Games Played on 8/1/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Contreras allowed just one hit and two walks over 6 shutout innings.

Syracuse 5 – Louisville 0

Ryan Dennick allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk over 4 innings while striking out two. Zach Duke continues to pitch well, tossing two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three. Jose Arredondo and Pedro Villarreal each added a scoreless inning.

All eight of Louisville’s hits were singles. Billy Hamilton, Henry Rodriguez and Nevin Ashley each had a pair of hits.

Pensacola 2 – Mobile 0

Leadoff hitter Devin Lohman went 3-for-5 with a double and scored once. Travis Mattair hit his 13th homerun of the season.

Carlos Contreras (1-1, 2.87 ERA) was sneaky good in his six inning start against the Bears. Contreras allowed just 3 baserunners on a single and two walks over 6 innings, and one of those was erased by Tucker Barnhart on a stolen base attempt. There is a nice write-up on Contreras today on the front page of with comments from the Blue Wahoos’ pitching coach, Tom Brown.

“[Tonight] he was really sneaky, his breaking ball was extremely good, he was focused,” Brown said. “The biggest thing is he has a really live fastball. It’s got cutter-like action, he attacks the zone and doesn’t nibble around.

“He’s just so good, so easy to work with. Understands the game, makes adjustments, he’s a really perceptive person,” said Brown. “And his fastball, boy, his fastball runs 91-95 mph, touches 96, but it’s got a 6- to 10-inch cut. It’s really live, a special fastball.”

Brown added that Contreras reminded him favorably of another former star pupil from the Cincinnati system, Johnny Cueto.

“I’ve had some guys along in the past [like Cueto], and Carlos has the makeup of Cueto. He’s really calm, understands the game and has that quality fastball. Cueto threw [in the 90s] and hit 97 mph, and Carlos is gonna have a good changeup. He has two plus-pitches already,” he noted.

High A
Bakersfield had the day off.

Low A
Bowling Green 4 – Dayton 1

Leadoff hitter Beau Amaral (2-for-4, 2B) scored the lone Dragons run. Jesse Winker ws 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Phil Ervin didn’t have a hit but walked twice in four plate appearances.

Drew Cisco pitched five innings, allowing 6 hits, walking two, and striking out four. Werleen Taveras followed with a scoreless relief inning, striking out the side.

Billings was postponed due to rain.

AZL Reds 5 – AZL Dodgers 4

Yonatan Suero (3-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 runs, RBI) reached base all four times he was at the plate. Cory Thompson (3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) also had three hits. Dalton Carter (2-for-3, BB, SB, R) reached base three times.

Nick Routt started the game and pitched a perfect inning, striking out two batters. Tyler Mahle followed with 4 innings of relief, allowed just 1 unearned run, 2 hits, one walk, and striking out 6.

11 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    I think someone must have pulled BHam aside during the all star break and told him that he couldn’t hit AAA pitching. From what I’ve seen from BHam over the past 3 seasons, I don’t think he sets his sights on proving anyone wrong who thinks he can’t do something. Since the all star break, 4 series covering 14 games, BHam is hitting .318/.377/.439. That performance will get him a spot on the 40 man roster and a September call up this season. Keep working BHam. That brass ring is almost within your grasp.

    • WVRedlegs

      @Shchi Cossack:

      Agree. Maybe an August 31 callup might be warranted. Then he would be eligible for any post-season rosters. I’m sure the 40-man roster could withstand an adjustment.

  2. rhayex

    Soooo… Contreras should be a great closer! /sarcasm

  3. Kristof

    Dang it, I noticed Hamilton’s upswing too and went through all the trouble of calculating his stats BEFORE reading the comments. Only to be beaten by Shchi Cossack (though my numbers were a bit different, but close enough). Well done Shchi Coassack, well done.

  4. reaganspad

    I agree Cossack

    Hamilton has been poo-poo’d this year as he is having to learn to adjust to a new level. Walt not trading at the break is a good indication that he is comfortable with his progress.

    He is at 253 now, and while it is harder to raise your average this time of year, if he has figured it out and it is now clicking, maybe we see his average rise to the 265-270 range which would be indicative of a good second half.

    I remain concerned on his view of the strike zone when he is hitting right handed because his 3/34 walk to strike out from that side is no where near where he is from the left side.

    I do wonder if he has a challenge with his left eye. But some struggles as he continues to switch hit are understandable. It is not like they have panic in his approach.

    Do you know how long he has been switch hitting?

  5. reaganspad

    When I looked a this first a few months ago, he was almost 1/1 from the left side so/walk

    from the right side, 130 abs 3 walks 34 SO

    from the left side, 265 abs 30 walks 53 SO

    So he went through the slump from the left side as well, maybe he was pressing

  6. ToddAlmighty

    Hamilton aside, I am really looking forward to a few years from now when Winker and Ervin hopefully are able to come up and contribute to the team. What’s the odds that one of them is asked to learn to play 2nd, SS, or 3rd? Since if all goes positively, they’ll have Bruce and Hamilton out there. So there wouldn’t be space for them both.

      • WVRedlegs

        @Greg Dafler:

        I think you are right. In spring training of 2015, I think Ervin will be given every opportunity to win the starting LF job. I hope he is ready. I think he will be.

      • WVRedlegs


        The thing most people don’t realize about Ervin is that even though he was selected #27 in the draft, he was actually only the second college OF selected. There were four OF’s chosen before Ervin. Three were from HS, and one from college. The Renfroe kid from Miss. St. was taken ahead of him, around #13. (The Cowboy might have wished the Reds had a chance for him.) Just for info’s sake, 9 RHP, 2 LHP, 4 3B, 4 OF, 3 SS, 2 C, and 1 1B were selected ahead of Ervin. And Ervin will be one of the first in the first round to make it to the Majors.

  7. Steve Mancuso

    I’d like to get to Dayton to see Ervin play. The Reds have been conservative with September call-ups so we’ll see.