drove in a pair, going 1 for 1 with a double and a walk.
Daytona gave up 4 runs in the last couple innings on Friday to fall 6-9 to start the season. Nice. Keyshawn Askew started and went 3 innings, allowing only an unearned run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Unfortunately things went sideways after that. Offensively, Michel Triana went 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI and Sebastian Almonte went 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. On Saturday, newly acquired Chase Petty started and allowed a run on 4 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts. Hayden Jones drove in both runs, going 2 for 4 with a double.
Daytona scored 7 runs in the 7th inning on Sunday to propel themselves to a 9-2 lead. Julian Aguilar started and was fantastic, throwing 5 perfect innings while striking out 7. Jayvien “Enter” Sandridge shut the door with 1.2 shutout innings of relief while striking out 3. Jay “Ray” Allen went 2 for 2 with 3 walks and 2 RBI. Yerlin “Your secret’s safe with me” Confidan went 2 for 3 with a double, 2 walks, and a RBI.