Record: 5-2. Overall: 61-44, first place, 3.5 games ahead of Toledo (DET).
7/17: Matt Maloney departed after seven pitches with a strained oblique muscle (subsequently heading to the DL), but other than that everything went right for Louisville. Justin Mallett fired six innings of shutout relief (W 4-1, 4.38, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K), LF Shaun Cumberland poked three hits (.333, triple, steal #1) and DH Rob Mackowiak hammered homer #2 in a 6-1 Bats victory over Charlotte (CHW). CF Chris Dickerson was 3-for-5 (.266) and 3B Adam Rosales 2-for-4 (.246).
7/18: Three in the eighth off soon-to-be-recalled Todd Coffey push the Knights past the Bats, 5-3. Coffey (L 3-3, 4.15, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) was relieving Ramon Ramirez (3.98, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who turned in another nice start. Again BJ Szymanski started- in CF- and singled in a run (.182).
7/19: Rosales smacked three hits (.253, steals #5 and #6) and 2B Luis Bolivar homered (#4) to back six good innings from Adam Pettyjohn (W 9-4, 4.96, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in a 5-2 win. Jon Adkins notched save #15 (3.77) and both Josh Roenicke and Marcus McBeth also pitched scoreless relief.
7/20: Three out of four over Charlotte, as Dickerson homered (#9) while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks (.270), Rosales drove in three with a pair of singles (.257) and Carlos Fisher struck out all five men he retired in his AAA debut (W 1-0, 0.00, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K). Final score: 9-4. Starter Ben Jukich, also making his AAA debut, struggled somewhat (8.31, 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Tyler Pelland (4.05, 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) and Matt Belisle (4.66, save #3, 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K) followed Fisher to lock down the win.
7/21: Syracuse (TOR) battered Bobby Livingston (L 0-1, 7.94, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) and Louisville, 8-3. Livingston was supposed to spend some time in Chattanooga, but had to come up to pitch because Daryl Thompson went on the DL. Szymanski hit his very first AAA homer and both Rosales and 2B Mike Griffin (.260) were 2-for-5.
7/22: C Alvin Colina knocked in two tiebreaking runs with a seventh-inning single, giving the Bats a 7-5 win over the Skychiefs. Danny Herrera let in an inherited runner to technically blow the save, but avoided further damage while preventing any other runs (W 2-3, 2.34, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K). Starter Justin Mallett struggled a bit (4.72, 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). Pelland pitched the eighth (3.95, 1 IP, 2 H) and Adkins got save #16. Rosales hit his seventh homer while finishing 2-for-5; he’s hitting .436 over his last ten games (17-for-39) and .329 in July after a .299 June. Overall line: .261/.317/.413. Mackowiak turned a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead in the fifth with a three-run homer, #3. Both Dickerson and Cumberland finished 2-for-3 with a walk; Chris is up to .273, while Shaun is at .324 since his promotion.
7/23: Ramon Ramirez back to the hill against Syracuse. He and Skychiefs starter Davis Romero dueled scorelessly for five innings before the bad guys dented the scoreboard in the sixth. (Dotting the visitors lineup tonight were ex-Reds Buck Coats and Pedro Lopez, incidentally.) Ramirez left another great start down on the scoreboard (3.67, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and yielded to Fisher, who resumed pitching scoreless ball. DH Alvin Colina stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with C Ryan Hanigan and Cumberland on base and delivered for the second straight game, driving home both with a game-winning single! Fisher (W 2-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) now has two AAA victories in as many appearances. Colina is only batting .243/.299/.426 on the season, but he’s at .329 with men on base and .362 with men in scoring position. Huge improvement for a guy who hit all of .195/.243/.320 in the launching pad of Colorado Springs in 2007.
Notes: 7/18: LHS Bobby Livingston moved up from Chattanooga. LHS Matt Maloney DL’ed with an oblique strain. UT Drew M. Anderson came up from AA as well. 7/19: RHR Todd Coffey recalled by the Reds, replaced by RHR Carlos Fisher (promoted from Chattanooga). LHS Ben Jukich moved up from Chattanooga to make the start in place of RHS Daryl Thompson, who was DL’ed retroactive to 7/13 with a shoulder strain.
