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DTCromer
04-10-2008, 05:34 PM
Louisville vs Scranton: Matt Maloney 7:00

Chattanooga vs Birmingham: Matt Belisle 7:15

Sarasota vs Lakeland: Carmilo Vazquez 7:00

Dayton vs Fort Wayne: Luis Montano 7:00

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 05:35 PM
Can't wait to see Maloney pitch tonight. Hopefully it goes much better than his first game. I have only seen him pitch twice before, so I am pretty excited to see him throw again.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Bruce with an RBI single. Bats leading 1-0 in the first.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Jay Bruce is 1-1 with an RBI single already. Louisville leads 1-0 in the 1st.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 07:11 PM
Jolbert Cabrera with the hit and run on with Bruce, singles and Chris Dickerson scored. 2-0 Bats in the first, no outs with runners on the corners.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:12 PM
Belisle is starting for Chattanooga tonight.

Dorn is DH'ing and hitting cleanup. He's gotten off to a slow start so it'd be nice to see him have a good night.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:18 PM
The wind is apparently blowing out quite heavily down in Chattanooga where Belisle is pitching.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:20 PM
Chris Valaika's hot start continues as he singles in his first atbat.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 07:23 PM
Louisville first
Matt Maloney pitching
1. FB taken for a strike. Slider just outside. Called strike on a FB. Offspeed fouled off. Foul. High heat swinging strike 3.
2. High, ball 1. Bunt to Rosales who gets the runner.
3. High FB fouled back. Slider in the dirt for ball 1. Rosales picks one at third and gets the runner at first.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Belisle gave up a run in the 1st off a single, a long double, and a ground out.

1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Nice easy first inning for Matt Maloney.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:30 PM
Dayton trails 1-0 after 1 inning.

Frazier: 0-for-0 walk
Waring: 0-for-1

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 07:31 PM
just lost my feed for the bats game. hopefully its back up by the time Maloney takes the mound again.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:33 PM
Lookouts trail 1-0 heading to the 2nd inning.

Dorn: 0-1

Screwball
04-10-2008, 07:33 PM
Frazier: 0-for-0 walk


So that makes his OBP, what, .700 now?

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:34 PM
So that makes his OBP, what, .700 now?

It's up there pretty high.

9 BB/2 K in 21 atbats. Wow.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:37 PM
Belisle with a quick and easy 2nd inning.

2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 6 GO/0 FO

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 07:38 PM
Louisville Bats 2nd
Matt Maloney pitching
1. FB for strike 1. FB low and in. Offspeed fouled back. Foul down the line. curveball fouled back. FB fouled back. Lined foul. Another foulball. Slider in the dirt. Curveball inside and low. Fastball lined by a diving Rosales for a double.
2. Fastball that missed? Looked at the knees to me. Curveball high. Low and in the dirt. Strike taken all the way. Fastball misses inside. Walk.
3. Fastball flies out to Drew Anderson who took maybe 2 steps right to catch the ball.
4. Slider low. Fastball high. Fouled back. Change up swing and a miss. Curve just misses. Foul ball back. Another fly to Anderson who lost the ball in the lights. Everyone is safe.
5. Chad Moeller. FB strike 1. Another fly to Anderson and a run scores on the sac fly. Its an earned run even though it shouldn't be.
6. Foul ball back. Maloney with a nice looking curve that breaks into the zone for a strike. FB inside. Change up swing and a miss.

Redman15
04-10-2008, 07:38 PM
Stubbs doubles and steals 3rd. 1-0 Reds after 2.

camisadelgolf
04-10-2008, 07:39 PM
If Todd Frazier goes 2-4 with a HR and a walk tonight, his OPS will have decreased.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:40 PM
Sarasota leads 1-0 in the 3rd inning.

Turner: 0-1
Valaika: 1-1
Francisco: 0-1
Stubbs: 1-1, 2B, SB
Heisey: 0-0, BB, SB

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:51 PM
Bruce lines a single to CF, he's 2-for-2.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 07:53 PM
Belisle with another quick and easy inning. Lookouts still trail 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd.

