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muddie
04-13-2011, 07:35 PM
After a day off and a long bus ride, the Mudcats are in Huntsville for an 07:43 start. Daryl Thompson will go for Carolina. He should have gotten a victory in the opener but Donnie Joseph couldn't get the job done.

Mike Costanzo is the offensive machine through the first series.

1.143 SLG
.429 AVG.
7 RBI
2 HR

His grand slam on Monday was the first one since 2009 for Carolina.

Felix Perez has a .105 batting average and Denis Phipps is at .150.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 08:21 PM
Billy Hamilton reached first after a strikeout. He stole 2nd and 3rd. Yorman walked, but the Dragons failed to score.

Louisville is up 5-0 in the first. Mesoraco powered a single into right on a broken bat with the bases loaded to plate 2, a 3rd reached on a throwing error. Dorn followed it up with an absolute blast of a HR.

batsfan
04-13-2011, 08:29 PM
Wow we are good! Alonso just made a nice play in left!

muddie
04-13-2011, 08:35 PM
Good stuff on Louisville. Klinker is starting and this should give him a cushion.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 08:35 PM
Wow we are good! Alonso just made a nice play in left!

I want to expand on this a little bit. It was one of those reach far and then dive catches, but the dive happened after the catch. What Alonso showed on the play was a good route and a very good break/reaction on the ball. His lack of speed did indeed show up though. Certainly a good play though.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 08:50 PM
Dayton is down 3-0 and Lake County is still threatening.

Louisville is up 5-3 in the 2nd.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 08:52 PM
Corcino gives up a HR and its now 6-0 the Dragons are trailing.

muddie
04-13-2011, 08:59 PM
Soto's error at first leads to run one for the Stars in the first.

kbrake
04-13-2011, 08:59 PM
I want to expand on this a little bit. It was one of those reach far and then dive catches, but the dive happened after the catch. What Alonso showed on the play was a good route and a very good break/reaction on the ball. His lack of speed did indeed show up though. Certainly a good play though.

Doug, does it seem like Alonso is becoming a realistic option for LF at the major league level?

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:02 PM
Stars up 2-0.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 09:03 PM
Doug, does it seem like Alonso is becoming a realistic option for LF at the major league level?

He isn't quite there yet. But I can see a difference between this year and last year. But last year, he was really bad. I have seen him take a few bad routes early on this season. Of course the Reds current left fielder also still does that (last night in the 10th for example where his first TWO steps were IN on a ball that he had to back up on to catch leaping).

kbrake
04-13-2011, 09:06 PM
He isn't quite there yet. But I can see a difference between this year and last year. But last year, he was really bad. I have seen him take a few bad routes early on this season. Of course the Reds current left fielder also still does that (last night in the 10th for example where his first TWO steps were IN on a ball that he had to back up on to catch leaping).

Thanks for the info. I knew everything I read last year was that he was brutal out there but seemed like he put some work into it during the offseason. Appreciate the updates and the info.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:06 PM
Stars up 5-0 in the first. Phipps throwing error contributes. Soto's error is very costly at this point. The ball went between his legs. This game is already a train wreck.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:12 PM
Three errors later the Mudcats retire the Stars in the first. Five runs across.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 09:15 PM
Dayton is down 7-0. Daniel Corcino is out of the game.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:20 PM
The Mudcats go without a peep. Huntsville up in the bottom of the 2nd.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:27 PM
Thompson solid in the 2nd. Still 5-0 Huntsville after two.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:40 PM
Top of the 4th. No change in score.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:47 PM
The # 2,3,and 4 hitters for the Bats tonight are under .200 averages at the plate.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:51 PM
Tom Browning is filling in as the Mudcats pitching coach on this trip as Tom Brown's father passed and he is away for that.

muddie
04-13-2011, 09:58 PM
Wily Peralta has struck out 8 Mudcats. Cody Puckett gets the first Mudcats hit in the fifth with a double.

muddie
04-13-2011, 10:00 PM
Back to back hits as Jake Kahaulileo drives in Puckett. 5-1 Stars.

muddie
04-13-2011, 10:02 PM
Jeff Jeffords in for the Mudcats as Thompson's night is done as the Mudcats are done in the fifth.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 10:04 PM
Dave Sappelt hit a 2 run HR to give Louisville a 7-3 lead. Opposite field and he knew it off the bat.

muddie
04-13-2011, 10:10 PM
Bottom of the fifth and it is now 6-1 Huntsville and they are hitting everything. I'm hoping the 8th place hitting team in the Southern League can rally. Guess I'll find out in the morning.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 10:13 PM
Dayton now down 9-0.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 10:19 PM
Dragons now down 11-0. Bases still loaded for Lake County.

dougdirt
04-13-2011, 10:22 PM
Dragons trail 13-0 heading to the 9th inning.

texasdave
04-13-2011, 10:44 PM
Top of the 9th with the Bats still leading by a score of 7-3. Sappelt with three hits lifting his average to .423. Obviously not ready yet.

texasdave
04-13-2011, 10:46 PM
After 7 Mudcats trail 6-3. Soto with a bomb. Boxberger two scoreless frames in relief.

texasdave
04-13-2011, 10:47 PM
Dragons with a run in the come up just short - 13-1. 3 hits for Dayton on the night. Their run in the ninth was a result of a single, two wild pitches and a ground out.

texasdave
04-13-2011, 10:50 PM
Bakersfield starting soon. Pedro Villareal on the mound. He struck out 9 batters in 5 2/3 IP in his first outing for the Blaze. There is no truth to the rumor that they are called the Blaze because their home park should be burned to the ground.

