It's 4:00 in the morning, I can't sleep and didn't see a thread on here giving updates -- so for this one special evening only...
WP: Michalak (6-3)
LP: Lerew (1-4)
SV: Chiasson (6)
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: You really shouldn't. Chris Michalak is old enough to remember asking for original Star Wars toys for Christmas and if the Reds ever become desperate enough to dip down to him for a spot start, we all might be better off taking up cricket viewing. Ryan Wagner threw a third of an inning, but just in case you're worrying he didn't get enough work, he did manage to allow a baserunner. I wouldn't click on the link either -- reading a Louisville box score is like going down a list of SNL cast members from the mid-80s -- no has beens, but a ton of "never was's."
Michalak: 6.2IP, 8H, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
Bergolla: 1-3, BB
WP: Valdez (3-3)
LP: Smith (0-1)
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because Joey Votto is a beast. Plus with a name like Joey Votto, there's a good chance that he might be a made man. Votto has his OPS over .900 for the season and has 36 XBHs. He and Noochie Varner have names that just beg for James Gandolfini to operate the PA system at a Lookouts home game. Alvarado and Coutlangas have both had stout seasons thus far -- with Alvarado continuing his success in Chattanooga that he had in Sarasota.
Votto: 3-5, HR (11), 2B (23), 4 RBI (40)
Varner: 1-5, 2 RBI (42) (Dare I say: "The Nooch, the Nooch, the Nooch is on fire")
Valdez, Alvarado, and Coutlangas combine for a 2 hit shutout, striking out 11.
Southwest Michigan 2
WP: Valiquette (2-4)
LP: Wlodarczyk (6-4)
SV: Hendley (14)
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because, contrary to popular belief, there are other starters on the Dayton Dragons besides Johnny "Cakes" Cueto and Travis Wood. Robert Manuel doubled his season strikeout total (to 14) making his second start of the year. You should also be watching for Jay Bruce, although he didn't do anything to distinguish himself this evening. Also, Adam Rosales apparently got demoted, and responded by going 2-4.
Manuel: 5.1IP, 4H, 1ER, 0BB, 7K
Bruce: 0-4, 1K
DeJesus: CS, Picked Off 1st, Error -- I guess somebody does, indeed, mess with de Jesus
NOTE: Sarasota has the weekend off.