3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 9 GO/0 FO

TRF
04-10-2008, 07:55 PM
Ok, I'm a big MB fan, but when did he become a groundball machine? I'm digging that.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:55 PM
Vazquez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 07:58 PM
Frazier struckout in his next atbat. Cut him. ;)

Waring followed with a single.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 08:00 PM
Jay Bruce is 2-2 and now has his average up to .300 on the season. Bats leading 4-1 after 3.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:01 PM
Ok, I'm a big MB fan, but when did he become a groundball machine? I'm digging that.

His lifetime MLB GB/FB ratio is 1.37, which isn't bad, but it would be nice if he upped that a bit more. The pbp guy for Chattanooga is describing a lot of these grounders as choppers. Lookouts SS Eric Eymann has supposedly made a few nice plays.

Chattanooga has runners on 1st and 3rd with one out and Dorn up now.

reds44
04-10-2008, 08:02 PM
Bruce is in RF tonight with Dickerson in CF.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 08:02 PM
Louisville Bats 3rd
Matt Maloney pitching
1. Fastball taken inside (apparently). Curveball low and outside. FB taken for a strike. FB taken for a strike. Liner caught on a jump by Jolbert Cabrera at first base.
Bruce now in CF and Dickerson now in RF. Switch made mid inning... strange
2. Strike. Foul ball straight back. Foul back. Fastball way high at 90 MPH. Curveball tapped foul. Slider way inside and in the dirt.... almost hit the batters feet. Fastball slapped foul down the 1B line. FB misses just low. Foul ball caught in foul territoy by Kroski.
3. Foul ball back. FB inside. Big curve just misses for Maloney. Fastball swinging and missing. Pop uo to Andy Green who dropped it.
4. Wild pitch on a slider, runner advances to second. Another pop up. Rosales makes this one.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:04 PM
Dorn works the count full then doubles off the wall driving in a run and tying the game. Lookouts now have runners on 2nd and 3rd and still only one out.

Dorn: 1-2, 2B

Redman15
04-10-2008, 08:04 PM
Dorn doubles 1-1 tie. Double D needs to get on a roll.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 08:07 PM
Good to see Dorn hitting again. He just hasn't had them fall for him yet this year.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:09 PM
5-0 Sarasota in the 3rd.

Valaika singled and scored on a double by Juan Francisco.

Valaika: 2-for-2
Francisco: 1-for-2 double (#7), 2 RBI

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:09 PM
Chattanooga is lighting up the scoreboard this inning. Following Dorn's double ...

Strait walked
Gutierrez singled
Szymanski singled

Lookouts lead 4-1 and they're looking for more.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:11 PM
Eymann doubles scoring Gutierrez, but Szymanski was thrown out at the plate. Syzmanski nearly caught Gutierrez rounding third and it was a bang bang play at home with Gutierrez scoring safely and Szymanski getting thrown out.

Chattanooga strands Eymann at 2nd and leads 5-1 heading to the 4th inning.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 08:23 PM
Louisville Bats 4th
Matt Maloney pitching
1. Ball 1. Ball low. Foul ball toward first. High strike looking (not liking this umps zone honestly). Curve just misses inside. Liner caught by Cabrera at first.
2. Missed the first pitch. Fly ball caught on the warning track in left field.
3. Foul ball. FB just high. Curveball low. Curve taken for a strike. Fastball swinging strike 3.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:25 PM
Maloney: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 08:28 PM
Jay Bruce with a liner to left field. 3-3 thus far tonight. Average up to .323 on the season.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:29 PM
Bruce singles to left. He's 3-for-3.

oneupper
04-10-2008, 08:36 PM
Bruce singles to left. He's 3-for-3.

Was anyone ever really worried?

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:36 PM
Stepped out for a bit. Belisle apparently gave up another run and the Lookouts lead is now 6-2 in the 6th inning.

Belisle: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 11 GO/4 FO

Dorn: 1-3, 2B

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:40 PM
Stepped out for a bit.


Unacceptable. Don't let it happen again.

