Folks, next week's Rundown is likely to be late because I'll be out of town and away from the Inter-Webs for most of the next seven days. Just want to let you know (Camisadelgolf especially) so that you can get grief counseling and the like now.
Record This Week: 0-6.
Overall: 18-21, third place, 1.5 games behind Columbus (CLE).
5/14: After a very strong stretch, this one was like a non-housebroken puppy: bad and messy. Daryl Thompson took two steps back (7.40, 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) by blowing a 5-0 lead. Adam Pettyjohn tried to bail him out, but his lack of consistent work got him beat up as well (L 0-4, 4.82, 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) as Durham (TB) grabbed the lead and never looked back, winning 11-6. Jeff Kennard did well (3.55, 1.1 IP, 1 K, 0/2 inherited runners scored), but Josh Roenicke again struggled (5.54, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB). The Bats did get early bombs from RF Wes Bankston (#7) and LF Jonny Gomes (#8). 3B Drew Sutton committed another error, but also picked up two hits, a RBI, and scored a run (.281). CF Drew Stubbs, who’d raised his average from .179 to .333 over the past 19 games, struck out his first three times up before walking and later scoring on Sutton’s double. Stubbs’ average fell to .320 overall.
5/15: Even uglier here. The Bats blew a 8-1 lead in the fourth inning, letting Durham tie the score with four runs in the eighth and the equalizer in the ninth. Lefty Pedro Viola, who’d pitched so well as of late, came on in relief of Ramon Ramirez (another strong outing: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, ERA down from 5.34 to 5.08) in the eighth and watched his control desert him. He walked three of the first four batters he faced, then the Bulls’ Chris Richard stepped up and pasted a grand-slam homer to cut the Louisville lead from 8-3 to 8-7. Viola’s ERA ballooned back up from below 1 to 3.00. Carlos Fisher relieved Viola and got the next two men out, but an inning later he, too, lost his mojo. He hit the Durham leadoff man with a pitch, then wild-pitched him to second. An out later, the Bulls’ Jon Weber doubled to tie the game. If it wasn’t for Stubbs throwing out Weber trying to score on Reid Brignac’s single, the game would have ended right there. Fisher blew his second save (2.12, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K).
So on we went to the tenth. Kevin Barker gave the Bats the advantage right away by leading off with his sixth home run! With Robert Manuel and his string of seven straight scoreless appearances coming in, things looked good. But Manuel uncharacteristically walked the leadoff man. C Wilkin Castillo dropped a foul popup for an error, so given new life, Richard singled. Joe Dillon singled to score the tying run. Robert came back to get a strikeout and and a double play when Stubbs caught Richard off second base after grabbing a liner.
So on we went to the eleventh. With two outs, Stubbs took a Rudy and stole second base, but Drew Sutton grounded out to end the inning. Manuel got the first Bulls hitter out in the bottom of 11, but again his normally excellent control deserted him and he walked two of the next three hitters and plunked the third. But he came back to get out number two on a shallow fly ball to Stubbs. Rick Sweet opted to go to the bullpen for lefty Ben Jukich. Up stepped Richard…and out went the veteran’s second grand slam of the game to center. Durham wins, 13-9. Manuel’s ERA blew up to 3.48 (L 1-1, BS #1, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K).
Jonny Gomes drove in three more runs (2-for-5, .267). Castillo was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, as was 2B Danny Richar. Stubbs was only 1-for-2 officially, but he drew three walks and a hit-by-pitch. Two stolen bases gave him 13.
5/16: Another loss, sure, but this one wasn’t embarrassing so much. Matt Maloney pitched a great game (L 3-2, 2.64, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), but he was outdueled by Norfolk (BAL) starter David Hernandez and three relievers combining on a four-hit shutout. The game’s only run came on Oscar Salazar’s RBI single in the first.
5/17: Rained out
5/18: MAKEUP MADNESS from scenic Norfolk! The Tides won ‘em both, though, 6-2 and 2-0. Sam Lecure was paintbrushed around in game one (L 2-3, 5.03, 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) and only Jonny Gomes (.287, 3-for-3, HR #9, 2 RBI) and Danny Richar (.259, 2-for-3, 3B) really showed up to hit. Our Man Homer pitched well but lost the nightcap (L 3-5, 4.57, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 90 pitches) when his hitters were whitewashed on three singles and a double.
