AAA Louisville

Record this Week: 4-3.

Overall: 67-50

8/6: The Bats got all five of their runs in the third inning, capitalizing on a couple of Rochester (MIN) errors to make four of those unearned. A Kevin Barker grand slam (#21) accounted for four of those five. Matt Maloney was Maloneyesque yet again (W 8-8, 2.71, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 110 pitches, 69 strikes) and Louisville won it, 5-2. Pedro Viola recorded the last out of the seventh to strand two, then Jeff Kennard (2.39, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) and Logan Ondrusek (0.00, save #3, 1.1 IP, 0-2 IRS). Chris Dickerson played a rehab game and looked good, going 1-for-1 with a run scored, two walks, and a stolen base.

8/7: Ben Jukich was the victim of some more bad Bats fielding as the Red Wings got two runs in the second and one in the fourth- all unearned. He departed after five (L 7-5, 4.04, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Rehabbin’ Jared Burton took over in the sixth and threw a 1-2-3 inning (0.90). Federico Baez handled the seventh and Lee Tabor the eighth. The problem? Offense- Rochester’s Jeff Manship shut out the Bats on five singles and zero walks through eight in an eventual 3-0 Red Wings win. 1B Danny Dorn had two of those singles (.262) and CF Drew Stubbs stole his 43rd base after leading off the game with another.

8/8: Matt Klinker, in his AAA starting debut, was outdueled by Rochester’s Phil Humber, 3-2. Klinker went 5.1 (5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Errors by Stubbs and Klinker himself led directly to the latter two Red Wings runs. The Bats had runners on second and third with two out in the eighth, but Chris Heisey struck out to end the threat. Stubbs did atone for his error with a RBI single (and stolen base #44).

8/9: Sam Lecure back to the hill to try and build on the 11-strikeout performance from his last start. He made it through three, but Rochester strung several hits together in the fourth to score two runs. (Meanwhile, the Red Wings’ Yohan Pino struck out eight and allowed just one hit through six.) But after Wes Bankston reached on an error with one out in the seventh, Chris Heisey stepped up and tied the score with a two-run homer (#4)! Lecure departed after six in favor of Viola (4.08, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Pedro allowed a couple of baserunners but no runs (5.27, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB). C Corky Miller contributed his biggest offensive asset – the ability to be hit by a pitch- to start the eighth. Chris Dickerson then walked, but the next three men up made outs to end any rally. Jared Burton took over for the eighth and again looked strong (2 K). Pino finally departed after eight (3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 10 K) and the Bats absolutely hammered his bullpen, batting all the way around while piling up seven hits and five runs in the top of the ninth! Dorn, Miller, Dickerson, and Bankston all got run-scoring hits after Heisey started the inning with a single. Logan Ondrusek then went 1-2-3 in the ninth to end it. Burton got the victory to move to 3-0.

8/10: Time for Rehabbin’ Micah Owings. The big-leaguer was okay but not great in this outing, working 4.2 innings on 79 pitches (5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) as Louisville survived a comeback attempt to win, 4-3. Lee Tabor took over for him and allowed Lehigh Valley (PHI) one of their two runs in the seventh (W 2-0, 4.50, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Viola served up the other. But Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek continued their excellent recent work by shutting the IronPigs down in the endgame. Ondrusek got save #4 and now has 8.1 innings of runless ball at the AAA level. Barker slammed a three-run homer (#22) in the fifth for three of the four Bats runs. Heisey got two hits and scored a run (.285); one of those was on a bunt in the fourth. He later scored on a wild pitch. Stubbs walked to lead off the fourth and stole base #45 before scoring the on the Barker homer (.274).