;)

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 08:40 PM
Louisville Bats 5th inning
Matt Maloney pitching
1. Chad Moeller takes ball 1. Takes ball 2 high. Strike 1 taken. Ball in the dirt. High and outside. Walk.
2. Soft grounder that leads to a force out at second.
3. Ball 1. Strike 1 taken on the corner. Curve misses low and outside. Foul ball with the runner going. Infield single.
4. Ball in the dirt. Ball outside. Ball 3 with the double steal on, both runners are safe. Strike one grazes the outside corner. Swing and a miss on a changeup on the corner. Grounder up the middle that scores both runner. Bruce over throws the cutoff man and the runner takes second.

Tyler Pelland to the mound.

Good timing because The Office comes on in 10 minutes which means I am done until 9:30.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:41 PM
Another single for Chris Valaika, he's 3-for-3 on the night. Stubbs also singled and then stole another base.

Valaika: 3-for-3
Francisco: 1-for-3 double, 2 RBI
Stubbs: 2-for-3, double, 2 SB

10-3 Sarasota after 4.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:41 PM
Belisle with a quick and easy 6th inning. He's retired them 1-2-3 in four of his six innings tonight.

Belisle: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 12 GO/5 FO

11larkin11
04-10-2008, 08:45 PM
Seriously, line up Mesoraco, Bako, Ross, Valentin, Hanigan, any catcher and let them try to throw out Stubbs. Ain't gonna happen.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:48 PM
Stubbs is hitting .269/.406/.385 with five stolen bases in five attempts so far.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:49 PM
Unacceptable. Don't let it happen again.

;)

I'll probably be crashing after another inning or so. Three straight late nights followed by early mornings with the hoops game Monday night, the Reds games Tuesday and Wednesday night running late, and tomorrow is the one day this month month I have to get up for work an hour early (4:45am instead of 5:45am).

I'll be in slow motion tomorrow. Oh well, the weekend will start shortly after lunch time so it's not so bad.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:50 PM
4:45am? Ouch. I feel for ya man. I am not a morning person, that's for sure.

11larkin11
04-10-2008, 08:53 PM
I really like what Stubbs is doing so far this year. Especially in a pitcher's league.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 08:55 PM
4:45am? Ouch. I feel for ya man. I am not a morning person, that's for sure.

Yup, fortunately just once a month but the every day 5:45am isn't too fun either. I'm not much of a morning person myself, but the one thing I do hate more than mornings is being stuck at work in late afternoons. So I suck it up in the morning in exchange for getting out of there in mid afternoon.

Meanwhile, the defense is unraveling for Belisle in Chattanooga at the moment. He'll likely have an unearned run or three this inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 08:57 PM
Justin Reed is having a breakout game in Dayton...3-for-3 with three singles and a stolen base.

Frazier is 0-3 with a walk. Waring 1-3 RBI single.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:02 PM
Lookouts lead 6-3 now in the 7th inning. A couple errors contributed to a run scoring for Birmingham. Belisle's gone seven full innings thus far.

Belisle: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 13 GO/7 FO

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 09:03 PM
Yup, fortunately just once a month but the every day 5:45am isn't too fun either. I'm not much of a morning person myself, but the one thing I do hate more than mornings is being stuck at work in late afternoons. So I suck it up in the morning in exchange for getting out of there in mid afternoon.


I was getting up at 6:00-6:30 every morning and not getting home until 7:00 or 7:30 every night. I hate getting up early and being gone until late in the evening so I said to hell with that crap and quit my job on March 14th. I'm going to take a little time off for now and then find a midnight shift job. Midnight shift shift rocks. I live near Charleston, WV right now, but I'd like to move to Cincy and find something out there.

Valaika finally gets out, he's 3-4.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:07 PM
I was getting up at 6:00-6:30 every morning and not getting home until 7:00 or 7:30 every night. I hate getting up early and being gone until late in the evening so I said to hell with that crap and quit my job on March 14th. I'm going to take a little time off for now and then find a midnight shift job. Midnight shift shift rocks. I live near Charleston, WV right now, but I'd like to move to Cincy and find something out there.

Valaika finally gets out, he's 3-4.

Work definitely can't get in the way of baseball so I see you conveniently quit right as baseball was getting started. ;)

Belisle's heading out for the 8th inning.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:08 PM
Dorn: 1-3, 2B, HBP

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 09:08 PM
Work definitely can't get in the way of baseball so I see you conveniently quit right as baseball was getting started. ;)

Belisle's heading out for the 8th inning.

