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mace
08-25-2011, 03:34 PM
Today, your youthful AZL Reds continue their quest to catch the evil AZL Dodgers for first place in their division (the AZL Central, as I'm sure you knew). At the least, a victory over their complex-mates, the AZL Indians, would tighten their grip on the wildcard berth for the postseason playoffs.

This will be a considerable task, however, considering that the estimable roundballer, Lucas O'Rear, has yielded three runs in the bottom of the first.

mace
08-25-2011, 03:37 PM
Carolina lost 5-3. Nothing heroic to note. The highlights were a pinch double by Grandal and two scoreless innings from Tim Gustafson. See what I'm sayin'?

texasdave
08-25-2011, 03:43 PM
Carolina lost 5-3. Nothing heroic to note. The highlights were a pinch double by Grandal and two scoreless innings from Tim Gustafson. See what I'm sayin'?

Reliever Chris Mobley made his 3rd PA of the season and is batting 1.000 - two hits and one sac fly.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 03:45 PM
AZL Reds are facing off against the AZL Indians today. They currently lead their opponent by three games with four to play. A win today guarantees them at least the wildcard spot in the playoffs.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 03:55 PM
O'Rear gives up three more in the second. Walk, walk, walk, single and wild pitch produced the trifecta. Brandon Dailey lashes out the first AZL Reds hit on the afternoon. A pitching change produces a 1-2-3 bottom of the third. After three full Baby Reds trail 6 zip. O'Rear's ERA is an even 9.00 on the season. Not good.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 04:58 PM
AZL Reds trail 7-0 in the middle of the 8th. Two singles on the day.

muddie
08-25-2011, 07:30 PM
Matt Klinker posted this on his twitter account a couple of hours ago.

Verdict in on the MRI - non-displaced fracture to one of my ribs. Official end to my season.

Tough way to end the season for one of my favorites in the entire organization.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 09:26 PM
Louisville slopping some Iron Pigs tonight. 5-4. Maloney on the mound. All the regulars have a hit except for Castro. Negron hit number 8 on the season. It is in the 5th.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 09:28 PM
Dayton leads Great Lakes 1 zip. Torreyes was HBP, two walks and a ground out produced a run. The Loons pitcher has struck out 8 Dragons in 4 innings. Lotzkar has hurled four shutout frames for Dayton.

cinreds21
08-25-2011, 09:36 PM
Apparently Klink is heading home for the final week and some change.

mace
08-25-2011, 09:44 PM
Torreyes drove in Bowe with a triple. 2-0 Dayton after five.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 09:59 PM
Are Wilin Rosario and Yasmani Grandal comparable prospects? It was reported that the Astros wanted Rosario OR Pomeranz for Wandy Rodriguez. I guess the next logical question is would you give up Grandal for Rodriguez?

cinreds21
08-25-2011, 10:10 PM
No.

mace
08-25-2011, 10:18 PM
How often does a guy hit two triples in a game? Torreyes.

It's now 7-0 Dayton.

camisadelgolf
08-25-2011, 10:20 PM
Why would the Astros want a catcher? They already have Jason Castro. But to answer the question, salary constraints aside, I'd do that trade. Rodriguez is very good (and underpaid compared to the rest of the league). Grandal is still a big question mark, and Mesoraco makes him expendable.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 10:30 PM
Jason Castro missed the entire season with a torn meniscus. Maybe there are questions about his coming all the way back. Or maybe they see a position switch for him.

mace
08-25-2011, 10:42 PM
Louisville finishes, 6-5. Boxberger with the save. Two doubles for Valaika, who seems to have picked it up lately. He played SS tonight.

texasdave
08-25-2011, 10:54 PM
Lotzkar pitched six strong innings tonight. 0 ER 6 H 2 BB 4 K.

Edd Roush
08-25-2011, 11:37 PM
Love seeing that line from Lotzkar. Lots of exciting potential in the minor leagues right now.

mace
08-26-2011, 01:02 AM
Gotta love Billings. Scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win 7-6. With two outs, Waldrop tied it with his fourth single of the game (unusual for him; he usually mixes in an EBH), and Arias drove him in with a double.

GOYA
08-26-2011, 02:15 AM
Two doubles for Valaika, who seems to have picked it up lately. He played SS tonight.

Valaika in August:

.303/.327/.494 - .821

lollipopcurve
08-26-2011, 08:02 AM
Bring up Valaika and let him play some SS. The kid has shown pretty well at the bat in the majors, and if he's got a future as a utility player you want to know how well he handles short. It would be inane to keep Renteria active at this point.

Scrap Irony
08-26-2011, 09:55 AM
Agreed, lollipop.

On another note, Waldrop now has an 809 OPS, with a slugging ofaround 500. He needs work on taking a walk. But he's 19, with an exciting future ahead of him. He'll be a nice RF for Dayton next season.

Another Billings OF having a great year is Juan Silva, who also has hit very well this season, with an OPS over 820. He takes a walk, but needs to add more punch. As a LF, he's going to need to mash to move the prospect needle all that much. But he's definitely another interesting OFer for Dayton's fans to root for.

Bryson Smith is another OF laying waste to the Pioneer League. In an extremely small sample, Smith has shown power (3 HR in 13 games), a decent eye at the plate, and a little speed. He's older (22) and a CF.

And, to add a little spice, there's another OF who's also hitting really, really well, in Spencer Dickinson. His 852 OPS leads all Billings' OFers and he's 21, ready to move up. He's shown an outstanding eye at the plate (30 BBs in 42 games) and good speed (7/10 in the SB department).

Add these four to the likes of Sean Buckley (leading the Pioneer League in HR and among the tops in every offensive category), Juan Perez (SS with a 900+ OPS in 30 games), Nick O'Shea (833 OPS as a part-time C), Danny Vicioso (the "other" Billings C OPSing over 800), Robert Maddox (DH with 10 HR), and Ryan Wright, and you've got a really exciting team to call Fifth Third home in 2012.

Tony Cloninger
08-26-2011, 11:33 AM
I like Boxberger but he does give up more walks for a reliever than he should. He is going to make you nervous in the majors.

Is the BOS LHP Andrew Miller basically a comp to Matt Maloney?

Scrap Irony
08-26-2011, 12:54 PM
Boxberger's advantage is that he doesn't allow any hits (5.0/9 this season in AA and AAA), so he can survive the walks. That said, he'll need to drop about a walk a game to be successful in the majors.

Miller has better stuff and a better pedigree (for whatever that's worth).

_Sir_Charles_
08-26-2011, 11:23 PM
Jason Castro missed the entire season with a torn meniscus. Maybe there are questions about his coming all the way back. Or maybe they see a position switch for him.

I highly doubt a position switch on him. He's very good there. No, it's the injury question. Not to mention the fact that they're pretty much looking at minor league players at EVERY position. The cupboard is THAT bare.