Record this week: 2-5. Overall: 44-36, two games behind Toledo (DET).
6/19: Independent-league signee and ex-big-league Crafty Lefty John Halama outdueled future Crafty Lefty Matt Maloney as Buffalo (CLE) beat Louisville in a rain-delayed game, 5-2. Matt was okay (L 6-4, 4.93, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR) but not quite good enough. Rehabbin’ Kepp laced a pair of hits and LF Drew T. Anderson (hitting streak now 13 games) and C Ryan Hanigan added a couple more each.
6/20: Buffalo takes another one, 3-1. Jon Adkins came in for the save after Louisville had navigated eight innings with a 1-0 lead (1B Kevin Barker’s RBI single in the fourth), but the Bisons stampeded him in the top of the ninth. He gave up a single to Asdrubal Cabrera, a bunt hit to Andy Gonzalez, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk to load the bases. On came Danny Herrera to surrender a bases-clearing triple. Josh Roenicke came on to finish the inning, but after Louisville left two men on base in the bottom of the inning, it was a tough L. Adkins (L 0-3, 3.35, 0.1 IP, 3 ER) has struggled in the past few weeks. Herrera got his second blown save, if no earned runs. Starter Adam Pettyjohn’s seven scoreless innings (4.48, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K) went to waste. Kepp got two more hits, lowering his rehabbin’ average to .500.
6/21: Buffalo committed four fielding errors, but their pitchers struck out fourteen Bats and allowed just six hits in a 4-1 win. Our Man Homer was praised for a solid eight innings (L 4-5, 4.07, 8 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) as he threw just 89 pitches (71 strikes). Although that might have been just a few too many grooved fastballs, actually. 3B Michael Griffin (2-for-4, .200) climbed off the interstate with a couple of hits.
6/22: CF Chris Dickerson has hit .304 in June after sub-.250 marks in both April and May; and his game-winning base hit in the bottom of the ninth snapped the Bats’ three-game losing streak, 3-2. Barker picked up three hits in four trips to climb above .250 himself (.252). Starter Ramon Ramirez got through five (5.52, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and four relievers turned in scoreless work- Tyler Pelland (5.65, 1.1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K), Herrera (2.16, 0.2 IP, 1 K), Marcus McBeth (10.80, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Adkins (W 1-3, 3.26, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K).
6/23: Justin Mallett tried to bounce back from a season-worst start (1.2 IP, 6 ER) against Rochester (MIN). He made it through six this time, and left with the Bats leading 5-4 (4.91, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). But the Red Wings bumrushed the Bat bullpen for four in the eighth, with new 2B Aaron Herr making his second error of the game to start. Louisville’s Matt Belisle rebounded to get the next two men to ground out, but Herrera came in and immediately served up an RBI single. Rick Sweet opted to go immediately to Roenicke, and that didn’t work either- back-to-back singles, a wild pitch, and a two-run triple by Rochester’s Trevor Plouffe put the bad guys up three. D-Ray was charged with the defeat (L 0-3, 2.52, BS #3, 0 IP, 1 ER) and Roenicke’s ERA rose to 3.27 (0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER). Earlier on, Anderson did drive in three runs with a triple and single (.278) and Barker hit homer #10. Herr finished his game 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and the aforementioned errors (giving him 20 on the year). Hopefully he bounces back.
6/24: After Matt Maloney ran a 1-2-3 first with a pair of strikeouts, Louisville jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first two batters as Rehabbin’ Hairston Jr. doubled and scored on 2B Andy Green’s base knock. Two outs and a walk to C Ryan Hanigan later, 1B Adam Rosales hammered a three-run homer to make it 4-0. Maloney settled into a nice groove, blitzing through seven innings in 103 pitches (W 7-4, 4.55, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K). Rosales homered again in the sixth, a two-run shot (#4), and the Bats finished an 8-0 whitewash. Rehabbin’ Jerry was 2-for-4 with a run scored and so was CF Chris Dickerson (.260).
6/25: Rochester held on after blowing most of an 8-2 lead to win, 10-8. Directly after his best start of the year, Adam Pettyjohn suffered through his worst (L 7-3, 5.03, 4 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR). D-Ray also got hit again (2.70, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K). Rosales homered yet again (#5) and finished 3-for-5 to raise his average to .232. He’s hit in seven of his last eight (11-for-32, .344). SS Luis Bolivar also homered (#2, 2-for-4, .270). Herr singled and tripled and scored three runs (.244).
