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GOYA
05-01-2009, 10:11 AM
Louisville will play a doubleheader at Buffalo starting at 5:30

Gm 1 Maloney 2-0 1.86
Gm 2 TBA (probably LeCure 1-1 3.57)

Carolina will host Chattanooga, 7:15

Sarasota @ St. Lucie, 7:00

Dayton @ Beloit, 7:30 PM

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 10:58 AM
Travis Wood is starting for Carolina.

Travis Webb starts for Sarasota. Is it just me or has Travis Wood and Travis Webb started on the same day every time this season?

Juan Carlos Sulbaran makes his professional debut tonight for Dayton.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 10:59 AM
The Dragons meet Beloit at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the finale of the three game set. J.C. Sulbaran, a highly-regarded prospect who pitched for Team Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a 19-year-old, will start for Dayton and make his professional baseball debut. The Dragons next home game is May 5th against the Clinton Lumber Kings at Fifth Third Field.

Notes: The Dragons activated outfielder Tony Brown from the disabled list prior to the game. Outfielder Brandon Menchaca was removed from the roster. His assignment will be determined. The Dragons will have to make another roster move prior to Friday’s game to create a spot for Sulbaran.

http://daytondragons.com/pressbox/pressrelease/index.html?article_id=750

redsof72
05-01-2009, 11:17 AM
The much-awaited bebut of Sulbaran. I will post some impressions tonight and some radar speeds.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 11:26 AM
I'm looking forward to it, 72.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 11:54 AM
The much-awaited bebut of Sulbaran. I will post some impressions tonight and some radar speeds.

How often do you travel to road games?

mace
05-01-2009, 12:03 PM
redsof72, do you have any idea if/when Evan Hildenbrandt might be joining the Dragons? Or perhaps Shea Snowden, or even Kyle Lotzkar?

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 12:07 PM
redsof72, do you have any idea if/when Evan Hildenbrandt might be joining the Dragons? Or perhaps Shea Snowden, or even Kyle Lotzkar?

Snowden appears that he is facing a suspension right now. So at the soonest it would be before June before he gets anywhere. Lotzkar is throwing again in Ext ST, so I guess it comes down to when he is ready and how the other guys are doing when he is ready. Not sure with Hildenbrandt.

redsof72
05-01-2009, 01:45 PM
Have heard mid-May on Lotzkar. Not much talk about Hildenbrandt. Have not heard of any plans to get him to Dayton this season. If he pitches well in Billings, that obviously could change.

mace
05-01-2009, 01:48 PM
Thanks Doug. I'd heard of Snowden's suspension last year but didn't know if it extended to this season or what it was for. Any particulars that you can speak to? I wonder if it's a circumstance similar to Scott Carroll's. Speaking of whom . . . any idea when he'll get back or where he might go?

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 01:50 PM
Thanks Doug. I'd heard of Snowden's suspension last year but didn't know if it extended to this season or what it was for. Any particulars that you can speak to? I wonder if it's a circumstance similar to Scott Carroll's. Speaking of whom . . . any idea when he'll get back or where he might go?

Not sure on Snowdens issues. Scott is eligible to come back May 31st and is still fighting, along with the Reds, his suspension to Milb/MLB. I would imagine he heads to Sarasota when he gets back.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 03:45 PM
Reds related questions from a Baseball America chat.

Keith (Cincy): Adam Rosales tore up AAA in April. Does he have a good chance to replace Encarnacion?

J.J. Cooper: He could give the Reds some decent at-bats at third in Encarnacion's absence--he gives them a better backup plan than they have had in the past if EE went down, but long term his best fit still seems to be as a useful and versatile utility man. He hasn't had a batting average above .300 in full-season minor league ball, so the .400+ batting average in Triple-A was more a matter of a hot streak and a small sample size.


PT (NH): After pitching in the WBC I thought JC Sulbaren would head to full season ball. Are the Reds holding him back because they don't think he's ready or are they trying to curtail his innings for this year?

J.J. Cooper: He had blister problems when he got back which have slowed down stretching him out. Expect to see him in Dayton before too long.


Tyler (Harrodsburg KY): People in the Cincy area gave the Reds front office a lot of flack for taking Alonso and not Smoak. However I'm not so sure that Smoak is that much better than Alonso, regardless of what the statistics say at this point. What are your thoughts?

J.J. Cooper: I think they will both be very solid big leaguers. The Reds liked Alonso's patience at the plate because of their lack of patient hitters at the big league level. He doesn't chase much, although Smoak also has good patience. The knock on Alonso is whether he will hit lefties, but it's worth noting that Smoak also is much better against righthanders. Add it up and both teams should end up happy.


Brandon (Charleston, WV): Hey, J.J, just to give an update on Sulbaran, he's scheduled to make his pro debut tonight for Dayton.

