Louisville won 5-4. Box Score
- Jason Bourgeois went 1-4 with a run and 2 steals (20).
- Thomas Neal went 2-4 with a run.
- Bryan Anderson went 1-3 with a HR (10) and 2 RBI.
- Hernan Iribarren went 1-3 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI.
- Justin Freeman threw 1.1 perfect innings with a strikeout.
- Ryan Dennick threw 1.1 shutout innings.
The Bats got two 2-run homers in the top of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead early on. Bryan Anders and Hernan Iribarren. The Clippers would have a four run inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth that tied things up. Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the eighth inning. Jason Bourgeois led off the inning with a single and then stole second and third base before scoring on a ground out to put Louisville on top once again. The bottom of the eighth and ninth both saw Columbus threaten, having the tying run reach second base in both innings, but the Bats bullpen kept them from reaching the plate and Louisville picked up win 56 on the season.
Pensacola lost 2-1 in 10 innings. Box Score
- Brodie Greene went 2-4 with a walk, steal and a run.
- Ross Perez went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Juan Duran went 2-4 with a double.
- Bryson Smith went 1-1 after a double-switch.
- Daniel Corcino allowed a run in 6 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
- Ben Klimesh threw 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
Daniel Corcino made one mistake pitch on the night, giving up a solo home run to super prospect Addison Russell in the first inning. He finished with six innings of one run baseball. The Blue Wahoos tied the game up in the third inning when Ross Perez drove in Brodie Greene on a double. Neither team scored again until the tenth inning. Pensacola got a single from Bryson Smith in the top of the inning, but couldn’t get him around to bases. That set up the bottom of the tenth and Tennessee got things done with three singles to bring the winning run across.
Bakersfield lost 8-5. Box Score
- Beau Amaral went 2-4 with a double, walk and 2 runs.
- Zach Vincej went 2-4 with a walk, run and 2 RBI.
- Sean Buckley went 3-5 with a double and an RBI.
- Marquez Smith went 1-3 with a double, walk, HBP and an RBI.
- Sammy Diaz went 1-4 with a run.
- Sebastian Elizalde went 1-4 with a walk and a run.
- Sean Lucas allowed a run in 2 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
- Kyle McMyne threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
It was a bullpen night for the Blaze as four relievers combined to cover the game on Friday night. After the first inning where Rancho Cucamonga took a 1-0 lead, the Blaze and Quakes traded runs in the third and fifth innings. With Bakersfield down 3-2 and heading into the bottom of the sixth things began to get away as the Quakes scored two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to jump out to an 8-3 lead, with the Blaze getting a run back in the seventh on a Marquez Smith RBI double. The eighth inning saw three walks bring a run around and a ground out pushed a second run across in the inning to get Bakersfield within three runs, but after a leadoff walk in the ninth they went quietly to fall 8-5.
Dayton won 8-6. Box Score
- Alex Blandino went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 runs.
- Robert Ramirez went 3-4 with a triple, HR(2), 3 runs and 3 RBI.
- Phillip Ervin went 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Tanner Rahier went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Gabriel Rosa went 1-3.
- Amir Garrett threw 5 shutout innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
Dayton got on the board early as Robert Ramirez tripled in Alex Blandino and then he scored on a sac fly by Phillip Ervin. The Dragons played add on in the third inning as Blandino doubled and scored on an error. Robert Ramirez followed with a 2-run homer that extended their lead to 5-0. Amir Garrett continued his outstanding season with five more shutout innings pitched as he lowered his ERA to 3.57 on the season. South Bend would finally get on the board in the top of the seventh, scoring twice to cut the lead to just three runs, 5-2. Dayton would get both of those runs back and add another one on in the bottom of the inning. Ronald Bueno had an RBI single, Phillip Ervin added his second sac fly of the night and Tanner Rahier capped the scoring off with an RBI single to give the Dragons an 8-2 lead. As it turned out, those runs were important as two relievers combined to allow four runs in the top of the ninth inning, but the Dragons held on for an 8-6 win and moved back to the .500 mark in the second half with a 20-20 record.
Billings won 3-1 in 17 innings. Box Score
- KJ Franklin went 1-6 with a walk and a steal.
- Argenis Aldazoro went 2-4 with a run and a steal.
- Josciel Veras went 1-1 with a walk and a steal.
- Brian O’Grady went 1-3 with 2 walks and a run.
- Cory Thompson went 1-5 with a walk.
- Alberti Chavez went 2-7 with 2 RBI.
- Tejay Antone threw 6 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.
- Conor Krauss threw 4 shutout innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.
- Scott Brattvet threw 4 shutout innings with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.
- Ty Sterner threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
The pitching duel of all pitching duels broke out in Great Falls on Friday night as both teams were held scoreless through 14 innings. Yes, it was a 0-0 game after 14 innings. The Mustangs finally broke through in the top of the 15th inning when Brian O’Grady began things with a walk. He moved up to second on a ground out and scored when Alberti Chavez hit a fly ball to the warning track that was dropped by the left fielder. While it wasn’t an RBI, it got the first run on the board all game. Then Billings turned the game over to closer Brennan Bernardino who hadn’t allowed an earned run all season, so of course in the game where it’s been 14 1/2 innings without a run, he would give up the first one of the season. Neither team would score in the 16th inning. Argenis Aldazoro singled to lead off the inning and Brian O’Grady followed up with a walk. Cory Thompson came through with a sac bunt to move both runners up and it paid off as Alberti Chavez again came to the plate and this time he got things done without help from the defense, singling in both runners to put the Mustangs up for good, 3-1. Ty Sterner came out for his second inning of work and took care of business, sealing the win. The win moves Billings to 5-2 in the second half of the season.
AZL Reds lost 6-0 in 6 innings. Box Score
- Hector Vargas went 1-3.
- Junior Arias (rehab) went 1-2.
- Gavin LaValley went 1-3.
- Junior Arias (the pitcher) threw a hitless inning.
The Indians got things going early, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings and they held on to win by that same score before the rain came in the sixth inning and ended the game. On a fun note, there have only been two professional players named Junior Arias in the minor leagues according to the Baseball-Reference.com database, which while incomplete is pretty accurate for the last 40-50 years on the minor league side. Both of them are current Reds minor leaguers and they played in the same game on Friday night. I’m not sure what the odds are that the only two players in the history of minor league baseball with a specific name playing in the same game are, but they have to be insanely large.
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