8/11: Travis Wood got his second straight AAA win, scattering nine baserunners over six-plus (W 2-1, 2.55, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 101 pitches, 55 strikes) as Louisville beat LV 2-1. The Bats actually got 13 hits, but they had two runners thrown out on the basepaths and grounded into a pair of twin killings. RF Darnell McDonald was a perfect 4-for-4- but didn’t score or drive in a run (.314). He also threw out a runner at home plate to keep the IronPigs off the board in the first inning. Louisville got its first run on a Heisey third-inning solo homer (#5). Stubbs doubled in Travis himself in the seventh for what turned out to be the deciding run. (Both Wood and Stubbs each collected a stolen base as well- Wood his first, Stubbs his 46th). Ramon Ramirez continued to do good work in middle relief (4.10, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Del Rosario went 1-2-3 for save #2.

8/12: Not sure where to start with this one, frankly. A wild slugfest it was, with the Bats overcoming a three-run deficit to lead 5-4 in the fourth. They blew that lead, came back to lead 8-7 in the seventh, blew that, went ahead again, blew that, then lost in the 10th to Lehigh Valley, 10-9. Neither starting pitcher had his best night- neither Matt Maloney (3.02, 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) nor the IronPigs’ Gustavo Chacin. It looked good for Louisville after Pedro Viola struck out the side in the eighth (5.32), but Logan Ondrusek served up a game-tying homer to LV’s Michael Taylor with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Sean Watson’s debut AAA appearance ended in a loss (0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER) when his throwing error on a sacrifice bunt put two on with nobody out and then Miguel Cairo singled in the game-winner. Taylor ended up hitting for the cycle (actually going 5-for-5 with an extra double) in this game and making the Baseball Prospectus daily minor-league update. Anyway, Heisey (#6, 2-for-3, 2 R, BB, 3 RBI, .291) and 3B Wes Bankston (#14, 3 RBI) each homered for Louisville. McDonald was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Moves & Notes: Can’t believe I missed this- the Reds released C Brian Peterson last week when C Chris Denove was moved up from Carolina. (8/6) OF Chris Dickerson and RHS Micah Owings assigned to Louisville for rehab. RHR Jared Burton arrived from Dayton to continue his own rehab. RHP Daryl Thompson was sent to the GCL Reds for rehab. (8/10) RHR Jared Burton ended his rehab and went back to Cincinnati to replace the traded David Weathers. (8/11) RHR Jeff Kennard was DL’d with shoulder inflammation, retroactive to 8/9. RHR Sean Watson came up from Carolina to replace him.

Ex-Reds Notes: Atlanta optioned RHP Buddy Carlyle to AAA. Baltimore added C Chad Moeller to the 40-man. The Cubs recalled RHR Jeff Stevens. The Chicago White Sox traded 1B Daryle Ward and OF Norris Hopper to Washington for cash. Cleveland outrighted LHR Mike Gosling to AAA. The Dodgers DL’d RHP Travis “Groundhog Day” Chick. Milwaukee committed a Karma Fail by signing OF Corey Patterson. The Mets purchased the contract of RHR Elmer Dessens, then re-outrighted him to AAA. The Yankees signed just-released C Brian Peterson. Oakland signed RHP Brett Tomko.

AA Carolina

Record this Week: 2-4.

Overall: 17-29 (second half).

8/6: West Tenn (SEA) bombed Luis Montano for six runs in the first inning (L 0-2, 8.49, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR) en route to a 7-4 win. CF Sean Henry did go 3-for-3 with two walks from the leadoff slot- yet he didn’t score any runs or knock any in (13 left on base for the Mudcats). 3B Juan Francisco kept up his torrid August hitting, going 3-for-5 with a double and RBI (.278). LF Shaun Cumberland hit a two-run homer, #2. 2B Todd Frazier had a RBI double, his 37th of the year, and drew a couple of walks (.307).