Notes: 6/21: RHS Daryl Thompson called up by Cincinnati. 6/22: INF Jeff Keppinger ends his rehab. 6/23: INF Jerry Hairston Jr. becomes Rehabbin’ Hairy Jerry. 6/24: INF Aaron Herr, a Lookout and Bat the last couple of seasons, is acquired from the Cleveland organization. Herr was hitting .245 with nine homers and 32 RBI in 65 games for Buffalo. Last season, Herr hit .274 with 19 homers and 83 RBI in earning the International League’s “utility player of the year” designation. 6/25: Rehabbin’ Fogg rolled in from Sarasota to start for Louisville on the 26th. He replaced Rehabbin’ Jerry, who was activated by the Reds. SS Paul Janish was optioned back to Louisville, and UT Andy Phillips never made it back to Louisville, as he was claimed by the New York Mets after being designated for assignment.
Record this week: 3-3. Overall: 37-35 (first half), 3-5 (second half).
6/19: Travis Wood returned to form (L 1-3, 6.65, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) but he was outdueled by Carolina’s (FLA) Daniel Barone and three relievers, 2-0. Pedro Viola looked strong in whiffing three straight Mudcats (6.16, 1 IP) and Robert Manuel rung up four more in two innings (1.43, 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K).
6/20: James Avery scattered eight hits over 7.1 scoreless innings as Chattanooga returned the shutout favor, 6-0. Avery (W 4-4, 5.03, 1 BB, 5 K) has improved slowly over the last month or so. The Lookouts picked up thirteen hits in nicely balanced fashion, as five players- LF Michael DeJesus, CF Shaun Cumberland, SS Chris Valaika, RF Sean Henry, and 1B Danny Dorn all had multiple safeties.
6/21: Chattanooga blew a 2-0 lead to fall behind 3-2 after seven and a half, but a fielding error in left by Marlins rehabber Josh Willingham on 3B Eric Eymann’s single in the bottom of 8 allowed Cumberland to score and tie it up. A walk to Valaika, a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly by 2B Justin Turner, and a 1-2-3 ninth from Carlos Fisher (save #6, 3.76) later, and the good guys won 4-3. Viola (W 1-4, 6.10, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) allowed his inherited runner to score but got credit for the duke anyway. Starter Ben Jukich fired seven strong (2.80, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
6/22: A good ol’ fashioned butt-whoopin’, as Marty Brennaman might say. Dorn slammed a three-run homer (#4, 2-for-5, .272) in a four-run first inning and Chattanooga hammered the Mudcats, 10-1. Starter Sam Lecure threw six shutout innings (W 6-4, 3.75, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K). RF Tom Collaro finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI (.234) and SS Eric Eymann got three hits and two RBI as well (.306).
6/24: Wood returned to the mound in this daytime contest against Jacksonville (LAD) to try and build some consistency. He blotted out the Suns for the first three innings, but served up a three-run homer in the fourth, then left the bases loaded and none out in the sixth (L 1-4, 7.07, 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 HR). Robert Manuel let one of those runs in but otherwise put an end to things (1.36, 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K). Derrik Lutz followed with a flawless eighth (6.12, 1 IP, 2 K), Meanwhile, down 5-1 (with Wood’s bases-loaded walk the source of their only run), LF Sean Henry stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and launched his sixth homer, making it 5-2. That was as close as it got.
6/25: Chattanooga was shut out, 6-0. Starter James Avery did turn in a quality start (L 4-5, 4.99, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR). Viola was beat up yet again- facing seven batters and retiring just one (6.61, 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB).
Record this week: 2-5. Overall: 33-37, fifth place, 12.5 games out for the first half; 2-3 second half.
