Beloit 1, SW Michigan 0, gm 1. Normally we would start with the Durham Bulls, but Ernesto washed them out again, and Wade Davis’ performance last night deserves top billing… Wade Davis pitched a 7 inning no-hitter last night but lost 1-0 when 2 errors lead to the only run for Beloit in the 4th inning. Davis booted a ground ball by the leadoff hitter allowing him to reach first base. The runner then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Chritian Lopez. After a strikeout, the runner scored on a sacrifice fly for the only run of the game. Davis walked 2 and stuck out 7.
SW Michigan 5, Beloit 2, gm 2. Michael Wlodarczyk overcame some early troubles and fielding miscues and settled down to pick up his 9th win of the season. In 6 innings he allowed 5 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs (1 earned). Greg Dupas struck out 3 in the 7th to pick up his 25th save and center fielder Jackson Brennan hit a 3-run home run.
Durham Bulls vs. Columbus, ppd. rain. Well it appears as though Hurricane Ernesto feels sorry for the Durham Bulls fans. For the second straight day, the Bulls were rained out (this time a double-header) and for the second straight day the Durham Bulls faithful were not subjected to the pitching atrocity known as Doug Waechter. Maybe the powers that be will get the hint and just skip Waechter in the rotation, forever. Of course, maybe this entire season has just been punishment for this…In other news, Darnell McDonald joined Kevin Witt on the International League’s postseason All-Star squad.
Mississippi 4, Montgomery 2. Eliot Johnson appears to be out of his mini-slump. He is 11 for his last 32 with 5 2-hit games in his last 7. Last night he went 2-4 with a double and a run scored and has his average up to .282. Reid Brignac went 1-5 with an RBI triple. Evan Longoria was 1-4 with his 2nd stolen base. Tony Peguero took the loss, but was let down by his defense. Two errors led to 3 unearned runs in 7 innings.
Visalia 5, Stockton 4. Catcher Josh Arhart went 2-5 with an RBI, and for the second straight night he drove in the winning run in the ninth with a walk-off single. Fernando Perez went 2-5 and started the 9th inning rally by leading off and reaching first on an error. With the win, the Oaks remain 1 game up in the California League’s North Division.