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OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 01:04 PM
Louisville is down 1-0 in the best of five series. Tonight's game is crucial for the Bats. A win tonight ties the series at 1-1 going back to Durham. The game begins at 6:05 with Homer Bailey starting for the Bats.

Dayton leads the best of three series 1-0. With a win tonight Dayton would advance to the next round of the Midwest League playoffs. Game two gets underway at 7:05 with Enerio Del Rosario making the start.

Billings plays their second to last regular season game tonight beginning at 9:05 with lefty Jamie Arneson pitching.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 06:46 PM
Louisville is winning 4-0 after 1 1/2 innings.

Richar: 1-for-1 double, walk
Stubbs: 1-for-1 HBP
Rosales: 1-for-1 double
Barker: 1-for-1 two RBI
Cumberland: 1-for-1
Janish: 0-for-1

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

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 06:50 PM
Louisville now up 5-0 with 2 runners on.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 06:55 PM
Louisville had runners on first and third and only one out and failed to get the run in. Still 5-0 after two innings.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:01 PM
Homer throws a 1-2-3 third inning with two K's.

3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:04 PM
Shaun Cumberland leads off the bottom of the third inning with a triple.

Gallen5862
09-04-2008, 07:05 PM
go Lousiville and Go Dayton. Let's get some playoff wins.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:07 PM
Janish singles to score Cumberland. 6-0 Bats.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 07:09 PM
Craig Tatum goes deep. 8-0 Bats.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:13 PM
Richar followed with his second double of the game and Stubbs walks. Still no outs.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 07:15 PM
9-0 Bats, runners on second and third.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:15 PM
Dayton is scoreless after one inning.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Anderson singles, 10-0 Bats.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:19 PM
11-0 on a Mackowiak single.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:23 PM
Paul Janish just hit a 3-run homerun. 14-0 Louisville in the third inning. Janish is 2-for-2 with 4 RBI in this inning.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:31 PM
Homer: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:32 PM
Dayton is scoreless after two innings. Devin Mesoraco is 1-for-1 with a single.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 07:39 PM
16-0 Louisville. This is funny.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:39 PM
I want to see them reach 20.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 07:39 PM
I want to see them reach 20.

Before the end of the inning, right?

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 07:40 PM
17-0.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:41 PM
Before the end of the inning, right?

Absolutely. Anything less will be deemed disappointing.:)

Patrick Bateman
09-04-2008, 07:41 PM
This is ridiculous. I just tuned into the free MiLB package to watch Homer, but this is just silly.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 07:43 PM
I think Homer is going to get his first W for the first time in 22 starts.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:46 PM
Dayton is scoreless after three inning. Dayton just called, they want to know if they can borrow some of those runs form Louisville.

Kc61
09-04-2008, 07:47 PM
Just saw the update of the game. What's with Homer tonight? Another turnaround?

Patrick Bateman
09-04-2008, 07:49 PM
Just noticed that bailey is coming in high an awful lot.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:50 PM
This is ridiculous. I just tuned into the free MiLB package to watch Homer, but this is just silly.

I'm glad you mentioned that... I forgot the package was free. Homer was just squeezed on a 2-2 pitch but got a long flyout on the next pitch.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:51 PM
Homer: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:54 PM
Janish singles to begin the 5th. He's 3-for-4 with a homerun and 4 RBI.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:55 PM
Good grief. Tatum doubles to left, Janish hold at 3rd. 20 hits in 4+ innings already for the Bats.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:56 PM
Rick Sweet is calling the dogs off. Richar hits a flyball plenty long enough to score Janish but he holds the runner at third.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 07:58 PM
Stubbs grounds one off the pitchers glove for a RBI groundout. 18-0.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:01 PM
18-0 Louisville after five innings.

Dayton is scoreless after 3 1/2.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:05 PM
Mesoraco is 1-1 with a walk for Dayton who is still scoreless.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:06 PM
Homer gets strikeout #7 to begin the 6th inning. And then Cumberland misplays a flyball into a double. I don't know if he lost it in the lights or what.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:08 PM
Homer gets a popout and strikeout of Jonny Gomes to end the inning.

6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

AccordinglyReds
09-04-2008, 08:08 PM
Homer gets K #8 to end the inning.

