Record this week: 3-4. Overall: 16-11, 1.5 games behind Toledo (DET). The Bats tied a club record for wins in April with 16, incidentally.
4/24: Justin Lehr on the hill for the Bats against Indianapolis (and ex-MLB Indian, oddly enough) fireballin’ reliever Jason Davis. LF Chris Dickerson led off with a single and was immediately Sweetballed to second by SS Paul Janish’s sacrifice bunt. Free outs= FUNDAMENTALS! CF Jay Bruce struck out, though, and on that final pitch Dickerson was gunned down (not literally) trying to steal third to end the inning. Oof. Anyway, the proceedings were quiet until the fourth, when Bruce led off with a single, 2B Andy Phillips walked, and the two executed a double steal. 1B Kevin Barker, who’s been hitting quite well since the delayed start to his season, then smoked a two-run single off the glove of Indians 1B Adam Boeve to put Louisville on the board first. Bruce hammered his fourth home run in the sixth to make it 3-0, and a three-run outburst- capped by 3B Adam Rosales’ two-run double- doubled that to 6-0.
Then came the ninth. The Bats sent Jim Brower out there, who, along with fellow veteran righty Jon Adkins, has been their only consistently reliable reliever this season. The first batter Brower faced reached on a fielding error by Rosales, and it began: pop-fly single off Bruce’s glove, single, sacrifice fly, wild pitch, strikeout, another wild pitch, infield hit, walk, and RBI single. With the score now 6-4 after four unearned runs, Rick Sweet did a very risky thing: he brought in the Majik Man. Majewski walked Indians prospect Neil Walker, but got Kevin Thompson- who’d started the inning by reaching on the E-5- to slap the first pitch to Phillips and end a 6-4 Louisville victory. Gary’s first save of the season, needless to say. Lehr cut his ERA to 1.33 with six scoreless innings (W 3-0, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K) and Bill Bray turned in two more (1.04, 1 H, 2 K). After that first-inning strikeout, Bruce was a terror at the dish- he finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double, the homer (#4), and the steal (#6). Rosales, who started the year very slowly in his first exposure to AAA, was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a walk (.228). Phillips doubled twice and scored twice in three trips (.275).
4/25: Our Man Homer and his 1.03 ERA! After a pair of unremarkable but scoreless innings, the wheels came off for OMH in the third, as the Indians' Andrew McCutchen and Kevin Thompson each slugged solo homers. The Bats got one of those back in the top of 4 when 2B Andy Green tripled and scored on Janish's scratch hit, but McCutchen victimized OMH again in the bottom of the frame, spanking a two-run double to make it 4-1 Indy. This turned out to be the final score. Positives? Homer threw two strong innings after the battering (L 3-2, 1.95, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 1 HB) and finished the sixth with a pair of swinging strikeouts. Tyler Pelland managed two scoreless after OMH left, although they were a tad lackluster (6.00, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 WP). Green (2-for-3, 3B, R, BB) was the only Bat with multiple hits.
4/26: Columbus (WAS) and manager Dave Miley to Louisville Slugger Field. Starter Tom Shearn was whacked for three runs in the first inning, but he was able to walk the tightrope after that despite twelve baserunners in just under six innings (4.15, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K). The Bats chipped away for single runs in the fourth (Anderson RBI single) and fifth (Bruce sacrifice fly) before 1B Kevin Barker slammed a game-tying solo homer (#3) in the bottom of the ninth! The two bullpens squared off for several innings, with Danny Ray Herrera’s AAA debut going quite well (2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K) and Jon Adkins and Justin Mallett each turning in a pair. But the Clippers matched it all. Louisville put at least one man on base in each of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth innings, but couldn’t push the winner across. In the top of the thirteenth, Mallett walked pinch-hitter Larry Broadway with two outs and nobody on. Garrett Guzman singled to put two on. With everyone tiring of playing baseball, manager Rick Sweet thought he’d get the game overwith by bringing in the Majik Man. Gary did his job by giving up a RBI single to noted slugger and ex-Red Ray Olmedo! Chris Dickerson threw out Guzman at third to end the inning, lowering Majik’s ERA to 8.68! With no men left on the Bats bench, Gary then stepped to the plate and struck out swinging. Green and Dickerson followed, and finally Louisville had handed the 4-3 win to the Clippers. Mallett (L 0-1, 3.18, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was overwhelmed by the forces of nature.
