Games Played on 06/01/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SS Billy Hamilton: He went 2 for 3 with 3 BB and 3 SB (60).

AAA

Durham 3 – Louisville 1

Felix Perez went 1 for 3 with a BB. Joey Gathright doubled.

Pedro Villarreal, 3.90 ERA, got the loss as he went 5.2 IP and allowed 3 R on 8 H and 4 BB with 4 K. Nick Christiani (1.1 IP), Josh Judy (1 IP), and Jordan Smith (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings.

AA

Jackson 6 – Pensacola 1 (DH Game 1, 7 Innings)

Joel Guzman went 2 for 2 with a 2B and a BB. P. J. Phillips doubled.

Daniel Corcino, 3.79 ERA, got the loss as he went 3 IP and allowed 6 R, 3 ER, on 6 H and 4 BB with 2 K. Chris Manno (2 IP) and Wilkin De La Rosa (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings.

Jackson 2 – Pensacola 1 (DH Game 2, 10 Innings)

David Vidal went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Stephen Hunt went 2 for 4.

Mark Serrano, 3.92 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Donnie Joseph (1.1 IP) and Curtis Partch (2.2 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Justin Freeman took the loss allowing 2 R over 0.2 IP of relief.

High A

Bakersfield 10 – San Jose 4

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 3 with 3 BB and 3 SB (60). James Ewing and Theo Bowe each went 3 for 5. Dominic D’anna went 1 for 2 with 2 BB. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart doubled and walked.

Chad Rogers, 2.37 ERA, got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 4 R, 3 ER, on 8 H and 0 BB with 8 K. Michael Griffin (2 IP) and Brian Pearl (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings.

Low A

South Bend 11 – Dayton 6

Yovan Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Junior Arias went 1 for 3 with a HR and a BB.

Stalin Gerson, 4.07 ERA, got the loss as he went 5 IP and allowed 4 R, 2 ER, on 7 H and 0 BB with 1 K. Carlos Contreras added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

3 Responses

  1. Greg Dafler

    Hamilton’s speed has just been incredible. I learned a few things from twitter. 1 – this fact from JJ Cooper of Baseball America “When #Reds SS Billy Hamilton stole 103 bases last year, he had 41 steals at the end of May. This year he had 57.” and of course one day later he sits at 60.

    Then, I read that Hamilton has made the US Futures team.

  2. BloodyHo

    With the lineup that Louisville fields, a good starting pitcher with a good game has very little chance of getting a win. The last two games, Tomko goes 6.2 innings and gives up 2 ER and loses, then Villareal goes 5.2 innings and gives up 3 ER and loses. Those are the only two starting pitchers at Louisville who can consistently pitch a good game. When the lineup consistently has no one hitting above .240 except for a recent signing of another left handed cast off in Gathright who had a TOTAL of ten plate appearances the past two years before signing a minor league contract with the Reds, the prospects for the starting pitchers has to be simply depressing. Gathright has started strong in his first eight games since his signing, but his minor league history is spotty at best and his major league history shows no pop in his bat, a marginal OBP and a .263 BA for this 31 year old player. He was signed for a warm body in the Louisville outfield. He is not the answer for the Reds any more than Costanzo or Harris (or anyone else on the Louisville roster).

  3. BloodyHo

    There was a comment on yesterday’s Down On The Farm regarding Hamilton’s slap hitting and his need to hit for more power, like Reyes. Reyes has a career SLG of .436. He does hit more HR than Hamilton will hit, but if we are going to want everything from a leadoff hitter, why not go all the way and wish for Ricky Henderson reincarnate. Ricky had a mean SLG during his prime of .467, but irrespective of his power potential, his real strength was getting on base and stealing virtually at will. His career OBP was over .400. None of the active base stealers come close to approaching ricky’s OBP. The best active base stealing threats with home run power (excluding hitters like Braun and McCutcheon who are middle of the lineup hitters who can steal a base) have a career SLG in the .430 to .470 range. Hamilton has a SLG of .451, but he has been focusing on his real need to get on base rather than hit for power so his SLG has come down lately. Hamilton’s OBP is .406 and is going back up along with his BA. Just like Ricky, if Hamilton gets on base, he virtually steals at will, so any single easily becomes a double or even a triple (at an 80%+ success rate).