Down on the Farm

Games Played on 04/12/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Pensacola Blue Wahoos first baseman Mike Costanzo was 1-for-3 with a 3-R homerun in the first inning plus 2 walks.

Toledo 8 – Louisville 1

David Bell was forced to go to his bullpen early for the second day in a row after Sean Gallagher failed to make it out of the 2nd inning. Gallagher worked a perfect 1st inning, but in that 2nd inning he gave up 3 walks and 3 hits, including a homerun, before turning it over to the bullpen.

Josh Judy followed with 2 innings of shutout baseball, walking 2 but striking out 5 batters. Judy is yet to allow a run in 3 appearances. J.J. Hoover pitched the final inning: no hits, one walk, and got all three outs via the strikeout.

The Bats only managed 3 hits in the game. Todd Frazier and Chris Valaika each collected a hit. Frazier also stole two bases.

The loss is Louisville’s third in a row, and drops them to an IL worst 2-6 record.

Pensacola 6 – Mobile 3

Mike Costanzo was back to first base after a day at the opposite corner, and hit his second homerun in as many days. The homerun came in the top of the first with two men aboard, staking starter Daniel Corcino to an early 3-0 lead. It was Costanzo’s 3rd homerun of the season.

Daniel Corcino slowly gave back the three runs (two earned) over the course of 5 innings. He gave up 7 hits, no walks, and struck out 2 batters. But the Blue Wahoos bullpen shutdown the BayBears offense the rest of the way. Mark Serrano went two scoreless innings for the win. Donnie Joseph pitched the final inning for his 3rd save of the season. Joseph is yet to allow a run or issue a walk in his first four appearances of the season.

Pensacola crushed out 15 hits in the game with just the one longball from Costanzo. Didi Gregorious was 4-for-5 with 2 runs scored. Brodie Greene was 3-for-5. Josh Fellhuaer and Henry Rodriguez had two hits each.

High A
San Jose 1 – Bakersfield 0 (called after 6 innings/rain)

Billy Hamilton collected one of Bakersfields three hits in two at-bats. He also walked and stole third base.

Chad Rogers threw five innings, giving up just the 1 run, 4 hits, and 2 walks. He struck out 4 batters.

Low A
South Bend 1 – Dayton 0

Dayton dropped their 5th straight game to fall to a Midwest League worst 2-5 on the season. They only had two base runners the entire game, and one of them was caught stealing.

Radhames Quezada went 6 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out five. He’s only allowed 1 run in his first 10 innings this season.

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. The season is very young and early returns can be misleading, both positively and negatively, but … AAA appears to be as weak this year as it was strong the past few years. That would be a direct result of the trades for Latos and Marshall. The flip side is that AA and A+ look very strong and this is where the potential replacements will come from in 2-3 years. The outfield talent looks especially looks sparse, but some of the infield talent could migrate to the outfield at the major league level. I really like the potential sitting at Pensacola and Bakerfield. Unless Hamilton can get his defense together (3 errors already!), he might be an excellent candidate to migrate to the outfield. This could be a make or break year for his defensive improvement as an infielder, especially with the slick fielding Didi playing at AA this year. Vidal and Constanzo look to have some potential to fill the hole at 3rd base in a couple of years. There is never enough pitching, but the Reds seem to have their fair share in the pipeline. The future looks bright, especially with Votto and Phillips now signed for the long haul.

  2. I think the biggest problem at AAA has been all the AAAA starting pitchers on the roster haven’t even been getting it done against minor leaguers this year with maybe exception of Jeff Francis. Andrew Brackman’s one start was also a positive surprise. The relievers have mostly looked good. I see Frazier and Valaika’s name in the box score (positively) most nights.

    A number of positions are locked up on the major league roster for a number of years, but I do think the Reds minor league system is setup well to fill the gaps as they come up over the next 2-3 years.

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