Catcher Dane Sardinha did the best he could do at the dish going 4 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Yet the Bats fell up short.
Phil Dumatrait fell to 0-2 at AAA Louisville. Phil went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 5. His ERA is now 5.91 with Louisville.
Redleg Nation POTM for May, Noochie Varner, had a big night at the plate. Noochie went 3 for 4 with a double, homerun, 2 runs scored, and 2 runs driven in. Noochie is now hitting .309 with 7 homeruns and 38 runs batted in.
Edward Valdez had some control issues, but was still able to improve to 2-3 on the year. Valdez went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits and 4 walks while giving up 1 run. He struck out 3 in lowering his ERA to 4.47. David Shafer recorded his 19th save of the season by striking out the only batter he faced in the 9th.
Ouch! The Reds got hammered every which way. The Clearwater Threshers pounded out 20 hits compared to the Reds 4 en route to this thumping. Offensively there is nothing to report. No one had a multi-hit game nor an extra base hit for Sarasota.
As you could guess, not much on the pitching side that is good. Starter Richie Gardner only lasted 3.1 innings, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits, a walk, while striking out 2.
The Dragons gave up 5 runs in the 9th that allowed W. Michigan to blow this game wide open and cruise to victory. Robert Manuel pitched a good game in his first start of the season. Manuel went 6, allowing 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 1. His ERA is 1.15 in 5 games. Blake Hendley did not fair so well. Hendley gave up the 5 9th inning runs on 4 hits and a walk. His record is now 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA.
The Dragons only mustered 5 hits with the only run scoring on a 5th inning solo homerun of the bat of Jarrett Reininger, his 2nd of the season.