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dougdirt
08-20-2006, 03:13 PM
GCL Reds are off today

Billings plays late today. Josh Ravin (5th round HS pitcher) makes his Billings debut today

Dayton is about to get under way with Carlos Fisher (2.84 ERA) taking the mound.

Sarasota is leading 4-0 in the 4th. Johnny Cueto has gone 3 innings, allowed 1 hit, and 2 walks while striking out 2. Jay Garthwaite hit his 18th HR of the season.

Chattanooga plays at 6. Not sure who is starting.

Louisville plays at 6 and Mike Gosling takes the mound.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 03:34 PM
Everytime I open my mouth about someone, they struggle.

Dayton is down 3-0 after a half an inning. Carlos Fisher allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in the first.

Down in Sarasota, they lead 7-0 after 4 innings. Cueto is through 4 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 03:35 PM
Oh, and Cody Strait has stolen his 43rd, 44th and 45th bases of the season for Sarasota.

Thats very impressive.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 03:44 PM
Dayton is now down 5-0 after 2 innings. They have yet to get a hit.

Sarasota is up 7-0 after 5. Cueto has gone 5 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.

OnBaseMachine
08-20-2006, 03:59 PM
Cueto has thrown 17 consecutive shutout innings.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 04:06 PM
Sarasota now leads 9-0 heading to the bottom of the 6th.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 04:18 PM
Sarasota leads 9-0 after 6.

Johnny Cueto left after 5.2 innings with 2 runners on and 2 outs.
Final line: 5.2ip, 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

OnBaseMachine
08-20-2006, 04:23 PM
Three straight very good outings by Cueto - 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings for him.

icehole3
08-20-2006, 04:36 PM
Some people here thought he was being pushed or was over-promoted and it now looks like Almaraz has done the right thing with this kid. IMO he's moving into Bailey-Bruce territory.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 04:46 PM
well for whatever reason, in Sarasota his command seems to be lacking a bit. His walk rate has doubled, as has his HR rate. Still a guy I like, he needed quite a bit of time to adjust things, and hopefully this is his stpe forward we are seeing in the FSL.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 04:48 PM
Dayton now leads 7-5. They scored 6 in the 4th inning.

OnBaseMachine
08-20-2006, 05:00 PM
Jay Bruce hit his 16th HR of the year.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 06:32 PM
He needed that. He has been struggling lately. A long season will do that to ya.

Dayton won 8-7. Craig Tatum went 3-4 with an RBI

Sarasota won 9-1. Cody Strait went 4-5 with a double, RBI and walk. Paul Janish went 2-5 with an RBI and a walk. Jay Garthwaite went 3-3 with a HR and 3 RBI.

reds44
08-20-2006, 09:10 PM
Does anybody know how Elizardo has done since being sent down?

Doc. Scott
08-20-2006, 09:11 PM
Ravin struggled in the first inning of his debut PL start, walking three, but recovered nicely to finish the next two innings. Final line was 3IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. Billings leads Ogden 4-2 in their quest to win eight in a row.

Oh, and SS Chris Valaika (3rd, 2006) has just tied the longest minor-league hit streak for 2006- 27 games.

dougdirt
08-20-2006, 09:14 PM
Doc, I dont know if you were listening or not, but the announcers were talking about how the team wanted Ravin to throw his change up tonight. Kind of to the extent that he had been relying on his fastball often.

Doc. Scott
08-20-2006, 09:14 PM
Does anybody know how Elizardo has done since being sent down?

I think he's had just one start- against Durham on the 18th. He was lifted after four innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and two walks while striking out four. Just 59 pitches. Both runs came in the first inning, as usual. Louisville ended up winning 3-2 late.

From the Louisville paper (http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060819/SPORTS07/608190451/1036):
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Right-hander Elizardo Ramirez pitched the first four innings but left with an apparent shoulder injury.

After the game, Ramirez said he felt some shoulder pain but thought he would be able to throw today. He said he probably could have stayed in the game but was removed as a precaution.
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OnBaseMachine
08-20-2006, 10:16 PM
Joey Votto is having a big night: 3-for-3 with his 40th double, two singles, and a walk.

In the Louisville game, Brendan Harris went 2-for-3 with two singles. Harris is now hitting a solid .301/.370/.496 with Louisville. Maybe the Reds have caught lightning in a bottle again? First it was Lopez, then Freel, then Phillips, and maybe now Harris?

Billings update: Valaika extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a 2-for-5 effort.

RedsFanatic
08-20-2006, 10:36 PM
How does Bruce's first pro season compare to Kearns or Dunns?

RedsFanatic
08-20-2006, 10:49 PM
I love it that Bruce and Votto are double machines. Points to them gaining more power in the future, especially Bruce.

Crash Davis
08-20-2006, 10:56 PM
In the Louisville game, Brendan Harris went 2-for-3 with two singles. Harris is now hitting a solid .301/.370/.496 with Louisville. Maybe the Reds have caught lightning in a bottle again? First it was Lopez, then Freel, then Phillips, and maybe now Harris?

Can Harris play the outfield corners? We've got a week and a half to find out.

reds44
08-20-2006, 10:58 PM
Joey Votto is having a big night: 3-for-3 with his 40th double, two singles, and a walk.

In the Louisville game, Brendan Harris went 2-for-3 with two singles. Harris is now hitting a solid .301/.370/.496 with Louisville. Maybe the Reds have caught lightning in a bottle again? First it was Lopez, then Freel, then Phillips, and maybe now Harris?

Billings update: Valaika extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a 2-for-5 effort.
Harris is almost as a lock as a September callup; Votto is on the 40 man, will he be called up?

OesterPoster
08-20-2006, 11:53 PM
I was at the Dragons game today, and Jay Bruce absolutely obliterated that ball. He hit it over the fence, out of the park, and it bounced on First Street. I'm not sure how far it ended up, but it was Dunn-esque.

Carlos Fisher was shaky at first, but really got into a groove. He put up zeroes after the first two innings (Dragons defense sucks though, so they didn't help).

Saw a put-out I've never seen before. How's this for your standard out?

6-4-6-3

The shortstop booted it to the 2nd baseman, who tried to field it but flicked it back to short, who then picked it in mid-air and fired to first to nail Tatum.

Rojas was filthy in the 9th, striking out the side. He throws something offspeed (either a change/curve) that had every batter spinning in his cletes. If the stadium gun is accurate, he only hit 88 on his fastball, but his offspeed stuff was between 74 and 78.

Good day at the ball park. Awesome weather and a Dragons win.

CTA513
08-21-2006, 12:01 AM
Rojas was filthy in the 9th, striking out the side. He throws something offspeed (either a change/curve) that had every batter spinning in his cletes. If the stadium gun is accurate, he only hit 88 on his fastball, but his offspeed stuff was between 74 and 78.



Jose Rojas after pitching today: 0.51 ERA, 35.1 IP, 22 Hits, 16 BB, 55 K

Az. Reds Fan
08-21-2006, 01:47 AM
Jose Rojas after pitching today: 0.51 ERA, 35.1 IP, 22 Hits, 16 BB, 55 K

Perhaps it's time to challenge this kid...:eek:

JohnnyAlmaraz
08-21-2006, 02:02 AM
Perhaps it's time to challenge this kid...:eek:

No point. If he tops out under 90 or is shorter than six-foot, the future is dish duty, not stardom. Juan also has to fit into the framed pair of Roger Clemens' old Levis on my office wall.

dougdirt
08-21-2006, 02:36 AM
How does Bruce's first pro season compare to Kearns or Dunns?

Basically, he makes them look really bad. Jays season has been, well mind boggling considering his age and the level he is playing at.