This will be my last DOTF for a week or so.  I am heading to Cooperstown, NY to watch my son and his team (Cincy Flames) play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park 10U Tournament.  You will be in capable hands until I get back.  Don’t burn the place down.

Louisville DNP

Carolina 5, Chattanooga 4

25 year-old Richie Gardner had another good outing at Chattanooga.  Gardner pitched 7 innings giving up 3 H, a BB, and 2 ER with 3 Ks.  He has a 2.25 ERA with 27 Ks, 23 H, and 8 BB in 28 IP since being promoted.

Game 1 Sarasota 3, Fort Meyers 1

23 year-old Michael Griffin went 3 for 4 with a SB.  He is hitting .309/.341/.429 after hitting .263/.304/.378 last year at Dayton.

21 year-old Johnny Cueto pitched 7 innings giving up just 4 H, a BB, and an ER with 6 Ks.  His ERA is 3.15 with 65 Ks, 67 H, and 21 BB in 74.1 IP.

Game 2 Fort Meyers 3, Sarasota 1

In both games 20 year-old Jay Bruce went 3 for 6 with 3 2B, a BB, and 2 RBI.  He is hitting .324/.377/.582

Dayton 3, South Bend 0

21 year-old Jordan Smith pitched 8 nearly perfect innings giving up just 3 H, 0 BB and 0 ER.  Smith lowered his ERA to 3.08 with 47 Ks, 66 H, and 14 BB in 73 IP. 

19 year-old Juan Francisco went 2 for 4 with a 2B and an RBI.  He is hitting .277/.325/.478. 

FWIW, I think both Smith and Francisco could/should stay at Dayton for the 2nd half. 

With the win Dayton clinched a playoff birth, and a first half title.