Exactly. Just in time for the NCAA tourney too. ;)

Rough 5th inning for Maloney. His final line:

4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Pelland: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

reds44
04-10-2008, 09:09 PM
The only complaint I have about Belisle is he's not missing many bats.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:10 PM
The only complaint I have about Belisle is he's not missing many bats.

He's already mowed them down in the 8th inning and added another strikeout, getting one hitter to pop out, and then getting another to ground out. He's been working extremely quick, getting the ball back from the catcher and not wasting any time with his next pitch.

Belisle: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 14 GO/8 FO

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:19 PM
BTW, Birmingham's starting pitcher - Kyle McCulloch - was the White Sox 1st round pick in 2006 and entered this season as BA's 10th ranked prospect in the White Sox organization.

Chattanooga hitters touched McCulloch up for 6 runs off 9 hits, 2 walks, and 1 homer (Gutierrez) in 5 innings. Not a bad performance there by the offense.

Belisle's on the mound in the 9th. Lookouts do have relievers warming up in the pen.

corkedbat
04-10-2008, 09:21 PM
Jay Bruce with a liner to left field. 3-3 thus far tonight. Average up to .323 on the season.


It's nice to see the hits, but all those singles are wasting perfectly good BB opportunities - sorry washed up has-been. :evil:

Kc61
04-10-2008, 09:21 PM
Two Reds guys off to excellent starts after rough patches last year. Valaika and Szymanski.

After being written off, wouldn't it be nice if Szymanski once again became a highly touted prospect?

Reds really have a lot of good prospects in this system.

dougdirt
04-10-2008, 09:22 PM
Bruce is 4-4 today.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:24 PM
Belisle finishes off the Barons and picks up the complete game and Chattanooga wins 6-3. Tonight was a pretty nice start for Matt, and here's the final line ...

Belisle: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 15 GO/9 FO

Dorn: 1-3, 2B, HBP
Szymanski: 2-4
Gutierrez: 3-4, HR
Strait: 1-3, BB
Eymann: 2-4, 2B
Bolivar: 1-3, 2B, BB

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:43 PM
Majewski is getting absolutely scorched right now. He's faced three batters and has given up a homer, a double, and a single.

Performances like this will help keep Majewski out of the Reds bullpen, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:44 PM
Two more batters faced by Majewski ... the first was a bail out by a very nice play by Adam Rosales. The second batter smoked a double into the gap.

Majewski has faced five batters and given up four hits, three of those for extra bases.

OesterPoster
04-10-2008, 09:46 PM
Frazier finally had a hit tonight, a double in the 8th. His 3 AB slump is over. :)

Cyclone792
04-10-2008, 09:46 PM
Now Majewski walks Chad Moeller.

reds44
04-10-2008, 09:51 PM
How long until we get rid of Majewski and he ends up in Washington?

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 10:00 PM
Belisle finishes off the Barons and picks up the complete game and Chattanooga wins 6-3. Tonight was a pretty nice start for Matt, and here's the final line ...

Belisle: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 15 GO/9 FO

Dorn: 1-3, 2B, HBP
Szymanski: 2-4
Gutierrez: 3-4, HR
Strait: 1-3, BB
Eymann: 2-4, 2B
Bolivar: 1-3, 2B, BB

Tonys Gutierrez is an interesting player. He's always hit for a nice average and drawn his share of walks but hasn't hit for much power. He's a career .302/.399/.420 hitter in the minors. I've always considered him an interesting guy if he could develop a little bit of power and this year may be the year he does. Tonight's homerun gives him two homers in 24 atbats so far with 5 BB/2 K. He'll never hit for enough power to be a starter but he could be a decent bat off the bench as a backup to Votto at 1B. He also plays a little bit of the outfield.

MikeS21
04-10-2008, 10:09 PM
What is the deal with BJ Szymanski this year? Everyone had written him off, but I see him starting to collect hits.

