...will be a day or two late. Hopefully we all survive.
...will be a day or two late. Hopefully we all survive.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Record: 4-3. Overall: 52-42, virtual tie with Toledo (DET) and Columbus (WAS).
7/3: A wild 12-11 slugfest victory over Indianapolis (PIT) as Ramon Ramirez (save #1, 0.2 IP, 5.09) bailed out All-Star closer in the ninth to stop a three-run Indians rally. Two homers and five RBI for C Alvin Colina (#6 and #7, .263) plus #11 for 1B Kevin Barker. Starter Justin Mallett was passable (5.23, 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K). Josh Roenicke was one of the only other effective Bat pitchers in this one, as he whiffed all three men he faced (2.45).
7/4: Two in the top of the ninth on LF Mike Griffin’s double pushed Louisville past Indy, 4-2. Griffin has slowly but surely improved his average to .240, but he still hasn’t shown any power and never did have much of an eye for the free pass. Lefty Tyler Pelland pitched two scoreless for the win (W 1-2, 4.81, 1 H, 1 K) and Matt Belisle got save #1 (5.87) in relief of starter Matt Maloney (4.29, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR).
7/5: Starter Mark Thompson and three relievers shut the Bats out on four hits, 3-0. Starter Adam Pettyjohn (L 7-4, 5.40, 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) did his best Tom Browning, but got the loss. Danny Herrera recovered from a poor previous outing with two scoreless (2.73, 2 H) and Todd Coffey struck out three in the ninth (2.83).
7/6: Lehigh Valley starter Les Walrond struck out 17 (!!!) Bats in a 2-0 whitewash. The 17 tied a Louisville team record for a game. Ramon Ramirez started and lost (L 2-3, 4.79, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
7/7: Four in the sixth for the IronPigs off Homer Bailey, who’d pitched marvelously up to that point, turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 victory. Bailey (L 4-7, 4.42, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) just suddenly lost his ability to throw the ball past people after permitting all of one hit in his first five innings. 3B Adam Rosales was 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI (.239).
7/8: Daryl Thompson returned to the AAA mound and picked up where he left off (W 4-0, 2.94, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) as Louisville easily defeated LV, 8-2. CF Chris Dickerson was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, steal #20, and homer #6 (.265).
7/9: Another easy win, this time 10-3, as Maloney picked up his ninth win (W 9-4, 4.11, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) and All-Star C Ryan Hanigan slammed a three-run homer (#4, 2-for-4, 2 R, .295).
Notes: 7/3: RHS Daryl Thompson returned from Cincinnati. 7/5: RHS Josh Fogg ended his rehab assignment and went back to the big club. 7/9: OF Shaun Cumberland came up from Chattanooga as INF Aaron Herr headed to the DL with a groin strain.
Record: 3-4. Overall: 10-12, five games back of Tennessee (STL) and fourth place.
7/3: West Tenn (SEA) rallied for four runs in the sixth and seventh, all charged to Mike Hrynio (L 2-1, 7.20, 1.2 IP, 4 ER) in a 7-6 victory. All-Star 3B Eric Eymann was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, three RBI, and homer #4 (.302). Starter Jordan Smith was a little better this time (5.94, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR).
7/4: The maddeningly-inconsistent Travis Wood threw a six-inning two-hitter and his equally inconsistent bullpen allies just barely held off Mississippi’s late rally, 5-4. Wood (W 2-4, 5.31, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) and Carlos Fisher (save #7, 3.86, 1 IP, 2 ER) got help from RF Sean Henry (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and 2B Justin Turner (2-for-4, .288).
7/5: Seven runs in the eighth blew open a close one and helped Chattanooga cruise to a 12-4 win. 2B Drew M. Anderson doubled twice and drove in three (.223). SS Chris Valaika was 2-for-4 with homer #6 (.281) and C Craig Tatum 2-for-3 with homer #5. Eymann added his #5 as well. Henry was 2-for-4 for the third straight game. Starter James Avery (W 6-5, 4.83, 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) kept his strong recent showings going- a 3.65 ERA in his past nine starts, including this one.
7/6: The Lookouts nearly blew an early 11-2 lead, but managed to hang on 11-9 as Sean Watson (10.95, 2 IP, 1 ER, 3 K) and Derrik Lutz (save #2, 5.59, 1 IP, 2 K) kept the Braves to one run over the final three. Starter Ben Jukich got the ugly W (W 8-3, 3.30, 5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). Henry was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI (.320) and Valaika 3-for-5 with three RBI (.288). 1B Danny Dorn hit homer #7, a two-run shot (.252).
7/7: An unearned run off Robert Manuel following Chris Valaika’s second error of the game, then the winning tally off Pedro Viola (L 1-6, 6.00, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) pushed Mississippi past Chattanooga, 4-3. Great start by newly-named All-Star Sam Lecure (3.40, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K).
7/8: Huntsville (MIL) does the same thing to Lutz and Fisher (L 1-5, 3.97, 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), rallying late to win it, 5-4. Another decent outing for Smith (5.63, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Dorn homered again (#8) and Henry picked up three hits (.326).
