View Full Version : Reds' Weekly System Rundown #4, 4/30-5/6

Doc. Scott
05-07-2009, 12:57 PM
AAA Louisville

Record This Week: 2-5.

Overall: 13-13, first place by one game over Toledo (DET).

4/30: Rained out.

5/1: MAKEUP MADNESS with the tag team of Matt Maloney and Sam Lecure battling the 2-16 Bisons of Buffalo (I figure Maloney is more like Beautiful Bobby Eaton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Midnight_Express_(professional_wrestling)), leaving Sam as Sweet Stan Lane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Midnight_Express_(professional_wrestling))- and with that record, the Bisons are one win better than the Mulkey Brothers (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=75322864)!) in a doubleheader. The Bisons (NYM) got three straight hits off Matty in the first, but RF Norris Hopper threw out Buffalo’s Jesus Feliciano at home on the third single to cut off the run! Maloney then rallied to pop up Wily Mo Pena and line Mike Lamb out to Drew Stubbs in center to escape the jam. The Bisons put two more men on in the second, but Feliciano hit a screaming liner picked off by 3B Wes Bankston to strand ‘em. The next inning, there they are again- two on with two out following a Bankston error! This time Maloney whiffed Buffalo LF Nick Evans on three pitches to finish the third (5 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 55 pitches- ow). SS Chris Valaika and Bankston took care of that with back-to-back singles leading off the fourth. 1B Kevin Barker walked to load the bases. But LF Jonny Gomes whiffed; Stubbs managed a grounder that scored Valaika, and Bolivar struck out for the second time to partially blow a golden opportunity. Still, a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of 4. Hopper doubled with two outs in the fifth, but Valaika went down swinging. Again it started for Maloney, as Feliciano ripped another base hit to start the bottom of 5. The next man, 2B Argenis Reyes, also singled. Up came pheenom Fernando Martinez, who was struggling pretty badly coming in but got hits his first two times up to help his BA quite a bit. Matt grounded him into a force play for the first out, but Wily Mo Pena followed with a three-run homer, giving the Bisons a 3-1 lead. Robert Manuel came on for the sixth as Maloney departed after five innings and 99 pitches (2.59, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). I believe that was his very first walk of 2009 after 24.1 innings. Manuel pitched a scoreless sixth (W 1-0, 3.55, 1 BB, 1 K) and on we went to the seventh and final frame against Buffalo closer Carlos Muniz:

Louisville Top 7th
Defensive Substitution: Cory Sullivan replaces left fielder Nick Evans, batting 6th, playing center field.
Drew Stubbs singles on a ground ball to third baseman Mike Lamb.
Luis Bolivar singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Carlos Muniz. Drew Stubbs advances to 3rd, on throwing error by pitcher Carlos Muniz.
Craig Tatum doubles (3) on a line drive to left fielder Jesus Feliciano. Drew Stubbs scores. Luis Bolivar to 3rd.
Wilkin Castillo strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by pitcher Carlos Muniz. Luis Bolivar scores. Craig Tatum to 3rd. Wilkin Castillo to 1st.
Norris Hopper out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Cory Sullivan. Craig Tatum scores.
With Chris Valaika batting, Wilkin Castillo steals (1) 2nd base.
Chris Valaika walks.
With Wes Bankston batting, wild pitch by Carlos Muniz, Wilkin Castillo to 3rd. Chris Valaika to 2nd.
Wes Bankston pops out to catcher Mike Nickeas in foul territory.
Kevin Barker strikes out swinging.

So give an assist to Mr. Muniz for the Bats rally; Josh Roenicke allowed back-to-back singles in the bottom of the seventh, but rallied to get Pena and Lamb to pop out and Cory Sullivan to fly out to win it (save #3, 3.24).

Alas, game two was cruelly rained out, leading to more…

5/2: …MAKEUP MADNESS! Sweet Sam Lecure was thrown off by the one-day delay- Buffalo slapped him around for three in the bottom of the first after Louisville was bailed out of a wasted opportunity by Bisons starter Dillon Gee (he wild-pitched in a run after getting two straight outs to counter back-to-back singles from Hopper and Valaika). Gee locked down the Bats lineup after that, and MULKEYS WIN (http://www.myspace.com/91651172) game one 5-1. Lecure took the defeat (L 1-2, 4.98, 4 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR). Ben Jukich followed him with two scoreless (3.93, 1 H, 2 K).