6/19: First-half champions Fort Myers (MIN) got four runs off Alex Smit between the sixth and seventh innings and won the first game of the FSL’s second half, 5-3. Smit (L 5-5, 3.91, 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR) saw both runners he left on base in the seventh score against Logan Ondrusek. CF Drew Stubbs was 2-for-4 with two RBI (.271)
6/20: 3B Juan Francisco doubled home RF Chris Heisey to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Heisey then tripled in SS Jose Castro in the top of the ninth for an insurance run; they’d need it, as Juan then committed an error in the ninth that led to an unearned run. But Ramon Geronimo got out of the jam and completed save #8 as the Reds beat the Miracle, 4-3. Starter Scott Carroll (W 4-1, 4.94, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) had a great outing and Phil Valiquette pitched a scoreless eighth (4.22). Heisey finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, an RBI, and stolen base #15.
6/21: Rehabbin’ Josh Fogg scattered a semi-ridiculous twelve hits over 8.2 innings and got the victory, 5-2. Camilo Vazquez got the last out (save #1). 2B Jacob Kahauleilo was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a stolen base, and two RBI (.288). The 23-year-old Kahaulelio was a 20th-round pick out of Oral Roberts last season, but tore his ACL on the first day of pre-season workouts with Billings and missed the entire year. He was then jumped directly to High-A after sparse action at Dayton and has fought his way into the starting lineup, batting .288/.327/.385 in 18 games. Heisey added two more hits, a walk, an RBI, and steal #16 (.284).
6/22: Rained out; a makeup doubleheader to follow the next day.
6/23: MAKEUP TIME! Sarasota squaring off against St. Lucie (NYM), who borked their first half to the tune of nineteen wins and fifty losses (!). Happily, though, they’ve won two of three in the second half. The Reds wasted no time in grabbing an early 2-0 lead, as 1B Todd Frazier slammed homer #6 with Heisey aboard. Could starter Rafael Gonzalez get it together? The 22-year-old (fourth-round pick out of a New York HS, 2004) entered with a 7.36 ERA after throwing four scoreless relief innings against Lakeland in his last outing. Indeed, it began badly for Gonzalez, as the first five Mets all socked base hits, grabbing a 3-2 lead before any men were out. A fourth run scored on the tail end of that rally on a throwing error by C Eddy Rodriguez. Rafael finally got through the inning. He was actually yanked after just two innings (L 3-5, 7.63, 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). The Mets would beat up Camilo Vazquez, too, for a bunch more runs (5.10, 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) and win game one easily, 9-3.
Game two didn’t go much better for the Reds, with Misael DeJesus again running out of gas early (L 0-3, 5.67, 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR) and the Met pitchers permitting Sarasota just six hits. Easy win for St. Lucie, 4-1. LF Dan Perales did go 3-for-3 with a triple (.304).
6/24: New promote Joe Krebs sadly gave up the winning run to St. Lucie in his debut FSL appearance in the bottom of the ninth, as the Mets beat the Reds for the third straight time, 3-2. Starter Alex Smit scattered nine hits over six (3.84, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Three Reds double plays helped. Ruben Medina pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth (2.95, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K).
6/25: St. Lucie made it a four-game sweep, shutting out the Reds on three hits, 3-0. Scott Carroll pitched decently (L 4-2, 4.59, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Terrell Young returned from the inactive list to set down the last six (4.05, 3 K).
Notes: 6/23: LHR Joe Krebs was deservedly promoted from Dayton. RHR Juan Rafael sent back to the GCL squad. RHR Terrell Young activated from the inactive list.
Record this week: 3-4. Overall: 3-4, second half.
6/19: 3B Brandon Waring connected for his 13th homer in the 13th inning to win the first game of the Dragons’ second half, 8-7 over Great Lakes (LAD). Waring finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and three walks (.270). 2B Angel Cabrera was 3-for-6 with two RBI (.236) and LF Brandon Menchaca returned from extended spring training with two hits and two runs scored (.151). Joe Krebs pitched two innings for the win (W 6-2, 2.33, 1 BB, 1 K). Starter Kyle Lotzkar struggled a bit (9.00, 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). Jeremy Horst struck out six in his scoreless relief stint (3.46) and Jeff Jeffords turned in 2.1 hitless innings himself (3.58). 23-year-old righty Henry Arias got his first Reds organization game action since his acquisition from Kansas City as the PTBNL in the Brad Salmon trade; he pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning but was charged with a blown save for allowing his inherited runner to score.