18-0...mid 6th

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:08 PM
Dayton trails 1-0 after four innings.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:09 PM
Great game by Bailey. Should have been a 1 hitter. Sounds like he is done though.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:11 PM
Luis Bolivar doubles to begin the 6th inning.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:15 PM
They strand Bolivar at second base. That's the first inning in which Louisville has failed to score in all night.

18-0 after six.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:18 PM
Homer's night is done: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K and only 77 pitches. Very good outing from him.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:18 PM
Bailey's final line
6ip, 2h, 0r, 1bb, 8K, 77 pitches, 52 strikes

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:18 PM
What the heck OBM.... just craziness.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:19 PM
Neftali Soto RBI double gives Dayton a 2-1 lead after 4 1/2. Soto is 2-for-3.

LOL Doug.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:20 PM
Soto is a good hitter of the baseball.

klw
09-04-2008, 08:23 PM
nice night for the Bats. Hopefully they don't use up all their runs tonight.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:24 PM
Neftali Soto is very good at hitting a round piece of cork wrapped in stitched cowhide with a piece of maple or ash wood.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:27 PM
Bats with the bases loaded and no outs. Threatening again.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:29 PM
Stubbs singles, 19-0.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:33 PM
Paul Janish is having a huge game, he's now 4-for-5 with a homerun, double, and 4 RBI.

19-0 after seven.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 08:38 PM
Devin Mesoraco is now 2-2 with a double and a walk for Dayton who is still up 2-1.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:38 PM
Roenicke's control has been off his last two appearances. His control was pretty good the whole year at Louisville up until these last two outings. He's in unchartered territory when it comes to innings pitched this season.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:41 PM
It's now 5-1 Dayton after 5 1/2. If they can hold that four run lead they will advance to the next round.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:49 PM
All nine of Louisville's starters have 2+ hits in this game.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:51 PM
Dayton's lead has been cut to 5-3 after six innings thanks to a Kahaulelio two out error that led to two runs.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 08:56 PM
Louisville won 19-3.

Richar: 4-for-5 two doubles, walk
Stubbs: 2-for-4 walk, HBP, 3 RBI
Rosales: 2-for-6 double
Barker: 2-for-4 three RBI
Anderson: 2-for-6 double, 3 RBI
Mackowiak: 3-for-6 two RBI
Cumberland: 2-for-5 triple
Janish: 4-for-5 double, homerun, 4 RBI
Tatum: 2-for-5 double, homerun, 2 RBI

Bailey: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 77 pitches.

Series is now tied 1-1 heading back to Durham.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 09:06 PM
Del Rosario throws a scoreless 7th inning. 5-3 Dayton after seven.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 09:14 PM
5-3 Dayton after 7 1/2. Aguido Gonzalez is in to pitch the 8th inning.

redhawk61
09-04-2008, 09:16 PM
Finally a dominate outing for Homer. How long has that been.....

and I am really starting to like Richar, started off slow, but lately has been a constant threat at the plate. I look for him to be a solid 2 start a week guy

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 09:18 PM
Aguido Gonzalez throws a scoreless 8th inning. Dayton is winning 5-3 after eight innings. If they can hold them in the 9th they'll advance to the next round of playoffs.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 09:30 PM
Billings is winning 2-0 after one inning. Puckett led off with a single, Buchholz walked, and Tony Brown tripled them in.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 09:56 PM
Dayton 7-3.

Kahaulelio: 3-for-5 two RBI
Cozart: 1-for-5 homerun, 2 RBI
Soto: 3-for-5 double
Mesoraco: 2-for-4 double, walk
Menchaca: 2-for-3 double, walk, SB
Reed: 1-for-3

Del Rosario: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Gonzalez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Dayton wins the best of three series 2-0 and advances to the next round.

KittyDuran
09-04-2008, 10:02 PM
Trying to think when was the last time the Dragons went to the second round - 2001 perhaps? Anyhoo...:thumbup: Now we just have to wait to see who they will be play - all the other Midwest playoff games were cancelled because of rain. :thumbdown

SirFelixCat
09-04-2008, 10:29 PM
Nice showing by Bailey and wow @ the Bats offense tonight. Just hopefully they didn't use up all their runs!

Congrats to Dayton! Excited to see the kids go deep this season! :thumbup:

JayBruceFan
09-04-2008, 10:42 PM
Dragons will play their next game either Saturday, Sunday or Monday

Crazy playoff system

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:10 PM
Billings is tied 2-2 after 6 1/2 innings.

