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DTCromer
06-07-2009, 03:12 PM
6:15
Louisville: Homer Bailey
Lehigh Valley: Gustavo Chacin

3:05
Carolina: Travis Wood
Jacksonville: Graham Taylor

4:00
Sarasota Reds: Jerry Gil
Tampa: Jeremy Bleich

3:05
Dayton: JC Sulbaran
Great Lakes: Jon Michael Redding

11larkin11
06-07-2009, 03:44 PM
Some good pitching going for the Reds tonight

DTCromer
06-07-2009, 04:54 PM
Carolina and Dayton both being delayed to rain.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 06:03 PM
Wood: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

CTA513
06-07-2009, 06:38 PM
Wood: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

his updated line: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

GOYA
06-07-2009, 06:45 PM
Now 5 IP, 3 hits, 7 Ks.

0-0 through 5

CTA513
06-07-2009, 06:47 PM
Now 5 IP, 3 hits, 7 Ks.

0-0 through 5

Its good to see that hes lowered the amount of walks given up lately.

Superdude
06-07-2009, 06:53 PM
like the strikeouts from Wood. I was pretty skeptical of his success early, but his K/BB ratio seems to be improving as the year goes on.

GOYA
06-07-2009, 06:58 PM
Make it 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K

SMcGavin
06-07-2009, 07:09 PM
like the strikeouts from Wood. I was pretty skeptical of his success early, but his K/BB ratio seems to be improving as the year goes on.

Me too, but his line tonight looks fantastic. Hope he keeps it up.

NC Reds
06-07-2009, 07:09 PM
Nine strikeouts in 7 innings. Wood is terrific.

mound_patrol
06-07-2009, 07:10 PM
I know Woods has been rated to having one of the best changeups in minor league baseball, but is it a pitch he is effective with inside the strikezone? Or is it something where its only effective when they're hacking at it out of the zone?

GOYA
06-07-2009, 07:16 PM
Cozart gets his daily homerun out of his system.

1-0 Mudcats

GOYA
06-07-2009, 07:17 PM
The Bats open the game with an error on Bankston. :(

NC Reds
06-07-2009, 07:24 PM
Down goes Frazier!

Actually, he hit a homer. 2-0 Mudcats.

CTA513
06-07-2009, 07:26 PM
Wood: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 07:26 PM
Wood: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K

Brilliant start by Wood.

GOYA
06-07-2009, 07:31 PM
Homer gets out of the first. He looks sharp. He gave up one hit but that was on a good pitch, down and in.

He's not having any trouble getting any of his pitches over.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 07:32 PM
Wood gets the shutout!

9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K, 107 pitches

WOW! What a start by Travis Wood.

SirFelixCat
06-07-2009, 07:34 PM
Stellar job by Travis. Really impressive.

What kind of team does Jax have?

GOYA
06-07-2009, 07:38 PM
Great job by Wood.

Now when is some of this talent going to come to Louisville?

GOYA
06-07-2009, 07:45 PM
Bailey

2 IP
1 H
0 R
0 BB
2 K

33 Pitches - 24 strikes 73%

GOYA
06-07-2009, 07:50 PM
DL report:

Valaika is making excellent progress. He's out of his cast.

Thompson is making progress as well.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 07:51 PM
Sulbaran was scheduled to start today but was scratched after the long rain delay. Andrew Bowman pitched instead and threw five great innings: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

GIDP
06-07-2009, 07:53 PM
Bailey is driving me nuts. He is at least progressing it seems.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 08:02 PM
Bailey: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

GOYA
06-07-2009, 08:03 PM
Homer threw 10 pitches in a 1-2-3 3rd inning.

9 were strikes and the one ball was on an 0-2 count.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 08:15 PM
Cozart went 2-for-4 with a double and a HR (#6) today to push his OPS up to .810 on the season.

GOYA
06-07-2009, 08:21 PM
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bailey 4.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.55

Pitches-strikes: Bailey 57-42 74%

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 08:28 PM
Drew Sutton is starting to heat up. He's 2-for-2 with a double today and has his OPS up to .882.