BATS BACK in game two, as Homer Bailey followed his 15-strikeout exploits of a few days before with a much more economical seven-inning shutout, 2-0! Bailey (W 3-2, 4.61, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K) got through it on just 106 pitches, as compared to the 119 he threw in the big-K game.

5/3: Buffalo splits the series with a 4-2 win, thus doubling their 2009 win total from two to four. Daryl Thompson pitched a little better (L 1-2, 7.47, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) than he did his last outing, but he was outdueled by Bisons starter Brandon Knight and reliever Elmer Dessens (yes, that guy). Stubbs was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases (4) to raise his average to .286; he also drove in the only Louisville run. Hopper also had two more hits; over his last ten games he’s hitting .350 (14-for-40) with five RBI and five runs scored.

5/4: Ramon Ramirez has never quite gotten off the ground this season; blame it on the WBC or a career year in 2008, but he hasn’t been the same pitcher. Could he put it back together at the expense of Rochester (MIN)? He managed zeros for the first two innings, but the Red Wings pushed across a pair in the third, fomented by 1B Danny Dorn’s fielding error and a throwing miscue by Ramirez himself (on the very next play). A pair of RBI singles followed before Ramon got three straight outs. Rochester then scored a single run in the fourth and another in the fifth (an error on SS Luis Bolivar helping there). Ramirez did not make it that far, having been replaced by Jeff Kennard with the bases loaded and nobody out (L 0-3, 7.13, 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K). Following the one inherited runner scoring, Kennard did put up some zeroes (2.89, 2.1 IP, 3 H) and both Robert Manuel (3.14, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and Pedro Viola (0.96, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) were able to follow suit. Dorn hit a solo homer (#2) in the third and 2B Danny Richar singled in Stubbs (who went hitless, but drew two walks and stole two bases) in the sixth, but that was all. Red Wings win it, 4-2, scoring as many runs as Louisville committed errors.

5/5: Veteran Crafty Lefty Adam Pettyjohn, shunted to long relief for most of the last few weeks, got the start tonight against the Red Wings and fellow lefty Reid Santos. This game also marked the Reds system debut for 2B Drew Sutton, now off the DL following a stint there to recover from mononucleosis. The ‘Wings tallied three quick first-inning runs off a bunch of singles, two stolen bases (odd for a lefty with a good pickoff move and a good-throwing catcher like Craig Tatum) and a double. Norris Hopper led off the Bats first by scratching a single and motoring to second on an E-6, but Sutton popped out and Bankston and Barker both whiffed. Pettyjohn held the line for the next three innings, but Rochester blasted him for a five-spot in the fifth, putting the first five batters of the inning on base (two more errors, on Bolivar and Sutton, made them unearned runs) and chasing Mr. P early (L 0-3, 4.60, 4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K). Ben Jukich came on to allow all three of his inherited runners to score. He then allowed three more runs over the next two innings before posting a zero in the eighth (4.43, 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR).

MEANWHILE, the Bats mustered only a two-spot in the fifth (two-run double by Hopper); they were down 11-2 by the eighth. They did push across enough runs in garbage time to make it look a little more interesting; four came across in the eighth on a Danny Dorn RBI hit, a Barker RBI single, a Gomes RBI double and a wild pitch. Gomes then blasted a three-run homer (#4) in the bottom of the ninth before Stubbs finally grounded out to end the game. Final score, counting the two Rochester runs in the ninth off Josh Roenicke, was 13-9. Gomes finished 2-for-5 with four RBI and Hopper 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI (.311). Sutton did manage a single and a walk in five trips (2 R, .250) but also made two throwing errors. Chalk it up to rust, I guess.

5/6: Rain delayed the start of this final game of three between Louisville and Rochester; this might have contributed to Matt Maloney’s early struggles, as he permitted runs in each of the first two innings, two in the fourth, and a fifth run in the fifth (L 2-1, 3.56, 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 106 pitches, 64 strikes). Red Wings starter Anthony Swarzak, 23 (who was 5-0, 1.80 in seven IL starts in 2008 and came into this one with a 2.25 ERA in four), rolled through seven innings of five-hit ball blemished only by a Wes Bankston RBI triple. Gomes cranked his fifth homer in the ninth, but Louisville lost for the fourth straight time, 5-2. Manuel (2.81, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K- 4/17 BB:K ratio in 16 IP) and Fisher (2.19, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K- 3/15 in 12.1 IP) both pitched scoreless ball in relief. Props for the newest Bat, Drew Sutton, who lashed three hits in four trips and is now batting a cool .500. Also, the Bats finally stopped making errors, although Wilkin Castillo did, along with Maloney (who as a lefthander should have a decent pickoff move), permit four stolen bases without a CS. Maybe that's why he is playing mostly at other positions.

