View Full Version : Bats first 3 ST games

03-20-2009, 11:32 PM



03-21-2009, 12:39 AM
Thanks for the links.

Game one highlights:

Louisville had three doubles, two triples and two homers in the contest with Chris Valaika leading the way with a 3-for-5 and RBI afternoon. Danny Dorn had a solo shot and two RBI and Drew Stubbs tripled.

Game two:

Wes Bankston, Drew T. Anderson and Todd Frazier each had three hits for the Bats with the three players each connecting on home runs while driving in six of the team's eight runs.

Juan Francisco and Kevin Barker also homered for Louisville.

Travis Wood was the only pitcher to hold the Bulls scoreless, he struck out two and walked one in two innings.

Game three:

They were led by outfielder Drew Stubbs, who finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Drew Anderson, Juan Ramon Francisco and Wes Bankston each finished with one hit, while Chris Valaika had a sacrifice fly.

Dallas Buck got the start for the Bats and completed three strong innings. He allowed two hits and one unearned run, while striking out one and walking one.

03-21-2009, 01:13 AM
Very nice to see from Stubbs. Hopefully he roars out of the gate in case Taveras falls flat on his face.

03-22-2009, 08:29 PM
Sarasota. FL - The Louisville Bats remain unbeaten in spring action as they defeated the Norfolk Tides, 5-1, Sunday afternoon. It was the team's third win against Norfolk this exhibition season.

Drew Stubbs led the Bats, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base. Catcher Brian Peterson doubled twice and drove in two run while Chris Valaika, Sean Henry and Shaun Cumberland each had a RBI.

Sam Lecure started for Louisville and allowed the only Tides run; he gave up four hits and struck out two in three innings of work. Federico Baez, Alexander Smit and Ramon Geronimo each worked two scoreless innings in the victory.

For the second time this spring, the Bats take on the Durham Bulls at home on Monday afternoon. Louisville won the first meeting, 13-8.


03-22-2009, 08:43 PM
And according to Doug, Travis Wood pitched three perfect innings with 5 K's for the AA team.

03-23-2009, 11:53 AM
Ramon Geronimo... wasn't he caught in an age change? also what was the name of the DSL pitcher for the Reds that was caught up in the marriage scandal?

03-23-2009, 11:56 AM
Ramon Geronimo... wasn't he caught in an age change? also what was the name of the DSL pitcher for the Reds that was caught up in the marriage scandal?

I don't know about Geronimo, but the DSL pitcher you are thinking of is Wirfin Obispo. That was a shame. He supposedly had great stuff and was full of potential but he never got the chance to pitch in the US after that scandal. Last I heard he was pitching in Japan. I remember Johnny Almarez said he was good enough to go straight from the DSL to High-A or Double-A.

03-23-2009, 12:01 PM
Baseball Cube has Obispo pitching a total of 1 inning in 2007. 1 H 1 BB 1 K.

03-23-2009, 08:30 PM
Sarasota, FL - The Bats dropped their first spring game of the season as the Bulls reeled off 14 hits en route to a 8-2 win.

James Avery got the start for the Bats and went three innings. He allowed six hits, three earned runs and struck out four. Adam Pettyjohn rollowed Avery by going three innings himself. He allowed four hits and two runs while striking out and walking two.

Offensively, the Bats had eight hits of their own but were only able to plate two runs. Both of their runs were courtesy of solo home runs by Craig Tatum and Wes Bankston. Tatum finished the game 2-for-3.

After an intrasquad game tomorrow the Bats return to action on Wednesday against the Rochester Red Wings. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Sarasota.


Craig Tatum is having a great spring. With the Reds he went 6-for-14 with a double, homer, and four walks to only one strikeout. And he's still killing the ball after being sent down to Louisville. It would be huge if he could have a breakout season with the bat. His defense is major league ready now. IIRC he threw out 38% of base stealers last season.

03-23-2009, 08:55 PM
I thought a couple weeks ago that Tatum could be a roster causualty, but I think his hitting this spring has erased that.