6/20: Dayton is 2-0 on the half, as Josh Ravin pitched well (W 2-3, 5.00, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, HB) and Menchaca slammed a two-run homer (#1) in a 4-2 victory. 2008 third-round pick Zach Stewart made his pro debut and retired six straight (0 K, though) and Krebs got save #6. RF Jeremy Reed was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a triple (.254).
6/21: SS Zach Cozart socked a pair of homers (#7 and #8, .252) and Luis Montano returned to form with seven shutout frames (W 7-5, 4.54, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K) as Dayton made it three in a row- six-zip. 1B Logan Parker added three hits in four trips (.244) and Menchaca homered again (#2, 2-for-4, .175). Arias pitched the last two innings in scoreless fashion.
6/22: Great Lakes avoided a four-game sweep by winning, 8-2. Loss to starter Matt Klinker (L 3-4, 4.03, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). DH Keltavious Jones hit homer #4, Waring was 2-for-3 (.275) and both Cozart (.257) and Reed picked up two more hits (.259).
6/23: Despite the fact that he was moving down a level to where he’d had success the year before, Daniel Guerrero was hit hard, early, and often by South Bend (L 0-1, 16.88, 2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER). The Silverhawks went on to win, 6-4. Derrick Conatser (3.57, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) and Jeffords (3.32, 3 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K) pitched well in mop-up relief, but the Dragons’ comeback fell short. Waring hit homer #14 and finished 2-for-3 with a walk (.270).
6/24: Waring’s first-inning fielding error led to Kyle Lotzkar being pegged with three unearned runs as the Silverhawks built a four-zip lead after one-half. But give last year’s supplemental first-rounder some credit- he left the bases loaded in the second to wriggle out of a jam, then retired the next nine South Bend hitters in a row (L 0-2, 6.00, 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Tyler Rhoden came on to give up three more in relief, and South Bend held off a four-run Dayton rally in the eighth to win it, 7-5. Zach Stewart set down six more batters in consecutive fashion, whiffing two (0.00). Waring partially atoned for the error by slamming home run #15 in that late rally, while Cozart added two doubles and two runs scored in five trips (.260).
6/25: The Dragons just cannot solve the Silverhawks. They cruised, 5-1, with only LF Anthony Gressick’s solo homer (#2) to show. Josh Ravin started and lost (L 2-4, 5.34, 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR).
Notes: 6/23: RHS Daniel Guerrero brought his seven-plus ERA back from Sarasota, replacing the promoted Joe Krebs.
Record this week: 2-3. Overall: 4-3
6/19: Three straight for the Mustangs to start their season! DH Neftali Soto smashed his third homer and Billings beat Missoula (ARI), 6-3. Starter Lance Janke, the Reds’ 14th-round pick this year, retired nine straight Osprey to start. Righty Will Hudgens followed with three more scoreless to earn the victory (1 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Jordan Hotchkiss fired a scoreless ninth for save #2.
6/20: Four in a row! Billings whacked Great Falls (CHW), 4-1, behind CF David Sappelt’s two RBI, LF Tony Brown’s second homer, and lefty Jamie Arneson’s five innings of two-hit ball (W 1-0, 1.80, 3 BB, 6 K). Randall Linebaugh got save #1 with two scoreless to finish.
6/21: Billings was headed for a fifth consecutive win after Sappelt singled in RF Byron Wiley, who’d tripled, to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead going to the bottom of the ninth. But the White Sox tied the score off Hotchkiss, survived the tenth after 2B Jose Gualdron popped up a bunt into a double play with two men on and nobody out, then beat righty Josh Beal in the tenth after a Soto fielding error and a game-winning RBI double. Mustangs lose a heartbreaker, 4-3. Soto, playing third, did go 4-for-5 with his fourth homer.
6/22: Make that back-to-back heartbreakers. Billings again led by a run, 5-4, going into the bottom of the ninth- but the previous night’s hero, 2B Kent Gerst, hammered a two-run homer off Linebaugh to win it for GF, 6-5. Steve Otterness had pitched two scoreless before that (0.00) in relief of starter Leonardo Astorga (1.64, 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR). Soto was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI- in case you’re counting, that’s 13-for-27 (.481) in seven games with four homers, nine RBI, three doubles, and a triple. And three errors.
