This will be my last DOTF for a week or so. I am heading to Cooperstown, NY to watch my son and his team (Cincy Flames) play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park 10U Tournament. You will be in capable hands until I get back. Don’t burn the place down.
25 year-old Richie Gardner had another good outing at Chattanooga. Gardner pitched 7 innings giving up 3 H, a BB, and 2 ER with 3 Ks. He has a 2.25 ERA with 27 Ks, 23 H, and 8 BB in 28 IP since being promoted.
23 year-old Michael Griffin went 3 for 4 with a SB. He is hitting .309/.341/.429 after hitting .263/.304/.378 last year at Dayton.
21 year-old Johnny Cueto pitched 7 innings giving up just 4 H, a BB, and an ER with 6 Ks. His ERA is 3.15 with 65 Ks, 67 H, and 21 BB in 74.1 IP.
In both games 20 year-old Jay Bruce went 3 for 6 with 3 2B, a BB, and 2 RBI. He is hitting .324/.377/.582
21 year-old Jordan Smith pitched 8 nearly perfect innings giving up just 3 H, 0 BB and 0 ER. Smith lowered his ERA to 3.08 with 47 Ks, 66 H, and 14 BB in 73 IP.
19 year-old Juan Francisco went 2 for 4 with a 2B and an RBI. He is hitting .277/.325/.478.
FWIW, I think both Smith and Francisco could/should stay at Dayton for the 2nd half.
With the win Dayton clinched a playoff birth, and a first half title.
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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