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 […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Joe Jocketty (AZL Reds) – Jocketty went 1-1 with a run scored and an RBI.  So why is he the player of the day?  Because he reached base 5 times with 4 walks on top of his lone hit.  Jocketty has only played in 9 games this season and recorded […]

Games Played on 08/20/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SP Greg Reynolds: He got the win as he went 9 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 4 K. AAA Louisville 5 – Rochester 1 Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with 2 2B and a BB. Billy […]

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 […]

Games Played on 8/8/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Logan Uxa went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double and two runs scored for the AZL Reds.

AAA
Columbus 9 – Louisville 3

Chad Rogers retired the first 10 batters that he faced, and kept the Clippers scoreless until a rough 5th inning, where he gave up 4 runs on 4 hits. An error led to one of the runs. Rogers helped himself out by picking a runner off 1st base for the final out of the inning. Overall, he finished with a line of 5.1 innings, 6 runs (4 earned) and 6 hits. He walked one and struck out 7.

Billy Hamilton (2-for-3, 2B, BB) had two of the team’s five hits, stole his 68th base, and scored two of the team’s 3 runs.

AA
Pensacola 6 – Jacksonville 4

Daniel Renken went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, walking no one, and striking out 4. Trevor Bell faced 4 batters in the 9th inning, hitting one batter and striking out the other three.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Mike Costanzo (2-for-3, 2B, BB) had a bases-clearing double in the 6-run frame. Travis Mattair and Ryan LaMarre each had a pair of singles and scored a run in 4 at-bats.

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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 07/30/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 1B Steve Selsky: He went 2 for 3 with a HR, a BB, and a SB. AAA Syracuse at Louisville – Postponed due to rain. AA Mobile 3 – Pensacola 2 Corey Wimberly went 2 for 2. Travis Mattair clubbed his 12th HR. Mike […]

Games Played on 7/25/2013

Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Yohan Pino needed just 105 pitches to throw a complete game 2-hit shutout. Pino didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

Minor League Hitter of the Day: 2013 first round pick, Phil Ervin (.322/.412/.568) went 4-for-4 plus a walk and two homeruns. Ervin hit the ball over the fence twice this game, giving him four homeruns over his last five games.

AAA
Louisville 1 – Syracuse 0

Yohan Pino pitched a 2-hitter with an economical 105 pitches. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 7.

All seven Louisville hits were singles. Kristopher Negron was 2-for-4 and scored the lone run. Henry ROdriguez was also 2-for-4 and drove Negron in.

AA
Mississippi 1 – Pensacola 0 in 10 innings

Tim Crabbe needed just 98 pitches to master his way through 9 shutout innings. He allowed 5 hits, one walk and struck out 3.

Devin Lohman was 2-for-5 and had the only extra-base hit of the game (a double) for either side. Travis Mattair (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits.

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Games Played on 7/24/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: There were solid starting pitching performances at the top three levels of the organization, but I’m going to go with the guy they couldn’t get out. Jon Matthews was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Billing Mustangs. Matthews hit a homerun and also stole a base.

AAA
Syracuse 3 – Louisville 2

The Chiefs pitching scattered 6 singles and one double to limit the Bats to two runs. Billy Hamilton (1-for-4, RBI, CS) had an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Mike Hessman (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) added an RBI double in the 7th inning to give Louisville a 2-0 lead.

Louisville starter Chad Rogers threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. Bats bullpen arms that have seen time with the Reds allowed a run in each of the final three innings: one run scored on Jose Arredondo in the 7th, and the other two runs belonged to Pedro Villarreal.

AA
Pensacola 5 – Mississippi 2

Daniel Renken allowed just two hits and two walks over 6 shutout innings while striking out four. Lee Hyde added a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.

Mike Costanzo (3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI) and Travis Mattair (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) had three hits each. Ryan LaMarre (2-for-3, BB, RBI) reached base three times.

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Games Played on 7/18/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Seth Mejias-Brean was 3-for-5 with an RBI double, an RBI single, and a walk-off grand slam.

AAA
Scranton/WB 8 – Louisville 0

The Louisville Bats are still on a break. Well, everyone except Mike Hessman (2-for-4, 2B) and Denis Phipps (2-for-4, SB). They collected 4 of the Bats 5 hits.

To be fair, they were facing Yankees prospect Michael Pineda, who is working his way back from should surgery. For Louisville, Chad Reineke (8-7, 3.53 ERA) allowed 4 runs and 9 hits over 6 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 3. Kanekoa Texeira allowed one hit in a scoreless relief inning.

AA
Huntsville 1 – Pensacola 0

The Blue Wahoos outhit the Huntsville Stars 8-4, but couldn’t push a run across the plate. Travis Mattair had three of the teams hits, including a pair of doubles. Ryan LaMarre singled twice and walked once.

Daniel Renken allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 4 over 6 innings. Lee Hyde pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Josh Ravin pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

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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 […]