Moves & Notes: (5/5) INF Drew Sutton activated, C Brian Peterson to Billings (on paper).

In ex-Reds news: the Arizona Diamondbacks outrighted LHR Jon “Ladies’ Man” Coutlangus to AAA. Detroit released RHR Scott Williamson but added C Dane Sardinha to their 40-man roster. The Chicago Cubs promoted RHP Marcos Mateo to AA. Florida released RHR Jason Standridge. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed RHR Brad Salmon. The New York Mets signed OF Wily Mo Pena to a minor-league deal (look, six years later they reworked his deal!)

AA Carolina

Record This Week: 3-4.

Overall: 11-16, fourth place, 3.5 games behind Tennessee (CHC).

4/30: Dallas Buck gave up just one run in this start, but after walking the first man he faced in the fourth he was removed from the game with an injury that turned out to be “right shoulder inflammation” (3.42, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). The game remained knotted at 1 until the eighth, when Chattanooga (now LAD, after all these years) got to Derrik Lutz for the deciding runs (L 0-2, 2.70, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB). Good relief work from Alex Smit (0.82, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K), Ruben Medina (2.77, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Federico Baez (2.08, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 2 runners stranded). Yet only a Todd Frazier RBI single in the third dented the plate for the Mudcats.

5/1: Carolina rallied from four down in the seventh to tie the score at 4, but Chattanooga rallied for a run in the top of the ninth off Sean Watson (L 0-1, 1.80, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB) and won it, 5-4. Starter Travis Wood scattered six hits and five walks over five innings (1.35, 2 ER, 4 K, 93 pitches, only 49 strikes). Ramon Geronimo walked three of the six batters he faced; both he and Camilo Vazquez surrendered unearned runs. Carolina did manage to turn four double plays, thus wiping out some of the extra baserunners created by the Mudcats pitchers walking eleven (and hitting one) to go with ten Lookouts hits.

5/2: Carolina took forever to do it, but they finally get a W when SS Zach Cozart singled home C Chris Denove with the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning! Denove had smacked a two-run homer (#1) in the seventh to tie the game at 2 (off ex-Reds farmhand Travis Chick; Chick was also thrown out by LF Mike Griffin trying to score on a single in the top of the 7th). Justin Mallett turned in a quality start (5.06, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) and was capably followed by Federico Baez (1.80, 2 IP), Ruben Medina (2.40, 2 IP), Derrik Lutz (2.25, 2 IP) and Vazquez (W 1-0, 6.94, 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

5/3: Sean Watson suffered his second loss in as many appearances, surrendering a tiebreaking grand-slam homer in the seventh to the Lookouts as they won it, 5-1. Again control was the 2007 second-rounder’s problem; he walked three more in 1.2 innings (3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). That’s 10 walks in 11.2 innings. Geronimo walked a couple as well following Watson, but settled down to retire seven men without a hit. This cut his ERA by two runs (7.36, 2.1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K). Starter James Avery turned in another solid effort (3.21, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). CF Chris Heisey continued to reach base like crazy (.337, 1-for-2, 2 BB) and Frazier got two more hits (.290, albeit without a home run yet in 2009).

5/4: Nothing went right for the Mudcats pitchers, whether it was starter Misael DeJesus (L 1-3, 10.18, 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) or relievers Smit (3.29, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) or Baez (3.31, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). Baez came in with the bases loaded and all three runners scored (going to Smit’s ERA, of course). Chattanooga whomps Carolina, 12-4. LF Mike Griffin was 3-for-3 with a run scored (.253) and the unstoppable Heisey smacked two more singles and drew a walk (.345).

