Record: 5-2. Overall: 81-51, first place, twelve (!) games ahead of Toledo (DET).
8/14: Another game, another win. The unstoppable Bats juggernaut rolls on without Chris Dickerson or Adam Rosales, as Matt Maloney pitched 6.1 innings of four-hit ball (W 10-4, 3.95, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) and LF Drew T. Anderson was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored (.295) in a 4-2 win over Toledo. 2B Danny Richar came back from a rough night before with two hits and two RBI (.252). Josh Roenicke followed Maloney and went 1.2 hitless innings (2.45, 1 BB, 1 K). Matt Belisle permitted an unearned run, but Jon Adkins came on to strike out the last batter and strand two Mud Hens for save #24 (3.40).
8/15: Ho hum… another day, another win over the Clippers. Ramon Ramirez didn’t reach the strikeout totals of his previous start, but three hits and no runs over 6.1 innings got the job done as the Bats shut out Columbus 3-0. Ramirez (W 3-4, 3.10, 4 BB, 4 K) is angling for a September callup- he’s already on the 40-man. Danny Ray Herrera pitched 2.2 innings of shutout relief (1.82, 1 H, 4 K) for save #4. Richar, playing shortstop this time, provided all three Louisville runs with his 10th homer. Off Ryan Wagner (L 0-2, 7.15).
8/16: Three in the first inning on a RBI triple from CF Drew Stubbs, the same thing from 3B Mike Griffin and a Luis Bolivar sacrifice fly gave Adam Pettyjohn (W 13-5, 4.73, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) all he needed for a 4-2 victory. (Stubbs also brought in that fourth run with a RBI double.) Richar continued his strong hitting by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and steal #12. Carlos Fisher stranded two of three inherited runners in 1.2 scoreless innings (0.73, 2 K) and Jon Adkins stranded a couple more Clippers to notch save #25 (3.34).
8/17: The Bats run their August record to a ridiculous 15-1 by completing the sweep of Columbus, 7-5. The Clips led 3-0 until the seventh, when Louisville scored four. Adam Rosales led off with a double and scored on 1B Kevin Barker’s double. After C Wilkin Castillo struck out, CF Shaun Cumberland singled in Barker (and going to second on the throw home). After a walk to RF Rob Mackowiak, SS Paul Janish stroked a two-run double to give the Bats the 4-3 lead. Bobby Livingston started and won (W 3-2, 4.54, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR). Justin Mallett got through two (4.63, 1 H, 1 BB) but Josh Roenicke struggled, failing to retire any of the four men he faced (3.00, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB). Luckily, Herrera came on and stranded two for save #5 (1.79, 1 IP, 1 BB). Mackowiak finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored (.242), Cumberland 2-for-4 with two runs scored (.278) and Alvin Colina brought in a key insurance run with a pinch-hit RBI single. Castillo was 0-for-4 in his Reds organization debut- although he picked one Clippers runner off first base and threw out a second trying to steal.
8/18: Columbus finally takes one by curbstomping Jon Adkins (L 1-4, BS #3 out of 28, 3.79) for three in the bottom of the ninth to steal one, 7-6. TAFKA OMH started and gave up nine hits and four earned runs in six innings. Against the Clippers’ below-average-for-AAA lineup, that’s not great. Bailey walked two, struck out four, and raised his AAA ERA to 4.58. 2B-3B Adam Rosales was 3-for-5 with homer #11 and two RBI (.286) and Barker was 3-for-4 with homer #17 (.253). LF-2B Mike Griffin also had three hits and two RBI (.266). Castillo singled twice in four trips.
8/19: Back to the old ways, as Louisville came back from an 8-2 deficit with three in the seventh, three more in the eighth and the winner in the bottom of 10, 9-8. As it so often has been this year, it was C Alvin Colina who drove in the winner. Stubbs had a great night, going 3-for-6 with a two-run homer (#2), steal #1, and three RBI. Rosales added three more hits and two more RBI (.289). Richar doubled twice and scored twice. Matt Maloney was hit hard (4.23, 6.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR) and Carlos Fisher allowed a run on four hits in 1.1 (1.32), but Justin Mallett retired six straight for the win (W 6-2, 4.53, 2 K).
