Louisville’s offense is as pathetic as the Cincinnati offense.
26 year-old starting pitcher Michael Gosling (D’Backs #2 – 2001)went 4 shutout innings, giving up 3 H and 2 BB while striking out 5. Gosling still hasn’t given up a run in 10 IP; he has 9 Ks, 4 BB, and 6 H.
23 year-old starting pitcher Tyler Pelland (Red Sox #9 – 2002) pitched 4 innings, giving up just an ER on 2 BB and 5 H. HOWEVER, thanks to two of his own errors, he gave up 7 runs.
While I am excited about the start of the Reds minor league system, I worry that these guys are competing at a level too low for their age. Twenty-four year olds at A+ SHOULD dominate; 23 year olds at A- SHOULD dominate. I hope the Reds organization has a plan besides “keep them at each level for a year”.
19 year-old third baseman Juan Francisco went 2 for 5 with a 2B and a R. Francisco is hitting .353/.353/.559. In 34 plate appearances, he’s drawn exactly 0 walks.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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