Record This Week: 4-2.
Overall: 26-27, a half-game behind Columbus (CLE).
5/28: Pawtucket’s Michael Bowden came into this game with a 1.59 ERA, but the Bats were the first to dent the scoreboard (in the 2nd inning) thanks to a walk to DH Wes Bankston, a single by LF Danny Dorn and an error on 3B Wilkin Castillo’s grounder. Meanwhile, the PawSox and their no-one-hitting-over-.260 lineup were only held scoreless thanks to Drew Stubbs, who threw out a runner from right field (!?) to end the Pawtucket first. Guess prospect Darnell McDonald needs to play center, hmm? The Bats would break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of 6 when C Craig Tatum doubled in SS Luis Bolivar. An inning later, LF Danny Dorn pounded a two-run homer (#6, 3-for-4, .207, an assist at home in the third to prevent a run) for insurance. Starter Homer Bailey didn’t miss many bats at all in his return from another failed big-league outing (W 4-5, 4.38, 6 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 100 pitches, 61 strikes). It was against a pretty pedestrian lineup, too. But the two aforementioned PawSox runners cut down at home and a 1-2-3 double play that ended a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. In addition to Dorn’s heroics, Bankston- who has been ice cold since the first couple weeks of the season- scored three runs while finishing 2-for-4 (.231). Tatum had two doubles and two RBI in four trips (.229). Stubbs didn’t get a hit, but walked twice and stole base #17. His on-base percentage: a very nice .405 thanks to 23 walks in 39 games. I can’t forget to mention the bullpen, who TARPed Bailey for the final three innings. Robert Manuel handled the seventh and eighth (2.57, 1 H), Pedro Viola the first two outs of the ninth (4.34, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K), then Josh Roenicke got the final out to slam the door on a bases-loaded, two-out Pawtucket rally attempt. It was Josh’s fifth save.
5/29: Weeell, here we are with Justin Lehr going for the Bats; thought he’d gone back to the bullpen full time. He certainly did his job, shutting out the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Dunder-Mifflins (NYY) for six innings on four hits (4.07, 0 BB, 3 K) but departed a scoreless tie after 70 pitches. Ben Jukich replaced him to start the seventh and the D-Ms struck him like a lightning bolt: single, single, three-run homer, fly out, walk, single, single (4-0). Federico Baez stranded two by whiffing prospect Austin Jackson to end the inning, but the damage was done. Jukich’s ERA inflated to 5.14 (L 3-2, 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER). He’s 3-0, 1.00 as a starter and 0-2, 9.55 as a reliever. Louisville did scratch a run in the top of the eighth on a Bolivar single, a walk to C Craig Tatum and an E-5, but that was it; SWB wins it, 4-1.
5/30: Ugh. Sam Lecure hasn’t been so Sweet as of late; he’s now given up 21 earned runs over 20.2 innings in his last four starts following a 5-5-5-5-2-3-2 line (L 2-4, 6.02) in the D-M’s 9-1 rout. The bad guys hit four homers off Lecure and relievers Adam Pettyjohn (4.73, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) and Jeff Kennard (4.95, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 K). Meanwhile, four D-M pitchers held the Bats to five hits, although they did pick up seven walks- two by Stubbs, two by Tatum (giving him five in two games), and two by Barker.
5/31: An early slugfest abruptly became a pitcher’s duel after four innings, as the Bats and D-Ms piled up twelve runs in the first four innings and zero in the final five. Luckily, seven of those were by Louisville, and they win it 7-5. 3B Mike Griffin slammed a three-run homer in the second (his first in AAA) and McDonald popped a two-run shot an inning later (also #1). 2B Danny Richar singled in Bolivar and McDonald picked up Richar with a double to provide what would be the deciding runs in the fourth. Nice game for Darnell: 2-for-4, homer, 3 RBI. Starter Ramon Ramirez got slapped around (5.36, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) but Robert Manuel came on to strand a man in the fourth, then be unhittable for a while (W 3-2, 2.32, 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K). Pedro Viola set down five more (3.98, 2 K) and Roenicke got the final two outs for save #6 (3.93). Bravura bullpen performance in this one.
