Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 7/11/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker has had only one hit on each of the past two days, but they have both been big hits. On Wednesday, Winker was the 4th player to bat in the 1st inning and hit a grand slam. Yesterday, Winker batted 3rd and hit a 3-run homerun in the 1st inning.

Winker finished Thursday 1-for-3 with the homerun, two walks, two runs scored and a sac fly.

AAA
Louisville 3 – Indianapolis 2

The Bats and the Pirates AAA farm team were scoreless until the top of the 7th inning. Daniel Corcino allowed the only two Indians runs on a 2-run homerun to Andrew Lambo. It was a nice bounceback start for Corcino, who allowed just the 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks over 7 innings.

Neftali Soto (2-for-4, 2B) hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 2-2. Denis Phipps (2-for-3, BB) led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a single, and later scored the winning run on Kristopher Negron’s pinch-hit walk off single.

Zach Duke pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Duke is yet to allow a run in his 11.1 innings with the Bats. He has walked two and struck out 12. Kevin Wheelan walked one batter and struck out three in his scoreless 9th inning of work.

AA
Pensacola 7 – Montgomery 2

Ryan LaMarre hit a 3-run homerun in the 4th inning to give the Blue Wahoos all the runs they would need. Travis Mattair (3-for-4, BB, R) had 3 hits for the second day in a row. Donald Lutz doubled twice and scored twice. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart had two hits and two RBI. Corey Wimberly (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) added a solo homerun in the 9th inning.

Tim Crabbe (4-7, 3.41 ERA) pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing just 6 hits, walking no one and striking out 4. Josh Ravin and Loek Van Mil each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.


High A
Lake Elsinore 5 – Bakersfield 4

Jon Moscot started and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and no walks over 6 innings while striking out 7.

The Blaze bats were shutout until the 7th inning, when they jumped out to a 3-1 lead, thanks in large part to a 2-run homerun from Juan Silverio. Another run in the 8th inning stretched the lead to 4-1. Ryan Wright (2-for-3, BB, R, RBI) and David Vidal (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) knocked in the other two Bakersfield runs.

The bullpen gave back all 4 runs over the final two innings to blow the lead.

Low A
Dayton 13 – Cedar Rapids 9

Dayton punished Cedar Rapids pitching for the second straight day. How do you follow a 12-run game where you pound out 18 hits and draw 5 walks? The Dragons went for 13 more runs on 11 hits and 10 walks. They also had three batters get hit by a pitch and two more reached on fielding errors.

After yesterday’s 1st inning grand slam batting 4th, Jesse Winker hit a 3-run homerun from the third spot in the lineup. They found a way to get Seth Mejias-Brean out once. Mejias-Brean was 3-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Tanner Rahier (3-for-5) also had three hits and scored twice. Beau Amaral had a paired of hits and also scored twice.

Ismael Guillon regressed to one of his more wild starts. In 4 innings, Guillon allowed 4 runs, 6 hits, and 5 walks, while striking out 3. Kyle McMyne pitched a scoreless 1.1 inning to end the game, striking out three.

Rookie
Billings 2- Grand Junction 2 suspended in the 9th inning due to rain.

Jon Matthews (2-for-4, 2 SB) was on the Mustang with more than one hit when play was suspended. Jose Ortiz hit a solo homerun in the 7th inning to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.

Ben Lively didn’t allow a hit in three shutout innings. He walked a batter and struck out three in his start. Lively is yet to allowed an earned run in 12 innings as a professional pitcher (3 walks, 18 strikeouts.) Daniel Wright followed with three shutout innings of his own. Wright allowed two hits, didn’t walk a batter and also struck out three. The bullpen blew the lead in the 8th inning, turning the 9th inning rain delay into a suspended game.

AZL Royals 7 – AZL Reds 6 in 10 innings

Cory Thompson scored three times, despite not getting a hit. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch. Aristides Aquino (2-for-5, 2B) scored twice. Logan Uxa (2-for-5, 3B) drove in a pair of runs. Oviel Florentino (2-for-4, RBI) was the only other Reds player with more than one hit.

Manuel Aybar allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and two walks in his 4-inning start. Chad Jones struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.

7 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. I think it’s time to give Neftali Soto a look at third base. I know he can’t play 3rd base as well as Todd . But Tony Perez played Third for a number of years… We could use a little more offense up in Cincy . He may be ready to provide it ..at least a little more consistently. He strikes outa lot. But so does Todd

    • @littleleo1: Frazier’s career line in the majors .256/.326/.455. This season his power is down: .241/.332/.400.

      Neftali Soto in AAA the past two seasons:
      2012 — .245/.313/.400
      2013 — .281/.319/.426

      It looks debatable that Soto’s offense would be better than Frazier’s, let alone having to take the drop defensively.

    • @littleleo1: Soto’s whiff rate reminds me too much of Edwin & Willy Mo. I think his greatest plus is as a trade chip.
      Having said that, with the offense struggling, why not give him a shot at 3B with Todd playing LF for a few games?

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