Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 5 Chicago (NL) 3 W: J. Cueto (18-9) L: M. Corpas (0-2) S: A. Simon (1) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –The Reds won with, frankly, the C-team starting. Always nice when that happens. –Johnny Cueto wasn’t great (four walks is a bit uncharacteristic), but he didn’t allow a run […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL — 11 innings Cincinnati 5 Miami 4 W: L. Ondrusek (4-2) L: C. Zambrano (7-10) S: J. Broxton (2) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Ryan Ludwick singled in the game-winning run in the eleventh inning. Ludwick 2 RBI) had three hits; Dioner Navarro and Didi Gregorius also had three hits, plus […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL — 14 innings Pittsburgh 3 Cincinnati 4 W: A. Simon (3-2) L: R. VandenHurk (0-1) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –I’m gonna complain about bunts below, but that was just about as much fun as I’ve had watching a Reds game this year. –Ryan Ludwick singled in the bottom of the […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Houston 5 Cincinnati 1 W: E. Gonzalez (2-0) L: J. Cueto (17-8) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Jay Bruce was 2-4 today, with a triple and an RBI. Bruce’s OPS is now over 900 (.267/.344/.558), with 33 homers and 96 RBI. –Tony Cingrani made his major league debut, and he was […]

Games Played on 8/30/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Three Bakersfield Blaze pitchers combined for a 5-hit shutout. Jamie Walczak pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up the five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Brooks Pinckard didn’t allow a hit over 2 innings, nor did Carlos Contreras in the 9th inning.

AAA
Columbus 2 – Louisville 0

The Bats collected just 7 hits and two different players were caught stealing. Didi Gregorius (2-for-4 with a double) was the only Louisville player with more than one hit but was caught stealing once.

Chad Reineke (7.2ip, 2r, 9h, 2bb, 3k) was one batter shy of a complete game. Bill Bray pitched to the final batter and struck him out.

AA
Tennessee 4 – Pensacola 2

Brodie Greene was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Donald Lutz was 2-for-4 with one double.

Wirfin Obispo (6ip, 3r, 3h, 5bb, 5k) allowed 3 runs in a start for the first time since July 17th. In his previous seven starts, Obispo had allowed just 7 runs over 39 innings, a 1.62 ERA.

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According to Reds beat writer John Fay, the Reds will disclose their September callup roster decisions on Friday. The Reds will announce the September call-ups Friday. Three of them will join the club Saturday in Houston; three will join the club Tuesday. Devin Mesoraco will be back on Sunday – the first day he’s eligible […]

Games Played on 8/29/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Leading off and playing centerfield, Denis Phipps was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and scored Louisville’s only two runs. For the Dragons, Yorman Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base, a sac fly RBI, and a run scored. Ismael Guillon made the start in Dayton and allowed 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out 8 over 6 innings.

Arizona Fall League: The Reds announced the players participating in the Arizona Fall League yesterday via twitter. Billy Hamilton, Curtis Partch, Drew Hayes, Didi Gregorius and Donald Lutz, They will play for Peoria.

AAA
Columbus 4 – Louisville 2

Denis Phipps was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and scored both Louisville runs. Didi Gregorius had two singles, and both RBI’s.

Pedro Villarreal was credited with the loss despite only giving up 2 runs over 6 innings. He limited the Clippers to 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3.

AA
Pensacola had the day off.

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Games Played on 08/26/12

Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds DH Wilfrel Estevez: He went 3 for 5 with a HR and a 2B.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Toledo 3

Denis Phipps went 3 for 4 with a HR. Didi Gregorius homered.

Tim Gustafson, 5.13 ERA, got the win as he went 6.2 IP and allowed 1 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 4 K. Jordan Smith picked up his 13th save despite allowing 1 R in 1 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 5 – Mississippi 2 (DH Game 1, 7 Innings)

Billy Hamilton went 1 for 3 with a BB and a SB (150). Ryan LaMarre went 1 for 2 with 2 BB and a SB. Josh Fellhauer and Miguel Rojas each went 1 for 3 with a BB. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart walked twice.

Tony Cingrani, 2.00 ERA, got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 2 R on 2 H and 5 BB with 6 K. Michael Griffin got the win with 1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman picked up 16th save with 2 IP of scoreless relief.

Mississippi 1 – Pensacola 0 (DH Game 2, 7 Innings)

Josh Fellhauer went 2 for 3.

Chad Rogers, 1.73 ERA, got the loss as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 6 H and 1 BB with 3 K. Chris Manno added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 8/23/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: The AA Pensacola pitching staff (Daniel Corcino, Josh Ravin, and Chris Manno) combined for a 4-hit shutout. They collectively walked 4 batters and struck out 10.

