Two more Reds took another step towards getting themselves off the injured list over the weekend.
The Bats dropped 2 out of 3 to St. Paul this weekend. They weren’t able to provide any run support for Michael “Courtyard” Mariot, who threw 7 shutout innings while allowing 5 hits. Interestingly, despite only allowing a run, the Bats pitching staff didn’t strike out a single batter on Friday night. Things didn’t go much better on Saturday. Despite out-hitting St. Paul 9-4, they still lost 4-2. Bo “Knows” Takahashi was great in his start. He didn’t allow a hit in 6 innings while walking 3 and striking out 6. Jose Barrero continued to beat the hell out of the ball, going 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI. Tejay Antone made a rehab appearance and allowed a run on 2 hits with a walk and 2 strikeouts over his 0.2 innings. On Sunday, “O” Riley O’Brien started and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts over 6 innings. Nick Howard and Tony “Santigold” Santillan each threw shutout innings. Jay Schuyler “Sisters” hit a 3-run dinger.
There was some butt pitching this weekend in Chattanooga. At least the Lookouts had a solid night on Friday. Connor Curlis started and went 4 innings and allowed only 1 run and struck out 5. Randy Wynne threw 4 shutout innings in relief. Robbie Tenerowicz went 3 for 5 with a 2-run dinger and WIIIILLLSOOON Garcia went 2 for 4 and also hit a 2-run bomb. Quincy “Anti-Virus” McAfee drove in 3 runs. The Lookouts were outscored 40-5 over the next 2 nights so I’ll just skip the rest of the weekend.
Dayton split with West Michigan over the weekend. Friday started with a double-header. Carson “Ex” Spiers started game 1 and went 5 innings, allowing only a run on a hit with 5 strikeouts. Game 2 went better for Dayton. Evan “Lenny” Kravetz allowed 5 runs in 3.2 innings in his start. Mariel “Mary Bats” Bautista went 2 for 3 with a solo blast while James “BOGO” Free went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a RBI. On Saturday, Lyon Richardson started and allowed 4 runs (only 1 earned) while walking 1 and striking out 4. Stevie Branche struck out 2 in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. Michael Siani went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI and “Tanner” Reyny Reyes went 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and 2 walks. Dayton won in extras on Sunday with 2 runs in the 10th inning. Eduardo Salazar “Slytherin” got the start and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings of work while walking 1 against 6 strikeouts. Victor Ruiz went 3 for 5 with a RBI while Francisco Urbaez collected 2 hits and hit a double. Alex McGarry hit a double and drove in a pair.
Bryce Bonnin started for Daytona on Friday and went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1. Allan “Mattress” Cerda went 2 for 5 with 2 dingers and 3 RBI. Elly “Elly Elly Eh Eh Eh” De La Cruz went 2 for 4 and hit a dinger and drove in 4. Daniel Vellojin went 3 for 4 and scored twice. There wasn’t much to write home about on Saturday. Brett Lockwood struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings of relief so that was nice. Danile Vellojin had a couple hits on the night. On Sunday, Daytona lost in walk-off fashion. It was a bullpen game, but Alberto Gonzalez struck out all 4 batters he faced. Elly De La Cruz went 2 for 5 and hit another home run. Ivan Johnson went 3 for 4 with a 2-run dinger.