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OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 01:31 PM
Louisville - 7:05 - LHP Matt Maloney

Carolina - 8:05 - LHP Travis Wood

Sarasota - 7:00 - LHP Travis Webb

Dayton - 7:00 - RHP Josh Ravin

lollipopcurve
04-10-2009, 03:14 PM
3 southpaws!

Webb bouncing back from injury might be interesting this year. Wood's still young, but his fall from grace has been dramatic. Maloney, eh...

If one of these 3 turns into something useful for the Reds, I'll be kinda surprised. The system is very thin in quality portsiders.

Cyclone792
04-10-2009, 04:11 PM
There may be a rain delay with the start of the Louisville and/or Dayton games, but I expect the games to get in. The rain should move out later on tonight early enough to allow the games to start at some point, even if may not be until 8 or 9.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 04:29 PM
There may be a rain delay with the start of the Louisville and/or Dayton games, but I expect the games to get in. The rain should move out later on tonight early enough to allow the games to start at some point, even if may not be until 8 or 9.

What about the Reds game? You think they'll get it in? I hope so. I'm looking forward to seeing Cueto pitch.

Cyclone792
04-10-2009, 04:51 PM
What about the Reds game? You think they'll get it in? I hope so. I'm looking forward to seeing Cueto pitch.

They should get it in, though there may be a delay to the start of the game or early in the game depending on what moves in or pops up. I'm thinking about heading down to GABP, albeit a little later. The forecast is calling for rain around 7-8pm, but then has the rain starting to move out by 9pm or so.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 04:52 PM
Thanks Cyclone!

I may go bowling to kill some time before the game begins.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 07:54 PM
Louisville lineup:

Norris Hopper, RF
Drew Stubbs, CF
Chris Valaika, SS
Kevin Barker, 1B
Jonny Gomes, DH
Adam Rosales, 3B
Wes Bankston, LF
Wilkin Castillo, C
Danny Richar, 2B

Matt Maloney, LHP

Where is Danny Dorn? He should be playing over Kevin Barker. Barker isn't a prospect. He's a nice guy to have around but he shouldn't start over Dorn. Nor should Norris Hopper.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 07:56 PM
Sarasota lineup:

Jacob Kahaulelio, 2B
Justin Reed, CF
Yonder Alonso, 1B
Alex Buchholz, SS
Neftali Soto, 3B
Devin Mesoraco, DH
Denis Phipps, RF
Dan Perales, LF
Jason Bour, C

Travis Webb, LHP

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 07:59 PM
Dayton lineup:

David Sappelt, CF
Cody Puckett, 2B
Kyle Day, DH
Humberto Sosa, 1B
Jose Gualdron, 3B
Tyler Stovall, LF
Jordan Wideman, C
Miguel Rojas, SS
Brandon Menchaca, RF

Josh Ravin, RHP

Unless Byron Wiley is injured, he should start every night. He's arguably the best position player on the roster.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 08:04 PM
Louisville has been postponed due to rain.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 09:25 PM
Sarasota trails 3-2 after 3 1/2.

Reed: 0-for-2 walk
Alonso: 1-for-2 double
Buchholz: 0-for-2
Soto: 0-for-1 HBP
Mesoraco: 0-for-2
Phipps: 1-for-2

Webb: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 09:28 PM
Dayton is scoreless after 4 1/2.

Sappelt: 1-for-2
Puckett: 0-for-2
Day: 0-for-2
Sosa: 0-for-2
Gualdron: 2-for-2 double
Wideman: 0-for-1

Ravin: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

NC Reds
04-10-2009, 09:43 PM
Travis Wood hit a three run double. Nice. Mudcats up 3-0 in top of 2nd.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 09:43 PM
Travis Wood just hit a 3-run double to give Carolina a 3-0 lead!

