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.

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.

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 6/20/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Amir Garrett kicked off the Rookie League season with a solid start for the Billing Mustangs. Garrett allowed just 1 unearned run on 3 hits and one walk in his 5-inning start while striking out 6 batters. This was Garrett’s third start in the Pioneer League, dating back to last season, and he is yet to allow an earned run at that level.

Durham 2 – Louisville 1

Armando Galarraga (5-5, 3.05 ERA) allowed both runs over 6 innings on 8 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter while striking out 3. Logan Ondrusek pitched the final two shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 2.

Neftali Soto (2-for-4) collected two of the Bats five hits, extending his hitting streak to 6 games. Jason Donald had a double, a walk and scored a run in four plate appearances. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a single, stole second base, but then was picked off second to cut down the Louisville threat. He later drove in the lone Bats run on a groundout.

Montgomery 3 – Pensacola 1

Ryan Dennick (3-8, 3.23 ERA) threw his third straight quality start. Dennick allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and one walk over 6 innings, while striking out 5.

The Blue Wahoos offense only had 3 hits and 3 walks. Theo Bowe’s solo homerun in the 3rd inning provided the only Pensacola run. Yorman Rodriguez reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

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Minor League Player of the Day: Sammy Diaz (Dayton) went 3-4 with 2 singles, a double, and a walk. He scored a run and had 1 RBI. AAA Louisville 5 – Norfolk 3; Game 1 Denis Phipps had 2 doubles in 3 at bats and drove in 2 RBI.  Corky Miller went 2-2 with a […]

For games played on June 8, 2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Reds 2011 first round pick, Robert Stephenson, lowered his ERA to 2.97 with 7 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 8. In his last 6 starts, he’s thrown 38.2 innings, allowing only 4 earned runs on 19 hits and […]

Games Played on 06/03/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville CF Billy Hamilton: He went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. AAA Louisville 3 – Toledo 2 Billy Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Hamilton’s two run inside the park HR in the 8th put the […]

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.

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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Minor League Player of the Day: Denis Phipps (Louisville Bats) – It is pretty slim pickings today for this honor.  All 4 minor league teams lost last night and no one had over 2 hits.  Phipps hit the only homerun of the night and added a single in 4 at-bats and thus wins today’s Minor […]

Minor League Player of the Day: 2011’s 30th round pick, Dayton’s Joe Terry, went 4-5 with 2 doubles while driving in 3 runs. Terry was recently sent back to Dayton from Bakersfield, where he was struggling. He played most of 2012 in Dayton, where he hit .255/.310/.383. AAA Louisville 6 – Gwinett 5 The Bats […]

Games Played on 05/13/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville 3B Neftali Soto: He went 4 for 5 with a SB. AAA Buffalo 5 – Louisville 4 Neftali Soto went 4 for 5 with a SB. Billy Hamilton went 3 for 5 with 2 SB. Henry Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a BB. […]

Games Played on 5/8/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Making his 7th start of the season, Robert Stephenson was dominate for 6 shutout innings. Stephenson allowed just 3 hits, no walks, and struck out 9. AAA Louisville 6 – Lehigh Valley 3 Louisville scored four times in the 1st inning, which is all they […]

Games Played on 5/2/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Yohan Pino entered mid-first inning in relief of injured starter Armando Galarraga and pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball against the International League’s best offense. AAA Louisville 4 – Buffalo 1 Four batters into the 1st inning, Armando Galarraga took a line drive off his […]

Games Played on 4/25/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Beau Amaral was 3-for-5 with a two-run homerun and three runs scored. AAA Gwinnett 1 – Louisville 0 Chad Reineke threw 7 shutout innings, giving up just 5 hits, 1 walk while striking out 4. Reineke has allowed just 1 run over 21.2 innings with […]