6/1: Matt Maloney facing the D-Ms, owners of the International League’s best record at 32-18, in a Monday morning game! And Matt had it under control the whole time, shutting down a very solid lineup that included a handful of players with major-league experience, IL home run leader Shelley Duncan, major prospect Austin Jackson, etc. A three-hit, complete-game, 4-0 shutout win for the Bats! Maloney walked zero and whiffed 10 (W 4-3, 2.00, 113 pitches, 83 strikes). Obviously, the Louisville lineup didn’t need to do much, but Stubbs connected for his second homer in the fourth. LF Norris Hopper scored on a three-base error after he singled to open the sixth and moved to second on Drew’s sacrifice bunt. 1B Kevin Barker then picked up RF Darnell McDonald (the beneficiary of the massive miscue) with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 Bats. The fourth run scored in the ninth when Bolivar reached on an error after an eight-pitch battle with D-M reliever Jonathan Albadalejo, stole second (5) and scored on a single by Tatum (2-for-4, .235).
6/2: Apparently Our Man Homer has been hearing the grassroots cries for the callup of Matt Maloney… and he’s responded by buzzsawing Pawtucket (BOS) on four hits over eight shutout innings (W 5-5, 3.79, 2 BB, 8 K, 118 pitches- probably ten too many- 77 strikes) in the Bats’ second straight shutout win, 6-0. McDonald (#2) and DL returnee Drew Sutton (#2) both homered for Louisville. Sutton also drew a pair of walks and scored another run; he’s hitting only .234 in slightly-tacky purple pinstripes, but is on-basin’ at .373. Dorn was only 1-for-4, but that hit was a clutch two-run double. Danny’s line is still ugly (.212/.273/.359), but he’s managed .289 in his last ten. Tatum picked up two more hits (.246). And, while Stubbs has cooled off a little, he’s still doing something in every game; here he picked up two hits and a run scored (.297).
6/3: Justin Lehr back to the hill after firing scoreless ball in his previous start. Solo homers from Danny Richar (#3, 3-for-4, 2 R, .273), Danny Dorn (#7, 2-for-4, .219) and Wes Bankston (#8) allowed Lehr to depart one out into the sixth with a 3-2 lead (W 6-2, 4.00, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). But the bases were loaded and Robert Manuel had to stare down the PawSox’ Paul McAnulty, who’d already homered earlier in the game. But no problem! Manuel popped McAnulty up to short, then dispatched Chip Ambres on a fly to center to strand three. The next inning, Darnell McDonald doubled in Richar for an insurance run. Manuel left with two on and two out in the seventh (2.23, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K), but Pedro Viola picked him up by lining Travis Denker out to Norris Hopper in right (3.80, 1 IP, 1 BB). Josh Roenicke took over with two outs into the eighth and a man on first; he finished that inning, then stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth by whiffing reigning International League MVP Jeff Bailey and grounding Denker to short (save #7, 3.66, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K). Bats win a tough fight, 4-2. Interesting note: ex-Red Marcus McBeth lowered his ERA to 2.08 in 19 appearances by pitching a scoreless eighth, walking one. Marcus had appeared in only four games for Pawtucket after he was claimed off waivers from the Reds midway through last season.
Moves & Notes: (5/30) C-UT Wilkin Castillo recalled by Cincinnati when Joey Votto was DL’ed; no immediate move made to replace him. (6/1) RHR Jared Burton optioned to Louisville to work on that 6+ big-league ERA. INF Drew Sutton activated from the DL. (6/2) Burton never makes it to K-Y; he’s recalled by the Reds (in a move that required MLB approval) when Edinson Volquez returned to the DL.
Ex-Reds in the Transactions News: INF Anderson Machado was acquired by the Cubs from the Pirates for “future considerations”. The Cubs are Machado’s sixth organization; the 17 games of .268/.357/.393 he turned in with the Reds in September 2004 remain his career apex.
