Louisville 6, Buffalo 5

The Bats capitalized on four 8th inning runs, partially thanks to Ryan Jorgensen‘s 2 rbi single. Jeff Kepinger went 2-5 and was the only Louisville player with multiple hits. The 27 year old 3B is now batting .367/.433/.475.

Elizardo Ramirez went 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. The Lizard struck out 3. Every day Eddie Guardado pitched 1 inning in relief, surrendering 1 hit.

Chattanooga 9, Birmingham 0

The Lookouts broke out the proverbial whipping stick in this one, pounding out 17 hits to Birmingham’s 4. Caonabo Cosme went 3-5 and was a homerun shy of a cycle. Enrique Cruz added 3 hits of his own and was a triple shy of the cycle. Cruz also scored 2 runs and drove in 2. Paul Janish and Ryan Hannigan, like Cruz and Cosme, scattered 3 hits, all of which were singles. Finally, Jay Garthwaite and Marland Williams could not quite hit with the big boys. Jay and Marland only managed 2 hits each, with Jay pounding his 8th homerun and driving in 3 rbis.

Richie Gardner improved to 2-1 on the year with the win. Gardner pitched 6.2 innings of shutout baseball, scattering 4 hits while striking out 6.

Sarasota 4, Clearwater 3

Adam Rosales and Craig Tatum only had 1 hit each, but both made the most of their singles. Rosales and Tatum each had 2 rbi singles in the 8th inning which sparked a 4 run, 8th inning comeback by Sarasota.

Josh Roenicke recorded his 16th save of the season with a perfect 9th inning. Roenicke has struck out a whopping 41 guys in 27.2 innings pitched as the Reds closer.

Dayton DNP – Dayton is off the next couple of days for the Midwest League All-Star game.

Also of note, the Billings Mustangs and Gulf Coast League Reds both get their seasons underway tonight.

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6 Responses

  1. GregD

    How many more AA starts for Gardner before he gets the AAA promotion? How nice would it be to have two more guys (Fisher and Gardner) in AAA knocking on the door to the majors?

  2. Phil Rizzuto Parmesan

    Marc Hulet over at Baseball Analysts has some nice comments on the Reds’ recent Rule 4 draft.

    Cincinnati Reds (15th pick)
    1. Devin Mesoraco, C, high school, first round
    2. Todd Frazier, 3B, college, supplemental round
    3. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, high school, supplemental round
    4. Zack Cozart, SS, college, second round
    5. Scott Carroll, RHP, college, third round
    6. Neftali Soto, 3B, Puerto Rico, third round
    7. Brad Stouffer, 3B/OF, college, fourth round
    8. Andrew Bowman, LHP, college, fifth round

    The Reds addressed an obvious lack of hitting prospects with a number of excellent selections in the first five rounds. Mesoraco was being eyed by a lot of teams before he was snatched up with the 15th overall pick. He climbed the draft charts more than any other prospect this spring and is a well-rounded player with solid defense and a promising bat. He is also an excellent leader on the field.

    Frazier is a solid college baseball player with two brothers who have played professional ball, and he is the most talented of the three. There are some questions about his power potential with wood bats but he also mixes in some intriguing speed.

    Lotzkar, the most promising Canadian player this side of Phillippe Aumont, gives the Reds a high-ceiling prospect but his secondary pitches and control are lacking. He will need a significant amount of development time. He joins a number of other promising Canadian players in the organization, including Joey Votto and James Avery.

    Soto, like Reynaldo Navarro who was taken by Arizona, is one of the most promising players to come out of Puerto Rico in the last few years. Along with Frazier, the Reds added a few college bats that will hopefully move fairly quick to allow the 2007 prep picks time to develop.

    Cozart is a defensive-minded shortstop in the mold of Astros’ shortstop Adam Everett. Cozart has a questionable bat at this point but should develop – at worst – into a fine utility player. Carroll has a promising fastball but his secondary stuff is lagging behind, mainly due to the fact he focused on football for much of his first three college seasons.

    Stouffer is an athletic player who lacks a position. He doesn’t have enough power for a corner spot in the outfield or infield so he could end up at second base or centerfield, if he has enough range. Bowman was a highly-regarded prep pitcher with signability concerns. He went to college and got hurt so scouts were unable to see as much of him as they had hoped over the last three years.

  3. Bill

    Was at the Sarasota game last night, great game…the big 8th inning was also helped by very good ABs by Bruce and Piepkorn that led to walks…Tatum’s hit was HUGE. I continue to say he’s the best catching prospect in the system. They can clinch tonight w/ a win.

  4. John

    I’m just going out on a limb here, but I think Keppinger might have a better bat than Castro…

  5. Chris

    “an obvious lack of hitting prospects”?

    That seems to be over-stating it, to me.

  6. Phil Rizzuto Parmesan

    “an obvious lack of hitting prospects”
    That seems to be over-stating it, to me.

    Is it? After Bruce and Votto, who else would you bet on to hit in the majors?