GOYA
06-07-2009, 08:31 PM
1-0 Bats on a Tatum RBI single.

Homer lines into an inning ending DP.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 08:43 PM
Bailey: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

GOYA
06-07-2009, 08:56 PM
Bankston has an RBI single and Sutton is definitely swinging a hot bat right now 3-3 with 2 doubles.

2-0 Bats.

GOYA
06-07-2009, 09:10 PM
Homer is cruising along.


Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bailey 6.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 3.44

Pitches-strikes: Bailey 95-67 - 71%

CTA513
06-07-2009, 09:15 PM
Gary Majewski is pitching against Louisville right now.

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 09:34 PM
Homer allows an infield single to load the bases with two outs. Robert Manuel is coming in to replace him.

Right now, Homer's line looks like this:

6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K...all seven hits were singles.

Homer's last two starts:

14.2 IP, 11 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 14 K

GOYA
06-07-2009, 09:36 PM
OBM's line for Homer is his final line. Manuel comes in to get the K to end the threat.

JaxRed
06-07-2009, 09:36 PM
Well back from the Lookouts game. About 2 hour delay to start, that was fun. Alonso and Heisey continued to have a bad series at the plate. Obviously you saw that Cozart and Frazier had homers. Cozarts was a no-noubter, Frazier's didn't clear by that much.
Frazier's other hit was a infield single and he walked.

The player of the day was Travis Wood, I'd seen him several other times before, but he looks like a new man. Before watching him was frustrating as you'd say "just throw some strikes". His control today was stellar. Even when he missed it wasn't by much.

The other thing, (and this could be just my imagination) I thought there used to be a more pronounced difference between the speed on his fastball and changeup. It just seems there is less difference, and he can now control them.

I didn't see any other pitchers. :)

The other thing that has impressed me has been Franciso's defense. He may not have huge range, but he catches everything (even hard hit stuff) and his throws have always been spot on.

reds44
06-07-2009, 09:40 PM
Stubbs just doubled and is 2-4. I'd call both him and Richar up tomorrow. Get some new blood up here. Stubs gives quality ABs.

HokieRed
06-07-2009, 09:43 PM
Just noticed that a couple of guys playing for the Iron Pigs are ones who got a lot of attention on RZ in proposed trades last year: Jason Donald, SS, currently OPSing .610, and Lou Marson, C, .677. Looks like maybe we were lucky Arroyo didn't go to the Phils for these guys.

dougdirt
06-07-2009, 09:48 PM
Just noticed that a couple of guys playing for the Iron Pigs are ones who got a lot of attention on RZ in proposed trades last year: Jason Donald, SS, currently OPSing .610, and Lou Marson, C, .677. Looks like maybe we were lucky Arroyo didn't go to the Phils for these guys.

Yeah, but that's not all much different that what anyone should have expected from them anyways. They are both real light hitters and always have been.

HokieRed
06-07-2009, 09:51 PM
Yeah, but that's not all much different that what anyone should have expected from them anyways. They are both real light hitters and always have been.


Agree. Their numbers don't surprise me any.

reds44
06-07-2009, 10:08 PM
Stubbs is 3-5 now

OnBaseMachine
06-07-2009, 10:34 PM
Stubbs is 3-5 now

He also stole his 19th base.

GOYA
06-07-2009, 10:40 PM
I need to post about his slump more often.

11larkin11
06-07-2009, 11:30 PM
Well back from the Lookouts game. About 2 hour delay to start, that was fun. Alonso and Heisey continued to have a bad series at the plate. Obviously you saw that Cozart and Frazier had homers. Cozarts was a no-noubter, Frazier's didn't clear by that much.
Frazier's other hit was a infield single and he walked.

The player of the day was Travis Wood, I'd seen him several other times before, but he looks like a new man. Before watching him was frustrating as you'd say "just throw some strikes". His control today was stellar. Even when he missed it wasn't by much.

The other thing, (and this could be just my imagination) I thought there used to be a more pronounced difference between the speed on his fastball and changeup. It just seems there is less difference, and he can now control them.

