Games Played on 04/4/13
Minor League Player of the Day: Can there be any doubt? 23 year old, Louisville LHP, Tony Cingrani, who in his AAA debut, threw 6 no hit / no run innings, striking out 14. Wow!
The story of the Bats season opener is LHP Tony Cingrani. In his AAA debut, he threw 6 no hit innings, walking 1 and striking out 14. He threw 55 strikes in 84 pitches. Justin Freeman followed him with 2 scoreless, 1 hit innings. Kevin Whelan gave up 3 unearned runs (on two hits) in the 9th, but got the win when the Bats scored the game winner in the bottom of the inning.
Mike Hessman hit two homers for the Bats and Felix Perez hit the game winner in the 9th.
Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, went 2-4 with a homer. Brodie Greene went 2-3 with a walk. Bryson Smith, Donald Lutz, and Travis Mattair all homered for the Blue Wahoos.
Chad Rogers got the start and the win, throwing 5 innings of two run baseball. Yohan Pino followed him with two hitless innings. Curtis Partch threw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.
Not much to celebrate for the Blaze on Opening Night. Ryan Wright had 2 hits, including a double.
Tanner Robles struggled in his first start, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. He did strike out 5, but gave up two homers. Mike Dennhardt threw two scoreless innings.
West Michigan 7 – Dayton 6 10 innings
The Dragons fought back from 3 run deficits twice, only to lost in 10. 2B Robert Ramirez went 2-4 with a walk, and Junior Arias homered.
Former #1 pick Robert Stephenson threw 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, but walked only 1 and struck out 6. Tony Amezcua had a rough Dragons debut, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks without retiring a batter. Wes Mugarian saved it from being worse, but coming in and getting a DP and then a strikeout. He also threw another perfect inning, striking out 2 more. Alejandro Chacin threw two scoreless/hitless innings, but did walk 2 while striking out 2.
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.