Puckett: 1-for-3
Buchholz: 1-for-2 walk
Brown: 1-for-3 triple, 2 RBI
Sappelt: 0-for-3
Wiley: 0-for-0 HBP
Wideman: 0-for-2

Arneson: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:12 PM
Dragons advance in playoffs, thanks to Menchaca

By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Thursday, September 04, 2008

LANSING, Mi. Enerio Del Rosario pitched as expected and Neftali Soto hit as expected, but the guy who exceeded expectations for the Dayton Dragons Thursday, Sept. 4, was the star of the game.

Left fielder Brandon Menchaca, mired in a season-long hitting slump, became one of the toughest outs in the lineup as the Dragons advanced to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs for the first time since 2001 with a 7-3 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts at Oldsmobile Park.

Dayton will play either South Bend or West Michigan in round two.

Menchaca walked and stole a base in the third, doubled to lead off the fifth and scored the Dragons' first run, then singled home a run in the sixth and scored again.

This from a guy who hit .176 during the regular season, and .121 (4-for-33) in his final nine games of the regular season.

"You've got to separate the regular season once you're in the playoffs," Menchaca said. "I cleaned out my mind. It feels good to get on a roll, and we're on a roll now."

Dayton took a 5-1 lead with two runs in the fifth (one on the second of Soto's three hits) and three in the sixth on the way to sweeping Lansing in two games. The final three innings were played in a light rain.

As good as Menchaca was, he had plenty of help. Starter Del Rosario, who pitched a nine-inning shutout in this same park against the Lugnuts just eight days previous, was almost as sharp through seven innings. He dd allow a run in the fourth on four straight hits, and two unearned runs in the sixth when a two-out error by second baseman Jake Kahaulelio gave Lansing some life.

But Kahaulelio collected three hits, too, knocked in two runs and was on base with his final hit in the ninth when shortstop Zack Cozart spiraled a homer through the rain, restoring Dayton's four-run lead.

"Everybody contributed," a thrilled Dayton manager Donnie Scott said. "Del Rosario did an outstanding job. I hate to say this, but that's what I've come to expect from him."

He didn't quite expect that from Menchaca, but he got it.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/09/04/ddn090508spdragonsweb.html

LouisvilleCARDS
09-04-2008, 11:25 PM
BATS!!! WHOOOO! 19 runs?!?!?! Hahaha.

Screwball
09-04-2008, 11:27 PM
Billings is tied 2-2 after 6 1/2 innings.

Buchholz: 1-for-2 walk
Wiley: 0-for-0 HBP


Bucholz has sorta stolen the show out in Billings, but IMO Byron Wiley's been just as impressive. Take a look at his numbers vs. Bucholz's (coming into tonight's game):

Alex Bucholz: 126 AB, .405/.476/.627/1.103 with 15 2B, 2 3B, and 3 HR
Byron Wiley: 137 AB, .328/.423/.635/1.058 with 17 2B, 5 3B, and 5 HR

Wiley's about 9 months older than Bucholz, but still, it's good to see both of them seeing success so far as pros. As Doug points out on his blog, if Wiley can regain the production he saw his Freshman and Sophomore years of college, then the Reds have a potential steal with their 22nd round pick. Rookie league is far too early to proclaim anybody a success (Waring pounded Pioneer League pitching too and isn't exactly tearing up low A ball pitching), but again, it's good to see them getting off on the right foot.

Hopefully they can continue their success in the playoffs. :beerme:

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:29 PM
Yep. Wiley has been very impressive.

Buchholz walks again. The game is still tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:31 PM
And now it's going to the 10th inning still tied 2-2. Billings lost in 13 innings last night.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:34 PM
Miles Traveled: 262 miles on a bus that they had spent half of the season on after the Dragons won the first game 3-1 on Wednesday night in Dayton.

Rosey: The nickname that they call Enario del Rosario and "rosey" he was on Thursday night. One week after throwing a complete game against the Lugnuts; Rosario tossed a gem going seven full innings giving up eight hits and three runs en route to a 7-3 Dayton win.

Mop Up Duty: Aguido Gonzalez was lights out for the final two innings as he no hit the Lugnuts to earn his first save of the playoffs.