5/19: Loss number six in a row, as the Tides sweep the Bats, 7-2. Daryl Thompson started and pitched three scoreless innings (6.59, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K) but was then removed from the game in favor of Ben Jukich (L 2-1, 5.47, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). Thompson was placed back on the DL with shoulder inflammation the next day. Robert Manuel stranded two and retired four (3.27, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) to hold a one-run deficit, but Pedro Viola’s second straight messy outing saw him serve up as many homers as he got outs (both two; 5.17, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). Josh Roenicke did strike out three of four (5.02, 1.1 IP). The other bright spot was Drew Stubbs, who smacked his very first AAA homer- a two-run blow in the fifth off lefty Chris Waters. Stubbs was 0-for-his-other-4 and is now hitting .306.
5/20: And on the seventh day (after six losses), they rested.
Moves & Notes: (5/14) RHR Terrell Young, taken by the Nationals in this past winter’s Rule 5 Draft, was returned to the Reds organization, taking up residence on the Bats’ roster. Young hasn’t pitched above Sarasota, though, so he may not stay in Louisville. He’s also been on the DL this year, although it’s hard to tell if it was a real injury or the Rule 5itis that Jared Burton had in 2007. (5/16) UT Mike Griffin promoted from Carolina; OF Norris Hopper placed on the DL with a hamstring strain. Also, the Reds released RHR David Shafer, an offseason free agent pickup who didn’t log any innings in 2009. (5/18) The Reds called up RHS Ramon Ramirez to replace the DL’ed Nick Masset; Louisville got RHR Federico Baez (3-2, 3.38, 21.1 IP, 18 K) from Carolina as a replacement. (5/20) RHUP (utility pitcher) Justin Mallett up from Carolina to cover for the re-DL’ed Daryl Thompson.
Interesting factoid from 5/14, courtesy of the International League: “With last night's 10-3 win at Arizona, the Cincinnati Reds moved into a three-way tie for 1st place in the National League Central Division with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers and joined the Louisville Bats, who are also atop their division. The Bats currently lead the International League West Division by 3.0 games over the Toledo Mud Hens. Both the Reds and the Bats are in 1st place, with more than a month in the books, for the first time since June 17, 2002. Louisville finished the 2002 season 2nd in the IL West with a 79-65 record, 2.0 games behind Toledo while Cincinnati finished in 3rd place, 19.0 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 78-84 mark.” (That didn’t last very long, but it’s kinda neat.)
Drew Stubbs made the Baseball America Daily Hot Sheet after his 11-for-26 week. Here’s a BA Prospects Blog article that sums up the state of Stubbs’ prospect zeitgeist.
Matt Maloney was named the IL Pitcher of the Week for May 11-17, posting a 0.64 ERA in 14 IP; he walked just two and whiffed 15. Funny stuff: the IL Hitter of the Week, Durham’s Chris Richard, basically got the award with his 13 RBIs in seven days- eight of which came on the two grand slams he hit off Louisville’s Pedro Viola and Ben Jukich on 5/15.
Big ‘n free BA article on Homer Bailey this week. The mention in the first couple of paragraphs about how Bailey had a perfect game for five innings before Jonny Gomes lost a “double” in the lights is an example of how boxscore-only examination of players is often missing something.
Record This Week: 3-3.
Overall: 16-23, last place, 3.5 games behind Tennessee (CHC).
5/14: Back-to-back one-run losses to Birmingham (CWS); this time Ramon Geronimo served up the game-losing solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to the Barons’ Stefan Gartrell. Geronimo’s record evened at 1-1 (6.28, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER). Starter Jordan Smith survived a rough first couple of innings (two unearned runs after 3B Juan Francisco’s 13th error, allowing a homer) to get through 5.1 innings (2.96, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 90 pitches, 55 strikes). Ruben Medina retired five straight and stranded two Barons on base in the sixth after coming in for Smith (3.38, 2 K). Francisco did hit his sixth homer in the first inning (.213); RF Sean Henry drove most of the rest of the Mudcat offensive bus with three hits and two RBI (.286). SS Zach Cozart, who started the season so well, was 0-for-5 to drop his season average to .250. Zach hit .313/.389/.450 in April but (so far) .154/.241/.212 in May.
