20 year old superprospect Jay Bruce (.304/.358/.556 @ AAA, .319/.376/.584 combined for the ’07 season) went 3-4 with a double and his 10th AAA homer in 46 games. 29 year old 1B Jesse Guttierez was 2-4 with a homer.
24 year old RHP Ramon Ramierez made his second start (3rd appearance) for the Bats, throwing 4+ shutout innings before being pulled for a pitch count (64 pitches). He allowed only 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 6. Brad Salmon got the win, throwing 3 innings of two hit, one run relief. Ty Pelland and Marcus McBeth threw single scoreless innings. McBeth picked up his 11th save for the Bats.
24 year old Adam Rosales (.270/.372/.550) was 2-4, hitting his 11th and 12th homers at AA. He scored 3 runs, drove in 2 and had a walk. Rosales also played SS for the Lookouts, which may be his first appearance at SS all season. If Rosales continues to hit as he has this season and can go back to SS next season, his prospect status will climb dramatically. Recently acquired OF Sean Henry was also 2-4 with a double.
26 year old RHP Carlos Bohorquez threw 4 innings of one run, 2 hit relief. Homer Bailey got his butt kicked giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits in 3 innings in his first rehab start. 24 year old LH 1B Tonys Gutierrez was 2-4.
Gutierrez (.301/.411/.369 since being sent down from AA) was 2-2 with a walk and an RBI in the nightcap. Darryl Thompson started and threw 4 innings of shutout one hit baseball. Sean Watson got the win, throwing 3 innings of 2 hit, 1 run (unearned) relief.
Carson Kainer (.297/.349/.374) was 4-5 and drove in 3 runs. He’s hitting .377 in August with an .870 OPS. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker (.275/.366/.407) was 3-4 with a double, scored 2 runs, and drove two in. C Eddy Rodriguez was 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
The Mustangs pitching staff was roughed up, especially starter Joshua Ravin, who could only get through 1 1/3, giving up 7 hits, 8 runs (5 earned). RN Spotlight Player Matt Klinker was beat up on also, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in 3 1/3.
Carlos Menedez was 2-3 with a walk.
RHP Jonathan Conatser started and threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 8.
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.