8/7: It didn’t matter who the Mudcats ran out there, the Diamond Jaxx hit them like a batting tee. Zach Ward didn’t make it out of the second (1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) and Chris Kelly didn’t even get past one (1 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) before getting ejected. Mudcats manager David Bell was run in the fifth as well. Sean Watson “held” them to two runs over 1.2 (4.48, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K) but then Jerry Gil showed up for another battering (8.59, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER). Position players Carson Kainer (0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) and Justin Tordi (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) both did not allow any runs. Carolina “rallied” for four in the ninth, but that only cut the deficit to eleven-West Tenn wins, 20-9. Francisco had three doubles and two RBI (.281), RF Stephen Chapman two singles and a triple (.229) and 1B Logan Parker hit homer #4.

8/8: Tom Cochran went six solid innings (W 4-4, 3.33, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Chapman drove in three runs as Carolina beat the DJs, 7-3. Ten walks issued by WT pitchers helped plenty. C Jason Bour had three hits (.242 and Francisco continued his hot streak with two hits, a run scored, and a RBI. Joe Krebs pitched the final three innings for save #2.

8/9: Camilo Vazquez continues to struggle in a starting role; here, he permitted six hits and four runs through three- RBIs by C Jake Long and LF Shaun Cumberland left the Mudcats trailing 4-2 a third of the way through. 3B Jose Castro singled in a run in the fifth to cut it to 4-3, but he was thrown out himself trying to score on Sean Henry’s single a couple of plays later. Vazquez yielded to Ruben Medina in the sixth (6.27, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Ruben got through that inning but walked the bases full to open the seventh. Yet a force at home and a double play ball (a 4-6-3, started by Frazier) got him out of the jam! New signee Greg Atencio took over in the eighth and cruised, whiffing the first two and grounding out the third on the first pitch. Carolina had one more chance to even the score- the ninth. Zach Cozart led off with a soft single to right. Francisco followed with a base hit as well. Frazier fell behind 0-2, then deposited a three-run, opposite-field homer to right! Number 13 of the year for Todd. Sean Watson took over for the ninth and thankfully did not allow drama- a 1-2-3 inning that got him save #5 and Atencio the victory in his Reds system debut. Castro finished 3-for-4 (.277).

8/10: Jeremy Horst gave it another go after losses in his first two AA starts- but the results were no better, as he gave up ten hits and five earned runs in five innings in a 7-1 loss to West Tenn (0-3, 9.20, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR). LF Carson Kainer threw out two runners at home plate, so it could have been worse. Logan Parker doubled and scored on Sean Henry’s single for the only Carolina run.

8/11: Off.

8/12: Birmingham (CWS) swamped the Mudcats, 9-1. Luis Montano (L 0-3, 8.10, 5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HR) started. Ramon Geronimo (4.91, 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was pretty hittable as well. Chapman homered in the ninth (#5) to break the shutout.

Moves & Notes: (8/6) LHR Phil Valiquette placed on the 7-day DL with a shoulder strain. There are now ten players on the Carolina roster on that list. Oh, and Yonder Alonso’s rehab stint in the GCL was cut short and he went back on the DL. (8/8) RHR Greg Atencio, 27, was signed as a free agent. Atencio was released by the Kansas City Royals organization in mid-July after appearing in 27 games at Triple-A Omaha, compiling a mark of 2-7 with 2 saves and an ERA of 7.04. He was a 10th-round pick in 2002 out of the University of New Mexico (Danny Herrera’s alma mater) and had spent his entire pro career with the Royals.

Also, INF Jose Castro was activated from the DL and INF Jake Kahauleilo returned to Sarasota. (8/11) RHR Sean Watson was promoted to Louisville. LHR Phil Valiquette activated from the DL. LHS Alex Smit added from Sarasota, replacing LHS Jeremy Horst.

3B Juan Francisco made the BA Prospect Hot Sheet for Aug. 7. He was 12-for-28 with three homers, three doubles and nine RBI during the week prior. He was also named the Southern League Batter of the Week for the period Aug. 3-9, recording five multi-hit games in that particular stretch.

High-A Sarasota

Record this Week: 1-5.

