Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 8/18/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Adam Matthews, 23 year old outfielder of the Billings Mustangs, went 4-4 yesterday with with 2 doubles and a triple. He scored 2 runs and drove in 3. He also collected a walk. Matthews was the Reds 19th round pick in 2012, putting together a .325/.407/.470 mark last year in the Arizona Rookie League. He started ’13 in Billings, was promoted to Dayton for a short stint, then sent back to Billings where he’s put up a .241/.326/.367 slash line. He’s played better of late, putting up a .270/.386/.514 line in his last 10 games.

AAA

Rochester 1 – Louisville 0

Louisville lost its 11th straight game, tying a franchise record.

The Bats had 5 hits, none for extra bases and only one walk. Billy Hamilton was 1-4 and a caught stealing (14th).

Pedro Villarreal made his first start in about 6 weeks, going 3 innings, allowing a run (thus taking the loss) on 3 hits and 2 walks, he struck out 3. Curtis Partch and Zach Duke both threw 2 hitless innings and Jose Diaz threw a scoreless 9th.

AA

Pensacola 4 – Huntsville 1

Mike Costanzo went 2-3 with a homer (2) and 2 walks, Corey Wimberly went 2-3 with a triple, and Devin Lohman went 2-5. Ryan LaMarre hit his 10th homer of the year.

Carlos Contreras regained his control and had a good start, going 6 innings, allowing a run on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2. He recorded the win (2-2). Lee Hyde and Jamie Walczek both threw hitless innings, and Trevor Bell picked up his 14th save with a scoreless 9th.

High A

Modesto 6 – Bakersfield 1

Kyle Waldrop was 2-3 with a triple and was the only Blaze hitter with more than one hit.

Carlos Gonzalez threw a scoreless 9th, and he was the only Blaze pitcher to have a scoreless outing.

Low A

Dayton 4 – W. Michigan 2

Note: Redleg Nation favorite, Jesse Winker was placed on the DL with a sprained foot. He sustained the injury in Saturday night’s game. Jon Matthews was called up from Billings to replace him.

The win for the Dragons takes their second half record to 31-25 and puts them 1 game out of the wild card position and 2 games out of first place.

Sammy Diaz was 3-5, Zach Vincej was 3-4, and Seth Mejias-Breen was 2-4. Daniel Pigott hit his 3rd homer of the year.

Sal Romano started and picked up his 7th win, he threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits. He did walk 4 and struck out 3. Alejandro Chacin picked up his 7th save, with 1.1 scoreless innings, though he did walk 2 while striking one out.

Rookie

Billings 9 – Ogden 1

Adam Matthews went 4-4 with 2 doubles and a triple and a walk. Jose Ortiz went 3-4 with a double. Avian Rachel went 2-4 with a double and a walk, Taylor Terraras went 2-4 with a double.

Ben Lively started and threw 3 hitless innings, walking none and striking out 5. (I can only assume that he’s on a strict pitch/innings count as it appears the most he’s thrown in any start was 4 innings?)

Lively was followed by Daniel Wright, who also threw 4 outstanding innings, allowing a run on 5 hits, striking out 2. Austin Muehring and Nick Fleece both threw hitless innings.

AZL Padres 7 – AZL Reds 4

Yonatan Suerto was 2-3 with a walk and Kevin Garcia was 2-4.

Juan Martinez took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th, but could only register one out, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits.

5 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Re: Ben Lively – yes, he’s on a pitch/inning count.

    “They only want me throwing 55 pitches, and I knew I was around 45. I really wanted that last guy.”

    His Aug. 13 outing against Idaho Falls, in which he unfurled four perfect frames, was the only one in which he’d been allowed to go more than three innings.

    “I know [the Reds] have a plan,” Lively said, admitting to some disappointment. “I know they want me to take it easy — I threw over 100 innings in college — but being excited in the games, I always want to go out and throw a few more.”

    Out of 11 starts this year, Lively has gone unscored upon in seven. He’s given up seven runs — only three of which have been earned.

  2. Ervin has been on the DL since the 11th with an ouchy wrist and now Winker has been on the DL since the 18th with an ouchy ankle. I hope the training staff makes sure that both are 100% recovered before they resume game action. I would hate to see a nagging injury follow rthem into next season because they tried to come back too soon.

  3. Is it too early to call Ben Lively a top tear pitching prospects and put him in the same air with Robert Stephenson and Nick Trevieso (and formerly graduated Tony Cingrani)? I’m not really sure, but WOW he impresses.

  4. I don’t count anyone as being anything at Rookie ball, but that’s just me. Matt Klinker once told me that “Rookie ball is something you just get through”…and you start putting up numbers that mean something after that.

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