Re: Thursday 6/07/2012 Minor League Updates
Bakersfield vs Visalia
Visalia Top 1
Josh SMith Pitching
Freeman ground out 6-3
LaPensee singles to right then Griffin flies out to right. 2 down.
LaPensee steals 2d but Borchering pops out to Vasquez at third.
Billy Blaze leads off with a single and waits a pitch before stealing second, his 68th.
Lohman flies to right and Billy tags and goes to third.
Bryson Smith grounds out 4-3 with Hamilton scoring.
Mattair strikes out looking.
1-0 Blaze end of 1
Visalia Top 2nd
Weber flies tp Mathews playing left field.
Broxton singles up the middle
Bell flies out to Smith in center. 2 down.
Broxton runs but Viscioso pops up and guns a strike to Lohman nailing him at second. 3 down.
Bakersfield bottom 2
D'Anna laces a line drive but its right at RF LaPensee
Vasquez lofts fly to LaPensee for the second out.
Jaren Mathews times a pitch and smacks it right up the middle for a single, then steals second.
All for naught, though as Viscioso strikes out swinging.
1-0 Blaze end of 2.
Meo is supposed to be a strikeout pitcher but so far he only has Mattair and Viscioso as victims. The Blaze are hitting him. Curveballer Smith is keeping the Rawhide off balance so far.
This game features a few Blaze just getting started. This is Viciosa's 3rd game, and only the 15th for D'Anna and Mathews, and the 11th for Niko Vasquez. Josh Smith is trying to improve his 4.27 ERA. His big curveball is getting him K's but he's also been hittable so far - right at a hit and a K an inning. This is his 12th start. With Lutz out and Vidal promoted, 2nd baseman Devin Lohman is the man the team relies on for power, 2nd on the team in homers (8). Theo Bowe, Bryson SMith and Billy Hamilton have been hitting for average and high OBP too. Vicioso has a hot start but in just 2 games its hard to draw much inference from his numbers.
The Blaze continues to win despite promotions of Tony Cingrani and Dave Vidal and the injury to Donald Lutz. A deep lineup and solid pitching staff has the Blaze in first place and the distinction of being easily the best minor league franchise so far this season for the parent Reds.
Visalia top 3
Smith gets "Rip" Van Winkle to fly out to James Ewing in RF. Ewing can also play 2nd base. 1 down.
Groff hits a grounder to third that Vasquez can't get to first in time, ball gets away from D'Anna, error on throw. Groff takes second.
Smith gets Freeman to ground to second, Groff going to 3rd. 2 down
LaPensee fans on a big Smith hammer curveball.
Blaze Bottom 3
Easy inning for Rawhide as Ewing, Hamilton and Lohman all ground out. 4-3, 4-3, 5-3
1-0 Blaze end of 3.