Colorado added RHS Josh Fogg to its 40-man roster while in the same week outrighting RHP Matt Belisle to AAA.
Houston added UT Matt Kata to its 40-man.
Toronto DL’ed INF Kevin Howard; the Reds’ 5th-round pick out of the University of Miami in 2002 is still plugging away in OB at age 28. Toronto is his seventh organization.
Record This Week: 7-0! YAHTZEE!
Overall: 29-24, just 1.5 games behind Huntsville (MIL).
5/28: Carolina keeps up its winning ways, popping Montgomery (TB), 7-2. Travis Wood was efficient in a way we haven’t seen from him much previously, motoring through seven in just 95 pitches (W 4-3, 1.53, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). C Chris Kroski was 3-for-4 with two runs scored (.182) and the red-hot Sean Henry picked up three more hits (.300). A nice, balanced 13-hit attack overall for the Mudcats, who saw every player in the starting lineup get a hit save 3B Juan Francisco, who had a sacrifice fly.
5/29: Starting pitcher Jordan Smith was ejected in the fifth inning (2.84, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K), but it still couldn’t stop the Mudcats, who burned the Biscuits again, 8-3. CF Chris Heisey pounded a three-run homer in the first (#7) and finished 3-for-5 with four RBI (.364, steal #10). DH Zach Cozart had two hits and two RBI (.265). Lefty Camilo Vazquez, who’s struggled all year in a new bullpen-exclusive role, retired six straight for the win (W 2-1, 6.43, 2 IP, 2 K). Logan Ondrusek followed with two more scoreless (0.00, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K) and Ruben Medina finished up (3.04, 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K).
5/30: The margins widened, as Carolina makes it three straight, 9-3. They scored five in the first while collecting six of their 19 hits; DH Todd Frazier led the way overall, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI (.371). Heisey homered again (#8) and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored (.370). 1B Eric Eymann (.275) and Cozart (.269) each had two hits and two RBI. 3B Juan Francisco was 3-for-5 with a run batted in (.246). Starter Curtis Partch, curiously up from Dayton for a one-shot, went five innings for the victory (W 1-0, 1.80, 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Again Kyle Aselton got hit around (19.29, 1 IP, 2 ER), but Sean Watson (4.44, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and Ramon Geronimo (4.64, 1 IP, 1 K) cleaned up nicely.
5/31: The beatings didn’t stop with the departure of the crumbled Biscuits; this time it was Tennessee (CHC)’s turn to get Smoked. Alex Smit threw five shutout innings (W 2-0, 2.78, 2 H, 5 BB, 3 K) and the Mudcats backed him with thirteen more hits and ten runs, generating a 10-2 hammering. Frazier ripped three more hits, including his third homer, and drove in four runs (raising his overall line to .326/.363/.497). Heisey keeps piling it on too (.378, 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB). Vazquez pitched two more scoreless innings in relief (5.87), Aselton finally turned in a run-free outing (17.28, 1 IP, 1 K). Phil Valiquette struggled in his Double-A debut (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) but Medina got the final out to strand two and prevent further damage. Interesting note: the starter for the Smokies (and loser) was right-hander Marcos Mateo, 25, who was traded by the Reds to the Cubs in August 2007 as the PTBNL returned for the immortal Buck Coats. Marcos pitched well (3.57 ERA, 88 IP) in a swing role in High-A in 2008, albeit as someone a year or two older than most in that league. I might also add that his listed weight of 160 is either about 60 pounds too low or that’s the biggest-headed 160-pound man I’ve ever seen.
6/1: Good lord! Carolina gets two doubles, a single, a walk, two runs scored, and three RBI from new first baseman Yonder Alonso as they paste the bumbling (five errors) Smokies, 9-2. Heisey backed the new guy with (natch) three more hits- two doubles and a third home run in four games (#9). Chris is now up in PlayStation territory: .384/.461/.642. He’s also 23-for-his-last-40. Anyway, RF Logan Parker smacked a homer (#3) and a single in five trips (.256), Frazier added to his own hot streak with two more hits (.330, BB, R, RBI) and Cozart scored three runs despite going only 1-for-4 officially (.273). Starter Zach Stewart still has not allowed an earned run in Double-A (17 IP), firing six four-hit innings (W 2-0, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 84 pitches/56 strikes). New FA signee Tom Cochran pitched the final three for the long save, striking out five and permitting just one hit (a solo homer).
