Games Played on 8/25/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Reds 2012 #1 draft pick, Nick Travieso threw 6 innings of 6 hit, 2 run (none earned) baseball. He gave up 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. The 19 year old Travieso has struggled at Dayton this season, with a 4.81 ERA […]

Games Played on 8/18/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Adam Matthews, 23 year old outfielder of the Billings Mustangs, went 4-4 yesterday with with 2 doubles and a triple. He scored 2 runs and drove in 3. He also collected a walk. Matthews was the Reds 19th round pick in 2012, putting together a […]

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 08/05/13

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 7/28/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 3B, Juan Silverio, went 5-5 for the Blaze. On the season, Silverio is hitting .278/.297/.443 with 12 homers. He’s 22 and in his 3rd year in High A, playing the last two for the White Sox in Winston-Salem. AAA Scranton/WB 9 – Louisville 2 […]

Games Played on 7/17/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: 2013 4th round draft pick Ben Lively pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out three. Lively is yet to allowed an earned run in his 5 professional starts, covering 15 innings. He’s walked 4 and struck out 21 batters.

AAA
Louisville had the day off for their All-Star break.

In the AAA All-Star game, Billy Hamilton led off the game with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on another groundout.

Greg Reynolds started for the International League All-Stars and was credited with the win despite allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in his one inning of work.

AA
Pensacola had the day off for their All-Star break.

The Southern League All-Star game saw the South Division 1-hit the North Division. Tim Crabbe pitched a scoreless 5th inning, allowing the North Division’s only hit of the game. Shaun Ellis pitched the scoreless 6th inning, walking one and striking out one.

High A
Visalia 4 – Bakersfield 0

Jon Moscot (1-13, 4.96 ERA) allowed 3 runs over 6 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out six. Moscot would seem to be a perfect example of why you cannot use W-L record to evaluate a pitcher. In 101.2 innings, he has allowed 103 hits, just 34 walks, and struck out 103 (more than a batter an inning.)

Ryan Wright (2-for-4) had half of Bakersfield’s four hits.

Low A
Beloit 4 – Dayton 2

Sal Romano allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits over 5 innings. He also walked 5, threw a wild pitch, and struck out 5 batters. Alejandro Chacin followed with 3 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.

Jesse Winker (2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR) supplied the Dragons offense again with a 2-run homerun in the 9th inning. Joe Hudson (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits.

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For games played on July 6th. Minor League Player of the Day: 19 year old RHP, Nick Travieso, threw 6 innings, allowing his only run on a homer. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 7. The Reds 2012 first round draft pick is 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.485 WHIP for the […]

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 6/21/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville Bats RHP Greg Reynolds won his 9th game without a loss. He threw a complete game shutout, giving up only 2 hits, without a walk and striking out 8. Reynolds is having his best minor league season since ’07 in AA. AAA Louisville 3 […]

And the final preview, from our friend, Tom Nichols of the Dayton Dragons:

Relief Pitchers

Hands on Deck: James Allen, Brooks Pinckard, Erik Miller, Nick Fleece, Ryan Kemp, Kyle McMyne, Carlos Contreras, Dan Jensen, Jimmy Moran, El’Hajj Muhammad, additional candidates from among those profiled in the starting pitcher preview.

The 2011 Dayton Dragons club was strong in almost all areas, but the strongest element of the team might have been the quality and depth of the bullpen. The Dragons were 60-6 when leading at the end of the fifth inning. When leading after seven innings, they were 68-3. When leading after eight, they were 66-1. Those records were the best in the league at all three measuring points. How did it happen?

First of all, the Dragons had the best closer in the league and one of the best in all of Minor League Baseball in Drew Hayes. He posted 22 saves in 23 opportunities, finished with a 1.35 earned run average, and limited opposing batters to a combined average of .141. But besides Hayes, there was left-hander Blaine Howell (1.91 ERA, nine saves), and right-handers Daniel Wolford (7-1, 1.46) and Chad Rogers (6-4, 2.99 ERA). Jamie Walczak (2-0, 1.89 ERA) and Jason Braun (3.25 ERA) were in Dayton for less time, but they contributed too. If the Dragons had a lead, they had a stable of quality arms to get them to Hayes, and once Hayes took the mound, the game was all but over.

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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.