Chattanooga did not play
Tonys Gutierrez was 2-4 in the opener, BJ Szymanski was 2-3. In the nightcap, Josh Holden was 3-3 and recently promoted from Billings, Wayne Kendrick was 2-2 with a double. Daryl Thompson threw 6 shutout innings in the evening game, Derrick Lutz picked up his 20th save with a scoreless 7th.
The day belonged to 20 year old 3B Juan Francisco. He went 3-4, hitting 3 homers (tying a team record with Wily Mo Pena, Adam Dunn, and Joey Votto), driving in 7 runs. That ties him for the Midwest League Home Run lead.
Philippe Valiquette picked up his first win of ’07 for the Dragons with 2 scoreless innings of relief.
Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Matt Klinker picked up his second win, but wasn’t very effective. He threw 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. Jermy Horst got the save, throwing 3 innings of 1 hit shutout baseball.
GCL Reds did not play.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.