AAA
Indianapolis 6 – Louisville 1

Willie Harris was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a run scored. Chris Valaika was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

There was another interesting defensive alignment on Thursday as Henry Rodriguez was getting another start at shortstop. Didi Gregorius was playing 2nd base. Valaika was at third base…each player at their secondary positions.

Todd Redmond made a nice start: 6ip, 2r, 1er, 5h, 0bb, 6K. Bill Bray had a rough outing, giving up 1 hit, 3 walks, and 3 runs in one inning. Logan Ondrusek was also less-than-sharp, giving up 2 hits, a walk, and a run in one inning.

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Games Played on 08/21/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton Dragons 1b and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Sean Buckley, went 2-2 with 2 doubles and 2 walks.

Honorable Mention: Pensacola SS Billy Hamilton for breaking the Minor League Single Season Stolen Base Record with a 1-2 (2 walk) night and stealing 4 bases.

AAA

Columbus 10 – Louisville 7

Second day in a row the Bats pitching staff gave up 10 runs, yikes. Nick Christiani threw 3 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit. But rehabbing Nick Masset was unable to record an out, giving up 3 runs on 4 straight hits and then 2 walks, taking the loss. J.J. Hoover threw a scoreless 9th, giving up 1 hit, striking out the side.

Felix Perez was 3-5 with a double. Didi Gregorius was 2-5 with a double.

AA

Montgomery 4 – Pensacola 1 Game 1 8 innings

Billy Hamilton was 1-2 with 2 walks and stole 4 bases, eclipsing Vince Coleman’s minor league stolen base record. Beau Mills was 2-4.

Tony Cingrani threw 7 innings of 2 run baseball, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 7. Justin Freeman took the loss, with a rough 8th inning, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and giving up a homer.

Montgomery 3 – Pensacola 1 Game 2

Donald Lutz was 2-3 with a double.

Chad Rogers started and threw 4 innings, allowing 1 run, 2 hits, striking out 2, giving up the run on a homer.

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Games Played on 08/19/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville OF Denis Phipps: He went went 3 for 3 with 2 HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 9 – Columbus 8

Denis Phipps went 3 for 3 with 2 HR and a BB. Chris Valaika went 3 for 5 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Willie Harris and Corky Miller each walked twice.

Sean Gallagher, 4.92 ERA, got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 4 R, 3 ER, on 5 H and 2 BB with 2 K. Josh Judy added 1.2 IP of scoreless relief. J. J. Hoover picked up his 13th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 9 – Montgomery 2

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a 3B and 2 BB. Josh Fellhauer went 2 for 3 with 2 BB. Beau Mills and David Vidal each homered. Miguel Rojas walked three times.

Wirfin Obispo, 2.19 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 3 H and 4 BB with 7 K. Wilkin De La Rosa got the win with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman and Curtis Partch each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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REDLEG NATION MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson was chosen by the writers as the Redleg Nation Minor League Player of the Month for July. The 2011 1st round pick was promoted from Billings to the Dayton Dragons last month. In July, he started 5 games with a 1.25 ERA and 0.969 WHIP. His July pitching line was 21.2 IP, 13h, 8bb, 24 K.

Stephenson was the subject of a Reds.com article by Mark Clements earlier this week. Some snippets are below, but the full article is worth a read.

Stephenson has yet to record a loss in the Minors, holding a combined 3-0 record with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts, and Reds assistant director of player development Jeff Graupe said the club has been extremely impressed with Stephenson’s velocity, which ranges from 93-99 mph, and has touched as high as 101.

“He’s an intelligent young man, and physically, his arm strength is top of the charts,” Graupe said. “For a starting pitcher to be able to carry that [velocity] for six or seven innings, that’s pretty impressive.”

The hard-throwing right-hander has chalked up 57 strikeouts with just 15 walks this season while recently working on adding a changeup to his arsenal — a pitch he didn’t throw in high school, when he resorted to a split-finger fastball instead.

“I mostly rely on the fastball to get ahead,” Stephenson said. “I try to back them on fastballs, and if I get ahead in the count, I go to offspeed. [The changeup] is something I just started throwing in the past year. I got a really good feel for it when I was in Billings, then I kind of lost feel for it, so I haven’t been throwing it quite as much recently.”

“Amazingly, for a guy like Robert — who has the velocity he has — there isn’t a ton of effort in his delivery,” Graupe said. “So while we are monitoring his innings and his pitches at this point, he’ll be able to grow at a healthy rate over the next couple years to a point where I think he’s physically strong and durable enough to where he’ll take a pretty big workload.”

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