Minor League Player of the Day: Michael Dennhardt, RHP for the Bakersfield Blaze, made his first professional start and threw 5 innings, allowing only an unearned run. He only gave up 4 hits and didn’t walk a batter. The 22 year old Dennhardt was the Reds 32nd round pick in 2011 and spent most of last season in Dayton, where he had an ERA of 2.27 and a WHIP of .965 working out of the Dragons pen.
Louisville @ Gwinett – postponed
Mobile 6 – Pensacola 3 11 innings
Manny Parra started for the Wahoos and threw two scoreless innings, walking and striking out 1. Daniel Renken followed with 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4.
Drew Hayes threw 2 scoreless innings, but did get a blown save because he allowed the tying run to score in the 9th.
Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a double and a walk, Devin Lohman went 2-5 and Bryson Smith hit his 5th homer of the season.
Good day for the Blaze as they notched their third win (tying a season high), scoring 7 runs in the 4th inning.
Offensively, they were led by Dominic D’Anna, who went 3-4 and Steve Selsky, who went 3-5. Ryan Wright and Juan Silva both had two hits with doubles. Yorman Rodriguez also had 2 hits.
Michael Dennhardt made his first start for the Blaze and pitched 5 innings, allowing an unearned run, in the first. He gave up 4 hits and struck out 1 on the day. Brooks Pinckard and Kyle McMyne both had scoreless stints of 2 innings.
Another good start by fireballing youngster, Robert Stephenson, as he picked up his 3rd win a row (in 4 starts). He threw 7 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 homers) on 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 9.
Leadoff hitter, Beau Amaral went 3-4 with a walk, Joe Terry went 2-4 with a walk, and Junior Arias went 2-5 with a double. Jesse Winker went 1-2, but walked twice (.309/.418/.525).
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.