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OnBaseMachine
04-13-2006, 08:15 AM
Gutierrez's 3 RBIs lift Bats to 8-2 victoryLouisville 8, Syracuse 2
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Louisville Bats suddenly are on a winning streak.

Jesse Gutierrez homered, drove in three runs and scored twice for the Bats yesterday in an 8-2 victory over the Syracuse SkyChiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Louisville lost its first four games of the season in Ottawa before winning the opener of a four-game series here Tuesday, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Gutierrez, who had two doubles, came home on Earl Snyder's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Louisville broke the game open with a three-run fifth. Frank Menechino's RBI double was followed by Chris Denorfia's single and Gutierrez's double.

Snyder hit a solo homer in the sixth, and Gutierrez added a two-run shot in the seventh.

Ryan Roberts homered in the first and Wayne Lydon connected in the sixth for Syracuse.

Louisville's Justin Germano (1-1) allowed the two runs and six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 71/3 innings.

Ryan Wagner pitched a hitless 12/3 innings of relief.

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/SPORTS07/604130428/1036

OnBaseMachine
04-13-2006, 08:16 AM
Lookouts Win Second Straight Over Carolina, 4-2
Three-Run Mudcats Error Is Key To Chattanooga's Win
by Tim Evearitt
posted April 12, 2006

The Chattanooga Lookouts won their second straight game over the Mudcats Wednesday afternoon, 4-2, thanks to a three-run error by the Carolina center fielder. A crowd of 2,226 fans enjoyed a sun-drenched beautiful day at BellSouth Park.

Last night the Lookouts (5-2) pulled the game out of the fire with two runs in the ninth inning beating Carolina, 4-3.

Chattanooga has been getting terrific pitching out of its bullpen. In today's game four relievers threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings while fanning nine hitters.

Carolina got on the scoreboard in the first inning off Lookouts starter Travis Chick. Jose Campusano singled leading off the game, and took second on a hit-and-run ground out.

With Ryan Bear at the plate, Campusano stole third base. After Bear walked, Angel Molina’s sacrifice fly to center allowed Campusano to score. Mudcats 1 Lookouts 0

Carolina got another run off Chick in the fourth inning thanks to Kevin Randel’s long solo homer over the center field wall. Chick had to leave the game with two outs in the inning due to a leg injury. Jon Coutlangus took over for Chick. (Coutlangus threw 2 1/3 innings setting down each hitter he faced while striking out four.) Mudcats 2 Lookouts 0

Chattanooga scored their four runs in a big fifth inning.
- Ryan Hanigan led off with a walk and raced to third on Luis Bolivar’s double to right.
- Eric Crozier struck out swinging.
- Pitcher Coutlangus singled on a slow roller to third; as Hanigan scored the Lookouts first run for Chattanooga, the former outfielder raced safely to first.
- After a strikeout, Noochie Varner walked to load the bases.
- Joey Votto hit a long fly ball to the warning track in left center that Alejandro De Aza dropped allowing three runs to score. Lookouts 4 Mudcats 2

Brad Salmon replaced Coutlangus on the mound for Chattanooga in the seventh inning. Salmon turned potential disaster into success. Randel got aboard on an infield error by second baseman Javier Colina. Rex Rundgren singled to right. Michael Tucker laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first on Salmon’s errant throw. With the sacks full and no outs, Salmon shutdown the Mudcats’ rally by striking out the next three hitters he faced.

After the game Salmon remarked, “I knew I had to bear down. It’s nice to get the win especially since last year we didn’t win a day game (over Carolina). After I got the first strikeout, I tried to get a ground ball.”

Manager Jayhawk Owens brought in his closer, David Shafer, to pitch the ninth inning. Shafer got the job done giving up just a walk to pick up his third save of the year.

* * * * *

Lookouts Box Score

Player ----------- AB R H

Sanchez CF-LF -- 4 0 1
Varner LF ------- 2 1 0
Votto 1B --------- 3 0 0
Herr 3B ---------- 3 0 0
Colina 2B ------- 3 0 0
Hanigan C ------- 1 1 1
Bolivar SS ------- 3 1 1
Crozier RF ------- 3 0 0
Chick P ---------- 1 0 0
Coutlangus P ---- 1 1 1
Machado SS ----- 1 0 0


Player ----------------IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Chick --------------- 3.2 3 2 2 1 1 1 5.19
Coutlangus (W, 1-0) 2.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 4.15
Salmon (H, 2) ------ 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Shafer (S, 3) -------- 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

Game three of the five-game series will be played Thursday night at 7:15 p.m.

Chattanooga sends left hander Tyler Pelland (0-0/5.79) to the mound to face Carolina's right hander James Ross (1-0/0.00).

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_83646.asp

OnBaseMachine
04-13-2006, 08:17 AM
FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE

Reds blank Clearwater; LaRue, McCracken play

BY PHIL DENIS CORRESPONDENT

SARASOTA -- Sarasota had two players from Cincinnati's major league roster in Wednesday night's lineup against Clearwater, but it was a 22-year-old second-year player who earned the spotlight.

Right-hander Sam Lecure (1-1) easily pitched Sarasota's (2-5) best game of the young Florida State League season as he allowed only a bad-hop single, walked one and had nine strikeouts during the first seven innings of the Reds' eventual 2-0 victory over the Threshers in Ed Smith Stadium.

