Overall: Only Lynchburg had a strong week, taking six of seven. Everyone else struggled to some degree. All four teams are somewhere in the bottom reaches of their divisional standings, although none save the Dragons are more than a week’s winning streak under .500. The best news this week: the promotions of RHS Matt Klinker to Triple-A, C Devin Mesoraco to Double-A and C Kevin Coddington and LHR Donnie Joseph to High-A.
Here’s a plus- the Reds don’t have any affiliates showing up under “worst teams” in the monthly BA Best & Worst Teams report. The Mudcats made an appearance under Worst last month. You’ll notice a few of the recent nemeses of the Carolina (Jacksonville), Lynchburg (Winston-Salem) and Dayton (Lake County) squads are under Best.
AAA Louisville Bats
Record this week: 3-5.
Overall: 24-30, last place, 10.5 games behind Columbus (CLE).
5/27: Aroldis Chapman missed a turn following a blister that pushed him out of his previous start (in which he pitched 5.2 shutout innings). He returned to action against Gwinnett (ATL) and picked right up where he left off, firing five more shutout frames on 90 pitches/57 strikes (W 5-2, 3.55, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 WP). Apparently he was clocked four times at 100 or higher (max 103) on the radar gun. The blister did force him to leave an inning or so early, but he’s not expected to miss his next start. Newly promoted lefty Joe Krebs turned in a hitless sixth and seventh (3 BB, 1 K), Jared Burton the eighth (4.50, 1 H, 1 K) and Federico Baez the ninth (1.71, 1 H, 2 BB) to wrap up a 6-0 Louisville shutout. LF Luis Terrero, who recently missed a week due to injury, was 3-for-4 with a first-inning three-run homer (#5) and four RBI. RF Wladimir Balentien was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI (.241). He’s 12-for-36 (.333) over his last ten.
5/28: Man, who saw that coming? The Atlantan suburbs get their revenge, as 25-year-old righthander Todd Redmond fires a no-hitter! Redmond came into the game just 3-5 with an ERA well over five; he’s a strike-thrower who’s been successful in the minors but never really considered a prospect. Heck, he was a 39th-round draft pick! Anyway, it took him 105 pitches and he walked two and struck out three. Matt Maloney pitched well, but didn’t have a chance in this one (L 4-2, 2.66, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 94 pitches/64 strikes). Gwinnett got two more off Jesus Delgado in the eighth and won it 4-0.
5/29: Matt Klinker fought hard in his 2010 AAA debut, but Gwinnett got to him for three runs in the third (L 0-1, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 87 pitches/60 strikes) and shut down the Bats offense on five hits. The Braves win easy, 7-1. Jared Burton and Logan Ondrusek each turned in scoreless frames. 2B Chris Burke had three of those five hits (.226, R, steal #12).
5/30: The Bats’ bats finally wake up! They built up a six-run lead before Enerio Del Rosario struggled in the ninth (2.52, 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) and let Gwinnett close the gap some. Final score was 9-6. The Louisville attack was led by Balentien, who homered twice (.244, #6 and #7, 4 RBI) and LF Drew Sutton (.285, 3-for-3, homer #3, 2B). Travis Wood gave up a pair of bombs but still managed a quality start (W 3-4, 4.19, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 98 pitches/69 strikes). Delgado bailed Del Rosario out by stranding a pair for the save (3.65).
5/31: MAKEUP MADNESS! Never were there two more different games; Columbus got a complete-game one-hitter out of ex-Red Justin Germano to take game one 1-0, but the Bats’ offense asploded for seventeen hits in a 16-2 rout in game two. (These are seven-inning games!). Chad Reineke took the loss in game one (L 2-4, 2.70, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Ben Jukich had the luxury of pitching game two (W 2-3, 4.85, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). The Bats smashed starter and legendary 2001 Reds-punted first-round draft pick Jeremy Sowers, chasing him in the third inning, then beat on a couple more relievers before infielder Brian Buscher came on to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh. Burke had a huge game, going 3-for-3 with four RBI, a two-run homer (#2), two walks, and four runs scored (.238). Newly-promoted C Chris Denove was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. 2B Chris Valaika was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI (.304). LF Mike Griffin was 3-for-5 (2 R, 2 RBI, .310). 1B Yonder Alonso, mired in a 4-for-24 slump, doubled twice and drove in three (.256).