I didn't see any other pitchers. :)

The other thing that has impressed me has been Franciso's defense. He may not have huge range, but he catches everything (even hard hit stuff) and his throws have always been spot on.

Milb.com has him up on the homepage right now, and it says he had all FIVE of his pitches working tonight.

I'm strictly guessing here, but does he throw a 2-seam, 4-seam, change, curve, slider?

11larkin11
06-07-2009, 11:36 PM
Mesoraco went 0-2 with 2 BBs tonight. He has had a pretty good eye. His AVG is only .207, but his OBP is almost 100 points higher at .304. I think the hitting will come around, and half of his hits are XBH. There are some positives, and I think he has only 4 PB this year, much less than last year.

camisadelgolf
06-08-2009, 12:01 AM
2010 - repeat A+; advance to AA late in the season
2011 - get on 40-man roster and optioned; stay in AA
2012 - succeed in AA; advance to AAA
2013 - put things together in AAA; possibly a September call-up
2014 - be on a Major League roster, be released, or sent to another team

In five years, he could be out of baseball, a top prospect, or anything in between. Heck, by that time, it wouldn't surprise me if he will have seen some time at the Major League level. I think a lot of people exaggerate how urgent his situation is. He has until 2014 to figure things out if he's going to have a career with the Reds.

Luvsbaseball
06-08-2009, 12:24 AM
Milb.com has him up on the homepage right now, and it says he had all FIVE of his pitches working tonight.

I'm strictly guessing here, but does he throw a 2-seam, 4-seam, change, curve, slider?



-- fastball, cutter, slider, curve and changeup --

camisadelgolf
06-08-2009, 12:54 AM
Bailey has his best K/BB ratio in three years. I really think he's turned a corner and just needs a little more time before he's ready to stay up with the big club.

Benihana
06-08-2009, 08:45 AM
Bailey has his best K/BB ratio in three years. I really think he's turned a corner and just needs a little more time before he's ready to stay up with the big club.

Good, because he's running out of time. Bailey now has less than four months and counting to prove he can pitch well somewhat consistently at the major league level or he's outta here.

DTCromer
06-08-2009, 09:40 AM
Good, because he's running out of time. Bailey now has less than four months and counting to prove he can pitch well somewhat consistently at the minor league level or he's outta here.

Fixed it for you.

OnBaseMachine
06-08-2009, 12:38 PM
Bailey stays in ace form as Bats defeat IronPigs
Starter throws 6 2/3 scoreless innings
By Michael Grant mgrant@courier-journal.com June 7, 2009

With Matt Maloney up in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds, Homer Bailey is the Louisville Bats' ace.

Bailey continued his hot streak on Sunday night by handcuffing Lehigh Valley in a 4-1 victory at Louisville Slugger Field. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 14-2/3 innings, working 6-2/3 last night after eight shutout innings at Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Bailey's season-opening start seems like a distant memory.

Since allowing eight earned runs on April9, Bailey's ERA is 2.15. He and Matt Maloney were a formidable one-two punch.

Maloney started for the Reds on Saturday night, and Bailey is pitching as if he's eager to get another shot with the Reds. (He allowed six runs in 41/3 innings at Cincinnati on May23). Sunday night, the right-hander struck out six and allowed seven hits all singles and no walks.

Louisville manager Rick Sweet said the biggest change in Bailey is a split-finger fastball.

"That really adds to his arsenal. It's a big pitch for him," he said. "When he first got here he was a two-pitch pitcher: fastball, slow curveball. He added a slider last year which is a great pitch. His curveball is pushed back to his third or fourth pitch. The split-finger is right up there as a second or third pitch."

Sweet said a split-finger could help Bailey get another shot in the majors.

"It's the other end of the spectrum," he said. "95 (mph fastball) then 85 (split-finger). It's in place of a change-up, which is something that he just hasn't been able to master. This pitch he has already mastered."

