Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 7/10/2013

Minor League Players of the Day:
— For Dayton, Seth Mejias-Brean was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI.
— For Pensacola, Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-3 with a sac fly, a run scoring double, and a 9th-inning homerum.

AAA
Louisville 12 – Toledo 0

Making his first start since June 25th, Armando Galarraga threw six shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2. Kanekoa Texeira pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out two. Pedro Villarreal pitched a perfect 9th inning.

According to the Bats Media Relations department, Billy Hamilton’s leadoff walk in the first inning was the Bats first walk in the past 4 games (38 innings.) The team would go on to walk 8 times in the game. In addition to all the free passes, the Louisville offense cranked out 12 runs on 12 hits. Felix Perez (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR) and Nevin Ashley (2-for-4, BB, HR) each hit 3-run homeruns. Denis Phipps had three hits, including a double, scored three times and knocked in two runs.

Defensively, Louisville hasn’t committed an error in their last 8 games, a stretch of 70 innings.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Montgomery 3

Ryan LaMarre’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning plated Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, giving the Blue Wahoos an early 1-0 lead. Down 3-1 in the 4th inning, Barnhart hit a 1-out bomb to right field, cutting the deficit to 1 run. Later that same inning, Travis Mattair came around to score on a LaMarre double to tie the game.

Fast forward to the 9th inning, game still knotted at three runs each. With Travis Mattair aboard again, Ryan LaMarre hit a game deciding home run. Pensacola reliever Trevor Bell struck out two in the bottom of the 9th for the save. Since joining Pensacola on June 9th, Bell hasn’t allowed a run in 13.1 innings. His line includes 6 hits, 4 walks, and 16 strikeouts.

Shaun Ellis started and allowed 3 runs over 3 innings. Chris Manno hit a batter but didn’t allow a hit or a walk over three shutout relief innings. Lee Hyde was credited with the win after retiring all 4 batters that he faced.


High A
Lake Elsinore 5 – Bakersfield 3

Shane Dyer (2-3, 3.08 ERA) allowed all 5 runs in 5.2 innings on 9 hits and a walk. Kyle Lotzkar hit a batter, walked a batter, and struck out a batter in 1.1 innings. Lotzkar hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last four appearances covering 5.1 innings.

Danny Vicioso (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) had three of the Blaze’s 11 hits. David Vidal and Juan Perez each had a pair of singles.

Low A
Dayton 12 – Cedar Rapids 6

Jesse Winker’s offensive contribution to the scoring outburst was a first inning grand slam that gave Dayton a lead they would never relinquish. Seth Mejias-Brean was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI. Sammy Diaz, Jeff Gelalich, and Joe Hudson racked up 3 hits each. Dayton finished the day with 12 runs on 18 hits and 5 walks.

It was Sal Romano’s 3rd quality start over his last four outings. Over 6 innings, Romano struck out 5 batters and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits without walking anyone. Reds 2013 1st round compensation pick Michael Lorenzen made his second appearance in Dayton, striking out two batters in a perfect inning of work.

Rookie
Grand Junction 10 – Billings 6

The Mustangs scored 3 runs in the 1st and another in the 2nd inning off Colorado Rockies 1st round (#3 overall) draft pick Jonathan Gray. The Reds first round draft pick, Phil Ervin (2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) doubled off Gray the first time he faced him and grounded into a double play in their second matchup.

Jose Guzman allowed 9 runs (7 earned) before being pulled in the middle of the third inning.

AZL Reds 12 – AZL Royals 6

Alberti Chavez (3-for-6, 2B, R, RBI) and Aristides Aquino (3-for-5, BB, 3 runs, RBI) each had 3 hits.

Juan Martinez (2-1, 4.26 ERA) allowed just 1 run over 5 innings on 4 hits and 3 walks. Martinez struck out two.

5 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. So, our AAA team didn’t draw a single walk in 38 innings. Can you say “organizational hitting philosophy”? Sure you can.

  2. Talk about flying under the radar, what’s the deal with Nevin Ashley. He’s a 29 year old, career minor league catcher. His biography reads like a hot tamale:

    * spent 2007 with Class A Columbus, where he led all South Atlantic League catchers in fielding percentage at .992

    * was named a midseason All-Star and stole 20 bases, which led all catchers in the Minors

    * caught 82 games for Class A Advanced Vero Beach in 2008 and led the club with 49 walks

    * in 2009, named the Best Defensive Player (at any position) in the Rays organization by the Baseball Operations department, as well as Best Defensive Catcher in the organization by Baseball America

    He has a professional hitting approach at the plate, al la Ryan Hanigan…

    2010 .249/.329/.370 in AA/AAA
    2011 .263/.358/.384 in AA/AAA
    2012 .271/.379/.458 in AAA
    2013 .290/.361/.478 in AAA

    This guy just fell into the Reds’ lap during the offseason as a minor league FA signing. This guy looks like a much better major league prospect than some of the players on the Reds 40 man roster.

  3. Speaking of prospects and the 40 man roster, the pitchers are making some statements.

    Starters:
    Greg Reynolds (28) 2.62 ERA; 1.12 WHIP; 1.67 GO/AO
    Chad Reineke (31) 2.86 ERA; 1.16 WHIP
    Armando Gallaraga (31) 2.98 ERA; 1.39 WHIP; 1.56 GO/AO

    Relievers:
    Jose Diaz (29) 1.97 ERA; 1.13 WHIP; 1.32 GO/AO

    Are the minor league FA pitching signings by the Reds simply getting it after pitching for the Bats or is Ted Power a Bryan Price incarnate and weaving his magic over the Bats’ pitching staff? Both Price and Power just seem to be able to extract that extra edge of excellence from the pitchers under their tutelage.

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