Games Played on 08/27/12

Minor League Player of the Day:: Pensacola SS Billy Hamilton went 2-5 and stole 4 bases. That brings him to 154 stolen bases on the season. But even more important is that he’s been consistent from A+ to AA. In about half as many ABs at AA, his OPS is within 10 points of what it was at A+ and his OBP has gone up a little. Over the entire season, his OBP is over .400 and that, my friends, is exciting. There’s an interesting article on Billy in today’s Enquirer.

Added Note: Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Sean Buckley, was named Midwest League Batter of the Week last week. Buckley batted .429 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in. He added five doubles and posted a slugging percentage of .929.

AAA

Louisville had the night off.

AA

Pensacola 3 – Mississippi 2 10 innings

Billy Hamilton was 2-5 and stole 4 bases, Josh Fellhauer was 2-5 with a double.

Blue Wahoos got a reasonable start from Mark Serrano (5 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 R 2 BB 5K), but outstanding bullpen work, highlighted by 1.1 hitless innings by Drew Hayes, a hitless inning by Wilkin De La Rosa, and a scoreless inning by Curtis Partch (picking up his 7th win).

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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)

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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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Games Played on 08/17/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield OF Steve Selsky: He went 4 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, a BB, and a SB.

AAA

Charlotte 2 – Louisville 0

Neftali Soto went 3 for 4 with a 2B.

Kanekoa Texeira, 2.67 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Will Ohman took the loss allowing 1 R over 0.2 IP of relief. J. J. Hoover added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Mobile 4 – Pensacola 1 (DH Game 1, 7 Innings)

David Vidal went 2 for 3. Donald Lutz went 2 for 4. Mark Fleury walked twice. Andrew Means doubled. Billy Hamilton stole his 142 base.

Kyle Lotzkar, 5.21 ERA, got the loss as he went 4 IP and allowed 3 R on 2 H and 2 BB with 2 K. Chris Manno added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

Pensacola 10 – Mobile 2 (DH Game 2, 7 Innings)

David Vidal went 3 for 4 with 2 HR. Beau Mills went 3 for 4 with a HR. Donald Lutz went 3 for 4. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4 with 2B. Bryson Smith doubled.

Mark Serrano, 3.66 ERA, got the win as he went 5.2 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 7 K.

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Games Played on 08/11/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 3B Seth Mejias-Brean: He went 4 for 5 with 2 HR and a 2B.

AAA

Gwinnett 8 – Louisville 2

Corky Miller went 2 for 3 with a HR and a BB. Chris Valaika went 2 for 4. Denis Phipps went 1 for 4 with a BB. Neftali Soto and Felix Perez doubled.

Tim Gustafson, 4.32 ERA, got the loss as he went 6 IP and allowed 4 R, 3 ER, on 5 H and 1 BB with 6 K.

AA

Chattanooga 6 – Pensacola 4

Josh Fellhauer went 3 for 4 with a HR. Donald Lutz went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Billy Hamilton went 1 for 4 with a BB and a SB (136). Daniel Corcino doubled.

Daniel Corcino, 3.25 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 2 R, 1 ER, on 2 H and 4 BB with 4 K. Drew Hayes took the loss allowing 2 R over 1.1 IP of relief. Chris Manno and Mark Serrano each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 08/05/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bats LF Willie Harris was 3-4 with a double and homer in the Bats loss to the Mud Hens.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Toledo 2

Willie Harris was 3-4 with a double and homer and Corky Miller was 2-2 with a walk.

Tim Gustafson threw 6.1 one run innings, picking up his 4th win. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4. The bullpen was effective (in varying degrees, 0 earned runs) the rest of the way with Jordan Smith picking up his 12th save with .2 innings of hitless relief work.

AA

Huntsville 5 – Pensacola 3

Billy Hamilton was 0-2, but walked 3 times. He stole 2 bases (thrown out once). He now has 23 stolen bases in AA, giving him 127 for the year (thrown out 27 times). That was the offensive highlight for the Blue Wahoos.

Daniel Corcino started and threw 6 innings, gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2. Brian Pearl threw a scoreless inning of relief (2 hits), Mark Serrano threw a hitless inning.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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 07/28/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 2B Niko Vasquez: He went 4 for 4 with a 2B and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 8 – Toledo 4

Henry Rodriguez went 3 for 5 with 2 BB. Felix Perez went 3 for 4 with a BB. Cody Puckett went 2 for 5 with a HR. Neftali Soto went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 5 with a 3B.