6/2: Six straight wins and 15 of 18 for Carolina! This one differed from the last few, because the mighty Mudcat bats- scorers of seven, eight, nine, ten, and nine runs over the last five- were held silent. Carolina got eight hits and five walks in Smokies starter Casey Coleman’s 6.2 innings, but they hit into a pair of double plays and stranded 12 runners. Meanwhile, Travis Wood (1.38, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 96 pitches, 64 strikes), Ondrusek (still 0.00, 2 IP) and Geronimo (W 2-1, 4.24, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) were dousing the Smokies hitters. It wasn’t until the bottom of the tenth- when Juan Francisco stepped up and launched a game-winning solo homer (#10)- that the scoreless tie ended. Frazier got three of Carolina’s nine hits to keep his hot streak up (.337- he’s also tied for the overall minor-league lead in doubles with 23) and Heisey, who was held to just a double in three official trips, did pick up two walks. Alonso was 0-for-4 with a walk.
6/3: Two games, two game-winning homers (I hate the term “walk-off”). Zach Cozart’s third of the year with two outs in the bottom of the ninth pushed the Mudcats past the Smokies, 4-3. Carolina’s seventh straight win; Tennessee’s eleventh straight loss. Zach finished 2-for-5 (.279) along with Heisey (.384, RBI, steal #11), Alonso (.417, 2B) and Henry (.303, R, 2B, BB). Starter Jordan Smith fired eight innings (2.92, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDPs, 99 pitches, 66 strikes) but the Cozart bomb made a winner out of Phil Valiquette (W 1-0, 10.80, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) in his second SL appearance.
Moves & Notes: (5/29) RHR Derrik Lutz DL’ed with right elbow inflammation. RHS Justin “Biff The Understudy” Mallett was released. Replacing those two: LHR Phil Valiquette from Sarasota and (interestingly) RHS Curtis Partch from Dayton. (6/1) 1B Yonder Alonso moved up from Sarasota; C Korey Feiner placed on the 7-day DL. Partch returned to Dayton after a successful spot start. LHR Tom Cochran, 26, signed as a free agent. Picked up after spending the previous four years in independent ball, where he pitched quite well for the Ohio Valley Frontier (2005) and Washington Wild Things (2006-2007) of the Frontier League and Worcester Tornadoes (2008) of the Can-Am League. Back in the day, Cochran was selected by Boston in the 18th round in 2003 out of Middle Georgia College, but was let go after two seasons in the Red Sox organization. Interestingly, in 2005 Cochran was teammates with Chris Jakubaskas, now a member of the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation four years later. (6/3) LHR Kyle Aselton was released after just a handful of appearances; RHS James Avery activated from the DL.
OF Chris Heisey makes the Baseball America Hot Sheet for 5/29! He also was named Southern League Batter of the Week for the final week of May, batting .556. As of the press release date of 6/1, Heisey was leading the SL in batting average, hits, runs, extra-base hits, and slugging. NOW can he go to Louisville? While waiting for this to happen, read this interview with Mr. H.
Remember why it seemed sudden that the Reds cut RHP Justin Mallett loose? Here’s why.
Record This Week: 2-4.
Overall: 21-29, fifth place, 10.5 games behind Fort Myers (MIN).
5/28: Fresh off his six strong innings last time out, Jerry Gil headed back to the hill to try and keep it going. He got out of the gate well, setting down the first six Dunedin (TOR) batters he faced. Jerry walked the first man he faced in the third, but on the very next batter Denis Phipps snared a line drive in right field and threw to Yonder Alonso at first for the double play . Phipps would contribute defensively again in the fourth, cutting down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Finally the Jays dented Gil for a single run in the fifth, but he got out of that inning by catching a man looking at strike three and then motored through the sixth to finish another strong start (W 2-6, 7.24, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Justin Freeman struck out three over two innings of scoreless relief (5.11) and Phil Valiquette went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his sixth save (2.29, nice recovery from the L he got last time out against Dunedin). Alonso hit a two-run homer in the sixth (#7) and SS Mariekson Gregorius doubled in DH Tony Brown in the seventh for all the runs Sarasota needed- they take this one, 3-1.
