Games Played on 8/15/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Nick Travieso allowed just two hits over 6 shutout innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 6.

International Signing: The Reds added an international free agent yesterday. Ben Badler at Baseball America has the full details. The highlights:

The Reds have signed 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Reydel Medina for $400,000.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Medina runs above-average times in the 60-yard dash. He’s a lefthanded hitter with a quick bat and projectable power, although there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate despite his performance at the World Championship. Given how little time is left in the 2013 season, Medina might not make his debut until next year, at which point he’ll probably start in one of the lower levels of the system, perhaps low Class A Dayton.

AAA
Pawtucket 4 – Louisville 2

The Louisville Bats have dropped 8 games in a row, and are now a season low seven games below .500.

Greg Reynolds pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while not walking anyone and striking out five. It was Reynolds 4th straight quality start.

Billy Hamilton had two triples in four at-bats and scored once. Hitting two triples in a game ties the Louisville Bats record for triples in a game, now shared with 14 former players including former Reds outfielder Deion Sanders.

Henry Rodriguez and Nevin Ashley each had a pair of singles in 4 trips to the plate. Felix Perez hit a solo homerun in the top of the 8th inning to temporarily tie the score at 2-2.

AA
Mississippi 4 – Pensacola 3
The Blue Wahoos have dropped 5 straight games ans sit at two games below .500.

The Wahoos took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a 3-run homerun off the bat of Yorman Rodriguez (2-for-3, HR, BB).

However, Pensacola starter Josh Smith (7 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 8 K) gave it back with a run in the 5th, a run in the 6th, and two more in the 7th. Parker Frazier struck out two over two perfect relief innings.

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Games Played on 08/13/13 Minor League Player of the Day: AZL Reds RF Aristides Aquino: He went 4 for 6 with 2 3B. AAA Pawtucket 5 – Louisville 1 Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a BB. Emmanuel Burris went 2 for 4. Billy Hamilton went 1 for 3 with a BB. Nevin Ashley […]

Games Played on 08/05/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Dayton SP Amir Garrett: He got no decision as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 4 K.

AAA

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 4

Ryan Ludwick went 0 for 4 and now has a .045 BA in his rehab assignment. Jason Donald went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Nevin Ashley went 1 for 3 with a HR, a BB, and a SB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB. Henry Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with 3 BB and a SB. Neftali Soto doubled.

Daniel Corcino got the win as he went 6 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Jose Diaz picked up his 9th save with 1.1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Pensacola 6 – Birmingham 2

Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Travis Mattair went 2 for 4 with 2 2B. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB.

Josh Smith got the win as he went 6.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 7 K. Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil each added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 8/1/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Contreras allowed just one hit and two walks over 6 shutout innings.

AAA
Syracuse 5 – Louisville 0

Ryan Dennick allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk over 4 innings while striking out two. Zach Duke continues to pitch well, tossing two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three. Jose Arredondo and Pedro Villarreal each added a scoreless inning.

All eight of Louisville’s hits were singles. Billy Hamilton, Henry Rodriguez and Nevin Ashley each had a pair of hits.

AA
Pensacola 2 – Mobile 0

Leadoff hitter Devin Lohman went 3-for-5 with a double and scored once. Travis Mattair hit his 13th homerun of the season.

Carlos Contreras (1-1, 2.87 ERA) was sneaky good in his six inning start against the Bears. Contreras allowed just 3 baserunners on a single and two walks over 6 innings, and one of those was erased by Tucker Barnhart on a stolen base attempt. There is a nice write-up on Contreras today on the front page of milb.com with comments from the Blue Wahoos’ pitching coach, Tom Brown.

“[Tonight] he was really sneaky, his breaking ball was extremely good, he was focused,” Brown said. “The biggest thing is he has a really live fastball. It’s got cutter-like action, he attacks the zone and doesn’t nibble around.

“He’s just so good, so easy to work with. Understands the game, makes adjustments, he’s a really perceptive person,” said Brown. “And his fastball, boy, his fastball runs 91-95 mph, touches 96, but it’s got a 6- to 10-inch cut. It’s really live, a special fastball.”

Brown added that Contreras reminded him favorably of another former star pupil from the Cincinnati system, Johnny Cueto.

“I’ve had some guys along in the past [like Cueto], and Carlos has the makeup of Cueto. He’s really calm, understands the game and has that quality fastball. Cueto threw [in the 90s] and hit 97 mph, and Carlos is gonna have a good changeup. He has two plus-pitches already,” he noted.

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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 […]

Most of this was recently posted on Lance McAlister’s blog (I’ve added some numbers and some of Lance’s numbers might be a bit off b/c of the delay in posting this): Louisville Bats/International League rankings BA .249 (13th of 14) Runs 377 (14th) OBP .313 (13th) SLG .370 (13th) OPS .683 (14th) BB 264 (12th) […]

Games Played on 7/10/2013

Minor League Players of the Day:
— For Dayton, Seth Mejias-Brean was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI.
— For Pensacola, Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-3 with a sac fly, a run scoring double, and a 9th-inning homerum.

AAA
Louisville 12 – Toledo 0

Making his first start since June 25th, Armando Galarraga threw six shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2. Kanekoa Texeira pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out two. Pedro Villarreal pitched a perfect 9th inning.