Scrap Irony
03-23-2009, 10:11 PM
Richar, as per ST numbers, looks to be the odd man out, if Gomes does indeed make it. I thought Janish, but it looks like they're grooming him to be an IF jack-of-all-trades, Juan Castro type.

Ugh. I can't believe you have to groom somebody for that.

03-24-2009, 09:16 AM
I thought a couple weeks ago that Tatum could be a roster causualty, but I think his hitting this spring has erased that.

Almost out of the blue, the Reds have hit upon some catching depth. Hanigan has shown he can play. Castillo has opened Baker's eyes this spring (after not getting a chance, inexplicably, to catch for the big club in September). Tatum has impressed in Florida, too. I believe the team holds an option on Hernandez for 2010. If all these guys keep moving in the right direction, we're talking pieces to put in a legit trade package, not roster casualties.

03-25-2009, 04:59 PM
I wouldn't mind having Stubbs in left field this year with Taveras and Dickerson on the bench unless Tavaras pulls a Patterson.

03-25-2009, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the links.

Game one highlights:

Game two:

Game three:

I'm very impressed with our minor leagues right now. Good to hear about Dallas Buck, too.

IF these guys continue to put up great seasons at Louisville this year.........it explains alot about Reds management's patience in not making any big free agent moves.........obviously expecting the farm system to continue to fill their needs.

Gotta hand it to the Reds..........it's been a very, very, very, very, very, very long time since I've enjoyed watching and following our minor league system. First Bruce, Votto, and Cueto. Then acquiring Volquez. Now hopefully more will continue to fill the major league roster and we can do things the right way for once!

03-27-2009, 01:29 PM
Ft. Myers, FL - Wes Bankston's two-run home run with two outs in the ninth broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Bats to a 5-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings Wednesday afternoon.

Bankston also had a three-run home run and accounted for driving in all five of the Bats' runs. He was the only player with a multi-hit game. Chris Denove went 1-for-2 and doubled for Louisville.

Arthur Rhodes, on loan from big-league camp, started for Louisville and struck out two in one scoreless inning. Ramon Ramirez, back from pitching for Team Venezuela in the WBC, allowed one run and three hits in three innings. Justin Mallett gave up two runs in three innings while Ron Flores and Jeff Kennard each pitched a scoreless frame.


03-27-2009, 01:30 PM
Ft. Myers, FL - The Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Louisville Bats, 4-1, Thursday afternoon in Ft. Myers.

Ben Jukich started for Louisville and went four innings in the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Robert Manuel gave up two runs, one earned, in three innings of work. Carlos Fisher pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two, and Derrik Lutz struck out one in a scoreless inning.

Shaun Cumberland connected on a solo home run for the Bats' only score of the day. Danny Richar doubled and went 2-for-4 while Drew Anderson and Luis Bolivar also doubled in the loss.

The Bats will face the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, Friday afternoon in Sarasota. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.


03-27-2009, 06:47 PM
Sarasota, FL - The Bats got three runs in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Norfolk Tides 7-6, and continue their hot spring. Louisville is now 5-2-1 in spring training.

Drew Anderson won the game for the Bats in the bottom of the ninth with a game-winning single. He finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in.

Chris Valaika and Dan Dorn homered for the Bats as well. Valaika went deep twice en route to a 3-for-4 game. Dorn went 2-for-4.

Getting the start for Louisville was the veteran David Weathers. He pitched the first inning, striking out two and allowing one hit. Adam Pettyjohn followed Weathers by allowing seven hits and four earned runs in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Justin James pitched the last two innings for the Bats to get the win. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two.


03-27-2009, 06:56 PM
Valaika is having a terrific spring. He posted a 1.095 OPS in 18 plate appearances with the Reds and now he's crushing the ball with Louisville. I hope he begins the season in Triple-A.

03-28-2009, 10:05 PM
Sarasota, FL - The Durham Bulls managed 12 runs off of 13 hits to defeat the Bats 12-6 on Saturday afternoon.