5/29: Travis Webb turned in 7.1 strong (W 3-3, 3.94, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in Sarasota’s crisp 4-1 win over Dunedin. 3B Neftali Soto was 4-for-4 (three singles and a double) with a run scored, a stolen base, and a RBI to raise his average to .287. 2B Justin Tordi tripled in two runs and Alonso poked a pair of singles in four trips (.296). Joe Krebs finished up to notch save #1 (3.00, 1.2 IP, 1 H).
5/30: Sarasota led for most of this one, thanks to C Jason Bour’s first homer of the year and a throwing error by the Cubs pitcher bringing in two second-inning runs, but Daytona (CHC) rallied for three in the sixth off Jesus Carnevales (L 0-1, 10.38, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB) and Justin Freeman (4.50, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, but 2-2 inherited runners scored) and hung on to win it, 3-2. Starter Raffi Gonzalez turned in five shutout frames (3.77, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K). 1B Jason Louwsma (.226), DH Alonso (.301) and Soto (.292) each had two hits in four trips. Sarasota had men on first and third with one out in the seventh and Soto aboard with a base hit in the eighth, but couldn’t score.
5/31: Daytona battered Luis Montano (L 4-5, 6.47, 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB) and relievers Mike Bohana (12.27, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and Carnevales (9.53, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER) for fourteen hits all told in a 11-2 rout. C Devin Mesoraco did smack two doubles and draw a walk (.188) while Tordi had a single and his first homer of the year (.150). Alonso singled and walked in four trips (up a tick to .302) but committed a fielding error (4).
6/1: Minus Alonso, the Reds drop their third straight, 4-0. They had their opportunities, though, collecting nine hits. Daytona committed three errors as well. But Sarasota left nine on base and grounded into a pair of double plays. Mesoraco smacked three singles to climb off the interstate for the first time in 2009, though (.205). Lefty Jeremy Horst turned in a quality start (L 2-5, 2.43, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR) but served up a pair of bombs to Cubs catcher Robinson Chirinos, who is now batting .355/.388/.789 with seven homers in 22 games. New promotee Mace Thurman allowed one run in two innings of his FSL debut.
6/2: The Reds snapped a three-game losing streak, 6-1, behind Jerry Gil’s third straight winning start (W 3-6, 6.60, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K), two RBI from Phipps (.243, 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B, steal #3), three double plays from the defense, three errors from the Cubs and Jason Louwsma’s two-run homer (#2). Joe Krebs (2.66, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 0/2 inherited runners scored) and Enerio Del Rosario (1.27, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) picked up Gil from the bullpen.
6/3: Brevard County (MIL) shut out Sarasota, 5-0. Solid outing for Travis Webb (L 3-4, 3.86, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Three singles and a walk for RF Jeremy Reed, who’s been in a bad slump the past few weeks (.226, steal #7, CS #5). Mesoraco is back on the freeway after exiting briefly; apparently he saw his shadow.
Moves & Notes: (6/1) 1B Yonder Alonso moved up to Carolina. INF Jose Gualdron added from Dayton. LHR Mace Thurman added from Dayton. INF Alex Buchholz was placed on the DL- I hadn’t noticed this, so it may have happened prior to 6/1. (6/3) INF Jake Kahauleilo activated from the DL.
The FSL continued to be the first full-season league to announce its All-Star teams every year; three Reds got the honor in 2009, although two are already in Carolina. Congrats to 1B Yonder Alonso, RHS Zach Stewart, and RHR Enerio Del Rosario. Del Rosario should even be able to play in the game!
Record This Week: 2-4.