Overall: 18-27 (second half)

8/6: Travis Webb was whacked with a four-spot in the first (L 5-10, 4.50, 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Sarasota never recovered, committing a total of four errors and going 1-for-10 with men in scoring position. St. Lucie wins easily, 8-4. LF Jeremy Reed hit homer #2 and RF Denis Phipps #8.

8/7: St. Lucie got to Pedro Villareal (L 0-1, 4.30, 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) for two in the top of the tenth to win, 3-1. Lance Janke pitched great (6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K) in his High-A debut. CF Dave Sappelt collected three hits (.289).

8/8: Neftali Soto hammered a three-run homer (#11) off 7-foot-1 Miracle closer Loek Van Mil to tie the game at 7 in the ninth- but Fort Myers scored the winning run off Steve Otterness (L 2-1, 3.38, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) in the bottom of the 13th. The Reds had a man in scoring position in both the 11th and the 13th. CF Dave Sappelt had three hits and two runs scored to go with steal #14 (.295). Soto finished with five RBI, adding a RBI single and a sacrifice fly to go with the home run (.243). Curt Partch struggled in his second High-A start (4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K). Justin Freeman gave up two unearned runs in 2.2 innings (3.93), then Mark Pawelek turned in three very fine frames in relief (5.95, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K).

8/9: Matt Fairel pitched pretty well… after Fort Myers (MIN) shellacked him for five runs in the first (4.86, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). The lefty and his catcher, Jordan Wideman, also gave up four stolen bases to the Miracle (three in that fateful first). Sarasota, meanwhile, had just two hits through five. Finally, in the bottom of the seventh, 1B Jason Louwsma singled in 3B Neftali Soto to make it 5-1. Meanwhile, Josh Beal pitched three scoreless innings (2.47, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Game ends without the Reds mounting any other serious threat- a 6-1 loss.

8/10: Rained out.

8/11: Sarasota scored two in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead, but Jupiter (FLA) tied the game in the bottom of the sixth off a tiring Alex Smit (4.26, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 WP), then got the deciding run in the seventh on a passed ball. Mace Thurman (L 0-1, 1.34, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) took the tough loss. Phipps doubled twice and scored twice (.245) and DH Jake Kahauleilo drove in two (.245, 2-for-4).

8/12: Travis Webb dominated for seven innings (W 6-10, 4.21, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K) and both Phipps (#9) and Kahauleilo (#1) homered to back a 4-2 Sarasota win. The Hammerheads got to Pedro Villareal for two runs in the ninth, but Justin Freeman got save #3 (letting in Villareal’s two runners but closing it out after that).

Moves & Notes: (8/8) INF Jake Kahauleilo returned from Carolina. INF Kevyn Feiner sent back to Dayton. (8/9) C Devin Mesoraco was DL’d with a sprained wrist- seven days, retroactive to 8/7. INF Henry Rodriguez added from the GCL squad. (8/11) Rodriguez returned to the GCL squad. LHS Alex Smit promoted to Carolina; LHS Jeremy Horst back down from there.

Low-A Dayton

Record this Week: 5-2.

Overall: 23-22 (second half)

8/6: After a pair of impressive wins over Great Lakes, the Loons unleashed a 15-hit assault on the Dragon pitching staff, principally starter Oscar Castro (L 2-4, 7.08, 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR) and Chase Ware (4.50, 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR), in a 10-1 rout. 3B Carlos Mendez extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a pair of hits (.301, RBI). DH Byron Wiley (.278) and 1B Humberto Sosa (.243) each had two hits as well.

8/7: Lansing (TOR) got two off Jordan Hotchkiss (W 2-4, 2.95, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) in the sixth to grab a 2-1 lead, but Dayton rallied for two of its own in the eighth on RBI hits by Mendez and Sosa to take it back. Donnie Joseph then shut down the Lugnuts for the final two (save #2, 2.89, 2 H, 5 K) to close it out. Mark Serrano started and pitched shutout ball before hitting his pitch count (1.59, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Mendez went 3-for-4 to extend that streak to 19 games (.306). Wiley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored (.282) and Sosa 2-for-3 as well (.249).