6/23: Make that back-to-back-to-back heartbreakers. Missoula made it three straight last at-bat wins over Billings as Jordan Hotchkiss again coughed up two decisive runs in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5. Soto missed this game due to a strained oblique. Starter Oscar Castro, a 19-year-old Mexican righty, pitched six decent innings (6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Lefty Brandon Rice added two more scoreless in relief (0.00). CF Andrew Means was 3-for-4 (.294) and LF Tony Brown homered again (#3).
6/24: Four runs in the seventh pushed Billings past Missoula, 8-6. Will Hudgens (2-0) got the win in relief despite giving up five hits and three runs in two innings. However, Junior Martinez (7.71, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Aguido Gonzalez (save #1, 1 IP, 2 K) shut down the Osprey late. C Jordan Wideman doubled twice and drove in three, while 3B Carlos Mendez doubled twice and drove in two. Four Missoula errors also helped. Starter Lance Janke pitched well early, then struggled in the fourth (4.05, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB).
6/25: Missoula Os-preyed (yuk yuk) on Mustangs starter Jamie Arneson and some bad D for five in the first and two more in the second (7.50, 1 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K), but the Billings bats put across seven in the third and six more between the sixth and eighth to outscore the Osprey, 15-10. Three hits apiece for Mendez, Brown, and Sappelt. SS Buchholz was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Mendez had the only homer, a two-run blast in the seventh (#1). Eighteen hits for the Mustangs in this one. Steve Otterness (W 1-0, 0.00, 2.2 IP, 3 K) picked up the victory. Jordan Hotchkiss (4.76, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Randall Linebaugh (4.15, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) redeemed some of their earlier struggles with excellent work in this one.
Notes: OF Byron Wiley (22), RHP Clayton Shunick (5) assigned to Billings.
Record this week: 4-2. Overall: 4-2.
6/19: Rained out.
6/20: The Baby Reds start off in style, as Rehabbin’ Bobby Livingston pitched 3.2 scoreless innings (4 H, 3 K) and the lineup hammered four Red Sox pitchers to the tune of 15 runs and 21 hits! Our boys did it without the benefit of a homer, either. 3B Frank Pfister, a 17th-round pick out of Emory, smacked three hits and drove in four. CF Samuel Vasquez, LF Alexis Oliveras, SS Yen-Wen Kuo, and 2B Cody Puckett all added three hits apiece. Lefty Shea Snowden (16th round, 2007) pitched four innings of one-run ball with five Ks to get the win.
6/21: The game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain with the Reds leading the Twins, 1-0. Righty Efrain Rodriguez, an 18-year-old Venezuelan, threw three scoreless innings despite allowing six hits. (He was 2-3, 2.30 in ten appearances for the DSL Reds in 2007. )
6/22: The Reds bushwhack another opponent, as the Pirates get plundered, 9-2. Pfister again led the attack with a perfect 4-for-4 contest; he also scored three runs, doubled twice, walked, and drove in two. 1B Humberto Sosa (demoted from Dayton the week before) was 4-for-5 with two RBI. LF Efrain Contreras was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Starter Evan Hildebrandt (sixth round, 2007, British Columbia HS) fired six innings of one-hit ball for the easy W in his professional debut!
6/23: Rained out.
6/24: The Reds split a makeup doubleheader with the Orioles, dropping game one 4-2 and then unloading in game two, 16-4. Juan Rafael started game one and pitched well for three innings, but lost (2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). Canadian righty Michael Henry got the victory in game two with three innings (2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K). RF Sean Conner hit a three-run homer and scored three. 1B Donald Lutz finished three for four with four RBI and three runs scored. 2B Julio Pimentel drove in three runs despite going hitless (two sac flies, a bases-loaded walk).
6/25: The Red Sox remembered their Alamo of the season’s first game and unloaded a pounding of their own, 16-5. Livingston struggled this time (4.05, 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). Rafael Ceballos took the worst of it (1.1 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR). 3B Brady Pullen actually pitched the last inning- and struck out two in a scoreless effort.
Notes: LHP Blaine Howell (13), C Kevin Coddington (44), OF Theodis Bowe (21) signed and assigned to the GCL squad.