4/27: Vengeance is served! The Bats scored in six of the first seven innings en route to a 13-4 scuttling of the Clippers. Matt Maloney showed greatly improved control over a few of his previous outings (W 2-1, 6.65, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Paul Janish had a day for the ages, finishing 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a grand-slam homer (#3), two doubles, and a total of six RBI. Janish started the season batting eighth or ninth in the order, but he’s been seen more often in the second slot as of late. His season line is up to .297/.329/.459. Anderson and Dickerson both had good games- Anderson 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, Dickerson 2-for-3 with three runs scored, steal #7, and two walks) to raise their averages to .231 and .211, respectively. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer (#5) and drove in three total.
4/28: Louisville BATTED BACK! with Chris Dickerson’s game-tying RBI single in the ninth, but the two clubs then battled for the next seven innings scorelessly before the Clippers finally victimized Kevin Barker, forced into mound duty, for three runs in the 17th to win it, 5-2. Starter Adam Pettyjohn went seven strong (4.55, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) then Majik (7.15, 2 IP, 2 H), Herrera (0.00, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K), Adkins (0.54, 3 IP, 1 H), and Brower (0.00, 2 IP, 2 H) all did shutout work. Dickerson finished 3-for-6 (.234) and Janish and RF Jolbert Cabrera each managed two hits, although when it takes you eight at-bats it doesn’t help the ol’ BA very much.
4/29: Toledo finally solved Justin Lehr in the fifth and sixth after four innings of futility, then survived an abortive BATS BACK to hang on, 4-3. Lehr (L 3-1, 2.20, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR) was ably supported by Pelland (4.72, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K) and Rehabbin’ Dave Weathers (1 IP), but the lineup couldn’t do enough beyond Anderson’s 3-for-4 evening (.257).
4/30: OMH! Homer dominated the division-leading Toledo Mud Hens through three innings, whiffing five, although ex-Red farmhand Jackson Melian (fresh off eight years spent mostly in Double-A) connected for a fielder’s choice grounder to get the Hens on the board in the fourth. Louisville had notched two unearned runs in the third, as Bruce tripled in Luis Bolivar after an E-6 and DH Andy Phillips sac-flied (sac-flew?). A double play wiped out OMH’s walk of the leadoff batter in the fifth; he stood at a reasonably economical 70 pitches (44 strikes) after five and 88/54 after six. Melian singled with one out in the seventh. Erick Almonte followed with a two-run homer, giving Toledo a 3-2 lead. The bosses did still let him finish the inning, though, and he responded by catching the next batter looking and the following one swinging. That would do it- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 108 pitches, 66 strikes, ERA up from 1.95 to 2.29. The lower third of the Bats’ order then loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the inning on two bunts and a hit-by-pitch. Green popped out, but Janish singled off the third baseman Almonte’s glove to drive in two and give Louisville the lead back, 4-3. But card-carrying Crafty Lefty Jon Connolly, the Mud Hens starter, made Mr. Bruce his first and only strikeout victim of the day and Phillips flew out to end the inning. In came Danny Herrera to blitz through the top third of the bad guys’ lineup in the eighth, interrupted only by a two-out single. Jon Adkins came on after Herrera got the first out of the ninth (0.00, 1.1 IP, 1 H) to set down the last two and get the save (0.52, #4). OMH qualified for the win with the timely Bats comeback, and is now 4-2.
Notes: 4/28: LHR Bill Bray was called up by the Reds and RHR Todd Coffey sent down. 4/29: RHR David Weathers became Rehabbin’ D-Dub.