8/8: DRAGONS OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION NIGHT: 21 hits, 18 runs! LF Kevyn Feiner had four doubles and a single and six RBI to spearhead that attack (.327). C Kevin Coddington and SS Miguel Rojas each drove in four; Coddington scored four runs and Rojas three (.282). 2B Cody Puckett had two doubles, two singles, and a RBI (.276). DH Josh Fellhauer hit the only Dragons homer of the night, leading off the first with #6. Dayton went 14-for-34 with men in scoring position, but still stranded 15 even with all the runs. Juan Carlos Sulbaran pitched the first five innings of the 18-5 victory to get a W (3-2, 4.78, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Interestingly, 1B-OF Mike Konstanty pitched the seventh for the Dragons. Mike James, an actual pitcher, followed with a scoreless eighth and ninth.

8/9: The Lugnuts dished out a beating to Shea Snowden (7.00, 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), but the Dragons’ bats came booming back yet again to score seven in the third and take a lead. Chase Ware’s 4.1 innings of relief (W 1-0, 3.65, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) rightfully earned him his first MWL win. Mike Bohana took care of the final two (7.94, save #1) permitting one run but preventing the one that mattered- as Dayton hung on for a 10-9 win. RF Tony Brown hit a grand slam homer (#4) in the big third. Sosa was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and homer #3 (.257). CF Alexis Oliveras, promoted to the leadoff slot, had three singles in six trips (.356; he struck out the other three times). Sadly, Mendez went 0-for-5 to end his hitting streak.

8/10: It took thirteen innings, but the Dragons earned a road sweep of the Lugnuts with four runs in the top of the inning, 6-2. 1B Mike Konstanty, nearly invisible at the plate after a hot initial few weeks, was 3-for-5 with three RBI (.229). Starter Ezequiel Infante was a good deal more hittable this time out (1.69, 5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Justin Walker then took over and fired five no-hit innings (0.00, 1 BB, 5 K). Donnie Joseph worked the next two, striking out five, to get the win (1-0, 2.38, 2 BB). Mike James handled the bottom of the 13th.

8/11: West Michigan (DET) chased Oscar Castro in the second inning with a six-spot (L 2-5, 7.56, 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER). Dayton fought back with four in the fourth, but the bats went dead after that and the Whitecaps won it, 8-4. Feiner doubled twice, scored one, and drove one in (.328). Rojas got two hits and scored a run (.283). Drew Bowman threw 3.1 hitless innings of relief (4.48, 2 BB, 4 K), then Jordan Hotchkiss handled the final four (3.05, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K).

8/12: The Dragons won a thriller, scoring two in the bottom of the 12th to wipe out a 4-3 Whitecaps lead and win it! An error on the West Michigan shortstop on a grounder by Mendez scored both Puckett and Wiley (who’d both previously walked). Mike Bohana, who pitched three scoreless innings before allowing a single run in the top of the 12th, got the win (W 1-2, 6.46, BS#1, 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). The Dragons had a 3-0 lead going to the ninth, but WM got three unearned runs off Mike James (error by Puckett to start the inning) to tie things up. The craziness at the end of the game didn’t erase a magnificent start by Mark Serrano, who whiffed ten in seven two-hit shutout innings (1.21). Fellhauer was 3-for-6 with a run scored and triple (.304) and Puckett hit homer #17 (.272).

Moves & Notes: (8/6) RHR Scott Gaffney returned to the DL with a strained hamstring. Rehabbin’ Jared Burton departed. (8/8) INF Kevyn Feiner returned from Sarasota; INF Yen-Wen Kuo back to Billings.