J.J. Cooper: Thanks for the update. He immediately becomes the best prospect on that Dayton squad.


Brandon (Charleston, WV): Zach Cozart and Chris Heisey are both crushing the ball with Double-A Carolina. What are your thoughts on those two?

J.J. Cooper: Heisey is just doing what he's done everywhere he's gone. The man can hit while also stealing bases at an excellent percentage and playing solid defense in center. For Cozart, a solid offensive year in Double-A would make him a very interesting prospect. The question about him has always been how much would he hit--he's got a big league caliber glove at shortstop. If he can hit in Double-A after skipping high Class A, that would go a long way to answering his biggest question.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/chat/?1241192659

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 05:31 PM
Wes Bankston is playing third base tonight in place of Rosales.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 05:33 PM
Wily Mo Pena playing 1st base for Buffalo.

GIDP
05-01-2009, 05:34 PM
For nights like this I wish Dayton had MILB.com video. I really want to see JCS pitch some more.

Anyways I guess I could listen to it.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 05:38 PM
For nights like this I wish Dayton had MILB.com video. I really want to see JCS pitch some more.

Anyways I guess I could listen to it.

Its nights like this I wish Dayton were playing at home because I would be there with camera in hand. Instead, I will be sitting at home listening online and hoping Tom Nichols can describe it quite well for us.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 05:42 PM
Norris Hopper threw out a runner at home for the first out of the game. 3 straight hits allowed by Maloney.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 05:44 PM
Matt Maloney gives up three straight singles, but no runs come across the plate. Louisville is scoreless after 1.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 05:49 PM
Stubbs reaches on an error for the Bats first base runner.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 05:56 PM
Matt Maloney just walked his first batter of the year, on a 3-2 count.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 06:05 PM
Stubbs stole second earlier, but was unable to score. Bats tied at 0 heading to the third.

mace
05-01-2009, 06:10 PM
Have heard mid-May on Lotzkar. Not much talk about Hildenbrandt. Have not heard of any plans to get him to Dayton this season. If he pitches well in Billings, that obviously could change.

Sorry, I didn't see that answer. Thanks. So we'll look for Hildenbrandt in Billings. I guess that makes sense. Maybe that's why we haven't heard anything about him.

Lotzkar and Sulbaran could be quite a tandem in Dayton.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 06:21 PM
Louisville is still tied at 0 and heading to the 4th. Might as well bring it up now, Jon Neise has a no hitter for Buffalo. I repeat, Jon Neise has a no hitter for Buffalo.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 06:24 PM
Chris Valaika with a single. Worked like a charm.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 06:31 PM
Drew Stubbs ground out scores Chris Valaika. Bats up 1-0.

camisadelgolf
05-01-2009, 06:34 PM
Chris Valaika with a single. Worked like a charm.
:lol: That's amazing.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 06:45 PM
Maloney: 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 07:01 PM
Wily Mo Pena hits a 3 run HR. Buffalo takes a 3-1 lead.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 07:01 PM
Maloney just gave up a 3-run homer to Wily Mo Pena.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 07:21 PM
The Carolina game is being delayed due to rain.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 07:34 PM
Louisville takes a 4-3 lead.

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 07:35 PM
Sarasota takes a 1-0 lead on a double by Kainer.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Sulbaran's 1st inning
Sulbaran strikes out the first batter he faces.
Sulbaran walks the second batter he sees after working back to a full count.
Long HR on a hanging breaking ball.
Ground out to 2B.
Another long HR. Wind aided, but it still went out to CF (380 foot fence to CF).
Ground out to SS ends the inning.

11larkin11
05-01-2009, 07:52 PM
Dragons facing one of RZ's favorites from last years draft, Shooter Hunt

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 07:53 PM
Dragons facing one of RZ's favorites from last years draft, Shooter Hunt

And he is NOT doing well at all this year.

11larkin11
05-01-2009, 07:53 PM
Another HR given up by JCS to Angel Morales, a very good prospect. Announcers say the wind is "howling" out to CF and that one definitely helped it. CF wall is only 380 ft.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 07:57 PM
Sulbaran was throwing 87-88 MPH and topped out at 90 in the first inning.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 07:57 PM
Louisville won game one, 4-3.

Hopper: 1-for-3 double, sac fly
Valaika: 1-for-3 walk
Bankston: 1-for-4
Stubbs: 1-for-3 SB
Tatum: 1-for-3 double

Maloney: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Manuel: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

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

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 08:01 PM
Travis Webb off to a good start in the Sarasota game: 3 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 5 K.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:02 PM
Looks like Carolina is about to get underway after a short rain delay.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:08 PM
Dayton gets on the board as Shooter Hunt has walked 4 batters this inning. 3-1 with Dayton trailing.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:10 PM
Dayton scores again on a wild pitch. 3-2 with Dayton trailing.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:16 PM
Sulbaran's 2nd inning
Fly out to Sappelt.
Fly out to Sappelt again. Two outs.
Walk. Runner steals 2nd base, close play but he was safe.
HBP.
Walk. Bases loaded.
Fly out to end the inning.

