Games Played on 8/28/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: The Reds 2013 2nd round draft pick, Kevin Franklin reached base four of the five times at the plate last night with two singles, a double and a walk. He scored once and had two runs batted in. AAA Columbus 7 – Louisville 4 Louisville […]

Games Played on 8/22/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Robert Stephenson allowed just one unearned run and struck out 8 over 5 innings despite not having location of his fastball. Details below and in the milb.com front page news story.

AAA
Louisville 5 – Toledo 2

Daniel Corcino was pulled in the 4th inning of a 1-1 tie game with two on and two out. The runners did not scored, and Corcino’s final line was just 1 run allowed on 4 hits but 5 walks with 3 strikeouts.

I’m a little surprised that Zach Duke (24.2 IP in 23 games, 19 H, 4 BB, 27 K) was not the reliever to get the call when Jonathan Broxton hit the DL this week. Duke got the last out of the 4th inning and went on to pitch 2 scoreless innings with a hit, a walk and two strikeouts. Pedro Villarreal added two scoreless innings in relief with no hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Mike Hessman (2-for-4) hit his 23rd homerun of the year and also doubled. Billy Hamilton (2-for-4) stole his 73rd base of the season and scored twice. Neftali Soto (2-for-4) doubled, scored a run, and knocked in a run. Henry Rodriguez (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits, and continued his torrid August (.403/.457/.444).

AA
Huntsville 2 – Pensacola 1

In his second AA start, Robert Stephenson made milb.com front page news for not having his best stuff. Stephenson allowed only one unearned run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8.

“Actually, things weren’t going too well,” the 20-year-old right-hander said. “I didn’t have very good control over my fastball, I was all over the place with it. I got kind of lucky, having my curveball tonight, that kind of saved me. My catcher [Tucker Barnhart] did an outstanding job tonight, and without him, I would have given up a couple of runs.

“It’s a good learning experience, especially learning how to deal with adversity. I think it’s very important. I think it’s a positive. It’s nice to have success, but I think the struggles are where you learn a lot.”

The full article is definitely worth the read and mentions Stephenson’s goals of reaching the major league team next year.

Stephenson and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart combined to gun down the only Huntsville base theft attempt. Barnhart (1-for-3, BB) and Mike Costanzo (1-for-3, BB) were the only Pensacola players to reach based more than once. Ryan LaMarre tripled in the 6th inning and scored on Costanzo’s single for the only Pensacola run.

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Games Played on 7/31/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Jose Ortiz was 3-for-5 with a walk and a two-run homerun.

AAA
Game 1: Syracuse 3 – Louisville 1

Jonathan Broxton started and pitched one inning in his first rehab appearance. It went a little something like this: single, single, single. Then, bases loaded popout, strikeout, strikeout.

Kevin Whelan allowed 2 runs to score in the 2nd inning. Daniel Corcino, the game’s scheduled starter, pitched the final five innings. (Minor league double headers are 7 innings each game.) Corcino surrendered a homerun to the first batter he faced, then retired 15 of the remaining 17. Corcino (5ip, 3 hits, 1 run) didn’t walk a batter and struck out 4.

Corcino also collected one of the team’s three hits. Billy Hamilton had the other two hits, including his 6th homerun of the season. His 6th homerun this year comes in 390 at-bats. Prior to 2013, Hamilton hit 7 homeruns in 1511 at-bats.

Game 2: Louisville 3 – Syracuse 0

Yohan Pino (5.2ip, 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 K) held the opponent scoreless for his 2nd consecutive start. Pino hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in a game since June 28th. Jose Diaz picked up his 8th save of the season by striking out two over the last 1.1 innings of the game.

Billy Hamilton had another hit and stole his 64th base of the year. Kristopher Negron hit a solo homerun in the 5th inning. Felix Perez had an RBI double in the 6th inning and later scored.

AA
Mobile 4 – Pensacola 3

Josh Smith allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 over 5.2 innings.

Corey Wimberly, Yorman Rodriguez, and Donald Lutz had two hits each. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart reached base twice, walking once and hitting a two-run RBI single in the 6th to tie the game at 3-3.

Barnhart also erased two runners from the basepaths in the game. In the 7th inning, he picked Ender Inciarte off of first base. In the 9th inning, he threw Inciarte out again, this time trying to swipe 2nd base. Inciarte did have one successful steal in the game, and now has 35 SB in 41 attempts.

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Minor League Player of the Day: Kevin Garcia (AZL Reds) – 4-5, 3 Singles, 1 Double, 2 Runs Scored, 1 RBI.

AAA
Louisville 2 – Scranton W/B 1

Emmanuel Burriss went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Billy Hamilton had a hit and a run scored in 3 at-bats. He also stole 2 bases, giving him 54 on the season.

Chad Rogers improved his record to 2-2 in Louisville by pitching 5.1 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 5. Zach Duke pitched a scoreless inning to run his perfect scoreless streak to 13.1 innings this season. Pedro Villarreal recorded the save by going 2.1 innings. He allowed just 1 hit and struck out 2.

AA
Huntsville 3 – Pensacola 2

Chris Berset doubled and reached base via a walk in 4 plate appearances. He also scored a run. Mike Costanzo came in as a pinch hitter late in the game and managed to go 1-1 with a double, walk, and drove in an RBI.