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 09:50 PM
Travis Wood walked a fine line with a runner on that inning but got back to back strikeouts to strand him at third.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 09:51 PM
Wood: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

3-0 Carolina after 2.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 09:51 PM
Daytons offense busts through and takes a 4-0 lead.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 09:53 PM
Josh Ravin: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 GO/3 FO

Nice to see him pitching well.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 09:53 PM
Zack Cozart just got robbed of a HR according to the announcer at the wall.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 09:54 PM
Juan Francisco doubled after Cozart was robbed.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 09:55 PM
Josh Ravin: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 GO/3 FO

Nice to see him pitching well.

Very good to see that. Love the groundball rates.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 10:07 PM
Zack Cozart makes a great over the shoulder catch in left center. The announcer is very excited about the play.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 10:11 PM
Sarasota Reds down 6-3 heading to the 8th.

Hoosier Red
04-10-2009, 10:16 PM
The Reds need to trade either Wood or Webb, I don't even care if they get anything more than a bag of balls for either of them, but damn I get them confused every time.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 10:28 PM
It sure would be nice if the scoreboards would update. They've been stuck for 20+ minutes now.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 10:33 PM
Travis Wood left the game for the Mudcats after having some command issues. Ruben Medina came in to relieve him.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 10:37 PM
Drama for Sarasota. Justin Reed singles in 2 with 2 outs in the 9th to bring up Yonder Alonso trailing 6-5. Pitching change for St Lucie.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 10:42 PM
Yonder Alonso with a full count after jumping ahead 3-0 and walks. 2 runners on for Alex Buchholz in the 9th down by 1 run. Justin Reed is on second.

HokieRed
04-10-2009, 10:45 PM
Great news on Ravin. It would be wonderful to see him back on prospect radar.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 10:46 PM
Alex Buchholz has almost been hit by two different pitches this at bat. He is in a 3-0 count before taking strike 1. Buchholz then fouls one back to get to a full count before grounding out to end it.

Sarasota loses 6-5.

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 10:55 PM
Dayton won 6-4.

Sappelt: 2-for-5
Puckett: 0-for-3 sac fly
Day: 2-for-4 double
Sosa: 1-for-4
Gualdron: 2-for-3 double, walk
Wideman: 2-for-4

Ravin:6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 GO/3 FO

Bowman: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Gonzalez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 10:59 PM
Sarasota lost 6-5.

Kahaulelio: 1-for-3 double, two walks, SB
Reed: 1-for-4 walk, 2 RBI
Alonso: 1-for-4 double, walk
Buchholz: 0-for-5
Soto: 0-for-3 HBP
Mesoraco: 0-for-4
Phipps: 1-for-4
Bour: 2-for-4

Webb: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Gil: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K

OnBaseMachine
04-10-2009, 11:17 PM
It looks like the guy updating the Carolina scoreboard got locked in the bathroom. It's been an hour and a half since the game was updated. I hope he didn't fall in.

redhawk61
04-10-2009, 11:20 PM
Dayton won 6-4.

Sappelt: 2-for-5
Puckett: 0-for-3 sac fly
Day: 2-for-4 double
Sosa: 1-for-4
Gualdron: 2-for-3 double, walk
Wideman: 2-for-4

Ravin:6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 GO/3 FO

Bowman: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Gonzalez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

very very encouraging

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:21 PM
It looks like the guy updating the Carolina scoreboard got locked in the bathroom. It's been an hour and a half since the game was updated. I hope he didn't fall in.

Haha. Chris Heisey just singled and stole a base, his second steal of the night. Still 3-0 Mudcats in the 7th

OesterPoster
04-10-2009, 11:22 PM
It looks like the guy updating the Carolina scoreboard got locked in the bathroom. It's been an hour and a half since the game was updated. I hope he didn't fall in.

I wouldn't be surprised if that game got suspended. Those nasty storms are moving through Georgia and the Carolinas right now.

OesterPoster
04-10-2009, 11:25 PM
Oops, or is that game in Mississippi? Thought it was in Carolina.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:37 PM
Carolina now up 3-1, runners still on base for Mississippi.

SoTxRedsFan
04-10-2009, 11:37 PM
So that's an 0 - 8 start for Mesoraco? Probably shouldn't have started him there.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:42 PM
3-2 Carolina with runners on 2nd and 3rd for Mississippi.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:42 PM
So that's an 0 - 8 start for Mesoraco? Probably shouldn't have started him there.

