Games Played on 08/25/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings OF Jon Matthews: He went 3 for 5 with a HR and 2 SB.

AAA

Toledo 5 – Louisville 1

Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Devin Mesoraco went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB.

Chad Reineke, 4.69 ERA, got the loss as he went 6 IP and allowed 4 R, 3 ER, on 6 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Logan Ondrusek allowed 1 R over 1.2 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 4 – Mississippi 3

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a SB (149). P. J. Phillips homered. David Vidal doubled.

Wirfin Obispo, 2.16 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 3 H and 3 BB with 1 K. Curtis Partch got the win with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman picked up 15th save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 8/15/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Tony Cingrani threw 5 shutout innings (5 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts) and went 2-for-2 in the batters box with a run scored.

AAA
Charlotte 5 – Louisville 3

Making his 4th rehab appearance with the Bats, his 7th minor league rehab game overall, Nick Masset threw 2 innings of 2-hit, 1-run baseball. He walked none and struck out 4. Chad Reineke was credited with the loss for allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, no walks and 2 strikeouts over 5 innings.

Louisville mustered only 5 hits. Didi Gregorius and Neftali Soto each had a double and scored a run. Mike Costanzo was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

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Mobile 4 – Pensacola 2

Tony Cingrani threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, no walks, and striking out 10 batters. The first 5 outs he recorded were strikeouts. Cingrani has allowed just 1 earned run in his three August starts, spanning 16 innings. Cingrani also helped himself at the plate with a 2-for-2 night and a run scored.

Cingrani’s pitching performance made the front page of milb.com:

Overall, Cingrani is 10-4 with a 1.51 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 23 starts between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Pensacola. For a third-round pick who was a reliever coming out of Rice University, it’s the kind of season that puts a prospect on the map. But Cingrani knows there’s still plenty of road to travel on his journey.

“It feels good,” Cingrani said. “I’m just out doing my job and working hard. This is where it’s taken me so far, it’s pretty good. Whatever the front office chooses to do, I’m just going to go out and do what I do.”

Billy Hamilton reached once on a walk, but stole two more bases. That makes 141 minor league swipes this year, just 4 shy of Vince Coleman’s record.

Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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Games Played on 08/04/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings SS Brandon Dailey: He went 4 for 5 with a 3B and a 2B.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Charlotte 3

Mike Costanzo went 2 for 4 with a HR. Denis Phipps hit his 9th home run. Didi Gregorius and Brian Peacock each doubled.

Sean Gallagher, 4.84 ERA, got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 3 R on 8 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Nick Christiani got the win as he added 2 IP of scoreless relief. J. J. Hoover picked up his 9th save with a scoreless 9th inning.

AA

Huntsville 6 – Pensacola 5 (11 Innings)

The Blue Wahoos took the lead in a 1-1 game by putting up four runs in the top of the 11th. They then proceeded to give up five runs to Huntsville for the walk off win in the bottom of the 11th.

Brodie Greene went 3 for 4 with a BB and a SB. Josh Fellhauer went 2 for 5 with 2 2B and a BB. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart went 2 for 4 with a BB. Billy Hamilton went 1 for 5 with a BB and a CS (26). Andrew Means homered. Beau Mills doubled.

Tony Cingrani, 1.98 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 4 H and 4 BB with 4 K. Wilkin De La Rosa (1.1 IP) and Brian Pearl (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Mark Serrano took the loss allowing 5 R while retiring only one batter in the final inning.

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Games Played on 07/31/12

Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds Catcher, Jose Ortiz went 4-4 with 2 doubles. He’s only played 4 games for the Baby Reds, but his slash line is impressive thus far. .462/.533/.846

AAA

Toledo 7 – Louisville 3

Chris Valaika was 2-4 with a homer, Nefi Soto was 2-4 with a double, Bill Rhinehart was 2-4, as was Denis Phipps.

On a bullpen day, Kanekoa Texeira got the start and threw 2 innings, giving up one run on a hit. Travis Webb was ineffective in his 2 innings, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. Carlos Fisher threw two hitless innings, but did allow 2 walks.

AA

Pensacola at Tennessee was suspended in the 4th inning with Tennessee leading 2-1.

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Games Played on 07/17/12

Minor League Player of the Day: 8th round draft pick, Billings 3B, Seth Mejian-Brean had a pretty good doubleheader, going 4-7 with a double and homer, scoring 3 runs and driving 3 in. Thus far in the Billings season, he’s hitting at a .333/.436/636 clip in 10 games.

AAA

Columbus 5 – Louisville 4 10 innings

Xavier Paul (LH hitting OF) continued his hot streak since coming to the Bats. His OPS at Syracuse was .888, and he’s moved that up to 1.180 at Louisville. He was 4-5 last night. Corky Miller was 2-3 with a homer, Nefi Soto was 1-4 with a homer.

Tim Gustafson had a good start for the Bats, going 5.1 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. But the bullpen faltered…Nick Christiani .2 IP 3 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 1 HR (and to show how stupid the hold stat was, he was credited with his 7th hold), Travis Webb and Jordan Smith both threw scoreless innings, but Donnie Joseph got a blown save with an inning where he gave up 2 hits and a walk, while giving up a run. Kanekoa Texeira took the loss, going .2, giving up the winning run on 2 hits and a walk.

