Games Played on 06/06/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Tough choice today…I think I’ll go with Bats starter, Wirfin Obispo, who threw 5 no-hit innings in a losing cause.


Syracuse 2 – Louisville 1 (7 innings)

No one had more than one hit, Felix Perez had a double. How sad is it when one double is the offensive highlight?

Nice start by Pedro Villarreal who threw 6 innings of 4 hits 1 run baseball, striking out 1.

Nick Christiani took the loss giving up 2 hits, a walk and the winning run in 1/3 of an inning.

Syracuse 1 – Louisville 0 (7 innings)

Think the first game was bad? In the second the Bats got 1 hit. Yep, one hit. Congrats to Nefi Soto. (That’s a total of 5 in two games and 9 in the last 3.)

Outstanding start for Wirfin Obispo, who threw 5 no hit inning, no runs, he did walk 4, but struck out 5.

Travis Webb took the loss, allowing a run in 2 innings.


Jacksonville 2 – Pensacola 1

Ryan LaMarre went 3-4.

Daniel Corcino took the loss, going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, a walk, and striking out 5, while giving up 2 runs. Chris Manno threw 2 hitless innings of relief, Drew Hayes threw 2 innings of one hit relief.

High A

Bakersfield 5 – Visalia 1

Big night for the Blaze running game. Billy Hamilton went 1-3 with 2 walks and stole 4 bases (67), Theo Bowe went 0-3, but stole 2 (16). Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, went 2-4. Travis Mattair went 2-2 with 2 walks. Dominic D’Anna homered.

Another strong game from a Blaze starter, Chad Rogers went 7.1 allowing only 3 hits and 1 run, walking none and striking out 4. The run scored on a homer. Pat Doyle finished up (SV 1) with 1.1 hitless innings, striking out 3.

Low A

Dayton 5 – Lake County 2

Dayton continues to play better ball, winning their 3rd straight and 7 of their last 11

Joe Terry went 2-3 with 2 doubles (and a walk), Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Sean Buckley, was 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

Tanner Robles threw 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs, he did walk 4 while striking out 4. Michael Dennhardt threw 2 hitless innings of relief and Ryan Kemp picked up his 3rd save with a scoreless 9th.

7 Responses

  1. TC

    Sorry, perhaps a little description is in order. It starts by saying the following:

    “Billy Hamilton is a pretty lousy base-stealer.”

    • CaptainTonyKW

      And yet, a lot of posters (who don’t watch him) seem to think he is nearly major league ready.

      I am excited about Hamilton but we need to be patient. He won’t get away with sloppy base running in the majors and he needs to work on his defense (or learn to play CF).

      Sorry, perhaps a little description is in order.It starts by saying the following:

      “Billy Hamilton is a pretty lousy base-stealer.”

  2. rfay00

    I swear if the Reds deal Billy Hamilton for someone…I will be so pissed

  3. GRF

    Is LeMarre a propect? Given the lack of power, it seems like he a 4th outfielder at best, but frankly we could use one of those in the upper levels of the system right now.

  4. RC

    Louisville should consider changing their name – “Bats” is far too irony-laden at this point. Hillerich & Bradsby are probably on the phone with their lawyers even as I type this.

  5. BloodyHo

    Ian Miller writes an interesting article regarding Billy Hamilton with the entire article summed up in the first few entences.

    “Billy Hamilton is a pretty lousy base-stealer. He doesn’t read pitchers particularly well, he gets bad jumps, and his slides go from smooth to awkward to downright disastrous. So it’s pretty amazing that he has 63 stolen bases through the first 57 games of the California League season. He’s doing it on pure speed. There’s not much technique there. The man is just fast. Ridiculously, historically, ludicrously fast.”

    Yes Captain, I have seen a few (although very few) posts demanding Hamilton’s immediate addition to the 25 man roster. Those are ludicrous observations, but Hamilton does need to be promoted beyond A ball. He has nothing left to learn or prove in A ball. The article just serves to emphasize that point. Hamilton steals at will with more than 80% success with no technique, just speed. You can’t teach speed but you can teach technique. As long as he is successful, those lessons will be slow and of little value. He needs to play at a level that will challenge his physical talents so he will start to fail more without proper technique. The best lessons are learned by failing, not succeeding. His defense is what it is, marginal at best. We have a potential gold glove caliber SS (Cozart) playing at the major league level now with a solid defensive SS at AAA (Jamish) & AA (Gregorius). Hamilton needs to be playing at AA (probably AAA) in order to face the pitching/catching quality to challenge his baserunning success). His ability to get on base and make things happen is his ticket to the show, not his defense at SS.