Games Played on 04/09/12
Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SS Billy Hamilton went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBIs and stole 2 bases.
The Bats spent the night doing their Cincinnati Reds impression, getting 1 run on 4 hits (2 by Chris Valaika). About the only Bats hitting right now are Valaika and Paul Janish.
Jeff Francis had a nice start, 5 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 9 K.
Henry Rodriguez was the only Blue Wahoo (I know, what a name) with multiple hits, going 2-4.
Strong pitching (and bad defense) was the other story of the night. Pedro Villarreal had a good start, hurt by bad defense, going 6 innings, allowing 1 earned run (3 runs) on 4 hits, walking none and striking out 5. Mark Serrano came on and pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief (2 hits), striking out 4.
The Blaze blew a 7 run lead, giving up two runs in the top of the 9th, to lose to the Ports 10-9.
Offensively, the Blaze were led by Billy Hamilton, who went 2-5 with a double, run scored, 2 stolen bases, and 3 RBI’s. Newcomer Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a homer.
The Blaze’s pitching efforts do not merit mentioning.
For the second night in a row, the Dragons were stymied by some very effective pitching. Lugnuts starter Jesse Hernandez allowed just 1 hit over 7 shutout innings. He walked 1, struck out 8, and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in his 7 innings of work.
Dragons starter Carlos Gonzalez threw better than his line indicates, throwing 4 scoreless innings, and was only behind 2-0 when he left the game in the 5th. He was charged with 2 more runs after he left the game. Dan Jensen threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2.
No Dragons hitter had more than one hit.
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.