Sigh.... If he had an 0-8 stretch in the middle of June no one would even notice.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:46 PM
2 run double by Mississippi, Carolina now trailing 4-3. Sean Watson is not having a good inning.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:52 PM
Todd Frazier starts off the 8th with an opposite field double off the wall.

dougdirt
04-10-2009, 11:58 PM
Chris Denove doubles down the line and Frazier scores to tie the game up at 4-4.

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:07 AM
Heading into the 9th the game is tied at 4. Mudcats coming to the plate.

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:10 AM
Jose Castro singles to lead off the 9th for Carolina

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:12 AM
Chris Heisey bunts to sac him over and the fielder air mails it. Heisey on 2nd, Castro on 3rd with no outs. Gotta cash this one in.

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:13 AM
Zack Cozart bloops one in and Castro scores. Mudcats up 5-4.

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:17 AM
Todd Frazier with an infield single, bases loaded with one out (Francisco K on 3 pitches where he swung through all three of them)

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:22 AM
Carolina takes a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 9th.

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:28 AM
Mississippi gets the lead runner on and Denove throws him out trying to steal second (maybe a hit and run though as the hitter did swing and miss).

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:32 AM
Mudcats win 5-4. Ramon Geronimo with the save.

icehole3
04-11-2009, 07:35 AM
good work guys, Ravin is back in play again, I love it.

OesterPoster
04-11-2009, 09:04 AM
Dragons' Ravin drains Great Lakes
Pitches six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk; gets help in four-run fifth.
By Marc Katz
Staff Writer
1:40 AM Saturday, April 11, 2009

DAYTON — Worried they might lose their low Class A team in Midland, Mich., to another organization, the Dodgers stacked Great Lakes with a third of their best prospects and told the Loons to go out and win.

On opening night Thursday, April 9, they clobbered the Dragons.

One night later, Josh Ravin shut the Loons down with a few “deep breaths.”

Ravin, a self-described “disaster” last summer, went six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while his teammates backed him with a four-run fifth on the way to a 6-1 victory Friday at chilly Fifth Third Field.

When Devaris Gordon led off with a bloop single to left, then stole second, Ravin was in trouble at the top of the game. Only Ravin nailed Gordon at second, stabbing a hard grounder and catching the runner too far off the bag. Catcher Jordan Wideman recorded the second out on a steal attempt and Jaime Pedroza struck out.

Ravin was on his way.

“I took some deep breaths,” Ravin said. “You can’t let those things (bloop hits, etc.) bother you. Breathing like that slows the game down.”

Great Lakes spent two losing seasons with the Dodgers, who promised a more promising lineup if the Loons would re-sign for two more years. It happened, and 11 of the organization’s Top 30 prospects — even eight who played at a higher level last season — were shipped to Midland. Thursday, the Loons busted Dayton 14-3.

“It’s a different day,” Dragons manager Todd Benzinger said. “You make your mark against players better than you if you want to be a prospect, too.”

Four Dragons collected two hits, including center fielder Dave Sappelt for the second straight night.

The Dragons and Loons finish the series tonight with 2008’s National High School Player of the Year Ethan Martin making his pro debut for Great Lakes.

Dragons’ tales

Loons manager Juan Bustabad said the Dodgers split their best low prospects between Great Lakes and their high A California team so, “a lot of kids will learn how to win early in their careers, and they will want to win.”

• Bustabad and Benzinger played together in the Red Sox minor league system.

• Former Dragons manager Donnie Scott called to say Benzinger shouldn’t worry about the big opening night loss.

“My first year managing (rookie) Billings,” Scott said, “we lost our first four games by like 10 runs each to the Dodgers’ team, then we went on to win the league.”


Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2157 or mkatz@DaytonDailyNews.com.

dougdirt
04-11-2009, 12:49 PM
Ravin was working 89-92 with his fastball last night. Just for those who were curious.