Superdude
04-13-2011, 11:18 PM
Dayton is rough. Mark Katz is probably fuming about now!

dougdirt
04-14-2011, 12:06 AM
Dayton is rough. Mark Katz is probably fuming about now!

He doesn't cover the team anymore, so I don't know if it bothers him so much.

dougdirt
04-14-2011, 12:13 AM
Bakersfield is up 6-0. Eric Campbell has a 2 run HR.

GOYA
04-14-2011, 12:48 AM
Final - Bats 10 - Tribe 4


Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Sappelt 5 3 3 1 0 1 2 0 1 .423
Cozart 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Alonso 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .174
Frazier 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200
Hermida 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .381
Mesoraco 5 1 2 1 0 0 5 0 2 .318
Dorn 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 .500
Valaika 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286
Klinker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
McCulloch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Gil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Klinker (W, 2-0) 5.0 8 3 3 1 2 1 4.91
McCulloch 2.2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Gil 1.1 1 1 1 1 2 0 5.40

mace
04-14-2011, 02:03 AM
Bakersfield wins 7-3. Pedro Villarreal pitched into the seventh after holding Modesto scoreless over the first five. He's looking good, considering it's the California League.

reds44
04-14-2011, 05:19 AM
How long does Sappelt murder minor league pitching until he is called up? I understand we don't have a need for another OFer right now, but he has to be of more use off the bench than Francisco (as much as I like him) and Cairo.

muddie
04-14-2011, 06:28 AM
Looks like the Mudcats made some noise late but not enough.

Phipps is really struggling right now at the top of the order. The guy was 0-4 last night with 4 K's. Felix Perez is bad too. Last night they were the top two guys in the order. Throw in three errors and it all adds up.

Arredondo was perfect, K'd three in one inning of work. Saw him the other day and he is money right now.

It feels a lot like last year right about now...

Huntsville generally brings up the rear in Southern League attendance but they drew over 5,000 in their opener last night. Good for them.

Superdude
04-14-2011, 07:54 AM
How long does Sappelt murder minor league pitching until he is called up? I understand we don't have a need for another OFer right now, but he has to be of more use off the bench than Francisco (as much as I like him) and Cairo.

No need to rush him up here for a few at bats a week. I'm starting to wonder if he'll be a trade piece come summer if he's still mashing down there in Louisville. I think this is the year Walt finally cashes in some of these blocked upper level prospects for help at the deadline.

OesterPoster
04-14-2011, 10:16 AM
Sappelt will always hit, but remember that his primary agenda in AAA is to become a better baserunner and defensive outfielder. I could see them continue to polish him up for trade bait too.

Benihana
04-14-2011, 11:10 AM
I think the emerging question may become who will be a better trade chip/who would you rather keep- Yonder Alonso or Dave Sappelt?

Certainly at least one of them should be dealt this summer to bolster the big league club.

cinreds21
04-14-2011, 12:03 PM
I think the emerging question may become who will be a better trade chip/who would you rather keep- Yonder Alonso or Dave Sappelt?

Certainly at least one of them should be dealt this summer to bolster the big league club.

Teams will only be interested in Yonder.

Not many people are too fond on Sapp. I personally think he'll do fine in the big leagues, but it seems that only the Reds and RedZone have a man crush on him, no one else.

lollipopcurve
04-14-2011, 12:07 PM
Not many people are too fond on Sapp. I personally think he'll do fine in the big leagues, but it seems that only the Reds and RedZone have a man crush on him, no one else.

As a player or person?

I have a feeling there would be plenty of teams interested in Sappelt the player at this point. Not too sure about Alonso, though.

cinreds21
04-14-2011, 12:45 PM
As a player or person?

I have a feeling there would be plenty of teams interested in Sappelt the player at this point. Not too sure about Alonso, though.

As a player.

lollipopcurve
04-14-2011, 12:59 PM
As a player.

I have a feeling Sappelt has the jury re-evaluating things.

cinreds21
04-14-2011, 01:05 PM
I have a feeling Sappelt has the jury re-evaluating things.

That's still of this off-season, going into this season. I just have a feel that from what I've gathered, not too many people are high up on Sapp other than the Reds.

Don't get me wrong, I am sure there are some teams that covet Sapp. But it's not the same way through all 30 teams.

_Sir_Charles_
04-14-2011, 01:19 PM
Billy Hamilton reached first after a strikeout. He stole 2nd and 3rd. Yorman walked, but the Dragons failed to score.

Louisville is up 5-0 in the first. Mesoraco powered a single into right on a broken bat with the bases loaded to plate 2, a 3rd reached on a throwing error. Dorn followed it up with an absolute blast of a HR.

That's freaking hilarious. He turned a strikeout into a triple. :O)

Concerning Dorn...it makes me wonder what the kid's got to do to get the Reds attention. What do you guys think he'd have to post this year in order to have a legitimate shot next spring?

GOYA
04-14-2011, 01:49 PM
That's freaking hilarious. He turned a strikeout into a triple. :O)

Concerning Dorn...it makes me wonder what the kid's got to do to get the Reds attention. What do you guys think he'd have to post this year in order to have a legitimate shot next spring?

It makes me wonder when Hamilton is going to try to steal home.

At this point, I don't think there's anything Dorn can do. Maybe run a 4.2 40. But even lack of speed doesn't seem to be the problem. Yonder is definitely slower than Dorn.

reds44
04-14-2011, 02:54 PM
I think the emerging question may become who will be a better trade chip/who would you rather keep- Yonder Alonso or Dave Sappelt?

Certainly at least one of them should be dealt this summer to bolster the big league club.
You keep Sappelt. Alonso has one use to the Reds, trade bait.