At The Dish: Jacob Kahaulelio and Neftali Soto both went three for five on the night and accounted for five of the seven Dayton runs.

Series MVP: Neftali Soto was four for nine with one run scored and three runs batted in for the Dragons in the two game series. He is hitting .444 in the playoffs and continues to be the best looking prospect

Bad Weather: All other gamesin the Midwest League Playoffs were suspended due to inclement weather

Next: South Bend leads West Michigan one game to none. If South Bend defeats the Whitecaps tomorrow they would play in Dayton on Saturday. If it takes two games to eliminate West Michigan, the Dragons would host them on Sunday night. If West Michigan beats South Bend twice then they would host the Dragons on Sunday and games two and three (if necessary) would be played in Dayton on Monday and Tuesday.

http://www.thelotd.com/daytondragons/blog/cat/general

Hoosier Red
09-04-2008, 11:36 PM
Louisville won 19-3.


Yeah, about Durham's superior pitching rotation.
The only good rotation Durham had was the pitcher rotating to see where the last shot landed.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:39 PM
Yeah, about Durham's superior pitching rotation.
The only good rotation Durham had was the pitcher rotating to see where the last shot landed.

:ughmamoru

Billings is still 2-2 heading to the bottom of the 10th inning.

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2008, 11:52 PM
Billings had runners on first and third with nobody out and failed to score. Still 2-2 after 10 innings.

dougdirt
09-04-2008, 11:52 PM
Billings needs to hurry it up, I want to get off the computer and get some sleep. They are killing me.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:03 AM
David Torcise allows three baserunners in the 11th inning but escapes unharmed. Still 2-2.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:07 AM
Billings fails to score. 2-2 after 11 innings.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:12 AM
Torcise throws a scoreless top of the 12th.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:16 AM
Billings is going into the 13th inning for the second straight night.

dougdirt
09-05-2008, 12:29 AM
Billings and I are not friends currently.

mbgrayson
09-05-2008, 12:31 AM
Helena up over Billings 5-2 going into the bottom of the 13th....

mbgrayson
09-05-2008, 12:39 AM
Billings rallies in the bottom of the 13th. A walk, fly out, then four straight singles. Mustangs win 6-5 in 13!

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:40 AM
Billings committed three errors in the inning so all three runs were unearned.

AmarilloRed
09-05-2008, 12:46 AM
Billings committed three errors in the inning so all three runs were unearned.

I counted four errors in the recap: 1 each by Bucholz, Brown, Coddington, and Stiffler.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:48 AM
Billings won 6-5.

Puckett: 1-for-5 walk
Buchholz: 1-for-4 two walks
Brown: 2-for-6 triple, 2 RBI
Sappelt:2-for-6
Wiley: 0-for-0 HBP
Stiffler: 1-for-4 double, walk

Arneson: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K

camisadelgolf
09-05-2008, 12:52 AM
Billings and I are not friends currently.

I bet they are now.

dougdirt
09-05-2008, 01:03 AM
I bet they are now.

Lol, they kept me up later than I had planned to be up. But at least it was worth it.

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 01:10 AM
Dragons may find out who they play a day later

By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Friday, September 05, 2008

LANSING, Mich. Minor-league baseball has to be finished with its playoffs by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 15, as mandated by the bosses of Major League Baseball.

That doesn't give the Midwest League much cushion. Without rainouts, the three-tiered playoffs would go to Sept. 13 if every possible game were played. The first two rounds are best-of-three, followed by a best-of-five championship round.

Usually, that's not a problem, but the matter came up Thursday when three of the four playoff games in the opening series were postponed because of rain. Only the Dragons and Lansing played, while South Bend at West Michigan, Cedar Rapids at Clinton and Burlington at Kane County had to shut it down.

Each of those other series will continue tonight, weather permitting, but that means the Dragons may have to wait an extra day if South Bend and West Michigan go beyond tonight.

Dayton beat Lansing on Thursday, and isn't sure where Round 2 will start. If South Bend wins tonight, the Dragons and Silver Hawks open Series 2 on Saturday at Dayton, or Sunday in Dayton if South Bend wins in three games. If West Michigan wins tonight and Saturday, Round 2 will begin in Grand Rapids on Sunday.

Most playoffs finish

Only twice since the league started in 1947 have the playoffs stopped before conclusion. In 1950, bad weather and military call-ups forced cancellation of the championship round.

