— Playing both 1B and LF, 23-year old Joey Votto went 3-4 with his 11th homer. Votto has a 916 OPS in Louisville. It’s safe to say that he has responded well to AAA, and also that he has rebounded quite nicely from his very slow start.
— On the mound, 24-year old Bill Bray — who played at the College of William and Mary, which might interest one of our contributors here at RN — and Kirk Saarloos each pitched a perfect inning, though it’s safe to say that neither has distinguished himself in AAA as of yet.
— Richie Gardner got the start and gave up 4 ERs in 5 IP, earning his first loss of the season at AAA. His ERA is now 4.43 at Louisville after absolutely destroying the competition at Sarasota and Chattanooga earlier this season. Gardner is only 25, and he seems to be rebounding nicely from injury. His career bears watching, certainly.
Mississippi 6, Chattanooga 5 — 10 innings (AA)
— Ever hear of this guy Jay Bruce? He’s playing CF down there in Chattanooga, and he may turn into a ballplayer one of these days. Yesterday, for example, he went 2-4 with a double and a walk, and scored a couple of runs.
He’s only hitting for a .345 average, with an OPS of 1101 (.410 OBP and .691 SLG) since his promotion to AA, so there’s room for improvement. 🙂 Oh yeah, and he’s only 20 years old.
Can this guy hit the baseball, or what?
— Adam Rosales, another new Lookout, hit a homer last night.
Wednesday’s game between Sarasota and Tampa game was suspended due to rain.
— 21-year old RF Denis Phipps went 2-3, raising his average to .235.
— Hey, Drew Stubbs got a triple in four trips to the plate! The 22-year old center fielder — last year’s number one draft pick — nosed his OPS up to 705. Batting average: .248.
Helena 2, Billings 0 (Rookie)
— Not much to discuss here. SS Angel Cabrera had a couple of hits, raising his average to .344.
— In addition to having one of the best names in professional baseball, Canadian Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette can pitch a little, too. He went 4.2 innings, giving up no runs, one hit, striking out three and walking none. Not a bad day’s work.
GCL Red Sox 5, GCL Reds 3 (Rookie)
— 19-year old RF Justin Reed had a big day, going 4-5 with a triple. Reed also stole a base and scored a run.
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