Record: 2-3. Overall: 13-18, fourth place, 5.5 games behind Tennessee (CHC).
7/17: Thought maybe we’d get Bad Travis after Mobile (SD) scored two off him in the first- but he settled down (6.13, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and the Lookouts chipped away at the deficit one run at a time. LF Sean Henry popped homer #8 in the fifth to make it 2-1. 1B Tonys Gutierrez doubled in 3B Eric Eymann to tie it in the eighth. Then, in the tenth, after 2B Michael DeJesus singled, went to second on Henry’s sacrifice and third on a throwing error, LF Danny Dorn singled in the go-ahead run. Carlos Fisher came on to get the save, ending the inning and the game with a 6-4-3-2 double play that cut down the tying run at the plate! The play got him save #8 (3.73, 1 IP, 2 H). Derrik Lutz pitched the ninth for the win (W 2-2, 5.44, 1 IP, 1 H). Pedro Viola (6.15, 2 IP, 1 K) and Sean Watson (7.94, 1 IP, 3 K) also turned in great work out of the bullpen.
7/18: Mobile got its revenge on Chattanooga, beating Watson in the tenth to win it, 7-6. Sean pitched a scoreless ninth but couldn’t sustain it in the tenth, walking the leadoff man and serving up a game-ending RBI single. DeJesus had doubled in two runs in the eighth to tie the score at 6 (.300). Dorn hit a two-run homer in the first, #13 (.266). Henry tripled in two runs in the second. Starter Sam Lecure was hittable (3.75, 6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR).
7/19: Six runs in the top of the ninth turned a 4-2 game into a rout, with Chattanooga finishing a 10-4 victory after Lutz struggled to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Smith had a strong six innings (W 2-4, 5.08, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Henry hit a two-run homer, #9 (.321), but was overshadowed by SS Chris Valaika (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, steal #4, .307), CF Drew Stubbs (2-for-2, 3 RBI, 3 BB, .500 and Gutierrez (3-for-4, 3 R, .295).
7/20: Misael DeJesus’ callup from Sarasota didn’t go well. The BayBears battered him around for seven earned in 4.2 innings (L 0-1, 6 H, 4 BB, 4 K) and shut out the Lookouts, 7-0. Fellow callup Ramon Geronimo fared better, striking out three of the four he faced. Chattanooga got eight hits, with only Dorn collecting more than one (2-for-3, BB, .268).
7/22: Rained out, to be made up 7/24.
7/23: Chattanooga dented the plate in each of the final four innings, but fell just short, dropping a 6-5 game to West Tenn (SEA). Gutierrez homered (#5) and Valaika, Eymann, Stubbs, Henry, and C Chris Denove all had two hits apiece. James Avery started and lost (L 6-7, 5.21, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR). Stubbs is still hitting .440 through seven AA games with four RBI, six walks, and two stolen bases.
Notes: 7/19: RHP Misael DeJesus and RHR Ramon Geronimo came up from Sarasota, replacing Ben Jukich and Carlos Fisher. C Craig Tatum was made temporarily inactive, replaced by UT Justin Tordi from High-A. 7/22: DeJesus went back to Sarasota and LHP Camilo Vazquez came back up.
Record: 4-2. Overall: 16-16, third place, 7.5 games behind Dunedin (TOR).
7/17: 3B Juan Francisco slapped three hits, including a triple, and drove in four (.271), propelling Sarasota easily past Palm Beach (STL), 10-2. Alex Smit started and won (W 8-6, 3.72, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). DH Carson Kainer added two hits and two RBI (.234).
7/18: Rafael Gonzalez turned in his best start of the year, whiffing seven Cardinals in seven innings and permitting just two hits in a 6-2 victory. Gonzalez (W 4-7, 6.06, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR) was helped by 1B Jason Louwsma’s two-run homer (#5) and 2B Jake Kahauleilo’s solo shot (#2). SS Todd Frazier added two hits, a RBI, and a run scored (.303).
7/19: Terrell Young bailed out Phil Valiquette (2.82, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB) by retiring the first two men he faced to secure the 2-1 win. Young got his second save (1.88) and has quietly allowed just one earned run in his last ten FSL appearances, spanning 12.1 innings. Starter Scott Carroll was great for eight innings (W 5-3, 3.39, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K). 1B Logan Parker homered in his High-A debut and Francisco singled in the other run.