LouisvilleCARDS
04-10-2008, 10:11 PM
Two more batters faced by Majewski ... the first was a bail out by a very nice play by Adam Rosales. The second batter smoked a double into the gap.

Majewski has faced five batters and given up four hits, three of those for extra bases.

He needs to be released, this is just ridiculous. He's had a ton of opportunities to get it together, Krivsky just needs to give it up - this guy was a lemon to trade for.

princeton
04-10-2008, 10:20 PM
He needs to be released, this is just ridiculous. He's had a ton of opportunities to get it together, Krivsky just needs to give it up - this guy was a lemon to trade for.

he'd be gone already, were he a flyball pitcher.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2008, 10:22 PM
Louisville lost 11-5

Bruce: 4-5 four singles
Gil: 2-5 double, 2 RBI

Maloney: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Chattanooga won 6-3

Dorn: 1-3, 2B, HBP
Szymanski: 2-4
Gutierrez: 3-4, HR
Strait: 1-3, BB
Eymann: 2-4, 2B
Bolivar: 1-3, 2B, BB

Belisle: 9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 15 GO/9 FO

Sarasota won 10-5

Valaika: 3-5
Francisco: 2-5 double, 2 RBI
Stubbs: 2-5 double, 2 SB

Ramon Geronimo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Dayton won 8-1

Frazier: 1-4 double, walk
Waring: 2-4 2 RBI
McKennon: 3-5 2 doubles
Reed: 3-4 SB

Jeffords: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Spring~Fields
04-10-2008, 10:24 PM
He needs to be released, this is just ridiculous. He's had a ton of opportunities to get it together, Krivsky just needs to give it up - this guy was a lemon to trade for.

Majewski 0.2 4 3 3 1 1 1 18.90

I hope that we don't see him back up in this century. Can he be sent down to Sarasota or Chattanooga, the tip of Argentina?

corkedbat
04-10-2008, 11:28 PM
Majewski is getting absolutely scorched right now. He's faced three batters and has given up a homer, a double, and a single.

Performances like this will help keep Majewski out of the Reds bullpen, and there's nothing wrong with that.

I was hoping for a performance from Majewski that was good enough to land him in somebody else's bullpen - maybe Pants will take him back if we agree to drop the grievence :D

Kc61
04-11-2008, 12:47 AM
With the departure of Salmon and Cout, I'd guess that Maj will be among the next to go. The Reds seem to be focusing their high minor league relief efforts on another group. Bray, McBeth, Pelland (maybe), Roenicke, Viola seem to be next in line.

I don't think we need be concerned that Maj will be with the Reds again. He's been hit extremely hard in just about every AAA appearance this year.

Guy was never the same pitcher with the Reds organization. I don't know if it's the injury or whatever, but he hasn't been effective from the first day of that trade.

OnBaseMachine
04-11-2008, 01:02 AM
Dragons find new heroes in 8-1 victory
Listen to this article or download audio file.Click-2-Listen

By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Friday, April 11, 2008

DAYTON — Both Justin Reed and Mike McKennon were pulled aside after batting practice late Thursday, April 10, and offered hitting advice.

On one side of the batting cage, Dragons manager Donnie Scott and Reds infield coordinator Billy Doran worked with Reed, then took him to the inside cage at Fifth Third Field to work with him some more. Hitting coach Darren Bragg latched onto McKennon, pulling him into the coaches room for a video session.

Gratification was instant as the Dragons beat Fort Wayne 8-1 for a four-game sweep. Reed and McKennon each collected three hits, including two doubles by McKennon, who knocked in a run, scored one and raised his batting average from .185 to .250. Reed's two line-drive singles and a bunt single helped him score twice as he raised his average from .120 to .207.

"I know how to play this game," said Reed, who struck out 13 times in his first 25 at-bats. "The most frustrating thing is knowing you can do it and not doing it."

Scott and Doran worked on Reed's grip, among other things.

McKennon had not been striking out, but Scott noticed he used more of a line-drive swing.

"I'm still struggling a bit against left-handed pitchers, but I went in and looked at video with Bragg," McKennon said. "I had been late with the bat a lot, and looking at that stuff helped."