8/20: Rays prospect Jeff Niemann shut the Bats’ bats down on a four-hitter, five-zip. Ramon Ramirez (L 3-5, 3.28, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) started and lost.
Notes: 8/14: C-3B Wilkin Castillo, the third and final announced piece in the Adam Dunn trade, was added to the Bats’ roster. He replaced UT Drew M. Anderson, who returned to Chattanooga. RHR Matt Belisle was placed on the DL. 8/20: UT Adam Rosales recalled by Cincinnati with yet another DLing of Jerry Hairston Jr.
Record: 3-3. Overall: 24-34, last place, 12.5 games behind Carolina (FLA).
8/14: Robert Manuel failed to hold the one-run lead bequeathed him by Sam Lecure (3.67, 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), but Chattanooga scored two in the top of the ninth on a two-run single by 1B Tonys Gutierrez to take a 5-4 win over Huntsville (MIL). Manuel still pitched well overall (W 5-3, 1.48, BS #3, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). Joe Valentine was quite hittable in the ninth but managed to get Cole Gillespie to line to 3B Eric Eymann to strand two and preserve the victory (save #1, 9.00, 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K). CF Chris Heisey lashed three hits and drove in one (.417, steal #1), RF BJ Szymanski homered (#9), and 1B-LF Danny Dorn added a pair of singles and run scored (.268). LF-RF Sean Henry got on base three times from the leadoff slot, scoring one and stealing base #15.
8/15: Pedro Viola struggled in only one inning- the first, allowing a three-run homer to C prospect Angel Salome- but it was all the Stars needed to beat the Lookouts, 3-1. Pedro got the loss (L 2-7, 4.61, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) but he continues to hold his own after the unexpected conversion. Good bullpen work from Derrik Lutz (5.11, 0.2 IP), Joe Valentine (6.75, 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and Sean Watson (5.02, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) gave Chattanooga the opportunity after a Gutierrez solo homer (#7) in the second- but the Huntsville pitchers weren’t having it.
8/16: Chattanooga piled up eight (!) runs in the second inning, four coming on Dorn’s grand slam (#18, 2-for-4, .271), then held on for dear life. Valentine pitched the final two innings to preserve a one-run lead and get the save (#2) in an 8-7 squeaker. Camilo Vazquez started but left early (5.34, 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). Mike Hrynio let in two unearned runs without the benefit of a hit on his watch, but was credited with the win (W 3-1, 6.22). Again Ramon Geronimo was scored on (4.11, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Both Vazquez and C Eddy Rodriguez picked up two-run hits in that big second inning. Rodriguez also picked a Huntsville runner off third base to snuff a third-inning rally.
8/18: Jacksonville (LAD) scored what turned out to be the game-winner off Sean Watson in the top of 10, 5-4. Watson (L 1-2, 4.99, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) wasn’t hit hard. Ben Jukich started and was unimpressive (3.72, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). 3B Eric Eymann had two hits and two RBI (.295). Pinch-hitter BJ Szymanski had a clutch two-run single in the sixth to tie things at 4.
8/19: Travis Wood has been seriously up and down this whole stint, but I don’t think it was possible to foresee him retiring the first nineteen Suns he faced before losing his perfect game and no-hitter. He got the easy win anyway, 3-1 (W 3-8, 6.65, 8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Ramon Geronimo left the bases loaded in the ninth for save #2 (3.86). CF Chris Heisey had a double, triple, and RBI and scored twice (.333).
8/20: Jacksonville won it, 2-1, despite the Lookouts collecting ten hits and four walks. Sam Lecure still pitched well (L 9-7, 3.64, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR). Lee Tabor struck out four over two innings of shutout relief. Four different Chattanooga hitters (Dorn, Turner, Eymann, Anderson) each had two hits.
Notes: RHS James Avery allowed two runs in 3.2 innings in his Olympic start against the US. The US team came back to win a close one over Canada, 5-4. Former Red Chris Reitsma took the loss in relief.