Overall: 20-32, fifth place, 12.5 behind West Michigan (DET)
5/28: ACE Matt Fairel squaring off against Wisconsin (MIL). The Dragons squandered an opportunity in the first when CF Dave Sappelt walked and stole second and third (#16 and #17), but SS Miguel Rojas was picked off after walking himself and RF Andrew Means and 2B Cody Puckett followed with strikeouts. They would break the stalemate in the fourth with two runs courtesy of a homer #2 by 1B Carlos Mendez (2-for-4, 2 R, .322). Sappelt scored 3B Frank Pfister with a sac-fly in the fifth, and C Kevin Coddington (2-for-4, .302) tripled in two in the sixth. Meanwhile, Fairel threw zeroes for six innings (W 4-2, 2.40, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K). Mike James allowed no hits in the seventh or eighth (4.15, 2 BB, 4 K) and Aguido Gonzalez took care of the ninth, although it wasn’t a save situation. Dayton wins the shutout, 5-0.
5/29: Again Josh Ravin has just one bad inning (in this case, the fifth) and he ends up with a loss despite a lot of good work (L 1-7, 4.76, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 WP, HB). Second-place Cedar Rapids (LAA) beat the Dragons, 5-2. Puckett doubled twice and scored both Dragons runs (.304) and Sappelt reached base three times (.286, 1-for-3, 2 BB, steal #18, CS #8). Apparently this game was witnessed by a Fifth Third Field record 9,444 fans.
5/30: Back-to-back Kernels wins, as they scored two in the top of the 11th off Drew Bowman (L 0-6, 5.96, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) to win it, 5-3. Lefty Oscar Castro started (6.53, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). After new roster addition Junior Martinez pitched 1.1 scoreless (1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) and left the bases loaded, Aguido Gonzalez came on to strand ‘em all and dominate for two and two-thirds (2.96, 1 H, 5 K). Sappelt doubled twice and scored twice (.289) but the Dragons got only six hits overall.
5/31: Road sweep for CR- they win again, 7-4, scoring five off Lance Janke (L 1-3, 3.96, 5.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR) in the fifth to erase a 1-0 deficit. 1B Carlos Mendez did hit a two-run homer (#3) but again Dayton had just six hits.
6/2: A great outing from JC Sulbaran (3.16, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, pickoff at 1st) but South Bend (ARI) scored two late runs off Scott Gaffney (L 2-2, 3.52, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) to beat Dayton, 3-1. Puckett (2-for-4, .304, R, 2B) and LF Stephen Chapman (.210, 2-for-4, steal #11) provided the offensive interest.
6/3: Huge win to blunt the impact of a rough week that threatened to wipe out the Dragons’ recent momentum. SS Miguel Rojas (.226, 2-for-5) singled in Dave Sappelt for the winning run in the bottom of the 10th, 3-2. South Bend had scored in the top of the 10th off an otherwise-stellar Mike James (W 1-0, 3.32, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), but Coddington (.282, 2-for-4) led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single, moved to second on Andrew Means’ groundout, and scored after Sappelt reached second on an E-5. Puckett hammered homer #10 earlier on in the evening- the 5’10” 22-year-old is now hitting .303/.358/.556 with 31 RBI. ACE Matt Fairel allowed just one hit over five innings (2.20, 3 BB, 3 K).
Moves & Notes: (5/30) RHR Junior Martinez, 23 added from Billings. Junior had a 6.67 ERA in 19 relief appearances in rookie ball last year, walking 26 in 29.2 innings. (6/1) RHS Curtis Partch returned from Carolina. LHR Mace Thurman (3.03 ERA, 14 G) and INF Jose Gualdron moved to Sarasota. This means INF Yen-Wen Kuo likely gets to stay with the Dragons going forward.
Very interesting board thread about LHS Mark Pawelek, 22, who was signed by the Reds after he was released by the Cubs. Pawelek was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2005 (20th overall) and supposedly has nothing wrong with his arm. The transaction did show up in BA's weekly listing this week.
Article on JC Sulbaran from BA’s blog.