Games Played on 09/03/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 3B, Travis Mattair went 3-3 with a homer, driving in a run and scoring 2. The 23 year old RH Mattair finished the regular season with a slash line of .274/.344/.465 with 19 homers and 82 RBI at High A. In the second half of the season, his OPS was .893.

AAA

Indianapolis 3 – Louisville 0

The Bats season ended as it has pretty much of the season, with a loss. The Bats only collected 3 hits on the day, with no one having more than one.

Rehabbing Joey Votto had a bad day, going 0-3 (striking out twice) and having a throwing error.

Nick Christiani threw 3 shutout innings of relief, allowing only 1 hit. Bill Bray pitched to 3 batters in the 8th and didn’t retire anyone. Bray is likely done for the year.

AA

Tennessee 8 – Pensacola 1

Brodie Greene went 3-4 with a double, Billy Hamilton went 2-4 with a double, as did Josh Fellhauer.

Chris Manno threw a scoreless inning for Pensacola, but gave up a hit and a walk. Mark Serrano got lit up in 3 innings of relief, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.

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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 09/02/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield DH Dominic D’Anna: He went 3 for 4 with a HR.

AAA

Indianapolis 11 – Louisville 6

Felix Perez went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Neftali Soto went 2 for 2 with a 2B, a BB, and a SB.

Todd Redmond, 3.63 ERA, got the loss as he went 2 IP and allowed 6 R on 5 H and 3 BB with 3 K. Jordan Smith added 1 IP of scoreless relief.

AA

Tennessee 7 – Pensacola 3 (15 Innings)

Bryson Smith went 3 for 5 with a 3B. Beau Mills went 2 for 7 with 2 2B. Josh Fellhauer went 2 for 5 with 2 BB. Donald Lutz went 2 for 6 with a BB. Mark Fleury walked 3 times.

Chad Rogers, 1.99 ERA, got no decision as he went 5.2 IP and allowed 2 R on 5 H and 1 BB with 8 K. Wilkin De La Rosa (1 IP), Justin Freeman (2 IP), and Curtis Partch (2 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. Michael Griffin took the loss allowing 4 R over 2 IP of relief.

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Games Played on 8/15/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Tony Cingrani threw 5 shutout innings (5 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts) and went 2-for-2 in the batters box with a run scored.

AAA
Charlotte 5 – Louisville 3

Making his 4th rehab appearance with the Bats, his 7th minor league rehab game overall, Nick Masset threw 2 innings of 2-hit, 1-run baseball. He walked none and struck out 4. Chad Reineke was credited with the loss for allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, no walks and 2 strikeouts over 5 innings.

Louisville mustered only 5 hits. Didi Gregorius and Neftali Soto each had a double and scored a run. Mike Costanzo was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

AA
Mobile 4 – Pensacola 2

Tony Cingrani threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, no walks, and striking out 10 batters. The first 5 outs he recorded were strikeouts. Cingrani has allowed just 1 earned run in his three August starts, spanning 16 innings. Cingrani also helped himself at the plate with a 2-for-2 night and a run scored.

Cingrani’s pitching performance made the front page of milb.com:

Overall, Cingrani is 10-4 with a 1.51 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 23 starts between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Pensacola. For a third-round pick who was a reliever coming out of Rice University, it’s the kind of season that puts a prospect on the map. But Cingrani knows there’s still plenty of road to travel on his journey.

“It feels good,” Cingrani said. “I’m just out doing my job and working hard. This is where it’s taken me so far, it’s pretty good. Whatever the front office chooses to do, I’m just going to go out and do what I do.”

Billy Hamilton reached once on a walk, but stole two more bases. That makes 141 minor league swipes this year, just 4 shy of Vince Coleman’s record.

Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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Games Played on 8/8/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Penscacola starter Chad Rogers threw 6 innings, allowing only 3 hits, a walk, striking out 6 and not giving up any runs. It’s his second start for the Blue Wahoos, running his ERA in AA to .82 in 11 innings of work.

AAA
Toldeo 8 – Louisville 4

Brian Peacock was 2-3 with a homer, Felix Perez was 2-3 with a homer and a walk, and Nefi Soto was 2-4.

Pedro Villarreal started and ran his record to 3-9 with the loss, he threw 4.1, allowing 8 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), a walk and 3 strikeouts. The only relief to escape without a run was Travis Webb, who threw a hitless 9th.

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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 07/22/12

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

AAA

Pawtucket 9 – Louisville 3 (12 Innings)

Denis Phipps went 3 for 6 with a HR. Chris Valaika went 3 for 5 with a HR. Willie Harris went 3 for 6. Cody Puckett went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Didi Gregorius doubled.

Tim Gustafson, 5.11 ERA, got no decision as he went 5.2 IP and allowed 1 R on 4 H and 4 BB with 4 K. Kanekoa Texeira got the loss allowing 2 R in 2 IP of relief.

AA

Pensacola 1 – Mobile 0

Billy Hamilton went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4. Josh Fellhauer doubled.

Wirfin Obispo, 2.48 ERA, got no decision as he went 5 IP and allowed 0 R on 1 H and 1 BB with 6 K. Brian Pearl got the win with 1 IP of scoreless relief. Curtis Partch picked up the save with 2 IP of scoreless relief.

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Games Played on 7/19/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: Henry Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with a homerun, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI.

AAA
Columbus 13 – Louisville 12

Henry Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with a homerun, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Neftali Soto was 2-for-4 with a double, a grand slam, and 5 total RBI. Mike Costanzo was 2-for-5 with a homerun and 3 RBI.

Columbus scored 6 runs, 4 earned, off Bats starter Chad Reineke in 4.1 innings.

AA
Pensacola 8 – Mobile 6

Josh Fellhauer was 3-for-5 with a 3-run homerun and 4 total RBI. Brodie Greene went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Billy Hamilton had 2 singles and a walk in 5 plate appearances, scoring 1 run and knocking in another. Hamilton has reached base in his first 8 games with Pensacola, leading to a .276/.382/.483 batting line.

Kyle Lotzkar allowed 4 runs on 2 hits and 6 walks in 4.1 innings while also striking out 6. Josh Ravin was credited with the win in his first appearance for Pensacola. Ravin went 1.2 sutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3. Curtis Partch and Justin Freeman each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.
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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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