Rookie-Pioneer Billings

Record this Week: 2-3.

Overall: 3-5 (second half), 12-26 (first half).

8/6: C Mark Fleury isn’t hitting like a fourth-round draft pick out of a major-conference baseball power (UNC). The lefty-swinging backstop is hitting just .164 overall in 18 games, but he got the job done in the ninth inning of this game by doubling to lead off the ninth, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by 2B Mauro Pimentel and scoring on a wild pitch to give Billings the winning run, 4-3. Fleury finished 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Starter Ricky Bowen came out after one scoreless inning, then Hector Santana filled in and went four (3.38, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). James Walczak threw two good innings of relief (6.39, 1 H, 3 K) as Billings made a two-run comeback in the seventh to tie the score. Daniel Corcino went the final two for the win (1-3, 6.32, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

8/7: Rained out.

8/8: MAKEUP MADNESS at Dehler Park! Billings wins the first game over Helena, 2-1, as Luca Panerati fired a seven-inning complete game (W 2-4, 6.20, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Fleury scored one Mustangs run when he doubled and scored on 3B Frank Pfister’s single; the other one came in when LF Efrain Contreras singled, moved to second on a passed ball, then scored on Chris Richburg’s infield single and the subsequent throwing error by Helena 2B Cutter Dykstra. Pfister and Fleury also executed a fielder’s choice to cut down the lead Brewer runner at home plate in the seventh and prevent a tie.

Game two was suspended due to rain with Helena leading 1-0 in the fourth. Tim Crabbe started for Billings. 3B Yen-Wen Kuo doubled for the Mustangs’ only hit prior to stoppage.

8/9: Off.

8/10: Four errors, two by SS DD Gregorius, doomed starter Blair Carson (L 0-3, 4.63, 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and the Mustangs to a 5-4 loss despite the fact that they outhit Idaho Falls (KC) 12-6. Kuo led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a triple and ninth-inning solo homer (#1). Gregorius did continue to do well at the plate, picking up two hits and scoring two runs (.331). Rodriguez got two hits, a stolen base (#2) and a RBI (.283). Contreras got back over .300 with a single and double.

8/11: Leo Astorga kept the Mustangs close (L 2-4, 4.44, 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) but the Chukars pulled away late, 6-2. Tzu-Kai Chiu gave up two runs in two innings (9.00) and Brian Pearl two more in the eighth (5.00). RF Tyler Stovall homered in the 8th, his first. C Chris McMurray tripled in the other Billings run. Yorman was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts- but he did throw out a runner at home plate.

8/12: Idaho Falls took the third straight game in the four-game set, 11-2. Ricky Bowen started and lost (L 0-1, 0.00, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K). Jake Wiley and Bryan Gardner both struggled badly in relief. 1B Chris Richburg was 3-for-4 with a run scored (.253) Rodriguez (.279, RBI, steal #3), Contreras (.315, R, BB), and RF Sean Conner (.248, RBI) each had two hits.

Moves & Notes: If I missed it last week: LHP Tzu-Kai Chiu and RHP Jake Wiley were both moved up to Billings from the GCL squad, along with 3B Cristobal Rodriguez. (8/8) INF Yen-Wen Kuo back from Dayton. INF Mauricio Pimentel sent to the GCL.

Rookie-GCL Reds

Record this Week: 4-2.

Overall: 20-20.

8/6: The floodgates open! The Reds fired on all cylinders, amassing 16 hits and routing the Rays 12-0. 2B Jefry Sierra led the hitters with five RBI on a 3-for-4 day (.279). Five other Reds, including SS Billy Hamilton (.214) and LF Theodis Bowe (.321), had two hits. Harold “Jake” Johnson started and went two (0.95, 2 H, 1 K). Tyler Cline came on and permitted just one hit over six shutout innings for the win (3-0, 1.49, 2 BB, 8 K).