5/15: The Barons came back in the ninth off Derrik Lutz (2.65, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB) and Camilo Vazquez (BS #1, 1 H) to tie the game at 3, but in the bottom of the 11th the game was suspended due to rain. James Avery turned in seven strong for the Mudcats (3.03, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 88 pitches) and Sean Watson, despite more control-based shakiness, didn’t allow a run after relieving Vazquez in the ninth (5.29, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K). 1B Logan Parker drove in two with a single in the third (when Carolina scored all its runs).
5/16: The Mudcats wiped out a 3-0 deficit to push ahead for good with four runs in the eighth- they beat Jacksonville (FLA), 7-3. Misael DeJesus lasted four innings (9.85, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K); he needs to be moved to the bullpen for a while, because he’s had exactly one good start in seven. Alex Smit picked up the ball and ran with it, though (2.61, 3 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K). Vazquez walked two of the three men he faced, but Federico Baez struck out three of five to get the victory (W 3-2, 3.38, 1.2 IP, 3 K). Francisco was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a RBI, and a triple (.221). Heisey kept doing his thing as well (2-for-4, 2 R, outfield assist at 2nd, .367). LF Todd Frazier doubled and walked twice in five trips (.273). Jose Castro’s two-run single capped the scoring in the eighth.
5/17: Rained out
5/18: STEREO MAKEUP MADNESS between the Bats and the ‘Cats today! Jacksonville in Zebulon for the twin-bill. Travis Wood first out to the mound for Carolina against fellow lefty Graham Taylor. Wood cruised until the fourth, when he served up a two-run homer that cracked the scoreless tie. The Mudcats came right back in the bottom of the inning, however, as RF Sean Henry led off with a single and scored on C Chris Denove’s double. An out later, the Suns’ CF dropped Travis’ fly ball to score Denove, put the hurler on second, and tie it up. CF Chris Heisey and 2B Eric Eymann stranded him there, however. When the Suns loaded the bases on a single, walk, and Henry fielding error to open the sixth, though, Wood was in trouble. He whiffed the next man (incidentally, the guy who hit the homer off him before- final line 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 98 pitches, 63 strikes- ERA 1.60) and then manager Jayhawk Owens went to Derrik Lutz to escape the jam. Lutz did that in spades by notching a K and a fly to right to preserve the tie! He then pitched a scoreless top of the seventh (W 1-2, 2.41, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) to set the stage. Heisey led off the inning by flying out, but Eymann laced a double. Francisco was intentionally walked as the Suns took their chances with Todd Frazier… AND THEY FAIL! Frazier stroked the game-winning hit (.280, 2-for-4).
Game two was a battle; Carolina scored a run in the second (Sean Henry’s second homer) and would lead 1-0 until the seventh, when Jacksonville solved Ruben Medina (3.48, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, BS #2) to tie things up. Starter Justin Mallett threw five shutout innings (3.68, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K). The Mudcats went down in order in the bottom of the seventh, sending us to EXTRAS! Ramon Geronimo clouded up the Suns for two innings (5.51, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K), but despite getting Henry to third with one out in the ninth, couldn’t score. Camilo Vazquez came on for the tenth and imploded, walking four, uncorking a wild pitch, and serving up a two-run double (L 1-1, 7.41, 1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). All Carolina could get in the bottom of 10 was an Eymann double, so this doubleheader ended in a split.
5/19: Mudcats pitching was airtight tonight, as Jordan Smith fired six three-hit innings (W 3-0, 2.43, 0 BB, 4 K, 79 pitches, 51 strikes), Geronimo did a 1-2-3 seventh, and even the normally-all-over-the-place Sean Watson set down six straight- four by strikeout (4.74, save #3). Meanwhile, C Chris Kroski knocked in two with a pair of hits (.138) and Henry pushed his average over .300 with a 2-for-4. Carolina wins it, 3-0.