The playoffs also were cut short in 2001 due to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Reed learned defense

Dayton center fielder Justin Reed said he learned a lot about defense this year, including the "no-double" rule.

Late in close games, Reed said, outfielders play deeper to protect against balls getting by them for doubles.

Reed also said he watches where infielders station themselves after seeing what signs the catcher signals for the pitcher.

"If it's an off-speed pitch low and away to a right-hander, you move a few steps toward right," Reed said. "When (rehabbing) Jolbert Cabrera was here, I'd watch him play second. When he moved, I'd move, too."

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/09/05/ddn090508spdragonsnotes.html

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 01:13 AM
Janish fuels Bats' playoff romp
Collects four hits, four RBIs, four runs scored in Game 2
By Alan Friedman / Special to MLB.com

Mitch Talbot allowed only three runs in two regular-season starts against the Louisville Bats. That success did not carry into the playoffs.

Louisville chased Talbot in a nine-run third inning, totaled a team-record 24 hits and evened its International League first-round series at 1-1 with a 19-3 rout of the Durham Bulls on Thursday at Louisville Slugger Field.

"Their pitcher has thrown well against us, so this wasn't anticipated," said shortstop Paul Janish, who led the Bats' assault with four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored.

"[Talbot] was throwing a lot of strikes," added Danny Richar, who went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored out of the leadoff spot. "I saw the ball well. I tried to stay in stride and hit the ball hard. We all did that tonight."

Janish had an RBI single and a three-run homer in the nine-run third that gave Louisville a 14-0 lead. He said he thought the team was motivated by Wednesday's 3-0 loss in the series opener.

"Last night wasn't like us," Janish explained. "We were dragging a bit. But the mood in the clubhouse today was light. Everyone was relaxed and everything fell into place."

Drew Stubbs, Kevin Barker and Drew Anderson contributed three RBIs apiece for the Bats, who were held to six hits in Game 1.

Homer Bailey (1-0) did not need all the support, limiting the Bulls to two hits over six shutout innings while striking out eight and walking one.

"A lot of things were working for me tonight," Bailey said. "My fastball location was working and my breaking ball location was there, too. Also, when the guys are putting up that many runs, it pushes you forward."

Bailey just came off the disabled list after missing one start with a strained right knee.

"I had a good feeling," he said. "I knew I'd be ready to go."

Talbot (0-1) was charged with seven runs on nine hits over two-plus innings, walking one and fanning five.

Jon Weber hit a two-run homer and doubled for Durham, which hosts Game 3 on Friday.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080904&content_id=3421331&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

KittyDuran
09-05-2008, 10:04 AM
Dragons may find out who they play a day later

By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Friday, September 05, 2008

LANSING, Mich. Minor-league baseball has to be finished with its playoffs by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 15, as mandated by the bosses of Major League Baseball.

That doesn't give the Midwest League much cushion. Without rainouts, the three-tiered playoffs would go to Sept. 13 if every possible game were played. The first two rounds are best-of-three, followed by a best-of-five championship round.

Usually, that's not a problem, but the matter came up Thursday when three of the four playoff games in the opening series were postponed because of rain. Only the Dragons and Lansing played, while South Bend at West Michigan, Cedar Rapids at Clinton and Burlington at Kane County had to shut it down.

Each of those other series will continue tonight, weather permitting, but that means the Dragons may have to wait an extra day if South Bend and West Michigan go beyond tonight.

Dayton beat Lansing on Thursday, and isn't sure where Round 2 will start. If South Bend wins tonight, the Dragons and Silver Hawks open Series 2 on Saturday at Dayton, or Sunday in Dayton if South Bend wins in three games. If West Michigan wins tonight and Saturday, Round 2 will begin in Grand Rapids on Sunday.

Most playoffs finish

Only twice since the league started in 1947 have the playoffs stopped before conclusion. In 1950, bad weather and military call-ups forced cancellation of the championship round.

The playoffs also were cut short in 2001 due to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Reed learned defense

Dayton center fielder Justin Reed said he learned a lot about defense this year, including the "no-double" rule.

Late in close games, Reed said, outfielders play deeper to protect against balls getting by them for doubles.

Reed also said he watches where infielders station themselves after seeing what signs the catcher signals for the pitcher.