Record: 0-5. Overall: 25-32, fourth place, 15 games behind Dunedin (TOR).
8/14: Rained out.
8/15: PEANUT BUTTER MAKEUP TIME! Dallas Buck was impressive in his Reds system debut, throwing five scoreless innings in game one, but Dunedin scored the only run of the game off Justin James (L 1-1, 1.84) in the bottom of the seventh to win it. Buck permitted just one hit and no walks while striking out four. Game two was also a low-scoring affair, with the Jays starter outdueling Matt Klinker (L 1-2, 7.52, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR), 3-1. 3B Juan Francisco’s 22nd homer provided the only Sarasota run (.273, 2-for-3- his 31st double).
8/16: Phil Valiquette, proud owner of a 1.42 ERA in July and a 1.50 August, was bombed for four runs in the bottom of the seventh (L 2-2, 3.41, 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 HR) as the Jays snapped a 1-1 tie and sent Sarasota to their fifth straight loss, 5-1. Misael DeJesus started and was in “good” mode (3.84, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). LF Carson Kainer singled in temp CF Efrain Contreras for the only Reds run.
8/17: The Reds moved on to try their luck with Fort Myers (MIN) and got bulldozed, 15-2. Rafael Gonzalez: no words (L 5-10, 6.85, 2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR). Logan Ondrusek permitted five more over three innings (4.82). Steve Otterness chewed up three innings of mopup duty (0.63, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 K) and Zach Stewart cruised through an inning (2 K). Kainer lashed two singles and a double (.257) and 1B Logan Parker singled in Francisco and SS Todd Frazier with the two runs.
8/18: No game- hurricane.
8/19: No game- hurricane.
8/20: In an effort to break their six-game losing streak, the Reds tried rehabbin’ Daryl Thompson. Daryl pitched okay (5.91, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) but Clearwater sent Sarasota to its seventh straight loss, 6-4. Terrell Young took the loss in relief (L 1-2, 2.89, 2 IP, 3 ER). Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer, #12 (2-for-4, .280).
Notes: 8/14: RHS Dallas Buck replaced RHP Enerio Del Rosario (sent to Dayton). Scott Carroll was also placed on the seven-day DL.
Record: 4-2. Overall: 32-26, tied for second, four back of South Bend (ARI).
8/14: Three Great Lakes (LAD) pitchers stymied the Dragons on two hits- both by C Devin Mesoraco (.260)- to beat Dayton 4-1. Juan Rafael started and lost (L 3-2, 4.54, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR)
8/15: Mesoraco was 4-for-5 (.270), Mike McKennon homered (#7, 2-for-4, .236) and Aguido Gonzalez lost his streak but not the lead (save #4, 0.61, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) as Dayton held on to beat the Loons, 6-5. Mace Thurman (W 1-0, 4.91, 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K) turned in some great relief after Jeremy Horst started and lasted five (2.58, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).
8/16: Again McKennon homered (#8, 2-for-2, 2 RBI, .241) as Dayton made it back-to-back one-run victories, 4-3. Enerio Del Rosario started and scattered eight hits over six innings for the win (W 3-2, 1.47, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K). Ruben Medina got save #1. SS Zach Cozart was 2-for-4 with a RBI (.267) and Dragons outfielders collected three assists- two by RF Denis Phipps and a third by LF Brandon Menchaca (at home).
8/17: A seesaw matchup saw Dayton fall behind 3-0, grab a 4-3 lead, fall behind 9-4 as Daniel Guerrero was chased by a hail of Loons hits, then almost come all the way back before falling a run short, 9-8. Guerrero (L 1-5, 8.85, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) was aided and abetted by Tyler Rhoden (4.99, 2.1 IP, 3 ER). McKennon counted his ninth homer and third in three games among three hits (.247, 18-for-38 over his last ten), with 2B Jake Kahauleilo collecting four hits in five trips (.244) and 3B Neftali Soto three plus a walk in five (.313, 2 RBI). Mesoraco finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer (#8) in the ninth, the blow that brought the Dragons within one. The 20-year-old is now back up to a respectable .270/.316/.416.