5/20: James Avery, fresh off his best outing of ’09, to the hill against Jacksonville. He got through the first with the help of a 1-3 double play on a line drive back to him, then Carolina loaded the bases with one out on singles by Henry and Heisey and a walk to Frazier. Francisco came up and hacked at the first pitch, grounding it to first to produce a force at second (with Juan legging it out) and the game’s first run. Eymann walked, but a slumping Logan Parker (.196 in May) struck out on three pitches to leave the bases loaded. The Suns burned Avery for four runs in the second and one in the fifth (all unearned with help from two Eymann errors and one by Cozart). Frazier’s second homer in the third accounted for the second Carolina run Avery left one out into the seventh down 5-2 in favor of Logan Ondrusek’s SL debut (L 1-3, 2.60, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 110 pitches). Logan entered with two on base and immediately surrendered a bases-loading single. But the next man slapped Ondrusek’s first pitch to short; Cozart did what’s going to get him to the big leagues and started a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Double plays were quite familiar to the Mudcats in this one; they hit into four themselves, short-circuiting pretty much any rally before it began. Henry led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk, his third time in four on base, but Cozart was caught looking. A slumping Heisey (down to a 960 OPS) tried to bunt his way on, but succeeded only in moving Sean to second. Henry swiped third (#2) but Frazier grounded out. The Mudcats failed to score in the ninth and lost, 5-2. Logan pitched 2.2 scoreless in his debut.
Moves & Notes: (5/16) C Korey Feiner was activated from the DL and UT Mike Griffin promoted to Louisville. (5/19) RHR Logan Ondrusek came up from Sarasota, replacing RHR Federico Baez. (5/20) Another S-Red up, with RHS Zach Stewart (2.13 ERA, 42.1 IP) up from the FSL to replace the demoted RHS Misael DeJesus (9.53).
Record This Week: 5-2.
Overall: 17-21, fifth place, seven games out.
5/14: Rained out
5/15: OMG MAKEUP MADNESS was RAINED OUT AGAIN (((
5/16: MAKEUP MADNESS FOR REALS had Sarasota nailing the Hammerheads of Jupiter (FLA), 8-1 and 2-0. Game one was the Denis Phipps show- he slammed two homers and drove in five runs (#2 and #3, .258). Yonder Alonso’s hitting streak made it to 20 games. Jeremy Horst (W 2-3, 2.58, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) got the win. Game two was actually shortened to just five innings; an RBI hit by CF Jeremy Reed and the first homer of the season from 3B Jason Louwsma got Sarasota on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Luis Montano threw a one-hitter for the win (W 3-3, 4.43, 0 BB, 3 K). Alonso’s 0-for-2 killed his streak. His line is at .279/.357/.475 with 30 RBI in 33 games.
5/17: Sarasota stole one from Palm Beach (STL), scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 4-3! It appeared as though Zach Stewart was headed towards a tough loss, even though he countered my major criticism against him thus far (hittability) by permitting just three safeties in 6.2 innings (2.13, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Logan Ondrusek got the surprise W with a scoreless top of the ninth (W 2-0, 0.96, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K).
Here’s the fateful inning. Watch as the Reds waste no outs whatsoever.
Pitcher Change: Adam Reifer replaces Eduardo Sanchez.
-Yonder Alonso walks.
-Neftali Soto singles on a line drive to center fielder Adron Chambers. Yonder Alonso to 2nd.
-Alex Buchholz singles on a line drive to left fielder Chris Swauger. Yonder Alonso to 3rd. Neftali Soto to 2nd.
-Denis Phipps out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Adron Chambers. Yonder Alonso scores.
-Devin Mesoraco doubles (7) on a line drive to left fielder Chris Swauger. Neftali Soto scores. Alex Buchholz scores.
-Jason Louwsma singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Peterson. Devin Mesoraco scores.
Mesoraco finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles; he’s on the exit ramp, raising his average to .190.
5/18: Sarasota committed almost as many errors (three) as they collected hits (four), losing to Palm Beach 6-1. Jerry Gil continued to prove that he should be throwing two innings at a time out of the bullpen (L 0-6, 9.93, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR). Joe Krebs (3.12, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K) and new roster addition Josh Beal (0.00, 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) pitched well in relief, but only Devin Mesoraco’s double and subsequent plating on a Justin Tordi groundout broke the shutout. Mesoraco’s 1-for-2 put him on the verge of normaldom at .196.
5/19: Lefty Travis Webb had his best outing of 2009 so far (W 2-2, 3.93, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) as the S-Reds popped the Cards 4-2. Phil Valiquette threw a 1-2-3 ninth for save #3 (1.72, 2 K). 3B Neftali Soto was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk (.257). Sarasota amplified its offense by pulling eight free passes, two each by LF Carson Kainer and C Jason Bour.