7/20: The Reds follow up the sweep of Palm Beach by dropping a 5-1 outing to Daytona (CHC). Frazier’s seventh homer provided the only run. Justin James started and pitched three shutout innings, but Enerio Del Rosario took the loss in relief (L 0-4, 7.57, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR).
7/21: A fifth-inning Francisco grand slam (#13) turned around a 3-0 deficit and accounted for all the Reds’ offense in a 4-3 win. Juan, as he’s wont to do, also doubled and committed a fielding error. Camilo Vazquez made it through five for the win (W 5-2, 4.20, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 K), although it wasn’t pretty. Logan Ondrusek threw a scoreless sixth and seventh (4.33, 1 H, 3 K) and Zach Stewart’s FSL debut resulted in an impressive two-inning save (2 H, 1 BB, 4 K).
7/22: Alex Smit’s control deserted him (L 8-7, 3.87, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 3 K) in an 8-3 defeat. Francisco picked up three more hits (.277) and CF Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer, #4.
7/23: Rained out.
Notes: 7/18: LHS Bobby Livingston completed his rehab and went to Chattanooga (although he ended up moving right to Louisville.) SS Jose Castro went back to Chattanooga and 1B Logan Parker was promoted from Dayton. 7/19: RHR Zach Stewart promoted from Dayton, replacing Geronimo. RHR Justin James came down from Chattanooga. INF Cody Puckett moved over from the GCL Reds as a temporary hand. Scott Carroll won the FSL Pitcher of the Week award, allowing zero earned runs in fifteen innings with two walks and ten strikeouts.
Record: 5-1. Overall: 19-13, second place, two back of South Bend (ARI).
7/17: Rained out- made up 7/18.
7/18: MAKEUP MADNESS! Game one went to Dayton, as they pop the Kernels 4-3 behind a 3-for-3 outing from RF Denis Phipps (.249) and a homer from LF Keltavious Jones (#5, 2-for-4, 2 R, .268). Luis Montano went five for win #10 (W 10-6, 4.22, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR). Zach Stewart got save #3 (0.55, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 K). In the nightcap, it wasn’t as close- the Dragons won 8-1, with SS Zach Cozart hitting homer #11, CF Jeremy Reed #10, and 3B Angel Cabrera driving in two with two hits (.265). Josh Ravin returned from the DL to pitch three good innings (5.61, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and Tyler Rhoden (W 3-1, 4.41, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K) got the win. Henry Arias finished up (4.27, 2 IP, 3 K).
7/19: A fifteen-inning marathon, so long it had to be finished the next night. Cedar Rapids got to Derrick Conatser (L 2-2, 3.51, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) to win it, 2-1. LF Brandon Menchaca was 3-for-6 (.177) and C Devin Mesoraco 2-for-4 with a walk (.260). Starter Daniel Guerrero did well (5.06, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) and Jeff Jeffords (3.58, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K), Aguido Gonzalez (1.2 IP, 2 K) and Arias (4.01, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K) did their jobs also.
7/20: Eight runs in the seventh blew out a 5-1 game; Dayton then cruised to a 13-4 win over Clinton (TEX). Cozart homered (#12) and drove in three (.269, 3-for-5). C Jason Bour (#2) and 1B Michael McKennon (#4) also hit bombs. Reed was 3-for-5 with three runs scored (.251) and Phipps drove in three. Matt Klinker went six for the win (W 6-4, 3.40, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 HR) and Curtis Partch got the long save (#1, 5.90, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K).
7/21: Four wins in five, 8-4 over Clinton. Mesoraco slammed two homers (#5 and #6) and 3B Neftali Soto hit #2 (.333). Cozart had two hits and two RBI (.272). Jeremy Horst pitched five one-hit innings (W 5-2, 2.70, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K).
7/23: Two in the eighth and a game-winning solo homer by Angel Cabrera (#3) beat Peoria, 4-3. Gonzalez (W 1-0, 1 IP, 1 K) got the victory in relief of Montano (4.15, 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR). 3B Brandon Waring hit homer #16. Phipps and Mesoraco drove in the tying eighth-inning runs. Cozart added two more hits, pushing his average to a season-high .276.
