Louisville 9 – Scranton WB 2

An outstanding performance by the Bats’ Justin Lehr in this one.  Lehr did his best Cueto impersonation by allowing just 1 run on 1 hit, a solo homerun in the 8th inning.  The homerun broke up Lehr’s perfect game, which lasted 7.1 innings.  Lehr responded to the homerun by striking out the final two batters in the 8th inning.  Lehr struck out 5 in the game. Justin threw just 84 pitches in 8 innings of work, 59 for strikes. 

On the offensive side, Jay Bruce went 2-5 with a triple and homerun. The homerun is his first this season.  He also drove in 3 runs.  Jerry Hairston, Jr. went 3-4 in the game and was a homerun shy of the cycle.  He also scored twice.  Finally, Adam Rosales went 2-3 with a run scored and 2 rbis.

Chattanooga 9 – Montgomery 4

Not too many players can say they have had a game as nice as Luis Bolivar had last night.  Bolivar went 6 for 6 in the game with 2 doubles, a homerun, 3 singles, 3 runs scored and 2 rbis. Another stat line that I like on the night was Tonys Gutierrez’s 0-2 night, but drew 4 walks and scored twice.  Daniel Dorn also went 0-1 with a run scored.  Dorn drew 3 walks on a night in which Lookout hitters drew 10 free passes.

Either the umpire had a small strike zone, or all pitchers were wild.  Lookouts starter Sam Lecure walked 7 batters in 4.1 innings pitched.  He gave up 4 runs on 5 more hits while striking out just 2.  On the night, there were 21 bases on balls combined for both teams.  I can honestly say I have never seen that in any baseball game.  I coach high school baseball at a pretty small level, and have never seen that many walks in a game.  Add in the basehits, and there were 41 baserunners in the game!

Sarasota 7 – Tampa 1

Chris Valaika had a nice evening at the dish, going 4-5 on the night with a homerun and 2 rbis.  The 4 hits pushed Valaika’s early average to .364.  Jason Louwsma also added a homerun on the night.  Louwsma went 2-4 with 2 rbis as well on a night in which he hit his first homerun of the season.

Travis Wood got the start for the Reds, and even though he didn’t go long enough to pick up the win, still pitched well.  Wood went 4.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7.  I don’t see a pitch count listed, but with 7 K’s and 2 walks, I’m sure it was getting up there, especially at the A level.  Wood was the Reds second round draft pick in the 2005 draft.

Dayton 3 – Fort Wayne 2

Daniel Waring’s 2 run homer in the first gave the Dragons an early 2-0 lead, and the homerun would be huge considering the Dragons held on to a slim one-run victory.  As most of you know, Waring belted 20 homeruns last year in Billings after being drafted in the 7th round by the Reds last season.  Waring went 2-3 on the night with 2 runs scored.  The homerun was Daniel’s 2nd on the season.

Raymond Jeffords had an oustanding outing in relief for the Dragons last night.  Jeffords pitched 2.2 innings, allowing no runs while scattering 2 hits.  Jeffords walked 0 and struck out 6!  Raymond has 11 strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched this season.