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Onto Games Played on 7/18/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Bats catcher, Corky Miller was 3-for-4 with a double, a homerun and 2 RBI.

Louisville 4 – Columbus 2

Corky Miller was 3-for-4 with a double, a homerun and 2 RBI. Denis Phipps and Mike Costanzo each had two hits.

Sean Gallagher (8-6, 4.69 ERA) got the win by allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks over 7 innings. He struck out 4. J.J. Hoover pitched the final two shutout innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 3.

Pensacola had the day off.

High A
High Desert 7 – Bakersfield 6

Chris Berset was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Devin Lohman was 3-for-4 with a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI. Steve Selsky had two hits, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI.

Chad Rogers allowed 5 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks in his 5-inning start, while striking out 4. Blaine Howell, Daniel Wolford, and Andrew Brackman followed with a shutout inning each.

For Brackman, it was his 5th straight appearance without allowing a run and his 5th consecutive inning without issuing a free pass. Brackman walked 16 batters in 17.1 innings at Louisville, then walked 12 batters in his first 15.1 innings at Bakersfield. In his last 12 innings, Brackman has walked just 2 batters.

Low A
Clinton 4 – Dayton 1

Juan Perez had half of Dayton’s hits, going 2-for-4 with a double. The lone Dragon run came on a Ryan Wright solo homerun.

Stalin Gerson (4-7, 4.43 ERA) allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. He also struck out 3. Lucas O’Rear and Carlos Contreras pitched 3 shutout innings to finish out the game.

Billings and the AZL Reds had the day off.