Record this week: 5-1. Overall: 16-10 (2 games back, fourth in division)
4/24: Chattanooga was held to two hits and a lone run through seven innings by Carolina (FLA) prospect Chris Volstad (who also homered), but 3B Michael Griffin’s aggressive baserunning and LF Cody Strait’s game-winning homer stole the win, 3-2. With the Lookouts down 2-1 in the bottom of 9 after Derrik Lutz gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth, Griffin was Rudied by a pitch. He advanced to second on 1B Tonys Gutierrez’ sacrifice bunt and then scored all the way from there on a wild pitch to Strait. Cody then deposited his third homer to left-center and that was it. The W went to righty Mike Hrynio (1 IP, 2 K), making his first Reds system appearance since being signed as a six-year FA in the offseason and activated a couple of days before. Starter Sam Lecure looked strong, dueling Volstad to a standstill (4.03, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) despite serving up a home run to his opposite number. RF Shaun Cumberland kept things going with two hits in four trips (.333).
4/25: For seven innings the Lookouts and Mudcats were scoreless. With Chattanooga ace Daryl Thompson still on the mound in the eighth due to a dominant outing, SS Eric Eymann began the inning by letting Carolina's Kris Harvey reach on his fielding error. A sacrifice bunt, a strikeout, and two walks later and on came Viola to pitch to the lefty-swinging Chris Coghlan. Pedro walked him to force in the game's first run and was then yanked for Robert Manuel, who immediately served up a bases-clearing double to make it 4-0 Carolina. A Griffin triple was the only noise the Lookouts could muster in the final two, with four of six outs recorded by the Mudcat bullpen via strikeout. Thompson was saddled with the defeat (L 2-1, 0.57, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, WP). The lineup was held to four hits and recorded a dozen Ks.
4/26: SS Jose Castro’s run-scoring single brought in pinch-runner Shaun Cumberland with the deciding run in Chattanooga’s 5-4 victory over the Mudcats. Josh Roenicke walked three in 1.2 innings, but also whiffed three- including uber-prospect Cameron Maybin- to close things out and get his fourth win (W 4-0, 2.45, 1.2 IP, 3 BB, 3 K). Carlos Fisher again managed some zeroes (4.50, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, WP) and Lee Tabor did LOOGY duty (0.1 IP, 1 K). Starter Ramon Ramirez struck out eight in 5.2 innings (4.15, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB). CF BJ Szymanski, struggling badly since his torrid start came to a halt a week ago, blasted a pair of solo homers (#4 and #5) and Griffin hit his first.
4/27: Game suspended due to rain with Chattanooga leading 2-0 after four innings. James Avery threw a two-hitter over those four (5.79, 1 BB, 2 K). 2B Michael DeJesus doubled in a run and scored one; LF Sean Henry singled in the other. Cumberland was 2-for-3 (.328). When the game was resumed the next day, Robert Manuel took over and threw three scoreless innings (0.00, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) as Henry knocked in DeJesus two more times (in the fifth and seventh) to build a 4-0 advantage. Pedro Viola took over in the eighth and allowed three straight hitters to reach; Derrik Lutz then struck out the next two men (including Maybin)- but walked in a run and served up a two-run single to make it 4-3. Viola’s ERA inflated to 10.00 while Lutz’s record stayed clean (1.74, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K). DeJesus would give the Lookouts some insurance, however, by doubling in two in the bottom of eight to complete a great, if separated, performance (.667, 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, BB, 3 RBI). Henry finished 2-for-3 with the other three RBI (.324). Roenicke walked two and allowed a run in the ninth, but still got save #4 (3.00) as Manuel earned his first Southern League victory, 6-4.