"If it's an off-speed pitch low and away to a right-hander, you move a few steps toward right," Reed said. "When (rehabbing) Jolbert Cabrera was here, I'd watch him play second. When he moved, I'd move, too."

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/09/05/ddn090508spdragonsnotes.htmlIF the Dragons play in Dayton tomorrow... I'll have 2 tickets to the Saturday Reds game (the seats are NOT together) up for grabs!

OesterPoster
09-05-2008, 11:12 AM
Reed learned defense

Dayton center fielder Justin Reed said he learned a lot about defense this year, including the "no-double" rule.

Late in close games, Reed said, outfielders play deeper to protect against balls getting by them for doubles.

Reed also said he watches where infielders station themselves after seeing what signs the catcher signals for the pitcher.

"If it's an off-speed pitch low and away to a right-hander, you move a few steps toward right," Reed said. "When (rehabbing) Jolbert Cabrera was here, I'd watch him play second. When he moved, I'd move, too."

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/09/05/ddn090508spdragonsnotes.html

Not to nitpick, but aren't these things taught to most players before they ever reach the minor league level?

OnBaseMachine
09-05-2008, 12:04 PM
Would you believe? Bats explode 19-3
Twenty-four hits help tie series 1-1

By Michael Grant mgrant@courier-journal.com September 5, 2008

The baseball world tilted on its axis 180 degrees.

A night after being shut out, the Louisville Bats pulverized the Durham Bulls 19-3 before 3,753 fans last night at Louisville Slugger Field, tying the best-of-five International League semifinal playoff series at a victory apiece.

Last night's game was moved up an hour due to the threat of rain. Perhaps the Bulls needed to be warned about a different deluge. Louisville set team playoff records for runs and hits (24).

The big blow was a nine-run third inning during which the Bats hit for the cycle and homered twice to take a 14-0 lead.

They scored in all but two innings and stretched the advantage to 19-0 after the seventh.

Every starter had at least two hits. Paul Janish went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and four runs and was a triple shy of the cycle.

Leadoff man Danny Richar was 4 for 5 with four runs. You couldn't predict this, especially after Durham won here 3-0 on Wednesday night.

"We're a team that has to get on them early," said Bats first baseman Kevin Barker, whose team led 4-0 after the first. "We did that tonight. Last night we had a bunch of chances to get on them early. We didn't do that. . We're not a very good team when we have to come from behind."

The happy beneficiary of the Bats' explosion was Homer Bailey. The right-hander snapped a string of 21 consecutive starts -- both at Louisville and with the Cincinnati Reds -- without a victory. His previous win came April 30 over Toledo.

Bailey came off the disabled list Wednesday after a strained right knee and pitched one of his best games in Triple-A. He worked six innings, allowing two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

"It's a big weight off my shoulders," he said. "It's been since April. I knew the guys with their bats were going to show up today.

"Yesterday we made some mistakes and left a lot of guys on base. What this team really has is character. I didn't think the loss we had yesterday would affect us. I knew we would come out full steam."

Before last night Durham was 6-3 against the Bats, allowing 30 runs. But everything was different last night, right from the start.

For the second straight night, Richar led off with a double, but this time his effort wasn't in vain. It was the start of six hits in the inning that made it 4-0. Barker delivered the key blow with a two-run single.

The onslaught didn't stop there. Louisville added a run the second, and then came the nine-run third.

Louisville sent 12 men to the plate. Craig Tatum had a two-run homer, and Janish capped the scoring with his second hit of the inning -- a three-run blast.

"Once it got going it, was tough to stop," Bats manager Rick Sweet said. "That's what happens in this game. I wish I could say I sensed it. I think the key is that we got off to a good start with a leadoff double. Only this time we were able to produce. We were able to execute.

"Like I said yesterday after the loss. We didn't execute. We had opportunities."

Sweet was especially happy for Bailey, who went 4-7 with a 4.77 ERA in the regular season here and was 0-6 with a 7.93 ERA with the Reds.

"Homer had good stuff," he said. "From him to go out and throw six innings like that, that makes it even better. In the two years I've had Homer, that is the best ballgame Homer Bailey has pitched. The key word is pitched. It was nice to see."

It looked like Louisville was on its way to a two-hit shutout until Durham struck for three runs in the eighth.

Tonight the series shifts to Durham, where the Bats' Adam Pettyjohn (15-6, 4.59) will oppose Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.59).

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