5/5: Southern League debut for 24-year-old Lakota West High School product Matt Klinker against Mobile (ARI)! As a Lakota grad, I root for the guy a little more than most. Sadly, it was rained out. :(

5/6: TRY IT AGAIN, MAKEUP MADNESS STYLE! Southern League debut for 24-year-old Lakota West High School product Matt Klinker against Mobile. An error by Francisco (#10 in 25 games, if you’re counting) on the very first batter Klinker faced might have been an unlucky start, but Matt grounded the next batter into a 6-3 double play! The second inning began with a leadoff single, but again the next hitter hit into a 6-4-3 twin killing. The third? Yep. A walk, then a 1-6-3. (My guess is that the fielding ability of Zach Cozart helped make all this possible.) The fourth, though, was not the same. Klinker got the first man out, but then walked the second and then BayBears RF Gerardo Parra (who had been, at one time, rumored to be going to Cincinnati in the Adam Dunn trade last year) stepped up and hit a two-run homer. A single and hit-by-pitch followed, but Klinker settled down to get a strikeout and fly to center to get out of it. Carolina staked their pitcher to a three-run lead in the second, as a bases-loaded walk to 2B Eric Eymann and a two-run double by Heisey did the trick. Francisco powered homer #5 in the fifth to make it 4-2. Klinker put up a 1-2-3 in the fifth and another in the sixth (striking out Parra upon facing him again, incidentally). In the bottom of 6, Klinker was pinch-hit for; he finished with a great first effort (W 1-0, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 HB, 89 pitches, 58 strikes). Sean Watson finished the seventh for save #2 and Carolina won it.

Travis Wood’s counter-intuitive 0-3, 1.35 line to start game two. He’s finally figured out that about the only way he can win is to give up no runs- so that’s what he did for six innings as Carolina spotted him a 2-0 lead (a two-run double in the fourth from Griffin). He was pulled after walking the leadoff man in the seventh for Geronimo, who promptly served up a double and a RBI groundout- but he finished the inning to notch the first W for Wood this season as well as save #2 for himself (6.75, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) in the 2-1 Mudcat victory. Travis’ final line: W 1-3, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 94 pitches, 60 strikes. He threw many more strikes this time around despite the four walks (and an overall poor 22-21 BB/K ratio in 32.2 IP). Chris Heisey did in his first two at-bats what he’s done all year- spray hits around the ballpark- but this time he was picked off first base after the second hit and then ejected for arguing the call. Oh, well- he’s still batting .355/.464/.602. (Did I mention the seventeen walks and six strikeouts yet?)

Moves & Notes: Sometime last week, the organization released 2B Michael DeJesus, younger brother of the Kansas City Royals outfielder and a 15th-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Coastal Carolina. DeJesus (stats are split here (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Michael-Dejesus.shtml) and here (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Michael-De-Jesus.shtml)), 25, progressed as far as Double-A in his four years as a Reds farmhand.

(5/4) RHS Matt Klinker promoted from Sarasota. RHS Dallas Buck placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to 5/2, with right shoulder inflammation.

High-A Sarasota

Record This Week: 2-5.

Overall: 9-17, last place, seven games out.

4/30: Another close loss, as St. Lucie (NYM) scored two in the bottom of 10 off Ben Davis (L 0-1, 5.79, 1.2 IP, 2 ER) when Mets RF Carlos Guzman homered. Starter Matt Klinker went six innings (5.40, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR). Sarasota tied the score at 5 in the top of the 7th after a two-run throwing error on an Alex Buchholz grounder scored 2B Kevyn Feiner and CF Justin Reed. Feiner finished 2-for-3 (.286) and Reed drove in two on a RBI infield hit earlier in that inning as well as a grounder in the second.

5/1: Sarasota got the tying run to second base with one out in the ninth after C Devin Mesoraco sacrificed RF Denis Phipps to second, but DH Carson Kainer (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, .276) and LF Dan Perales grounded out to end it. 1B Yonder Alonso singled in a run in the eighth (.228, 1-for-4). Starter Travis Webb was able to stretch it out to five innings (L 0-2, 4.43, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) but did not get a lot of run support.

5/2: Zach Stewart rights the ship after a couple of rough outings, going eight (!) innings and allowing just two runs, but those were the only two runs of the game as Sarasota was shut out on three hits. Stewart (L 0-1, 2.70, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) was backed by only an Alonso single, a Mesoraco double (still .148) and a single by a returning-from-the-DL Jake Kahauleilo. Kahauleilo then aggravated his left hand contusion mid-game and was taken back out and put on the 7-day DL again following the contest.

5/3: Alonso continues to get his big hits with men on base; he drove in three more with a first-inning homer (#5). (That’s 25 RBI in 23 G despite a so-so .233/.306/.465 line.) This along with 3B Neftali Soto’s second FSL homer a couple of innings later were all Jeremy Horst (W 1-2, 1.98, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) and three relievers (Del Rosario 1.2 IP 1 R, Valiquette 1 IP 0 ER, Davis 1 IP 2 H 2 K for save #3) needed to end the Reds’ losing streak, 4-3. Kainer picked up two more hits (.277) and Soto added a single to that homer (.220).