4/28: With the game from the day before being played to completion, the two clubs shortened the scheduled game to seven innings. Cumberland led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer (#4, also 2-for-3, .344) off prospect Brett Sinkbeil- a shot which produced the game’s only run. Starter Ben Jukich permitted twelve baserunners in 6.2 innings (W 1-1, 2.60, 6 H, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, BK) but never allowed any of them to cross the plate. Roenicke struck out the struggling Maybin to get save #5.
4/29: Off day.
4/30: Sam Lecure out for the early game to face Mississippi (ATL). Braves LF Jason Perry smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the first off Lecure (who was coming off his best outing of the year on the 24th). Things got worse from there, with Mississippi tallying three more runs in the second (two coming on a double from starting pitcher Dan Smith). Chattanooga got a couple of walks in the early innings but not much else- check out this recap of the top of the third:
Chattanooga Top 3rd
-Jose Castro singles on a line drive to center fielder Carl Loadenthal.
-Sam Lecure bunt pops out to catcher J. C. Boscan in foul territory.
-With Sean Henry batting, Jose Castro caught stealing 2nd base, catcher J. Boscan to second baseman Matt Young.
-Sean Henry strikes out swinging.
Smoove! The Braves made it 7-0 off Lecure in their half of the third, and the rout was on. Sam walked no-stickin’ C JC Boscan (who played in the Reds system in ’07) twice amidst four overall, committed a fielding error that let a run in, and just all-around stunk it up (5.88, 4 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 1 K). He did manage to pitch a scoreless fourth. Lee Tabor came on to hold the Braves in check for two innings (0.00, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K). Finally, in the top of the seventh, the Lookouts cracked the scoreboard. With two outs and a man on first, pinch-hitter Shaun Cumberland singled and Henry walked, loading the bases. An E-6 cleared the bases and allowed Drew Anderson to reach second. Immediately following that, another error, this one on the Mississippi second baseman, scored Anderson and put Mike Griffin on first. Griffin was then picked off to end the inning. The four free runs still left Chattanooga down by three, however. Mike Hrynio came on to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh. Improbably, lightning would strike again for Chattanooga in the eighth. Again they loaded the bases, this time after the first two batters were retired and without getting a ball out of the infield. With pinch-hitter Eric Eymann up, an E-4 plated two runs! Back-to-back walks to Henry and Anderson forced in the tying run before Griffin grounded out to end the inning. Seven runs, one RBI. Amazing. On came the struggling Viola for the eighth. This time, though, Pedro made it through the inning without significant impact, walking one (8.71, 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K). Lutz came on with one out in the ninth and walked two of the first three he faced, but struck out the last man to send things to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, the Lookouts went crazy for four runs and didn’t need a single miscue to do it! CF BJ Szymanski led off with a walk (!) and moved to second on a sacrifice by SS Jose Castro. Eymann bunted his way aboard, loading the bases. Henry cleared off two with a double and, after an Anderson single, pinch-hitter Chris Denove did the same as Henry for two more runs. 1B Tonys Gutierrez, who hadn’t made an out all day, then smacked the Lookouts’ third two-run double in the inning. A Jerry Gil sacrifice fly made it 14-7. With a touchdown lead, then, Carlos Fisher had no problem in the bottom of the inning (4.15, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) to end an impressive- and fortunate- comeback win. Lutz was credited with the win; he’s now 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA.
Notes: 4/29: Jerry Gil came off the Louisville DL and was promptly demoted to Chattanooga. RHR Justin James is on the 7-day DL, in case you were wondering.
Record this week: 5-1. Overall: 15-11, tied for first with Dunedin (TOR) and Fort Myers (MIN)
4/24: Sarasota jumped out to a 3-0 lead, lost it and fell behind, then scored three in the seventh to beat Clearwater (PHI), 6-4. RBI singles from SS Chris Valaika and CF Drew Stubbs and a bases-loaded HBP on 3B Juan Francisco provided the key runs. Valaika finished 4-for-5 with three RBI (.352) and Stubbs 3-for-5 with two doubles, two steals (11), and two RBI (.338). Starter Jordan Smith outdueled lefty Joe Savery, the Phillies’ #1 draft pick a year ago, for the first few innings before a couple of unearned runs caught up with him later. He still notched the victory given the timing of the comeback, however (W 4-1, 1.72, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Logan Ondrusek handled the seventh and eighth (5.40, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and Sean Watson tightrope-walked the ninth (9.00, save #4, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K).