The majority of the damage came against Bats' lefty Matt Maloney. Maloney entered the game in the second inning and allowed seven runs in three innings of work. Five of the runs were earned. He struck out four and walked one.

Offensively the Bats were able to equal the Bulls with 13 hits of their own. However, they struggled coming up with clutch hits.

Jerry Hairston Jr. and Drew Anderson led the attack with multi-hit games. Hairston finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs batted in. Anderson went 3-for-4 and a double and two runs batted in.

After a day off tomorrow, the Bats continue spring play on Monday against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Sarasota.


03-31-2009, 03:18 PM
Sarasota, FL - The Bats fell to the Paw Sox today 8-6, despite the fact that Kevin Barker recorded four runs batted in. It is their second loss in a row in spring play and their record now stands at 6-3-1.

Barker led the way for Louisville in an odd 11-inning spring game. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Seven other Bats finished the game with one hit. Michael Griffin recorded the only other RBI.

Daryl Thompson got the start for the Bats and had a rough inning-and-two-thirds. He allowed seven hits, five earned runs and struck out one. Ramon Ramirez entered in the fourth and settled down the Paw Sox hitters. He went four innings, allowed only one hit and struck out six.

The Bats have only three spring game remaining and play the Norfolk Tides tomorrow afternoon. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Sarasota.

Opening Day at Louisville Slugger Field is Thursday, April 9th. Tickets for Opening Day and Thunder Over Louisville are still available. For ticket information contact the Louisville Bats office at (502) 212-BATS.


In an interview with Redleg Nation, Matt Klinker said Todd Frazier has been killing the ball with Louisville. I'd still expect him to start in Double-A.

03-31-2009, 04:23 PM
In an interview with Redleg Nation, Matt Klinker said Todd Frazier has been killing the ball with Louisville. I'd still expect him to start in Double-A.

If the Reds decide to challenge him, then they have a position for him: 3B at AAA.

If he excels there it makes things interesting.

03-31-2009, 06:53 PM
Sarasota, FL - Louisville pounded out 15 hits, but it wasn't enough as Norfolk defeated the Bats, 11-9, in Sarasota Monday afternoon.

Ben Jukich started for the Bats and took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) in four innings. He gave up four hits while walking two and striking out three. Justin Mallett followed Jukich and didn't fare much better, allowing five runs on four hits in 3.1 innings of work.

Alex Gonzalez, playing in Minor League games with the Bats, went 3-for-7 with a double. Danny Richar, Danny Dorn and Wes Bankston each had two hits in the loss. Richar doubled and drove in two, Dorn blasted a two-run homer and Bankston doubled and knocked a solo shot. Jonny Gomes also bombed a two-run home run in the loss.

The Bats play at Durham Wednesday afternoon; game time is set for 1:05 p.m.


04-01-2009, 11:00 PM
Port Charlotte, FL - Louisville edged Durham, 9-8, in Port Charlotte Wednesday afternoon. The Bats had three homers in the game and all three were off the Bulls' heralded left-hander David Price.

Southpaw Adam Pettyjohn started for the Bats and had a quality start for Louisville. He allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of work while striking out four. Jeff Kennard and Sean Watson each threw a scoreless inning while Philippe Valiquette gave up five runs in just one inning.

Led by Norris Hopper's three-hit afternoon, the Bats tallied 11 hits in all. Danny Dorn (three-run), Drew Stubbs (solo) and Kevin Barker (solo) all homered off Price, who started Game 1 of the Governors' Cup playoffs in 2008 versus the Bats. Jerry Hairston, Jr. doubled and drove in two Bats in the victory.

Louisville plays their last exhibition game of the spring Thursday afternoon versus Durham in Sarasota. The team has camp days Friday and Saturday and starts their trek north this weekend.

The Bats take on the Columbus Clippers in their home opener, Thursday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m.


Danny Dorn and Drew Stubbs each homered off David Price. That's impressive.