Sarasota wins 8-5 in spite of three home runs by St. Lucie. Dave Sappelt's three hits put him at .303. He's been a hot fella. He's been hitting cleanup for the last week or so, and doing it well. Three RBIs tonight.
Billings lost game 1 of a DH 5-0. Game 2 is in progress, no score after 1. Wiley gave up one hit in the top of the inning, but he was erased, caught stealing. Yorman Rodriguez singled in the bottom of the first.
* Avery Barnes bunt grounds out, second baseman John Dao to first baseman Thomas Nurre.
* David Hernandez singles on a line drive to right fielder Efrain Contreras.
* With Nolan Arenado batting, David Hernandez picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Jacob Wiley to first baseman Thomas Nurre to shortstop Cristobal Rodriguez.
* Nolan Arenado grounds out, third baseman Frank Pfister to first baseman Thomas Nurre.
Billings Bottom 1st
* Cristobal Rodriguez pops out to first baseman Chad Jacobsen.
* Yorman Rodriguez singles on a line drive to center fielder Avery Barnes.
* Efrain Contreras flies out to left fielder David Dinatale.
* Tyler Stovall pops out to third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Jordan Hotchkiss continues to pitch well in his conversion to starting, and Dayton wins 5-3. A couple hits by Alexis Oliveras carry him to .311. Cody Puckett hits his 18th HR.
A thought, out of the blue, on Puckett. He's not a big guy but seems to hit like it. Word is, though, that he's not much of a second baseman. Might he be a candidate to switch to catcher? It's probably too late to convert guys like Francisco and Frazier, who might be within a year of the big leagues (if not less), but Puckett has a ways to go. He's apparently a better athlete than infielder. I don't know a thing about his makeup, but on the surface he seems like the kind of player suited for such a move.