For games played on June 16, 2013 (My apologies for not getting this up yesterday.)
Minor League Player of the Day: 22 year old Dominican 2B, Juan Silverio, had a big day for the Blaze in their 12-3 win. He went 3-5, hitting 2 homers (his 6th and 7th) and drove in half of the Blaze’s runs. He hit a 2 run homer in the 1st and a grand slam in the 7th. Silverio was originally signed by the White Sox organization and is in his first year with the Reds. This is his 3rd year at High A. His slash line for ’13 is .280/.298/.433/.731. He’s walked 5 times and struck out 59 times. In 6 minor league seasons, his career OBP is .307.
Very strong pitching day for the Reds organization, as 3 of the 4 teams threw shutouts, and the Blaze held their opponent to 3 runs.
Second straight day the Bats got outstanding pitching. Chad Reineke pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits (but 3 walks) and struck out 4. Scoreless innings by Jose Arredondo and newly signed, Zach Duke. Nick Christiani picked up his first save, with 2/3 of an inning.
Billy Hamilton went 2-4 with a homer (4) and a SB (43). Nevin Ashley went 2-4 with a double.
Shaun Ellis went 6.1 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. Drew Hayes threw 1.2 shutout innings and Trevor Bell pitched a scoreless 9th.
The Wahoos only had 5 hits, no one had more than one and there were no extra base hits.
Carlos Contreras started for the Blaze, going 3 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 3 Ks. Carlos Gonzalez picked up the win (2-0), going 3 innings, allowing a run on a homer. Brooks Pinkard and Kyle Lotzkar threw scoreless innings.
Juan Silverio went 3-5 with 2 homers (6,7) and drove in 6 of the Blaze’s 12 runs. Yorman Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double, triple, and a walk and Juan Perez went 2-4 with a walk.
Ismael Guillon threw 6 innings of 3 hit, shutout baseball. He walked 2 and struck out 7. Tony Amezcua and Sean Lucas (S, 10) threw scoreless innings.
Junior Arias went 2-3 with a triple and a walk, Zach Vincej went 2-3 with a walk, and Daniel Pigott and Sammy Diaz both went 2-5.
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.