Games Played on 9/1/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville RHP, Pedro Villarreal, threw 6 innings of shutout baseball against the Indians. He allowed only 2 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 8. That runs his record in AAA to 4-9 on the season and his ERA stands at 4.43. His WHIP […]

Games Played on 08/27/13 Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds RF Kevin Garcia: He went 2 for 3 with 2 2B and a BB. AAA Columbus 3 – Louisville 0 Denis Phipps and Jason Donald each singled for the Bat’s two lone hits in the game. Pedro Villarreal got the loss as he […]

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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Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Sanchez (Billings) went 2-4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.  On the season, Sanchez is now batting .224/.265/.327 with Billings in 156 at-bats.  He has 3 homeruns and 22 RBI.  He had 24 at-bats with Dayton this season where he hit .304/.333/.391. AAA Pawtucket 7 […]

Games Played on 8/11/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old Billings right hander, Jose Guzman, threw 5.1 innings of strong relief, allowing only an unearned run on 5 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 5. Guzman is having a roller coaster season for hte Mustangs either being very good […]

Games Played on 08/06/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SP Jake Johnson: He got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 5 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 1 for 4 with a HR. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Henry Rodriguez doubled.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 6.1 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 9 K. Nick Christiani got the win with 0.2 IP of scoreless relief. Kevin Whelan picked up his 6th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Birmingham 7 – Pensacola 6 (10 Innings)

Donald Lutz went 3 for 5 with a 2B. Yorman Rodriguez went 3 for 6 with a 2B. Ray Chang went 3 for 4 with a BB. Corey Wimberly went 2 for 4. Chris Berset doubled and walked.

Carlos Contreras got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 2 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Chris Manno (1.1 IP) and Parker Frazier (2 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Drew Hayes took the loss allowing a solo HR in the 10th without retiring a batter.

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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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Games Played on 7/27/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old right hander, Jon Moscot, threw 8 shutout innings for the Blaze. Moscot allowed only 3 hits and didn’t walk a batter, striking out 6. Moscot’s record went to 2-14, but don’t be fooled, the 2012 4th round draft pick has only allowed […]

Games Played on 07/22/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 3B Seth Mejias-Brean: He went 2 for 4 with a HR, a 3B, and a BB. AAA Louisville 6 – Syracuse 4 Billy Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a BB and 2 SB (58). Denis Phipps went 2 for 4 with a 2B. […]

Games Played on 7/14/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: 28 year old Louisville utlityman, Jason Donald, went 2-4 with a double and a homer. Donald competed for a utlity spot on the big club in spring training, but has struggled at AAA, with a slash line of .221/.269/.331, after hitting .277/.365/.441 last year at […]

Games Played on 7/3/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Leadoff hitter Juan Silva reached all five times he came to the plate and scored three times. He finished the day with a triple, a homerun, two walks, and was hit by a pitch.

AAA
Louisville 4 – Indianapolis 3

Yohan Pino struck out 10 batters over 6.2 innings. All three of the runs were his (two earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks.

No Louisville player had more than one hit, but Josh Fellhauer was 1-for-4 with a BB, an RBI and a run scored.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Jacksonville 3

Josh Smith allowed just 2 runs in six innings on 7 hits and 1 walk.

Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a solo homerun and two runs scored.

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For Games played on June 30, 2013. Minor League Player of the Day: 21 year old, Billings right hander, Ben Lively had his second straight outstanding start. He threw 3 innings of 2 hit, shutout baseball, walking 1 and striking out 7. He’s thrown 13 innings, allowing 0 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and […]