Sean Gallagher, 4.86 ERA, got the win as he went 8 IP and allowed 4 R on 4 H and 2 BB with 6 K. Jordan Smith added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Huntsville 4

Billy Hamilton went 2 for 4 with 2 SB. Ryan LaMarre drew 4 BB. Donald Lutz went 1 for 3 with a 3B and a BB. Bryson Smith tripled. David Vidal doubled.

Wirfin Obispo, 2.63 ERA, got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 2 R on 2 H and 3 BB with 7 K. Drew Hayes and Mark Serrano each added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Wilkin De La Rosa picked up his 1st save with 1.2 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 07/24/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings starter, RHP Andrew Cisco threw 5 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 5 hits and striking out 4. Cisco was 6th round pick in 2010 and is seeing his first professional action this season.

AAA

Louisville 4 – Buffalo 1

Felix Perez was 3-4 with a double, Didi Gregorius was 2-3 and hit his 3rd homer since coming to Louisville. (I have to believe this is an abberation.)

The Bats got a strong start from Chad Reneke, who threw 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5. Someone named Will Ohmann (where are these guys coming from?) threw a scoreless inning. Nick Christiani got the win, throwing a couple of scoreless innings and Donnie Joseph picked up his 5th save, with a scoreless 9th, striking out the side.

AA

Huntsville 6 – Pensacola 1

Ryan LaMarre went 2-4 with a homer, Donald Lutz went 2-4.

Tony Cingrani got racked up, going 5.1, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7. He gave up two long balls. This outing raised his ERA all the way to 2.15.

Nice relief work by the pen though, Brian Pearl threw 1.2 one hit innings, and Mark Serrano and Chris Manno threw hitless innings.

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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.

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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 07/13/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville OF Denis Phipps: He went 5 for 6 with a grand slam HR and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 22 – Gwinnett 1

Denis Phipps went 5 for 6 with a grand slam HR and a BB. Cody Puckett went 3 for 5 with a HR and a BB. Xavier Paul went 3 for 5 with a BB. Didi Gregorius went 3 for 6 with a 2B. Henry Rodriguez went 3 for 7. Neftali Soto went 2 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, and 2 BB. Dioner Navarro went 2 for 5 with a BB. Chris Valaika hit a grand slam HR.

Sean Gallagher, 4.84 ERA, got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 2 K. Josh Judy, J. J. Hoover, and Travis Webb each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 2 – Chattanooga 1 (DH Game 1 – 7 Innings)

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart went 2 for 3 with 3B and a 2B. David Vidal went 1 for 2 with a 2B and a BB. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4. Billy Hamilton singled and stole two bases.

Tony Cingrani, 1.29 ERA, got the win as he went 7 IP and allowed 1 R, 0 ER, on 4 H and 2 BB with 2 K.

Pensacola 6 – Chattanooga 1 (DH Game 2 – 7 Innings)

Bill Rhinehart went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Bryson Smith went 1 for 2 with a 3B. Billy Hamilton walked and stole a base.

Mark Serrano, 2.86 ERA, got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 1 R on 4 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Curtis Partch added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 07/08/12

Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds C Daniel Paula: He went 4 for 5 with 2 2B.

AAA

Louisville 3 – Toledo 2

Mike Costanzo went 2 for 3 with a BB. Cody Puckett went 2 for 3.

Sean Gallagher, 5.06 ERA, got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 5 H and 4 BB with 2 K. J. J. Hoover got the win allowing 1 R over 1.1 IP of relief. Jordan Smith picked up his 11th save with a scoreless 9th.

AA

Mobile 20 – Pensacola 3

David Vidal went 1 for 3 with a HR and a BB. Brodie Greene Went 1 for 3 with a BB. Andrew Means and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart each doubled.

Mark Serrano, 2.95 ERA, got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 0 R on 3 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Brian Pearl got the loss allowing 5 R over 0.2 IP of relief. Outfielder Stephen Hunt allowed 4 R in the final inning.

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Games Played on 06/26/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Dragons starter, Stalin Gerson, threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk, while striking out 3.

AAA

Louisville 5 – Buffalo 3

Felix Perez was 4-5 with 2 doubles, Cody Puckett was 2-4 with a double and a walk, Bill Rhinehart was 2-4 with a double.

It was a bullpen night for the Bats, Tim Gustafson started, but only went 4 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs. Carlos Fisher threw a scoreless inning, J.J. Hoover got the win with a hitless 8th, and Donnie Joseph picked up his 3rd save (and kept his ERA at 0) with a scoreless 9th.

AA

Jackson 4 – Pensacola 2

Brian Peacock was the only Wahoo with 2 hits, as they only garnered 6 on the night.

Tim Crabbe got the loss, going 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 walks, striking out 5, while allowing 4 runs (3 earned). Brian Pearl threw 2 scoreless innings, as did Mark Serrano.

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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.