Brent Rooker homers in a Saints loss. Caleb Hamilton hits a big homer for the Wind Surge. Wander Javier has a big day for the Kernels. A solid win for the Mighty Mussels.
LOUISVILLE 6, ST. PAUL 3 IN LOUISVILLE
The Bats took a 2-1 lead in the first and led the rest of the way. The Saints closed to 4-3 in the sixth but could get no closer.
Batting stars: Mark Contreras was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Brent Rooker was 1-for-3 with a home run (his seventh), a walk, and two runs.
Pitching star: Ian Gibaut pitched three innings, giving up one run on two hits and no walks and striking out two.
Opposition stars: Joey Votto was 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, and two runs. Alejo Lopez was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Braden Shipley pitched four innings, giving up one run on four hits and no walks and striking out two.
Starter: Bryan Sammons pitched four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks and striking out two.
Good stats: None.
Bad stats: Daniel Descalso was 0-for-3 and is batting .059. Keon Broxton was 0-for-4 and is batting .160. Drew Maggi was 1-for-4 to raise his average to .182. Sammons has an ERA of 9.00. Gibaut lowered his ERA to 10.66.
Record: The Saints are 15-14, in third place in the AAA East-Midwest, 5.5 games behind Omaha.
WICHITA 6, ARKANSAS 4 IN WICHITA
Caleb Hamilton hit a three-run homer in a five-run fifth.
Batting stars: Jose Miranda was 2-for-3 with a walk. Hamilton was 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs. Roy Morales was 2-for-4. Jermaine Palacios was 2-for-4. Andrew Bechtold was 1-for-4 with a home run, his second.
Pitching star: Jordan Balazovic struck out five in 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks.
Opposition stars: David Masters was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs. Connor Lien was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk.
Good stats: B. J. Boyd was 1-for-4 and is batting .417. Palacios is batting .324. Miranda is batting .322. Ernie De La Trinidad was 1-for-4 and is batting .301. Aaron Whitefield was 0-for-4 and is batting .301. Balazovic has an ERA of zero. Hector Lujan allowed three runs in 3.1 innings and has an ERA of 2.79.
Bad stats: Peter Mooney was 0-for-3 and is batting .179. Calvin Faucher gave up one run in 2.1 innings to lower his ERA to 7.24.
Record: The Wind Surge is 18-11, in first place in the AA Central-North, one game ahead of Tulsa.
CEDAR RAPIDS 11, FORT WAYNE 5 IN FORT WAYNE
Leading 4-1, the Kernels scored three in the seventh and four in the eighth. Alex Isola hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning.
Batting stars: Wander Javier was 4-for-6 with a triple, a double, four runs, and two RBIs. Isola was 2-for-3 with a home run, two walks, and four RBIs. Trey Cabbage was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs, and two RBIs. Max Smith was 2-for-5.
Pitching star: Andrew Cabezas struck out five in five shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk.
Opposition stars: Agustin Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a home run (his seventh), two walks, and two runs. Jonny Homza was 2-for-5.
Good stats: Cabezas has an ERA of 2.42.
Bad stats: Chris Williams was 0-for-3 and is batting .065.
Record: The Kernels are 12-17, tied for fifth (last) place in the High-A Central-West, 6.5 games behind Quad Cities.
FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 4 IN FORT MYERS
The Mighty Mussels scored two in the fourth to break a 3-3 tie and scored three in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Batting stars: Yunior Severino was 2-for-5. Aaron Sabato was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two runs.
Pitching star: Juan Pichardo pitched three shutout innings, giving up a walk and striking out two.
Opposition stars: Matt O'Neill was 2-for-2 with a home run and two walks. Liam McCall struck out three in two innings, giving up an unearned run on no hits and no walks.
Starter: Miguel Rodriguez struck out four in four innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks.
Good stats: Kyle Schmidt was 1-for-3 and is batting .362. Edouard Julien was 0-for-3 and is batting .315. Pichardo has an ERA of 0.64. Rodriguez has an ERA of 1.35.
Bad stats: Willie Joe Garry, Jr. was 1-for-3 and is batting .167. Sabato raised his average to .173. Misael Urbina was 0-for-3 and is batting .177. Matthew Swain gave up a run in two innings and lowered his ERA to 7.16.
Record: The Mighty Mussels are 16-13, in third place in the Low-A Southeast-West, five games behind Tampa.