5/20: Raffi Gonzalez, now reactivated, to start game one of this MAKEUP MADNESS doubleheader! Sarasota got two singles in the first inning but failed to score, while Jupiter (FLA) got a RBI double in the bottom of 1 from their star, Mike Stanton. (At this point Stanton owes pretty much every mention he’s gotten in 2009 to the S-Reds’ pitchers.) Bour singled in the second, but he couldn’t get around to home plate either. The Hammerheads made it 3-0 in the second after a throwing error by 2B Alex Buchholz and a two-run triple. Raffi held Jupiter scoreless on a couple of walks in the third and fourth as the Reds piled up a total of five hits and no runs. Gonzalez got through the fifth and was done (L 0-1, 3.86, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). The Reds cracked the shutout when 2B Kevyn Feiner doubled and Alonso singled him home. In the top of the seventh, new promot-ee Tony Brown led off with a base hit and was ground-rule-doubled to third by Feiner. Buchholz grounded out to score one, but Kainer flew out to shallow center and Alonso grounded to short to end the game. Feiner had the two doubles in three AB (.294) and Soto was also 2-for-3 (.266).
GAME TWO WHOO FSL Pitcher of the Week Luis Montano to the hill. He allowed eleven baserunners (nine hits and two walks) in five innings but only two runs thanks to an outfield assist from Phipps at home, a pickoff by C Jake Long and a 6-4-3 double play (W 4-3, 4.26, 1 K). Unfortunately, through the same stretch the Reds had exactly two baserunners- a Phipps double and a Kainer single. Finally Sarasota broke their offensive silence, as Alonso smashed a two-run double after Buchholz reached on an error and Kainer picked up his second hit. A pitching change didn’t help the Hammerheads, as Soto greeted the reliever with a single. Phipps whiffed, but Brown singled in a run and an error by pheenom Matt Dominguez at third on Jason Louwsma’s grounder made it 4-2 Reds. Enerio Del Rosario took over for Montano but stayed on the balance beam, permitting two runners in the sixth before escaping the jam thanks to a 6-3 twin-killing started by SS Justin Tordi. On came Phil Valiquette to close it out like he had the night before and went 1-2-3, notching save #4 (1.62, 1 IP, 1 K).
Moves & Notes: (5/16) OF Dan Perales was released and replaced by OF Tony Brown (promoted from Dayton). (5/19) LHP Justin Walker replaced the promoted RHR Logan Ondrusek. RHR Ben Davis was DL’ed with a right shoulder injury (uh oh) and RHR Rafael Gonzalez was activated. (5/20) RHS Zach Stewart moves up to Carolina; he’s replaced by the activated RHR Mike Bohana, who struggled badly at Dayton last month. RHS Misael DeJesus also came down from the Mudcats to try and regain his mojo.
Somewhat hilariously, RHP Luis Montano got the FSL Pitcher of the Week (5/11-5/17) designation for his five one-hit innings in a rain-shortened makeup game. It must have been a week of slugfests in Florida.
Record This Week: 4-3. Got to admit: it’s getting better.
Overall: 13-26, last place, 13.5 games back.
5/14: Josh Ravin had trouble throwing strikes (L 1-4, 5.19, 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K) and a throwing error by SS Miguel Rojas helped two score in the third. West Michigan (DET) went on to beat Dayton, 7-4. RF Tony Brown was 2-for-4 with two RBI (.261) and C Kevin Coddington doubled in a pair (.333). 1B Humberto Sosa (.223), DH Jose Gualdron (.227) and 3B Carlos Mendez (.328) all went 2-for-4. Steve Otterness turned in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief in his first Dragons appearance, although Scott Gaffney struggled a bit (4.40, 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K).
5/15: Three in the sixth pushed the Whitecaps past the Dragons again, 5-2. Curtis Partch (L 1-3, 6.43, 6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR) took the loss. DH Cody Puckett was 2-for-4 with his fifth home run (.265) and 3B Frank Pfister added two hits (.246). Lefty Aguido Gonzalez pitched well in relief of Partch (4.08, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/1 IR scored).