Notes: 7/19: LHR Aguido Gonzalez brought his perfect 0.00 ERA up from Billings. RHP Juan Rafael up from the GCL. Matt Klinker was named Midwest League pitcher of the week, winning both of his starts with a 1.50 ERA in twelve innings with one walk and nine Ks.
Record: 4-2. Overall 21-13, first place, three ahead of Helena (MIL).
7/17: Billings beat on Ogden (LAD), 9-3. Seven in the sixth turned around a 3-2 deficit. DH Andrew Means drove in three and LF Tony Brown hit a two-run homer, #7. Steve Otterness picked up the win (W 2-1, 4.50, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) in relief of Lance Janke (2.92, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).
7/18: The Mustangs built a 14-2 lead before the Raptors beat up winning pitcher Will Hudgens (W 3-0, 12.96, 2.1 IP, 4 ER) to make it mildly respectable and more NFL-ish, 14-7. 2B Alex Buchholz hit a three-run homer, #3. DH Byron Wiley drove in five runs with a double and triple (.250).
7/19: The Orem Owlz (LAA) rolled into Dehler Park and dealt Billings a 7-3 defeat. Clayton Shunick (L 1-2, 7.66, 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 K) took the loss. Brown was 2-for-4 (.320).
7/20: Despite four errors and only five hits, Billings withstood a late Owlz rally to hang on, 6-5. Brown, on fire this week, hit a three-run homer (#8) and drove in four (.327). Leo Astorga (W 3-0, 2.30, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) pitched great for the win. Otterness got his first save.
7/21: Four in five, as the Mustangs eked out a 2-1 win behind RBI hits from 1B Mike Konstanty (.350, 2-for-3) and RF Tyler Stovall (.342) and five shutout innings from starter Oscar Castro (4.26, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Josh Beal actually got the win despite being the only Billings pitcher charged with a run (1-1). Otterness got the save for the second straight night.
7/22: Orem beat on Janke (L 1-1, 4.40, 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) and won it, 7-4. Dan Zeffiro threw three hitless innings and struck out four (3.44). Billings got just four hits.
Notes: LF Tony Brown was named Pioneer League hitter of the week for the week of July 14, going 10-for-22 (.455) with two homers and nine RBI.
Rookie- Gulf Coast
Record: 2-5. Overall 13-15, fourth place, 4.5 back of the Twins.
7/18: Doubleheader sees the Pirates sweep the Reds, 5-2 and 4-0. 2B Julio Pimentel’s first homer accounted for both first-game runs. Evan Hildenbrandt started that first game and pitched four adequate innings (1.65, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) but Mike Bohana (0-3) took the loss on a couple of unearned runs. Juan Rafael struck out ten over five innings in game two, but got the defeat anyway (L 1-3, 1.63). 2B Cody Puckett got two hits in each game (.286).
7/19: The kids bounce back to defeat the Orioles, 6-2. Drew Bowman pitched three (7.88, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) but the bullpen pitched six scoreless. Win to Rafael Ceballos (2-0, 8.62).
7/20: The Red Sox pin yet another loss on Bohana (0-4, 4.82) by scoring the winning run in the tenth, 5-4. Starter Michael Henry’s control deserted him early (2 IP, 3 ER, 5 BB) but David Torcise threw three shutout frames and DH Brady Conner hit homer #2 to get the Reds back in it. 1B Humberto Sosa drove in the other two runs (.300, 2-for-5).
7/21: This makeup pair was a split- 2-1 loss to the Twins in game one, 5-1 win in game two. Sosa’s first homer was the only run in the first game. Shea Snowden started and pitched well but lost (L 3-2, 0.87, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Ceballos got win #3 in relief of Efrain Rodriguez (5.56, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in game two. Two hits apiece for C Kevin Coddington, 2B Yen-Wen Kuo, DH Eli Rimes and 3B Brodie Pullen.
7/23: The Pirates jumped Hildenbrandt for five runs in the fourth and won easily, 9-4. Evan (L 2-1, 2.87, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) had been great up until then. RF Sean Conner hit homer #3 and CF Alexis Oliveras #1.