8/7: The good guys rose up off the mat to score three in the eighth and tie the Orioles at 4, then Sierra singled in 3B Oliver Santos for the winner in the bottom of the 10th! Sierra had his second straight great game, going 4-for-6 with a double, run scored, and RBI (.313). In fact, the entire club had a good day at the plate, socking 16 hits. They also committed five errors (two by Sierra, incidentally), so the hits were especially important. 1B Derrick Lowery was 3-for-4 (.500). Raul Rodriguez pitched the tenth for the win (1-3, 3.63). Mike Henry started (4.91, 3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K), Mitchell Clarke went the middle three (4.09, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K) and Marcos Molina the remaining three (3.13, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).

8/8: MAKEUP MADNESS! The Reds and Red Sox first completed a suspended game from the 3rd, with the Sox winning 5-4 when they rallied for two in the eighth and two in the ninth off Nathan Driessen (L 2-1, 3.46, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). Jake Johnson started this one after he’d pitched the first couple innings originally and ended up with seven three-hit innings (1.13, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). DH Henry Rodriguez doubled twice (.366). Hamilton had two hits (.226).

The Reds won that day’s regularly scheduled game despite being outhit seven to one- 2-0. Trey Manz’s double was the Reds’ only hit, and it didn’t even factor into the two runs; five walks in the second inning provided both. The Reds drew a total of nine walks on the game. Panamanian righty Luis Machuca went six for the win in his ’09 debut; he’d been with the DSL Reds most of last season and all of this one. Raul Rodriguez got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for save #3.

8/9: The Twins hang on to beat the Reds in a seesaw matchup, 5-4. The Reds outhit the Twinks 15-8 but stranded nine men on base. C Trey Manz was 3-for-5 with a homer (#2) and two RBI, but also committed two crucial passed balls. 2B Mauricio Pimentel, sent down from Billings (where he’d hit .196/.282/.217 in 90 AB), was 3-for-4. Hamilton (.219, 3B), RF Carter Morrison (.225), and Sierra (.307) each had two hits. CF Juan Silva entered later in the game and tripled in his only at-bat (although he was left on base). DH Juan Duran was 1-for-4 (.179). Starter Daniel Tuttle went four (2.08, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Loss to Matteo Pizziconi (L 1-1, 1.59, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR).

8/10: Off.

8/11: The Reds came off the mat to score six times in the eighth, then new roster addition Porfirio Martinez survived a Rays rally to get a pair of groundouts, strand two, and save a 10-9 Reds win! Marcos Molina turned in a 1-2-3 eighth for the victory (4-1, 3.00). Rehabbin’ Daryl Thompson didn’t look good, leaving two outs into the first (2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). Tyler Cline came on and pitched pretty well for a while (1.54, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Ramon Rodriguez gave up three unearned runs in two innings. Hamilton had a double and triple in four trips with a walk (.229), Duran tripled in two runs, and 1B Danny Hernandez socked a two-run homer in that six-run eighth. 3B Henry Rodriguez, back from fill-in duty in Sarasota, had two hits, two RBI, and two runs scored (.358). New draft signee Tucker Barnhart made his debut as the DH and went 0-for-4 with a walk, a RBI, and two strikeouts.

8/12: The Reds led 4-0 in the fourth when play was suspended (will be completed on 8/17). Jesus Adames started and allowed two hits and no walks over four (2.97, 2 K). LF Theodis Bowe doubled and walked in three trips, scoring both times on and stealing base #15 in the process. Hamilton knocked in a run with a base hit (.233), as did 2B Mauricio Pimentel.

Moves & Notes: (8/7) 3B Cristobal Rodriguez up to Billings. (8/9) INF Henry Rodriguez moved to Sarasota. INF Mauricio Pimentel added from Billings. (8/11) INF Henry Rodriguez back from Sarasota. C Tucker Barnhart added to roster (12th-round, 2009). 19-year-old righthander Porfirio Martinez added from the DSL Reds.