Sulbaran struggling with his control.

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 08:21 PM
Sarasota now tied 1-1 after 4

Webb: 4 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:31 PM
Louisville's 2nd game is currently in a rain delay.

Sarasota is up 2-1.

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:32 PM
Sulbaran's velocity stayed the same in the 2nd inning. 87-88 MPH.

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 08:39 PM
2-2 in Saraasota after 5 1/2

Kainer:2-2, double
Soto:1-1

Webb: 5 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

dougdirt
05-01-2009, 08:46 PM
I am out of here, hopefully all of our boys can get it going and bring home 6 wins tonight from top to bottom.

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 09:10 PM
Travis Wood through 3 innings in Carolina: 3 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 ER,1 BB, 4 K

Sarasota down 4-2 after 6

Webb's final line: 5 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

11larkin11
05-01-2009, 09:13 PM
Hunt was VERY wild tonight. 6 BB and 3 WP

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 09:16 PM
Wood through 4 innings: 4 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 er, 2 BB, 4 K

Dayon tied 3-3 after 4

Sulbaran settled down after the rough 1st inning

Sulbaran:4 IP, 2hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

AmarilloRed
05-01-2009, 09:40 PM
Wood thru 5 Innings: 5 IP, 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. His ERA is now at 0.68

GOYA
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
Louisville at Buffalo: Game 2 rained out

Maybe another doubleheader for tomorrow?

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
Sulbaran's final line: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K

11larkin11
05-01-2009, 10:04 PM
Travis Wood has got to have the worst luck in the minors right now

mace
05-01-2009, 11:14 PM
Man, we've got Dayton in extra innings, Carolina tied in the ninth, and nobody at the wheel. Not a single update in over an hour. Place falls apart when Doug's not around.

mace
05-01-2009, 11:16 PM
Sarasota lost 4-3. Couple doubles for Kainer.

GOYA
05-01-2009, 11:23 PM
Carolina gives up the go ahead run in the top of the ninth.

5-4 Lookouts going to the home half of the 9th.

Top of the order coming up.

GOYA
05-01-2009, 11:30 PM
Heisey, Cozart and Francisco go down without a whimper.

Carolina loses 5-4.

redsof72
05-02-2009, 12:06 AM
Sulbaran tonight was 87-88, threw one pitch at 90. Threw a mix of pitches (FB, curve, change) but command was not great. Not bad for a first outing, especially after the first. Probably has more developed second and third pitch than most 19 year olds and that must be what was attractive about him because fastball was not overpowering and curve was not that sharp, but he mixed it up. Anxious to see if he throws a little harder next time out.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 12:08 AM
Sounds like Sulbaran was pitching below his average velocity tonight. Most of the scouting reports have him in the low 90's with him touching 94 on occasion. The thing that impressed me about him in the WBC was the incredible movement he gets on his fastball.

mace
05-02-2009, 12:12 AM
Dayton wins 4-3 in 12. Sappelt reached with two outs on an error, then somehow scored on a single by Puckett and an error on the left fielder. Scott Gaffney pitched the last two innings.

dougdirt
05-02-2009, 01:40 AM
Hunt was VERY wild tonight. 6 BB and 3 WP

That actually sounds like a typical night for Hunt this year. Shooter Hunt has showed as much control throwing a baseball as Mark Mallory, Hunt just throws harder.

icehole3
05-02-2009, 07:14 AM
Sounds like Sulbaran was pitching below his average velocity tonight. Most of the scouting reports have him in the low 90's with him touching 94 on occasion. The thing that impressed me about him in the WBC was the incredible movement he gets on his fastball.

I wonder if the blisters are completely healed, nevertheless he's got so much movement his speed isnt a concern to me just keep the walks down is what Im hoping, tremendous prospect, if we can land 5 more guys like him in this years draft early on I will be all smiles

HokieRed
05-02-2009, 12:13 PM
It makes a lot of sense for Sulbaran not to have let everything go in his first start. I predict the velocity will start to move toward normal. Let's see what he's throwing a month from now.

dougdirt
05-02-2009, 12:22 PM
It makes a lot of sense for Sulbaran not to have let everything go in his first start. I predict the velocity will start to move toward normal. Let's see what he's throwing a month from now.

Well, apparently he was throwing 90-91 before leaving extended spring training. maybe the colder weather threw him off some.