Bailey had retired 18of21 before getting in trouble in his final inning. With the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, Bailey was pulled by manager Rick Sweet, and the crowd of 8,371 gave him a rousing ovation. Robert Manuel came on in relief and got a called third strike on Jason McDonald to end the inning.

It was the second time this season Bailey had no walks.

"I think it's fastball command," he said. "It's more about that than the split. Fastball command opens up everything with the other pitches: the fastball, the slider, the split."

Bailey had successfully worked his way out of jams two previous times. In the top of the first, Lehigh Valley had runners at the corners with one out. Bailey struck out Andy Tracy and got John Mayberry Jr. to ground out.

In the fifth, the IronPigs opened with consecutive singles. Bailey struck out Jason Ellison. After Lehigh Valley pitcher Gustavo Chacin sacrificed the runners into scoring position, Rich Thompson grounded out.

The final two outs of the first started a run of 11 in a row retired by Bailey (6-5, 3.41).

The Bats scratched out an unearned run against Chacin (0-1) in the fourth. Drew Sutton and Michael Griffin had back-to-back one-out hits. Luis Bolivar hit a shot to right-center that Ellison tracked down in full stride. Catcher Lou Marson's throwing error allowed Sutton to go from second to third. Craig Tatum hit a single to left field for a 1-0 lead.

Louisville got its second run in the fifth. Bankston's two-out RBI scored Drew Stubbs, who had stolen third base, for a 2-0 lead. Bankston added another RBI hit in the seventh to make it 3-0. Norris Hopper's RBI fielder's choice in the eighth made it 4-0.

The Bats pounded out 14 hits. Every starting position player had at least one hit.

Lehigh Valley spoiled the shutout when Jeremy Slayden homered in the ninth.

Louisville (28-28) climbed to .500 for the first time since May16, when it was 16-16.

Michael Grant can be reached at (502) 582-4069.

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090607/SPORTS07/906070436/1002/SPORTS/Bailey+stays+in+ace+form+as+Bats+defeat+IronPigs

fearofpopvol1
06-08-2009, 12:49 PM
Stubbs just doubled and is 2-4. I'd call both him and Richar up tomorrow. Get some new blood up here. Stubs gives quality ABs.

Who would you send down? Problem is, I think Stubbs can use some more time down there and I don't think he'll see much playing time with Taveras and Dickerson.

lollipopcurve
06-08-2009, 12:57 PM
"That really adds to his arsenal. It's a big pitch for him," he said. "When he first got here he was a two-pitch pitcher: fastball, slow curveball. He added a slider last year which is a great pitch. His curveball is pushed back to his third or fourth pitch. The split-finger is right up there as a second or third pitch."

It's really been fascinating to follow Bailey's development. Another year, another secondary pitch. How this finally shakes out, who knows. But it's good to hear he's got one -- the split -- that's working (for now). Not a big fan of the split-finger, for health reasons, but maybe it won't bother Bailey. Nice to see, too, that he recognizes that fastball command is job #1.

Development takes time. I'm satisfied that Homer is making progress in 09.

Spazzrico
06-08-2009, 02:51 PM
It's really been fascinating to follow Bailey's development. Another year, another secondary pitch. How this finally shakes out, who knows. But it's good to hear he's got one -- the split -- that's working (for now). Not a big fan of the split-finger, for health reasons, but maybe it won't bother Bailey. Nice to see, too, that he recognizes that fastball command is job #1.

Development takes time. I'm satisfied that Homer is making progress in 09.

Didn't know the split-finger was problematic. What sort of things have been known to develop?

Scrap Irony
06-08-2009, 04:47 PM
Tendinitis leading to TJ surgery, if not corrected.

traderumor
06-08-2009, 05:47 PM
In the fifth, the IronPigs opened with consecutive singles.Great nickname.

Superdude
06-08-2009, 06:50 PM
He didn't have the split when he got called up did he? Has he "mastered" the pitch that quick?

KoryMac5
06-08-2009, 07:36 PM
If I remember correctly Mike Scott was just an average pitcher until Roger Craig taught him the split finger pitch. The next season he went on to win 18 games hopefully Bailey can find success with it.