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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Ran across this article over at Yahoo! Sports; Doug Poe, a Yahoo contributor doesn’t see much to rave about in the trade that brought Scott Rolen to the Reds: During his three full years with Cincinnati, Edwin Encarnacion averaged nearly 20 homers, 72 RBIs, and hit about .270. The player they acquired in exchange for […]

For those who feel it’s taken Homer Bailey a long time to get to where many, including myself, think he’s going to go… Someone asked Bill James on his website about Tom Glavine’s slow major league start in relation to other 300 game pitching winners. Tom Glavine, ages 21-24, first four seasons, 33-41, 89 ERA+ […]

John Fay, who’s doing yeoman’s work lately (especially for a guy with no competition), asked Walt Jocketty to explain the Reds plan.

Jocketty’s answer was beyond poor.  The guy sounds like he’s never even considered the question:

“The plan is . . . we have a plan, let’s put it at that. . . The plan is to try and develop quality young players and build a foundation for the organization for the long-term, not just the short-term.

“We’re also trying to be fair to our fans and be competitive as much as we could this year. I think we were until we were hit with a lot of injuries in the middle of July. We didn’t have the depth to compensate for it.

“The plan is to continue to sign quality young talent and develop it to the major league level. That’s simplifying it. But that’s the plan.”

Do you think you can compete next year?

“I don’t know,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know what the competition will be next year. I would hope we were competing this year until we got hurt.”

That reminds me of Mr. Hand’s great line from Fast Times: Continue reading

Let’s round up the analysis of Walt Jocketty’s big deadline trade…. —Baseball Prospectus, in a post they titled “The Worst Deadline Deal”: [T]his was not good business for the Cincinnati ballclub. Rolen’s having a good year, but … a) Rolen has averaged just 106 games the past 4 seasons. b) Rolen’s once-intimidating power has been […]

I drew the short straw, and get to evaluate the Reds deadline deals.  After the trades, and last night’s game, I barely have the strength.  I’m also leaving on vacation in a few hours, so I’m going to rely on you guys to flesh this debate out in the comments.

I’ll start with the positives:  The Reds traded Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the Yankees for some guy.  Actually, his name is Chase Weems.  He’s a catcher.  And he’s headed to Dayton.

Now, the main event:  The Reds sent third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart to the Blue Jays for third baseman Scott Rolen.  The Blue Jays are reportedly going to defray some salary – the best I can figure it’s the difference between what’s owed to each guy the rest of the year – Rolen’s salary is $11M and EE’s is $2M. Continue reading

Games played 07/10/09 AAA Louisville 5 – Columbus 4 Chris Heisey went 2 for 4 with a HR and a SB. Craig Tatum went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Drew Sutton doubled. Drew Stubbs stole his 33rd base. Matt Maloney gets the win going 7 IP allowing 3 R on 10 H and 0 […]

Games played 07/08/09 AAA Louisville 4 – Toledo 2 Chris Heisey went 3 for 4 with a 2B. Darnell McDonald went 2 for 5 with a 3B. Drew Stubbs went 2 for 5 with a 2B. Kevin Barker went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Ben Jukich gets the win going 5.2 IP allowing 1 […]

A few items for a Monday morning…. –Bronson Arroyo is thinking about having carpal tunnel surgery in the off-season, as it’s still bothering him. Many of you may remember that I had that exact surgery last May. It fixed the problem — or, at least 90% of the problem — but it took a long […]

Does anyone else feel like the season is beginning anew with Joey Votto coming back tonight? Here’s a roundup up some items from around the internets: –Votto is going to meet with the media for the first time at 4 pm today. We’ll see what he says, if anything, about the whole situation surrounding his […]

Games played 06/18/09 AAA Louisville 3 – Norfolk 1 Danny Richar went 2 for 4 with a HR and a 2B. Dan Dorn doubled and is now hitting .333/.375/.578/.953 in June after putting up OPS of .543 in April and .682 in May. Justin Lehr wins it going 6 IP allowing 1 R on 7 […]

–The Reds have signed nine of their recent draft picks, including 2nd rounder Billy Hamilton and 3rd rounder Donnie Joseph. I’m really surprised — and pleased — that Hamilton signed so quickly. You may recall that he had a scholarship to play college football at Mississippi State. No, it’s not tOSU, but it is the […]