Games Played on 8/18/2013
Minor League Player of the Day: Adam Matthews, 23 year old outfielder of the Billings Mustangs, went 4-4 yesterday with with 2 doubles and a triple. He scored 2 runs and drove in 3. He also collected a walk. Matthews was the Reds 19th round pick in 2012, putting together a .325/.407/.470 mark last year in the Arizona Rookie League. He started ’13 in Billings, was promoted to Dayton for a short stint, then sent back to Billings where he’s put up a .241/.326/.367 slash line. He’s played better of late, putting up a .270/.386/.514 line in his last 10 games.
Louisville lost its 11th straight game, tying a franchise record.
The Bats had 5 hits, none for extra bases and only one walk. Billy Hamilton was 1-4 and a caught stealing (14th).
Pedro Villarreal made his first start in about 6 weeks, going 3 innings, allowing a run (thus taking the loss) on 3 hits and 2 walks, he struck out 3. Curtis Partch and Zach Duke both threw 2 hitless innings and Jose Diaz threw a scoreless 9th.
Mike Costanzo went 2-3 with a homer (2) and 2 walks, Corey Wimberly went 2-3 with a triple, and Devin Lohman went 2-5. Ryan LaMarre hit his 10th homer of the year.
Carlos Contreras regained his control and had a good start, going 6 innings, allowing a run on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2. He recorded the win (2-2). Lee Hyde and Jamie Walczek both threw hitless innings, and Trevor Bell picked up his 14th save with a scoreless 9th.
Kyle Waldrop was 2-3 with a triple and was the only Blaze hitter with more than one hit.
Carlos Gonzalez threw a scoreless 9th, and he was the only Blaze pitcher to have a scoreless outing.
Note: Redleg Nation favorite, Jesse Winker was placed on the DL with a sprained foot. He sustained the injury in Saturday night’s game. Jon Matthews was called up from Billings to replace him.
The win for the Dragons takes their second half record to 31-25 and puts them 1 game out of the wild card position and 2 games out of first place.
Sammy Diaz was 3-5, Zach Vincej was 3-4, and Seth Mejias-Breen was 2-4. Daniel Pigott hit his 3rd homer of the year.
Sal Romano started and picked up his 7th win, he threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits. He did walk 4 and struck out 3. Alejandro Chacin picked up his 7th save, with 1.1 scoreless innings, though he did walk 2 while striking one out.
Adam Matthews went 4-4 with 2 doubles and a triple and a walk. Jose Ortiz went 3-4 with a double. Avian Rachel went 2-4 with a double and a walk, Taylor Terraras went 2-4 with a double.
Ben Lively started and threw 3 hitless innings, walking none and striking out 5. (I can only assume that he’s on a strict pitch/innings count as it appears the most he’s thrown in any start was 4 innings?)
Lively was followed by Daniel Wright, who also threw 4 outstanding innings, allowing a run on 5 hits, striking out 2. Austin Muehring and Nick Fleece both threw hitless innings.
Yonatan Suerto was 2-3 with a walk and Kevin Garcia was 2-4.
Juan Martinez took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th, but could only register one out, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits.
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.