4/25: Lefty Alex Smit has been solid but unspectacular his last three times out (5 IP 3 ER, 5 IP 3 ER, 4 IP 2 ER), so the Chuckin' Dutchman (not perfect, but I'm trying) was seeking to get rolling against the Threshers. Valaika doubled in 2B Justin Turner in the first inning for a quick 1-0 advantage. The Reds would add six more runs before Clearwater was able to retaliate, thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Turner, a Valaika three-run homer (#4), a RBI single from C Eddy Rodriguez, and a Carson Kainer sacrifice fly. Despite five hits and five walks, Smit managed to allow only a single run in his outing (W 2-2, 5.32, 5 IP, 5 H,1 ER, 5 BB, 0 K). Reliever Kevin Gunter didn't fare as well, as the forces of evil battered him for a five-spot in the seventh (13.50, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). This cut the S-Reds' lead to 9-6, but Ruben Medina (5.11, 1.1 IP) and Geronimo (0.00, save #2, 1.1 IP, 2 K) came on to shut everything down and Rodriguez singled in another insurance run to finish the scoring at 10-6. Turner had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a stolen base, a walk, and a RBI (.408). Valaika drove in five runs total (.359) and Kainer got off the interstate with a pair of doubles and runs scored (.208).
4/26: Sarasota built a small lead, then kept adding to it long enough to withstand a Dunedin comeback attempt in the last two innings to beat the Jays, 6-4. Rafael Gonzalez, the fourth-rounder from 2004 who piled up 13 wins at Dayton last year, made his FSL debut with five three-hit shutout innings (W 1-0, 1 BB, 0 K). However, it’s the same caveats with this guy as with last year: not much bat-missing (75 Ks in 135 IP). Camilo Vazquez continued to prove hittable in a league he’d supposedly passed (8.20, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and Sean Watson again struggled without actually blowing the game (save #5, 9.72, 1.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR). 1B Jason Louwsma was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles (.291), C Anthony Esquer drove in two (2-for-4, .235) and Drew Stubbs was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, a triple, and steal #12.
4/27: After seven straight innings of scoreless ball, Dunedin finally won the game in the home 13th at the expense of Ruben Medina (L 0-2, 4.61, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K), 3-2. It was Medina’s own fielding error that started the fateful sequence. Francisco knocked in both Reds runs with doubles and Stubbs got steal #13. Starter Daniel Guerrero made it back-to-back good outings (7.46, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR) and was well-supported by Misael DeJesus (4.91, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Logan Ondrusek, who retired nine straight Jays with five Ks (4.41).
4/28: Sarasota piled up a 7-0 lead, then coasted on Travis Wood’s season-high six innings (W 2-2, 2.66, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) and hitless relief from Watson (8.68, 1 IP, 2 K), lefty Steven Otterness, and Geronimo. DH Chris Valaika hit a two-run homer in the first (#5), then singled each of the next four times he stepped to the plate to complete a perfect 5-for-5 day (.389, 3 R). Stubbs added his first FSL homer, a two-run blow; he also collected a pair of singles and a total of three RBI (.348). Easy win for the Reds, 9-2.
4/30: Behind Jordan Smith’s eight strong innings (W 5-1, 1.60, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and RF Chris Heisey’s perfect evening (4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), the Reds rallied for two in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and beat Tampa (NYY), 3-1. Watson pitched the ninth for save #6 (7.84, 1 H, 1 K). Stubbs was caught stealing for the first time in fourteen attempts this season- a much better effort than last year’s 23 SB and 15 CS at Dayton.