Carlos Contreras picked up the loss by allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings pitched. The Blue Wahoos bullpen of Chris Manno, Jamie Walczak, and Drew Hayes combined to go 5 innings of shutout ball. They allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9.

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Games Played on 7/10/2013

Minor League Players of the Day:
— For Dayton, Seth Mejias-Brean was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI.
— For Pensacola, Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-3 with a sac fly, a run scoring double, and a 9th-inning homerum.

AAA
Louisville 12 – Toledo 0

Making his first start since June 25th, Armando Galarraga threw six shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2. Kanekoa Texeira pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out two. Pedro Villarreal pitched a perfect 9th inning.

According to the Bats Media Relations department, Billy Hamilton’s leadoff walk in the first inning was the Bats first walk in the past 4 games (38 innings.) The team would go on to walk 8 times in the game. In addition to all the free passes, the Louisville offense cranked out 12 runs on 12 hits. Felix Perez (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR) and Nevin Ashley (2-for-4, BB, HR) each hit 3-run homeruns. Denis Phipps had three hits, including a double, scored three times and knocked in two runs.

Defensively, Louisville hasn’t committed an error in their last 8 games, a stretch of 70 innings.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Montgomery 3

Ryan LaMarre’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning plated Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, giving the Blue Wahoos an early 1-0 lead. Down 3-1 in the 4th inning, Barnhart hit a 1-out bomb to right field, cutting the deficit to 1 run. Later that same inning, Travis Mattair came around to score on a LaMarre double to tie the game.

Fast forward to the 9th inning, game still knotted at three runs each. With Travis Mattair aboard again, Ryan LaMarre hit a game deciding home run. Pensacola reliever Trevor Bell struck out two in the bottom of the 9th for the save. Since joining Pensacola on June 9th, Bell hasn’t allowed a run in 13.1 innings. His line includes 6 hits, 4 walks, and 16 strikeouts.

Shaun Ellis started and allowed 3 runs over 3 innings. Chris Manno hit a batter but didn’t allow a hit or a walk over three shutout relief innings. Lee Hyde was credited with the win after retiring all 4 batters that he faced.

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Games Played on 07/02/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 2B Avian Rachal: He went 3 for 6 with a HR, a 3B, a BB, and a SB.

AAA

Indianapolis 4 – Louisville 1

Denis Phipps went 1 for 3 with his 5th HR. Emmanuel Burriss singled and stole second to account for the Bat’s only other hit in the game.

Chad Reineke got the loss as he went 6 IP and allowed 2 R on 6 H and 3 BB with 7 K. Trevor Bell added 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Jacksonville 6 – Pensacola 5

Donald Lutz, Marquez Smith, and Danny Vicioso each went 1 for 3 with a BB. Devin Lohman hit his 6th HR. Travis Mattair tripled.

Daniel Renken got no decision as he went 6.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 3 BB with 5 K. Drew Hayes took the loss allowing 2 R over 1.1 IP of relief.

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Minor League Player of the Day: 24 year old, Pensacola backup catcher Danny Vicioso, went 3-5 and hit his first homer of the season. He drove in 3 runs. Vicioso started with the Reds organization as a 19 year old in the Dominican Summer League. Last year was his first time being promoted during the […]

Games played on May 11, 2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Blue Wahoo’s CF, Ryan LaMarre, went 3-3 and hit his second homer of the season. The 24 year LaMarre was the Reds 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft. He’s in his second season in AA, where last year he amassed a slash […]

Games Played on 04/22/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Pensacola SP Josh Smith: He got the win as he went 7 IP and allowed 0 R on 2 H and 2 BB with 7 K. AAA Indianapolis 5 – Louisville 4 Felix Perez went 1 for 3 with a 2B, a BB, and a […]

Game Played on 09/09/12 High A Bakersfield leads the five game series 2 – 0. Bakersfield 8 – Modesto 5 Dominic D’Anna went 3 for 4. Theo Bowe went 2 for 4 with a BB. Ryan Wright and Danny Vicioso each went 2 for 4 with a HR. Travis Mattair went 2 for 5 with […]

Games Played on 08/31/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton OF Juan Silva: He went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B.

AAA

Columbus 13 – Louisville 2

Neftali Soto went 1 for 3 with a 2B. Felix Perez, Mike Costanzo, and Cody Puckett each went 2 for 4.

Tim Gustafson, 5.72 ERA, got the loss as he went 2.2 IP and allowed 7 R on 8 H and 3 BB with 1 K. Corky Miller added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Tennessee 5 – Pensacola 0

Beau Mills tripled and Yordanys Perez singled for the only two Blue Wahoos hits in the game.

Daniel Corcino, 3.01 ERA, got the loss as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Curtis Partch added 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 8/22/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Willie Harris hit two homeruns for the Louisville Bats.

Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week: Andrew Cisco was named Pioneer League pitcher of the week for shutout performances against Idaho Falls and Ogden last week. His line was (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K)

AAA
Indianapolis 7 – Louisville 5

Willie Harris was 2-for-5 with 2 solo homeruns. Felix Perez was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Mike Costanzo was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Henry Rodriguez (1-for-5 with a double) made a rare start at shortstop, his 4th appearance of the year at that position.

The Bats committed four errors on the night, but it led to only 1 unearned run. Each of the 4 Louisville pitchers allowed at least 1 run. Kanekoa Texeira got the start, but was pulled after allowing 5 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 innings.

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