According to the Bats Media Relations department, Billy Hamilton’s leadoff walk in the first inning was the Bats first walk in the past 4 games (38 innings.) The team would go on to walk 8 times in the game. In addition to all the free passes, the Louisville offense cranked out 12 runs on 12 hits. Felix Perez (2-for-4, BB, 2B, HR) and Nevin Ashley (2-for-4, BB, HR) each hit 3-run homeruns. Denis Phipps had three hits, including a double, scored three times and knocked in two runs.

Defensively, Louisville hasn’t committed an error in their last 8 games, a stretch of 70 innings.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Montgomery 3

Ryan LaMarre’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning plated Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, giving the Blue Wahoos an early 1-0 lead. Down 3-1 in the 4th inning, Barnhart hit a 1-out bomb to right field, cutting the deficit to 1 run. Later that same inning, Travis Mattair came around to score on a LaMarre double to tie the game.

Fast forward to the 9th inning, game still knotted at three runs each. With Travis Mattair aboard again, Ryan LaMarre hit a game deciding home run. Pensacola reliever Trevor Bell struck out two in the bottom of the 9th for the save. Since joining Pensacola on June 9th, Bell hasn’t allowed a run in 13.1 innings. His line includes 6 hits, 4 walks, and 16 strikeouts.

Shaun Ellis started and allowed 3 runs over 3 innings. Chris Manno hit a batter but didn’t allow a hit or a walk over three shutout relief innings. Lee Hyde was credited with the win after retiring all 4 batters that he faced.

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Games Played on 6/26/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a walk, hitting his 5th homerun of the season and stealing his 49th base. Hamilton scored twice and had two RBI, including the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the 8th inning.

AAA
Louisville 7 – Charlotte 6

Louisville batted through the order and scored four times in the 1st, and then once more in each of the 2nd and 3rd innings, to take an early 6-2 lead off former Reds prospect Zach Stewart. Billy Hamilton led off the Bats 1st inning with a walk, a stolen base, and later scored on a single from Felix Perez. Billy Hamilton then led off the 2nd inning with his 5th homerun of the season. Those 5 homeruns in 308 at-bats this year ties his total homerun output from the previous two seasons’ 1062 at-bats.

The Knights climbed back to tie the game with 3 runs in the 5th inning of starter Greg Reynolds (7ip, 7h, 5r, 0bb, 6K) and their 6th and final run off the bullpen in the top of the 8th inning. Nevin Ashley (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a double and later scored on a Billy Hamilton RBI single for the deciding run.

Jose Arredondo allowed a walk and struck out a batter in the final frame for the save.

AA
Mississippi 8 – Pensacola 3

Ryan Dennick allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk while striking out one batter over 5.1 innings. Chris Manno and Loek Van Mil each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

No Pensacola player had more than one hit. Travis Mattair hit a solo homerun in the 4th inning. Ryan LaMarre had an RBI triple and later scored a run to contribute to the 2-run 7th inning.

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Games Played on 06/24/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 3B David Vidal: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a 2B, and a BB. AAA Louisville 4 – Rochester 2 Nevin Ashley went 2 for 3 with 2 2B. Jason Donald went 2 for 3 with a 3B and a SB. Neftali […]

Games Played on 06/18/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville 3B Neftali Soto: He went 3 for 4 with a HR. AAA Louisville 5 – Durham 2 Neftali Soto went 3 for 4 with a HR. Emmanuel Burriss went 3 for 5. Nevin Ashley went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. […]

Games Played on 06/04/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield SP James Allen: He got the win as he went 8 IP and allowed 0 R on 2 H and 2 BB with 3 K. AAA Louisville 8 – Norfolk 2 Henry Rodriguez went 4 for 5. Billy Hamilton went 2 for 5 with […]

Games Played on 5/29/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Mike Hessman hit a homerun for the third straight day. On Wednesday, Hessman was 3-for-3 with the homerun, a walk and 3 RBI.

AAA
Louisville 10 – Columbus 7

Louisville scored at least once in each of the first 6 innings and never reliquinshed the lead. The scoring outburst included four solo homeruns off the bats of Josh Fellhuaer, Nevin Ashley, Konrad Schmidt, and Mike Hessman.

Seven of the Louisville runs, and all the homeruns, came at the expense of pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. Bauer was the prospect that went to Cleveland from Arizona in the 3-team trade that netted Cincinnati Shin-Soo Choo. It’s the third straight rough start for Bauer, who has seen his ERA mushroom from 2.55 to 5.05.

Hessman was a perfect 3-for-3 with the homerun, a walk and 3 RBI. That’s three straight games with a homerun and four in his past five games, pushing his May slash line up to .354/.452/.709. Fellhauer is also having a strong May (.333/.403/.544). In addition to his second homerun in two days, Fellhauer had a single, two walks, and two runs scored. Billy Hamilton singled and walked in five plate appearances, stole two bases, was caught once, and scored one run.

Armando Galarraga (3-3, 2.94 ERA) held the Clippers scoreless and limited to three hits until the 5th inning. A fielding error by Henry Rodriguez to the first batter of the 5th started a long inning for Galarraga. He finished the inning with a game line of 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 4 walks and 3 strikeouts over 5 innings.

Yohan Pino (1-2, 5 SV, 2.13 ERA) bounced back from a rough outing on May 27th to pitch the final two shutout innings.

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