Games Played on 04/09/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville Pitcher Andrew Brackman threw 6 very strong innings for the Bats, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and walking only 1.


Louisville 9 – Toledo 3

Louisville pounded out 9 runs on 12 hits, with Chris Valaika (double), Todd Frazier (double), Corky Miller, and Kris Negron have two hits each. Denis Phipps hit his first homer of the season.

Andrew Brackman got his first start for the Bats and went 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking only 1 and striking out 4. Scott Carroll threw 2 innings of scoreless/one hit relief.


Pensacola 6 – Montgomery 5

Pensacola won their third straight over Montgomery, powered by a 3rd inning grand slam by Mike Costanzo and an RBI single in the 8th by Josh Fellhauer.

Didi Gregorius, Henry Rodriguez, Mark Fleury, and Cody Puckett (double) all chipped in with two hits each.

J.C. Sulburan threw 5 1/3 innings of 6 hit, 2 run baseball, allowing 2 walks while striking out 6. Both the runs came off solo homers.

High A

Bakersfield 10 – Stockton 3

The Blaze had 10 runs on 14 hits and a strong performance by former #1 pick Kyle Lotzkar.

Donald Lutz and David Vidal combined for 6 hits (2 doubles each) and Bryson Smith and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart chipped in with two each helping to power the Blaze.

Billy Hamilton stole his 3rd base of the season, but also committed his 3rd error of the season.

Kyle Lotzkar threw 6 innings of 6 hit, 2 run baseball, striking out 8 and not walking a batter.

Low A

Lansing 8 – Dayton 0

Terrible night for the Dragons as they seemed to sleep walk through this game. Bad pitching, bad defense, picked off runners, and no offense.

The game was essentially over when Stalin Gerson gave up a long homer to the leadoff hitter in the first. He gave up 2 more before he was finished (including one to RF that bounced out of the stadium and looked like it was headed for the bar down the street when last seen). In 4.1 innings, Gerson gave up 10 hits, 2 walks, 5 runs (4 earned) and 3 homers…and seemingly everything hit was a rocket.

The offense could only muster 3 hits, none for extra bases.

The only good performance turned in by a Dragon last night was Jim Moran’s 2 innings of scoreless 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeout relief work.

Impressive was the starter for the Lugnuts, Justin Nicolino, who threw 3 hitless, walkless innings, striking out 5. He was hitting mid-90s with his hard stuff, and the low-70’s with his off speed stuff. He was impressive.