Louisville won 6-5. Box Score
- Ruben Gotay went 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs.
- Felix Perez went 3-5 with 3 doubles, an RBI and 3 runs.
- Neftali Soto went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.
- Thomas Neal went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Tucker Barnhart went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.
- David Holmberg allowed 3 runs in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts.
- Curtis Partch threw 1.2 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
The Bats rallied in the first inning to score twice. With Ruben Gotay on third (walk) and Felix Perez on second (double), Neftali Soto singled them both in. In the third inning those three joined up again to account for two more runs as Perez doubled in Gotay who has singled earlier. A Neftali Soto ground out brought Perez in from third and Louisville had a 4-0 lead. Charlotte rallied in the top of the fourth though, scoring three times to make it a one-run game. The Bats would add on single runs in the fifth and the seventh on a Thomas Neal RBI single and a bases loaded walk to Tucker Barnhart, making it a 6-3 game. The bullpen ran into some troubles in the ninth, allowing two runs, but with two runners on Justin Freeman got out of trouble with a strikeout and a fly ball to end the game.
Pensacola lost 6-2. Box Score
- Yorman Rodriguez went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
- Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a double.
- Juan Duran went 2-4 with a triple and a run.
- Brodie Greene went 2-4 with an RBI and a run.
- Ben Klimesh threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Jon Moscot ran into problems in the first inning, allowing five runs before all was said and done. He settled down after that, throwing five shutout innings to follow, but the Blue Wahoos were in a big hole. The score stayed 5-0 for Mississippi until the fifth inning when Pensacola busted through as Juan Duran led off with a triple and came around on a Brodie Green single. Yorman Rodriguez would single in Greene later in the inning to make it a 5-2 game. Unfortunately that was all the the Blue Wahoos offense had in them on the night and they eventually fell 6-2.
Bakersfield lost 8-7. Box Score
- Beau Amaral went 2-5 with a run.
- Zach Vincej went 1-4 with a walk.
- Sebastian Elizalde went 3-5 with 2 doubles, an RBI and 2 runs.
- Marquez Smith went 4-5 with 2 homers (21), 3 runs and 5 RBI.
- Juan Perez went 1-4 with a walk.
- Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a double, walk and an RBI.
- Ryan Kemp threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
- Brian Pearl threw a shutout inning.
Visalia started off with a bang, getting a grand slam and a solo homer in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Bakersfield would start to chip away at the lead though beginning in the third inning with an RBI double by Sebastian Elizalde. In the fourth Yovan Gonzalez would also have an RBI double, making it a 5-2 game. The Rawhide would squash that though in the fifth, adding three more runs to make it 8-2 and seemingly put the game away. Perhaps they got too comfortable though and saw the Blaze make another run, getting a 3-run homer from Marquez Smith to make it an 8-5 game and putting Bakersfield back in reach. Both teams stayed quiet until the bottom of the ninth inning when Marquez Smith homered for the second time in the game, this time it was a 2-run shot, to make it a one-run ballgame. That was all they were able to muster though, falling to 16-21 in the second half.
Dayton won 3-2. Box Score
- Jamodrick McGruder went 2-4 with a triple, steal, RBI and a run.
- Jonathan Reynoso went 2-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
- Robert Ramirez went 1-3 with a double, walk and an RBI.
- Phillip Ervin went 1-3 with a walk and a steal.
- Joe Hudson went 1-3.
- Ronald Bueno went 1-3 with a triple and a run.
- Sal Romano allowed a run in 5 innings with a walk and 10 strikeouts.
- Radhames Quezada threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk.
- Alejandro Chacin threw a hitless inning with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
For the second straight day a Dayton Dragons pitcher struck out 10 batters as Sal Romano took care of business on Monday evening. He had 10 strikeouts and a walk over 5.0 innings and like Amir Garrett the day before, his stuff was just nasty. Nick Howard followed Romano and gave up a solo home run, accounting for the first run allowed in his career. Radhames Quezada and Alejandro Chacin followed Howard and shut things down from there to finish out the win. The big inning for Dayton came in the fifth, with the game tied at one. Ronald Bueno and Jamodrick McGruder both tripled and Jonathan Reynoso doubled to give the Dragons a 3-1 lead. Phillip Ervin made a big defensive play to end the eighth inning as a runner tried to go first to third on a single and Ervin uncorked a laser to make the final out of the inning of a 3-2 game.
Billings won 10-5. Box Score
- Ty Washington went 2-4 with a double, 2 runs and an RBI.
- Alex Blandino went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a run and a steal.
- Brian O’Grady went 1-3 with a walk, HR (4), 2 runs and 3 RBI.
- Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a walk, HR (4), 2 runs and 3 RBI.
- KJ Franklin went 2-4 with a double, triple, RBI and a run.
- Shedric Long went 1-4 with a run.
- Wyatt Strahan was charged with 4 unearned runs in 3 innings with 3 strikeouts.
- Seth Varner threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
- Wagner Gomez threw 2 hitless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
It seemed for a while that four was the magic number on the night as Helena scored four runs in the second inning, while Billings scored four runs in both the third and the fifth innings. The Mustangs broke the four run inning streak with two runs in the eighth. Despite just nine hits, Billings made their hits count as six of the hits were for extra bases. Brian O’Grady and Taylor Sparks had nearly identical stat lines on the day, each going 1-3 with a walk, homer, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Alex Blandino was promoted to Dayton after the game.
AZL Reds lost 3-2. Box Score
- Hector Vargas went 1-3 with a walk, steal and a run.
- Jose Siri went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
- Junior Arias (rehab) went 1-3 with a double.
- Paul Kronenfeld went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Chadwick Tromp went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
- Bernardo Moreta allowed a run in 5 innings with 4 strikeouts.
- Israel Cuevas threw 3 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
The Dodgers struck first on Monday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Reds would get that run back in the top of the sixth. Hector Vargas walked and stole second before moving to third on a ground out. A wild pitch would bring him across the plate to tie the game up. In the top of the ninth inning Paul Kronenfeld singled in Jose Siri to put the Reds ahead 2-1. I’m not entirely sure what happened to end the game, but the Dodgers apparently scored two runs on this play according to the game log…. you can try to figure out exactly what happened: “Daniel Canellas reaches on a missed catch error by first baseman Paul Kronenfeld, assist to second baseman Shane Mardirosian. Lucas Tirado scores. Matt Jones scores. “
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