5/4: A three-run comeback in the ninth fell two runs short as the Reds lost to Fort Myers (MIN), 8-6. Again starter Jerry Gil struggled (L 0-5, 9.43, 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), although his ERA did go down by three-quarters of a run. Mesoraco did smash a solo homer (#2) and added a RBI single (.162) despite a throwing error and a passed ball. Alonso (2-for-4, R, RBI, .244), Kainer (2-for-5, 3B, RBI, .286) and Buchholz (2-for-4, .242) all increased their batting averages, although Alonso did commit two errors- one throwing and one fielding.

5/5: Righty Luis Montano, a Midwest League All-Star in 2008 as a starter for Dayton, made his first FSL start against the Miracle. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it out of the fourth inning (L 2-3, 6.14, 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) as Fort Myers whacked the Reds, 10-3. Lefties Joe Krebs, Steve Otterness and Phil Valiquette each gave up two runs in their respective relief stints. Alonso got two more hits to raise his average to .255 and Mesoraco doubled in a run and drew a walk (.171).

5/6: With Phipps slugging a two-run homer (#1), the Reds amassed four runs in the first off Fort Myers phenom Deolis Guerra (acquired from New York in the Johan Santana trade). They’d hang on to win, 6-5, with the Miracle’s comeback stopping short at the doorstep of closer Ben Davis (save #4, 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). Starter Travis Webb fought his control but did get his first win of the season (W 1-2, 4.62, 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K). Del Rosario was charged with two late runs in relief (1.59, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER). Phipps finished with three RBI total (.232, 2-for-3, BB, R) and also collected a pair of outfield assists. Kainer continued his hot hitting (3-for-4, 2 R, BB, .295) and so did Alonso (.273, 3-for-5, R, RBI- now seven for his last fourteen).

Moves & Notes: (5/2) INF Jake Kahauleilo activated; OF Justin Reed to Billings (somewhat unfairly). (5/3) Kahauleilo re-DLed; OF Justin Reed returned from Billings; LHR Steve Otterness up from Billings to replace the promoted Matt Klinker.

Low-A Dayton

Record This Week: 2-5

Overall: 7-19, last place, twelve games back.

4/30: Leo Astorga, still struggling with every start, failed to get an out in the third inning as five straight batters reached (18.00, 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K). Still, Dayton tied Beloit (MIN) at 3 with two in the fourth on 3B Frank Pfister’s RBI double and CF David Sappelt’s sacrifice fly. But two more Hammerheads runs in the bottom of the fourth off Jesus Carnevales (L 0-1, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) provided Beloit with enough for an eventual 6-4 victory. After letting the two inherited runners from Carnevales score, Lance Janke (1.62, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) did pitch well in relief, as he has all season. Pfister (.244), C Kevin Coddington (.400, 2B, R), and 1B Carlos Mendez (.409) each had a pair of hits. Sappelt finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk and steal #8 from the leadoff slot (.300). That was just his third walk of 2009 in 80-plus plate appearances; he’s batting .300/.321/.463.

5/1: Sappelt scored on a fielding error following a Cody Puckett single to give Dayton the tiebreaking run in the top of the 12th, 4-3! David lashed a pair of doubles and walked again to raise his average to .306. Puckett had just that single in four official trips (.221), but he also walked twice (one a bases-loaded freebie) and stole base #2. Pheenom Juan Carlos Sulbaran got his first official US pro appearance, and showed a little rust (2 HR in the first inning with the wind blowing out) but rebounded to finish four innings with those bombs being the only hits he permitted (2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K). Jordan Hotchkiss came on to shut out the Hammerheads for three innings (2.25), Bowman turned in 1.1 (6.75), Aguido Gonzalez 1.2 (4.91, 4 K), and Scott Gaffney two (W 1-0, 4.32, 1 H, 2 K). Great relief work by the Dragons bullpen overall.

5/2: The Tincaps from Fort Wayne (SD) continue their dominance over the MWL and specifically the Dragons, winning easily 6-1. Matt Fairel started and lost (L 1-2, 3.20, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 K). Mat Latos, the best pitching prospect in the San Diego organization, dominated Dayton on two hits and a walk in six shutout innings of relief to get the win.