7/9: Ow. Twenty hits and fifteen runs for the Stars, who recently lost slugger Matt LaPorta to the Cleveland organization in the CC Sabathia deal, still had no problem pounding four hapless Lookout hurlers. The maddeningly-inconsistent Travis Wood (L 2-5, 6.43, 3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) took the 15-4 defeat. Viola (6.59, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) and Lee Tabor (4.84, 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) both struggled as well. Watson did retire six straight (9.42, 1 K) as he seeks to turn his season around. Valaika lashed three hits, including homer #7 and Henry connected for his own #7.
Notes: 7/7: OF Sean Henry was named the Southern League Offensive Player of the Week for the period ended 7/6. He batted .519 (14-for-27) with nine RBI, five walks, and just one strikeout. 7/9: OF Drew Stubbs came up from Sarasota, replacing OF Shaun Cumberland. Also, RHS Sam Lecure was added to the Southern League All-Star team, joining 3B Eric Eymann, Cumberland (now not playing, of course), LHS Ben Jukich, and RHR Robert Manuel. Ex-Reds draft pick RHR Abe Woody made the game as a member of the Diamondbacks organization.
Record: 4-4. Overall: 8-12, five games back of Dunedin (TOR) and fourth place.
7/3: Makeup doubleheader saw the Reds take game one 5-0 over Dunedin, thanks to Scott Carroll (3.92, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K), Phil Valiquette (W 2-1, 3.38, 1.1 IP, 1 K) and a five-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth. The nightcap was an 8-5 defeat with Rafael Gonzalez (L 3-6, 7.31, 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR) taking his umpteenth beating.
7/4: Misael DeJesus dominated for his second straight start, whiffing nine in seven scoreless innings (W 2-3, 4.19, 5 H, 9 K) as the Reds shut out the Jays, 6-0. DH Juan Francisco (#12), CF Drew Stubbs (#4), and C Eddy Rodriguez (#2) each hit two-run homers.
7/5: Stubbs’ first-inning grand slam (#5) sparked a twelve-run, nineteen-hit Reds outburst; they win easily, 12-5. Drew finished 3-for-4 (.271). Francisco was 4-for-6 with three RBI (.280). Alex Smit (W 7-5, 3.82, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) wasn’t sharp, but he was good enough on a day where he was well-supported.
7/6: Rehabbin’ Bobby Livingston fired seven strong (W 1-1, 3.00, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) to propel Sarasota past Tampa (NYY), 5-2. RF Dan Perales, fighting a slump, hit a three-run seventh-inning homer (#2) to break the tie. 2B Jake Kahauleilo was 3-for-5 (.273).
7/7: Jupiter (FLA) got the tiebreaking run in the ninth off Ruben Medina (L 1-5, 3.30, 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) and won it, 2-1. Sarasota got just three hits. Camilo Vazquez made the fill-in start and threw five good innings (4.37, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K).
7/8: The Hammerheads win another close one, 5-4. Carroll struggled (L 4-3, 4.57, 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) although Gonzalez bounced back strong in relief (6.86, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 6 K). Kahauleilo scored three runs after reaching base on a hit and two walks and 1B Todd Frazier was 2-for-4 (.295).
7/9: Five errors doomed the Reds to their third straight loss, 7-3. DeJesus lost his mojo (L 2-4, 4.45, 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).
Notes: 7/6: OF Drew Stubbs was named FSL Offensive Player of the Week, just before his promotion to AA. He batted .429 (9-for-21) with two homers and eight RBI to finish his High-A stat line at .261/.366/.406 with five homers, 38 RBI, and 27 steals in 35 attempts. 7/7: LHP Camilo Vazquez came back from Chattanooga. 7/9: RHP Enerio Del Rosario was demoted back to Dayton. C Petr Cech was added to the roster from the GCL Reds, but placed on the temporarily inactive list. A procedural move, I think.
Record: 3-4. Overall: 10-10, third place behind Lansing (TOR) and South Bend (ARI).
7/3: MAKEUP MADNESS! Great Lakes (LAD) took ‘em both, though, each 2-1. Game one had a great start from Matt Klinker (3.87, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) but an unearned run got Zach Stewart tagged with the defeat (L 1-1, 0.00, 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K). Game two saw reliever Jeremy Horst pitch four hitless innings (2.91, 2 BB, 5 K) but the loss go to Henry Arias (L 2-4, 3.54, 1 IP, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K).
7/4: Great night for Kyle Lotzkar (W 1-3, 4.71, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K) as Dayton shuts out the Loons, five-nil. DH Logan Parker drove in three with a single and double (.245).
7/5: Stewart took the loss for his second straight outing (L 1-2, 0.87, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) as his first professional earned run allowed results in West Michigan (DET) taking a 3-2 win. Decent if wild outing for Josh Ravin (5.80, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K). The Dragons turned four double plays as a team.
7/6: Arias is pounded for five in the ninth, turning a close one into a 9-3 Whitecap blowout. Luis Montano (L 8-6, 4.33, 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) started and lost. Derrick Conatser threw three scoreless following him (2.86, 1 H, 4 K). Parker picked up two more hits and 3B Neftali Soto’s MWL debut saw him go 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, and throwing error.