Reed and McKennon's hitting backed the pitching of Luis Montano, Jeff Jeffords and Joseph Krebs, and for at least one night, the Dragons didn't have to rely on shortstop Todd Frazier (one hit) or third baseman Brandon Waring (two hits, two RBIs, two runs).

"We'll help them out," McKennon said.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/04/11/ddn041108spdragons.html

OnBaseMachine
04-11-2008, 01:04 AM
Belisle pitches Lookouts to win

By: David Uchiyama

Matt Belisle belittled the Birmingham Barons.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher made a rehab start on his way back to the parent club and provided the Chattanooga Lookouts pitching staff with a bit of rest Thursday night.

Belisle capped his complete-game performance by snaring a comebacker in the Lookouts’ 6-3 victory at AT&T Field.

“He threw the ball outstanding tonight,” Lookouts manager Mike Goff said. “If there was any question about his health, I think it was answered tonight.”

The 27-year-old former Braves prospect allowed two earned runs, struck out three and walked no one. After allowing a first-inning run, he set down 12 Barons in a row. The 13th got a broken-bat single.

“I thought it was a good outing, but I don’t know about great,” said Belisle, who was put on the Reds’ disabled list on March 31 with a sore right forearm. “I thought I’d mix it up and pound the zone. I got away with a few mistakes.”

Belisle’s first pitch of the night motored at 92 mph, and he was still touching 89 on the radar gun in the final inning. He allowed the Lookouts relief pitchers to do nothing but catch. Not a one warmed up.

“That was the biggest thing he did for us,” Goff said. “Our bullpen was worked pretty hard in the first seven games of the season. What he did for our bullpen was huge.”

Belisle watched the exciting fifth inning from the dugout and had a movie scene pop into his head.

With runners on the corners, the Lookouts’ Eric Eymann crushed a shot to the left-field wall. B.J. Szymanski, motoring around the bases, wound up two steps behind Tonys Gutierrez.

In a bang-bang play, Cole Armstrong tagged out Gutierrez but Szymanski scored, drawing cheers for the excitement and boos for the call.

“I saw B.J. running around quick and I immediately thought of ‘Major League,’ the movie,” said Belisle, who made 30 starts for the Reds last year. “I haven’t seen that in quite a while. It’s always a fun play.”

Gutierrez added the final run with a shot over the right-field pavilion that wanted to reach the Tennessee Aquarium.

“He’s had some pretty big hits for us,” Goff said. “That home run jumped out in a hurry.”

But no faster than Belisle’s reaction time to snare the final pitch of a fine performance.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/apr/11/belisle-pitches-lookouts-win/

BillDoran
04-11-2008, 01:50 AM
Dragons find new heroes in 8-1 victory
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By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Friday, April 11, 2008

DAYTON — Both Justin Reed and Mike McKennon were pulled aside after batting practice late Thursday, April 10, and offered hitting advice.

On one side of the batting cage, Dragons manager Donnie Scott and Reds infield coordinator Billy Doran worked with Reed, then took him to the inside cage at Fifth Third Field to work with him some more. Hitting coach Darren Bragg latched onto McKennon, pulling him into the coaches room for a video session.

Gratification was instant as the Dragons beat Fort Wayne 8-1 for a four-game sweep. Reed and McKennon each collected three hits, including two doubles by McKennon, who knocked in a run, scored one and raised his batting average from .185 to .250. Reed's two line-drive singles and a bunt single helped him score twice as he raised his average from .120 to .207.

"I know how to play this game," said Reed, who struck out 13 times in his first 25 at-bats. "The most frustrating thing is knowing you can do it and not doing it."

Scott and Doran worked on Reed's grip, among other things.

McKennon had not been striking out, but Scott noticed he used more of a line-drive swing.

"I'm still struggling a bit against left-handed pitchers, but I went in and looked at video with Bragg," McKennon said. "I had been late with the bat a lot, and looking at that stuff helped."

Reed and McKennon's hitting backed the pitching of Luis Montano, Jeff Jeffords and Joseph Krebs, and for at least one night, the Dragons didn't have to rely on shortstop Todd Frazier (one hit) or third baseman Brandon Waring (two hits, two RBIs, two runs).

"We'll help them out," McKennon said.

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