Final R H E Cincinnati Reds  (2-5)  3  10  1 St. Louis Cardinals  (4-3)  5  9  0 W: Wacha (1-0)   L:  Cingrani (0-1) Box Score   |   Play-by-Play    |    Photos    |    Depth Chart    |    FanGraphs Win Probability The Good Brayan Peña had three hits. Ryan Ludwick had two hits. Nick Christiani pitched two shutout innings of relief. The Reds scored […]

The club announced their first roster moves last night, cutting the number of players in the big league camp to 44: Optioned to AAA Louisville: RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, RHP Chad Rogers, LHP David Holmberg, OF Ryan LaMarre and OF Donald Lutz; Optioned to AA Pensacola: OF Juan Duran, OF Yorman Rodriguez and LHP […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…. FINAL New York Metropolitans 4 Cincinnati Reds 2 W: J. Niese 8-8 L: M. Leake 14-7 BOX SCORE POSITIVES — The other eight innings. — The Reds bullpen of Zach Duke, Logan Ondrusek, Sean Marshall, J.J. Hoover and Alfredo Simon combined for seven shutout innings. — Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan […]

With the 2013 minor league seasons wrapped up, let’s look at the top offensive performances of the Reds minor league prospects. The data below is from baseball-reference.com. The table summarizes the top 25 Reds minor league performers as ranked by OPS plus 5 additional players worth noting. The admittedly arbitrary cutoff that I used was […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Los Angeles 2 Cincinnati 3 W: A. Chapman (4-5) L: R. Belisario (5-7) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Zack Cozart (who went 2-4 on the night) singled. Ryan Hanigan stepped to the plate, and just as I begged Dusty not to bunt, […]

Happy Labor Day! Reminder that the game today vs. the Cardinals starts at 1:10 p.m. ET and is being broadcast on the MLB Network. • Four weeks remain in the regular season. The next ten games are in the win-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park. The home stand includes four with the Cardinals, three with […]

Games Played on 8/29/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Chad Rogers allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings for his second straight start. He allowed just one run, the three hits and two walks while striking out four.

AAA
Louisville 2 – Columbus 1

Chad Rogers allowed just one run, three hits and two walks over 7 innings while striking out four. Curtis Partch and Jose Diaz combined to keep the Clippers off the board over the final two innings.

Derrick Robinson and Neftali Soto each had a pair of hits. Henry Rodriguez singled, walked and stole second base twice. Corky Miller is back with the Bats on a rehab assignment and went 1-for-2 with a walk as the team’s DH.

Billy Hamilton only reached once on a first inning single, stole 2nd and 3rd base (75th of the year) but was left stranded 90 feet from home plate.

AA
Mobile 2 – Pensacola 1

Carlos Contreras allowed a run, 3 hits, 4 walks, hit a batter and struck out 2 in 5.1 innings. While wild in the game, the lone run he allowed came on a solo homerun. Parker Frazier (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) surrendered the other run in the 7th inning.

Donald Lutz (2-for-4) hit a pair of doubles. Yorman Rodriguez (1-for-4) doubled and scored the only Pensacola run. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart (1-for-4) knocked in Rodriguez and also threw out a runner trying to steal second base.

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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 08/26/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings SP Luke Moran: He got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 0 R on 2 H and 2 BB with 7 K. AAA Louisville 2 – Columbus 1 Neftali Soto and Felix Perez hit back to back solo HRs in the […]

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 8/17/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Billings 1B, Carlos Sanchez, went 3-5 with a double and a homer. He also drove in 3 runs. The 22 year old started the season in Dayton, but after a couple weeks was sent back to Billings. It’s his second year in Billings, his 5th […]

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 […]