7/7: Horst went one more inning this time, earning himself a win (W 4-2, 2.81, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K) as Dayton beat up on WM, 9-1. Jeff Jeffords walked four in three innings, but still allowed no hits and no runs (3.83) and Stewart rebounded to pitch a scoreless inning (0.79). LF Brandon Menchaca hit homer #4, but CF Jeremy Reed was 3-for-4 with steal #6 and a three-run homer, #8 (.248). Parker doubled and tripled to raise his average to .256. Soto was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
7/9: Another 9-1 thrashing, this time of hapless Wisconsin (SEA). The defeat dropped the Timber Rattlers’ second-half record to 3-16. Klinker again pitched great (W 4-4, 3.66, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). RF Denis Phipps, slumping badly since the All-Star break, hit a three-run homer (#7, .241) and DH Michael McKennon, fighting a season-long funk after he raked at Billings in 2007, came off the bench to hit #3 (.213). Soto? Yep, two more hits- along with two RBI.
Notes: 7/6: INF Neftali Soto promoted from Billings, replacing the DL’ed Brandon Waring (hairline fracture, thumb). 7/9: RHS Josh Ravin placed on the disabled list, RHP Enerio Del Rosario added from Sarasota to replace him. UT Jolbert Cabrera became Rehab Cab.
Record: 3-3. Overall: 12-10, one game back of Great Falls (CHW) and second place.
7/3: Great pitching from Oscar Castro (3.52, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), Enrique Garcia (W 1-0, 2 IP, 1 H) and Randall Linebaugh (save #2) and a tiebreaking solo homer from light-hitting 2B Jose Gualdron (#1) helped Billings beat Great Falls, 2-1.
7/4: DH Tony Brown hit homer #4 and drove in three and CF David Sappelt was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and his first homer as Billings pounded Helena (MIL), 11-3. 3B Neftali Soto was also 3-for-5 (including his tenth double in this short season) and RF Andrew Means hit homer #1. Lance Janke threw five innings for his first win (3.24, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Lefty Mace Thurman’s pro debut saw him set down six straight (1 K).
7/5:Three runs in the ninth left the Mustangs one short, 5-4. Brown drove in three (2-for-5, .302). Jamie Arneson started and lost (L 2-1, 6.14, 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). DH Tyler Stovall was 2-for-4 to raise his average to .457.
7/6: This time, the late rally works- four in the eighth to beat the Brewers by the same score as the day before, 5-4. Brown picked up two more hits, scored two runs, and hit solo homer #5. C Kyle Day was 2-for-2 with his first home run. Starter Clayton Shunick was phenomenal, permitting exactly one hit in six innings (3.79, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). The win went to Aguido Gonzalez (W 2-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K) in relief.
7/8: Linebaugh gave up the deciding solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, pushing Ogden (LAD) to a 5-4 win. He fell to 0-2. Starter Leonardo Astorga did fine (2.21, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Brown hit yet another homer (#6).
7/9: Back-to-back wins for the Raptors, as they beat up starter Castro (L 1-1, 5.00, 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) and win easily, 11-3. 2B Alex Buchholz hit a two-run homer, #1.
Notes: 7/3: Just-signed LHP Mace Thurman (19) and RHP Enrique Garcia (14) added to the roster. Both are 21.
Record: 2-4. Overall: 9-8, three back of the GCL Twins in third place.
7/3: Pirates win, 6-4. 2B Cody Puckett hit a three-run homer, #1.
7/4: The Reds thump the Orioles, 12-0. DH Yen-Wen Kuo finished 4-for-4 with three RBI. CF Alexis Oliveras scored five runs while going 3-for-4 with two walks (.435). Evan Hildebrandt dominated again, firing seven shutout innings (0.47, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K). Lefty Blaine Howell then whiffed five of six in relief.
7/5: Red Sox beat the Reds, 5-2. CF Samuel Vasquez hit a solo homer. Rehabbin’ righty Justin James threw a scoreless inning. Righty Michael Henry threw three hitless innings of relief and struck out five.
7/6: The first-place Twins take it, 4-2. Juan Rafael did well (0.96, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) but three hits and two unearned runs off Mike Bohana (0-2) proved decisive. Two hits and both Reds RBIs for 1B Humberto Sosa (.293).
7/8: Reds beat the Pirates, 7-1, behind more great work from Shea Snowden (W 3-1, 0.90, 5 IP, 4 H, 5 K) in relief of last year’s fourth-round pick, Drew Bowman (2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER). 2B Julio Pimentel drove in three with a single and double.
7/9: Orioles win, 4-2. Righty Efrain Rodriguez started and lost (L 0-2, 6.27, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER). James threw two more innings (1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). SS Markus Gregorius was 2-for-4 (.200).
Notes: RHR Justin James, 26- the payment from Toronto for Buck Coats- has been added to the GCL squad for rehab purposes. It’s been a messy season for James- he’s missed most of it with injuries and pitched terribly at AA when he was healthy. This from a guy who did fairly well in AAA in 2007.
You are the man Doc.