AA

Jacksonville 5 – Pensacola 4 10 innings

Ryan LaMarre was 2-3 with a double, Miguel Rojas was 2-5, and Donald Lutz, in his first game as a Blue Wahoo, went 1-5 with a homer.

Wirfin Obispo started and went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Brian Pearl threw a scoreless inning, Curtis Partch threw 1.2 scoreless innings, and Justin Freeman threw a scoreless frame.

The loss went to Mark Serrano, who gave up an unearned run in the 10th.

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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.

Games Played on 7/12/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Bakerfield teammates
–Steve Selsky was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, solo homerun, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.
–Jamie Walczak didn’t walk a batter and struck out 11 as he allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings.

AAA
Gwinnett 8 – Louisville 5
In their first game back from the all-star break, every Bat starter had at least one hit including the starting pitcher Gustafson. However, the pitching couldn’t stop the Braves from scoring in 6 different innings.

Didi Gregorius made his AAA debut at shortstop (with Paul Janish sliding over to 2B.) Gregorius was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Henry Rodriguez also had 2 hits in 5 at-bats with an RBI. Xavier Paul made his Bats debut (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) after being picked up by the Reds. His line with AAA Syracuse was .315/.376/.512 in 213 at-bats.

Starter Tim Gustafson gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings of work. Of the 5 Louisville pitchers to pitch Thursday, only Donnie Joseph pitched a scoreless inning.

Former Reds prospect Buddy Carlyle got the win for the Gwinnett Braves.

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Pensacola was rained out.

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Games Played on 06/27/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Tony Cingrani faced just 1 batter over the minimum in 8 innings of shutout baseball. He had a no-hitter through 6.1 innings and finished with 3 hits, 1 walk and 15 strikeouts. Cingrani set career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.

AAA
Buffalo 9 – Louisville 4

Joey Gathright was 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, a run scored and 2 RBI. Daniel Dorn went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Dioner Navarro also collected 2 hits and an RBI.

Pedro Villarreal gave up 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks over 4.1 innings while striking out five. Josh Judy gave up the other 3 runs in his 1.2 innings of work. Travis Webb and Nick Christiani pitched two shutout innings.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Jackson 0

Tony Cingrani retired the first 14 batters he faced, took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and struck out a career high 15 batters in an excellent start for the Blue Wahoos. As of this morning, the MLB.com game story is on the top of the front page of milb.com.

He didn’t surrender his first hit until Leury Bonilla lined a single to left field with one out in the seventh…Bonilla was caught trying to steal second one batter later as Cingrani faced the minimum through seven innings.

In the eighth, Kalian Sams singled, but Jesus Sucre bounced into a double play. After Almonte tripled, Cingrani struck out Joe Dunigan on his 100th and final pitch.

The 15 strikeouts for Cingrani — who employs a fastball, changeup and slider that he’s continually working on — eclipsed his previous high of 13, established over six hitless innings for Rookie-level Billings last Aug. 27. The eight innings were one better than his previous best, established for Class A Advanced Bakersfield on April 20.

Cingrani’s final line was 8 innings, facing just 25 batters, with 3 hits, 1 walk, and 15 strikeouts.

Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Josh Fellhauer was 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run scored.
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Games Played on 06/22/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 1B Robert Maddox: He went 3 for 4 with 2 HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Pawtucket 3 (13 Innings)

Kris Negron went 3 for 5 with a HR. Miguel Rojas went 2 for 5 with a HR. Mike Costanzo walked twice. Felix Perez doubled.

Pedro Villarreal, 3.86 ERA, got no decision as he went 7 IP and allowed 3 R on 6 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Nick Christiani added 3 IP of scoreless relief. Donnie Joseph picked up the win with 2 IP of scoreless relief. Kanekoa Texeira picked up his 1st save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 4 – Chattanooga 2

Yordanys Perez went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 3 with 2 BB. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4 with a BB. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 5. Josh Fellhauer walked twice. David Vidal doubled.

Tony Cingrani, 2.95 ERA, got no decision as he went 3.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 3 BB with 3 K. Mark Serrano and Brian Pearl each added 1.1 IP of scoreless relief. Clayton Tanner picked up the win with 1 IP of scoreless relief. Justin Freeman picked up his 3rd save with 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 06/14/2012 Minor League Player of the Day: Niko Vasquez was 2-for-3 with a double, a homerun, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI in Bakersfield’s 4-2 win. AAA Rochester 8 – Louisville 6 Daniel Dorn was 3-for-3 with a double, walk, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Corky Miller was 2-for-2 with a […]

Games Played on 06/09/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville OF Bill Rhinehart: He went 2 for 4 with a HR. AAA Louisville 9 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Bill Rhinehart went 2 for 4 with a HR. Dioner Navarro went 2 for 4 with a BB. Willie Harris went 2 for 5 with a 2B. […]

Games Played on 05/30/2012 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton Dragons centerfielder Kurtis Miller went 2-for-3 with a homerun and 3 runs scored. AAA Syracuse 2 – Louisville 1 Brett Tomko (0-6, 3.16 ERA) was the tough luck loser again. Tomko allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6.2 innings. Cody […]

Games Played on 05/20/12 Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton 1B and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Sean Buckley: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a 2B, and a BB. AAA Louisville 7 – Lehigh Valley 3 Dan Dorn went 3 for 4 with 2 2B. Willie Harris went 2 for 5 with […]