5/3: Dayton blew a 3-0 lead as they lost their fifth straight to the Tincaps, 4-3. Josh Ravin turned in a solid effort (4.32, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Bowman served up a tiebreaking homer in the seventh to take the loss (L 0-3, 6.57, 2 IP, 1 ER). Mendez and SS Jose Rojas, neither known for their power, each smashed home runs (both #1) in the fifth inning for Dayton. Mendez finished 2-for-4 to stay above .300 (.306).

5/4: Make it six. This time Dayton scored five runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth (to lead 7-1), and STILL lost to Fort Wayne! Nuts. Gaffney (L 1-1, 4.82, BS #2, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) served up the fateful run, but Mace Thurman (5.28, 1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) didn’t help either. Starter Curtis Partch pitched scoreless ball… for three innings (6.85, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). DH Jordan Wideman drove in three runs with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly and C Kyle Day drove in two with a double.

5/5: Twenty-year-old Mexican righty Oscar Castro, fresh off a dominating outing against Beloit (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) last time out, headed Back Out There to face Clinton (SEA) at One Point Six Six Six Repeating Field. The first two batters tripled and homered. A couple more hits followed later in the inning but SS Miguel Rojas threw home to nab a runner trying to score on an infield single, so it stayed 2-0 LumberKings. Still, a rough first inning with a load of line drives. He was a little better in the second, getting out of a second-and-third-one-out jam (after his own throwing error on a sacrifice bunt) without any runs scoring. MEANWHILE, the Dragons did some scoring of their own and led 3-2 by the end of 3 and 5-4 by the end of 5. Castro left after six (5.40, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR) and a one-run lead. But, like so many other times in this young season, the bad guys came from behind against the Dragons bullpen. They tied the score in the eighth at 5 after a run that was charged to Bowman (let in by Gonzalez) then got two deciding runs in the ninth to pin Aguido with the loss (L 0-2, BS #1, 5.54, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), 7-5. Miguel Rojas led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, but the next three Dayton hitters went in order. Puckett had a great night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and steal #3 (.242) and Tony Brown drove in a pair of runs.

5/6: Rain delay in D-Town! The late start didn’t bother starter JC Sulbaran too much, as he looked good until the Lumberkings connected for back-to-back homers in third to tie the game at 3. That would be all Sulbaran allowed in five innings (6.00, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 3 HB). Dayton had scored three in the second on a RBI hit by Mendez and a pair of run-scoring throwing errors. Clinton grabbed the lead in the seventh with a pair off Leo Astorga (W 1-3, 14.36, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR), but the Dragons roared back for four in the bottom of the inning on RBI hits by Rojas and Day and bases-loaded walks to Puckett and Sappelt. They’d hang on to win, 7-5, as Jordan Hotchkiss came on to get the final out with the tying run at the plate (save #1). Day, playing left this time around, was 3-for-5 (.275). Coddington kept with his hot hitting (.370, 3-for-4, 2 R, 3B) and Mendez was 1-for-2 with three walks. New signee Stephen Chapman (see below) started at first base and went 1-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Moves & Notes: (5/1) OF Tony Brown was activated from the DL and OF Brandon Menchaca sent to extended spring training. Also, the Dragons added RHS Juan Carlos Sulbaran to the roster- he replaces Leo Astorga, who was sent back to Billings. Sulbaran, 19 and a 30th-round pick of the Reds last year (albeit with a $500,000 bonus), got a measure of fame during the World Baseball Classic this year while pitching for the Netherlands; among other things, he struck out Puerto Rico’s Ivan Rodriguez on three pitches. This and more in the press release (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3816123)!

(5/4) LHR Jesus Carnevales temporarily inactivated and Astorga reactivated. (5/6) OF Stephen Chapman (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Stephen-Chapman.shtml) was signed as a free agent. Chapman, 23, was a 6th-round pick in 2004 by Milwaukee out of a Florida high school. In 2007 he hit 24 homers in the Low-A South Atlantic League, but was let go after hitting .202 in High-A in 2008. Think Young Russell Branyan. RHR Mark James (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Mark-James.shtml), 21 and an offseason indy-league signee, was added to the roster from extended spring training. C Jordan Wideman was placed on the DL with a broken thumb (suffered in a home plate collision in the 5/4 game), while RHR Lance Janke (2.04 ERA in 6 G) was disabled with a sprained ankle.

OF Byron Wiley merited a “deep sleeper” mention (http://www.minorleagueball.com/2009/5/4/864378/hit-and-run) on the John Sickels website.

05-07-2009, 03:42 PM
Awesome. Thanks again for doing this. I always appreciate it.