Quinton McCracken was the Reds' designated hitter and Jason LaRue caught most of the game. Both are on rehabilitation assignment.

Sarasota took two of three games in the series.

Lecure, from Centertown, Mo., was Cincinnati's fourth-round amateur draft selection last June.

McCracken had three hits, including a triple. LaRue was 0-for-4 and easily threw out the only would-be Threshers' base stealer.

LaRue, 32, had arthroscopic surgery performed on his right knee on March 27. McCracken, 36, played in his fourth game for the SaraReds as he rehabs a sprained right ankle.

LaRue and McCracken are expected to remain with the Sarasota club for at least the next couple of days following today's medical evaluations.

Adam Rosales' line-drive double to center field scored Jay Garthwaite, who had led off with a two-base hit, with the game's first run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

McCracken scored the other run in the fifth when he came across on Garthwaite's RBI double.

Sarasota will close out its five-game homestand today and Friday with 7 p.m. games against the Lakeland Tigers.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/SPORTS/604130428/1006

OnBaseMachine
04-13-2006, 08:18 AM
Lugnuts pound out 14 basehits, strike out 11 Dragons in win
By Bucky Albers

Staff Writer

DAYTON — The Dayton Dragons' season-opening homestand came to an inglorious end Wednesday night as they dropped a 10-4 decision to the Lansing Lugnuts in front of 7,884 at Fifth Third Field.

While the Lugnuts rapped out 14 hits, four Lansing hurlers struck out 11 Dragons and limited the home team to seven hits.

While his team is taking a 2-5 record to the road, Manager Billy Gardner Jr. said it's too early to reach any conclusions about the team's strengths, weaknesses or potential.

"We don't have a large enough sampling to know where you're going to end up," he said. "I was encouraged the way we battled — being down 5-0 and coming back."

Shut out for five innings by Lansing starter Kristian Bell, who allowed two hits and struck out eight, Dayton actually trailed, 6-0, before making it a 6-4 game with three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Then Lansing put it away with a four-run ninth.

Shortstop Paul Janish, who had two of Dayton's hits, injured his hamstring and hobbled off the field after throwing out Jesus Gonzales for the last out in the top of the ninth. Gardner said the trainer doesn't believe the injury is serious, but he may rest Janish a day or two.

The Dragons added two pitchers to their roster Wednesday and both of them — Jeff Stevens and Bo Lanier — were in the game.

Mike Griffin extended his hitting string to seven games, but outfielders B.J. Szymanski and Jay Bruce continued to struggle. Szymanski struck out four straight times, dropping his batting average to .138, and Bruce was 0-for-4 officially, dropping his average to .260. Szymanski has whiffed nine times in the last three games.

"He's not seeing the ball right now," Gardner said of Szymanski. "He's pulling his head off. He's got all the physical tools to hit, and I'm sure he will."

Gardner said Bruce needs to be more selective and get better pitches to hit.

"These two guys are going to hit," he said.

Dragon notes

• For the second time in seven games, second baseman Mike Griffin was in the lineup as the designated hitter. Manager Billy Gardner Jr. said he wants to occasionally rest the arm of Griffin, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

• Left-hander Philippe Valiquette will pitch tonight when the Dragons open a three-game series at Fort Wayne.

• Shortstop Paul Janish, who went 4-for-4 Tuesday night, made it five straight when he singled in the first inning. The string ended when he lined out to left in the third.

• After going hitless in his first 10 at bats, left fielder Josh Holden collected his first hit of the season when he lined a single to left field in the seventh. He had been the only Dragon position player without a hit.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/content/sports/daily/0413dragons.html

Kc61
04-13-2006, 10:49 AM
The obvious question is whether Jesse Gutierrez can be a major league player. The Reds certainly could use a powerful right handed first baseman (at least in a platoon). My recollection is that Gutierrez has always hit for power pretty well, although he is an "older" prospect who has never been highly touted.

Can/should Jesse be on the radar screen?

rdiersin
04-13-2006, 10:52 AM
Thanks, OBM. I was wondering about Chick when I saw he only threw 3.2 innings.

dougdirt
04-13-2006, 12:03 PM
I am not sure Gutierrez can be a powerful first baseman. I think Joey Votto is close enough that Gutierrez wont get much of a shot. Votto is younger and more powerful. He is in Chattanooga this year and he could probably see time with Cincinnati as early as next season with the need for a first baseman.

M2
04-13-2006, 12:13 PM
Man is it hard not to make Coutlangus jokes.

Javy Pornstache
04-13-2006, 02:23 PM
Brad Salmon and David Shafer are a pair of relievers to perhaps keep an eye on in Chattanooga in addition to the political leader Guevara.

Kc61
04-13-2006, 02:37 PM
I am not sure Gutierrez can be a powerful first baseman. I think Joey Votto is close enough that Gutierrez wont get much of a shot. Votto is younger and more powerful. He is in Chattanooga this year and he could probably see time with Cincinnati as early as next season with the need for a first baseman.

Still, I'd like to see Gutierrez get a shot as a platoon first baseman and right handed bench player. He seems to perform reasonably well at each new level. If he continues to succeed, would like to see him get a chance with the Reds later this season.

KronoRed
04-13-2006, 04:22 PM
Thanks OBM