5/16: The Dragons thought about giving this one back, but RF Byron Wiley made a sliding catch in right field with the tying run on third to halt Lansing, 5-4. The Lugnuts (TOR) had already scored two in the inning off Mike James (6.00, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and Jordan Hotchkiss (save #2, 0.1 IP, 1 H). Oscar Castro got the victory (W 2-2, 6.68, 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) in relief of just-off-the-DL Lance Janke (1.74, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Cody Puckett continued his hot streak, lashing two doubles and a single in five trips, scoring two, and driving in one (.276). C Humberto Sosa also drove in two. LF Kyle Day was 2-for-4 with a run scored, walk, and outfield assist at third. CF David Sappelt was 0-for-4 again, dropping his average to .252. Sappelt’s .186 May (after a .300 April) has gotten him demoted from leadoff to ninth in the batting order.
5/17: Another very impressive close win! Dragons win in 12 innings on the road, scoring the game’s only three runs in the top of the 12th to beat Lansing. Light-hitting SS Miguel Rojas smacked a two-run double and Day added a RBI single an out later. Mace Thurman then pitched his fourth straight scoreless inning to close out the game and get the W (3-0, 3.55, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Starter JC Sulbaran threw six shutout frames (3.15, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 4 GO/10 FO) and Scott Gaffney took care of the seventh and eighth (3.86, 1 H, 1 K). LF Tyler Stovall picked up two hits in five trips as he tries to get himself out of a season-long slump (.164). Wiley was 1-for-2 officially with three walks (.236).
5/18: Dayton routed someone for the first time in 2009, wrenching the Lugnuts 11-2. RF Stephen Chapman slugged two homers (#2 and #3), drove in four, stole three bags (6) and scored four. Humberto Sosa also homered, his first; he scored three runs and went 2-for-4 (.233). 2B Jose Gualdron doubled twice and drove in three. Sappelt showed some signs of coming around, doubling twice, scoring one, and driving one in (.257). Ace Matt Fairel got great run support for once, grabbing the W with six strong (W 2-2, 3.12, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Drew Bowman retired six straight (5.79, 1 K).
5/19: Lansing salvages one of four by nipping Dayton, 2-1. Josh Ravin was better (L 1-5, 4.95, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K); Steve Otterness struck out four in 2.2 innings of relief (0.00). Sappelt had two more hits and stolen base #11 (also CS #7) and Wiley was 2-for-3 (.250).
5/20: Dayton’s bats were booming right out of the gate in Quad Cities (STL)! Four runs in the first on a two-run triple by Carlos Mendez and run-scoring knocks from Day and Coddington with a throwing error sprinkled in gave the Dragons the big early lead. Starter Curtis Partch gave up a two-run homer in the third (he’s contractually obligated to give up at least one bomb every start), but Dayton led 6-2 after three thanks to another Puckett homer (#6) and a Wiley sac-fly that scored Sappelt. Partch gave up only two other hits through six and left after his best outing of ’09 (W 2-3, 5.93, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Drew Bowman took over as the Dragons piled on three more in the seventh to make it 9-2 (Puckett double, Coddington RBI single, three straight walks to force in a second run, then another Wiley sac-fly). Bowman struck out four in two innings (5.66, 3 H, 1 ER) and Aguido Gonzalez finished up the 9-3 Dragons win. Puckett was 2-for-3 with the homer and two runs scored (.265), Coddington 2-for-4 with two RBI (.302) and Sappelt 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored (.263).
Moves & Notes: LHS Matt Fairel makes the BA Hot Sheet, same one as Stubbs.
(5/16) OF Tony Brown was promoted to Sarasota and replaced by RHR Lance Janke (activated from DL). (5/20) OF Tyler Stovall was put on the GCL roster (i.e. extended spring training)- hope the Cincinnati native gets another chance after a .164/.215/.230 line in 61 ABs for the Dragons. He did hit .333 in 38 Pioneer League games last year. OF Andrew Means was activated. Means, 22, was the two-sport star (WR for the football team as well) at Indiana University picked in last year’s MLB draft; he’s now apparently a full-time baseball player after he was not selected in the NFL Draft in April. He hit .231/.271/.363 with three homers and six steals for Billings last year in 22 games before heading back to campus for the football season. His output fell from 48 catches for 559 yards in 2007 to 34 for 450 in ’08.