8/18: Three in the seventh snapped a tie and pushed Dayton past Great Lakes, 4-1. Six strong innings turned in by starter Curtis Partch (W 5-9, 4.80, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K). Jeff Jeffords picked up the long save (#5, 3.45, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 K). Mesoraco homered again, #9, and Soto drove in two with a single and double (.317).
8/19: Dayton scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to take a wild one, 10-9. Three straight singles to start the inning from Denis Phipps, Mike McKennon, and Brandon Menchaca brought that run in. Aguido Gonzalez blew the save (2.35, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) but Ruben Medina got the last out for the victory (1-0). Juan Rafael gave up three hits and four earned in five innings (4.84) and Mace Thurman pitched three in relief (5.23, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). SS Zach Cozart hammered his 14th homer and drove in four runs (.269), with 2B Jake Kahauleilo turning in a great night out of the leadoff slot (3-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, .258). CF Jeremy Reed was 3-for-4 with three runs scored (.249) and Menchaca finished 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI (.184). Phipps had three hits to raise his average to .250.
Notes: 8/14: RHP Enerio Del Rosario descended from Sarasota.
Record: 0-3. Overall 12-7 second half, first place by two games.
8/14: Contest against Casper (COL) was suspended in the second inning; scoreless tie.
8/16: More rain.
8/17: Still more rain.
8/18: Finally we’re back. Idaho Falls butchered the Mustangs, 19-5. RF Byron Wiley couldn’t be stopped, though, lashing three doubles and driving in three (.349). Lance Janke (L 3-2, 5.57, 2.1 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 7 ER) took the defeat. Josh Ravin, demoted from Dayton, allowed three hits and two earned runs in three innings with four strikeouts and just one walk.
8/19: The Chukars win again, 5-3. Loss to starter Drew Bowman (L 2-2, 4.26, 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). DH Cody Puckett homered (#4) and singled (.370).
8/20: Ow! Three straight beatings from the not-overly-talented Idaho Falls squad, this one 11-1. Jamie Arneson (L 5-3, 4.95, 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) and Brandon Rice (7.40, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) took matching beatings.
Notes: RHS Josh Ravin descended from Dayton. RHR Dan Zeffiro completed his temp duty in Sarasota.
Rookie- Gulf Coast
Record: 2-4. Overall 22-28, fourth place, eleven back of the Pirates.
8/14: MAKEUP MADNESS saw the Reds sweep the Red Sox, 5-4 and 1-0. Game one had the Reds capitalizing on six Red Sox errors (in just six innings where the Reds batted!). 1B Humberto Sosa drove in three runs with a single and double (.319) and CF Alexis Oliveras was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his third stolen base (.315). Starter Rafael de la Rosa struggled a bit this time (4.82, 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K), but righty Jeremy Vinyard picked up the win with two scoreless innings (W 1-0, 1.00). Hector Santana got save #2. In the later-in-the-day-‘cap, the Reds tallied the game’s only run after RF Sam Vasquez singled, 3B Brodie Pullen walked, and a double-steal put them both in scoring position for .139-hitting SS Mariekson Gregorius, who grounded out to score Vasquez. Sam got four hits in the doubleheader, raising his average to .250. He also stole three bases to give him seven. Righty Luis Machuca fired five scoreless for the win (W 1-1, 3.00, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and lefty David Torcise went the final two for save #1 (1.71).
8/15: Twins spank the Reds, 5-1. Evan Hildenbrandt pitched well but got the loss (L 3-2, 2.92, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR).
8/16: Off or rained out or whatever.
8/17: Pirates win it, 4-2, belting out fourteen hits. Jerry Gil kept on having growing pains with the pitching thing (L 0-2, 6.55, 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K). Luca Panerati went four innings, his longest pro outing, with mixed success (2.25, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). Marco Pizziconi followed with two scoreless (0.46, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K).
8/18: A 13-2 pounding at the hands of the Orioles.
8/19: No game.
8/20: 3-0 loss to the Twins. Luis Machuca (L 1-2, 4.15, 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) started. Infielder Brodie Pullen threw a scoreless inning of relief; could he be the next conversion project?