Notes: 4/25: RHS Rafael Gonzalez replaced RHR Juan Rafael. Rafael was moved back to the Billings roster. 4/30: INF Michael DeJesus returned from Chattanooga despite going 4-for-6 with three RBI and two walks in four games. OF Danny Dorn was also sent back to Sarasota after coming off the Chattanooga DL.
Record this week: 4-2. Overall: 14-11, one back of West Michigan (DET).
4/24: Off day.
4/25: Rained out.
4/26: Makeup doubleheader in Kane County (OAK). The Cougars' Christian Vitters slugged a pair of homers off Dragons starter Matt Klinker (4 IP, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) to help KC build a 5-1 lead through four on a day where the wind was blowing out to center field at 30 mph. Phil Valiquette came on to pitch a scoreless fifth but he, too, was whacked by the Cougars a bit (2.84, 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) as well. Game one went to KC, 7-1.
Game two saw the Dayton bats wake up! Seven runs in the first two innings, three driven in by RF Denis Phipps and two scored by 2B Angel Cabrera (1-for-1, 3 BB, SB #1). The Dragons swiped five bases in the shortened contest, including two more for speedy CF Justin Reed (7). Enerio del Rosario stepped up to make his first MWL start after some great work in the bullpen (1.65, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) but it was Jeremy Horst who took most of the lumps in KC’s five-run fifth (3.07, 0 IP, 4 ER). Dayton hung on to take it 7-5, however, with Jeff Jeffords credited with the win (W 2-0, 0.60, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and the save to Joe Krebs (#1, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K).
4/27: On the heels of his 6.2-inning no-hitter, Luis Montano was nearly as great this time around as well. He permitted just one scant single (and no walks) in six innings to run his record to 4-0 (1.27, 8 K). Three relievers got through the final three, with Krebs again notching the save (#2, 0.68, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K). SS Zach Cozart smashed a grand-slam homer in the ninth to put a 3-0 game out of reach. He’s hitting .300 so far since starting the year a little late. 2B Kevyn Feiner was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (3) and LF Keltavious Jones also had three hits (.377, 2 R, 1 RBI, SB #6). Todd Frazier returned to SS to go 2-for-4 with two RBI (.313).
4/28: Rained out.
4/29: Daytime action in Peoria (CHC). Scott Carroll, the Dragons’ Opening Day starter, had his best start in several weeks. He shut the Chiefs out on three hits through 6.1 innings, striking out three (3.86, 1 BB). In the third, struggling RF Brandon Menchaca’s double-play grounder scored Feiner (2-for-3, .314) to make it 1-0. DH Brandon Waring hit a solo homer (#6) an inning later; he’s back in the lineup after missing a couple of games. Peoria tied the score in the bottom of the eighth off a struggling Horst (BS #1, 4.02, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 HB), but Waring homered again in the top of the ninth (#7, .304 overall) and Joe Krebs finished up strong (W 3-1, 0.60, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) to push Dayton to the 3-2 win.
4/30: Makeup doubleheader time once again. Righty Curtis Partch suffered his fourth loss in game one (7.03, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) as the Chiefs cruised, five-zip. Only two Dragon hits in this one.
Game two ended better. Peoria chased del Rosario in the fourth with a quartet of unearned runs (1.35, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K), but Dayton tied the score at 4 an inning later with three runs on Keltavious Jones’ RBI single (scoring Reed, who’d tripled), and Todd Frazier’s two-run single. (Frazier had slammed his seventh homer in the first to give Dayton the early lead.) Valiquette (2.70, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB), Krebs (0.50, 3 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K) and Horst (3.78, 1 IP) held Peoria scoreless until Frazier and Waring came through with two-out back-to-back doubles, giving the Dragons the 5-4 victory. Krebs ran his record to 4-1 with the victory, while Horst picked up the save. Frazier was 3-for-5 all told with three RBI (.304/.396/.630) and Reed a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk (.232).
Notes: No transactions that I saw.