6/1: Aroldis Chapman draws the Clippers again, a team who he threw a one-hitter against for five innings in his second start of the season (although he walked four). Walks helped get him a run against in the second inning, as Columbus’ Josh Phelps doubled home Wes Hodges, who’d received a free pass to begin the inning. Chapman got through the third without incident, but smoothly issued a free pass to uber-prospect Carlos Santana to begin the fourth. This time, though, Chapman induced a flyout from Hodges and then a one-pitch double play immediately thereafter. The Clippers got a second run in the fifth on a double and a Texas League single, but otherwise Aroldis’ outing looked as much like a major-league pitcher’s should: 88 pitches, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Meanwhile, the Bats got on the board in the fifth when C Wilkin Castillo hit his fifth homer, then grabbed a 3-2 lead in the seventh after Sutton walked, went to third on Terrero’s double, and scored on Castillo’s groundout. Valaika followed with a looper of an RBI single. Jared Burton continued his strong recent work with a scoreless eighth, then it was back to Jon Adkins for the ninth. Alas:
Columbus Bottom 9th
-Pitcher Change: Jon Adkins replaces Jared Burton.
-Carlos Santana doubles (11) on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Wladimir Balentien, deflected by first baseman Yonder Alonso.
-Wes Hodges grounds out to first baseman Yonder Alonso. Carlos Santana to 3rd.
-Chris Gimenez singles on a line drive to left fielder Luis Terrero. Carlos Santana scores. Chris Gimenez out at 2nd, left fielder Luis Terrero to second baseman Chris Valaika.
-Nick Weglarz walks.
-Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Jordan Brown replaces Josh Phelps.
-Coaching visit to mound.
-Jordan Brown doubles (8) on a fly ball to left fielder Luis Terrero. Nick Weglarz scores.
Columbus steals it, 4-3. Adkins fell to 0-4 with a 7.58 ERA and five blown saves; this after he was an IL All-Star in 2009 with a 3.48 ERA and 30 saves in 57 appearances. Interestingly, Adkins has the same good control that he is known for- just two walks in 16.2 IP and no homers- but everything else is going wrong.
6/2: Matt Maloney takes a severe flogging at the hands of the Clippers, who plundered to the tune of nine runs in the first five (3.91, 3.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). He used 102 pitches in 3.1 innings, very unusual for a finesse lefty like Maloney. The Bats got their licks in- Balentien hit a three-run homer, #8, in the first. He also started a two-run fourth with a single, coming around to score on Chris Denove’s hit. Valaika followed that with a sacrifice fly to score Castillo. This tied the score at 5, but Columbus piled on four more in the bottom of the inning to chase Maloney. Jesus Delgado managed to prevent things from getting too much worse (3.42, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K, one of two inherited runners scored). Carlos Fisher returned from the big leagues to serve up a solo homer to Columbus’ Chris Gimenez in the sixth, giving the Clips a 10-5 advantage. (That was the first run and second hit Fisher had given up in nine AAA innings, incidentally.) Joe Krebs came on to throw a 1-2-3 seventh and scoreless eighth (still 0.00, 1 H, 1 K). Terrero cut the lead to 10-7 with one down in the seventh, slamming his sixth homer after a Castillo walk, but Alonso grounded into a double play to end the Bats’ eighth and they went down 1-2-3 in the ninth to end it.
Transactions and Notes: 5/27: Sam Lecure got hot at the right time- he got himself a callup to Cincinnati to start against Houston 5/28. 5/29: C Corky Miller’s contract purchased by the Reds to replace the injured Ryan Hanigan. INF Drew Sutton back down from Cincinnati to complete his stint filling in for Paul Janish. C Chris Denove promoted from Carolina. 5/30: C Jake Long moved to the Billings roster. 5/31: RHRs Logan Ondrusek and Enerio Del Rosario called up by the Reds; RHR Carlos Fisher down to Louisville. Long was reactivated.
Todd Frazier got a mention in the BA Prospect Hot Sheet for 5/28- he was 7-for-21 with three homers for the May 21-27 period. He then slumped again and dropped back below .200.
Nice article on SS Zach Cozart and 2B Chris Valaika, both of whom could be in the big leagues as soon as late this year.
Baltimore designated INF Justin Turner for assignment; he was sent to the Orioles along with 1B-3B Brandon Waring and the now-retired Ryan Freel in the Ramon Hernandez deal. Turner was subsequently claimed by the New York Mets. The Cubs recalled RHR Jeff Stevens, a Reds draftee who was originally sent to Cleveland for none other than Brandon Phillips. Detroit released LHP Phil Dumatrait. He’s headed off to Korea to pitch for the LG Twins. Houston placed RHR Gary Majewski on the 7-day DL (he hadn’t pitched in 2010 yet). RHR Elmer Dessens, former Reds’ #1 starter (gulp) had his contract purchased by the Mets. Tampa Bay released OF Cody Strait, a Reds’ 12th-round pick out of Evansville in 2004. Philadelphia released OF DeWayne Wise. St. Louis bought the contract of UT Aaron Miles, cut this spring by the Reds. Toronto optioned RHR Josh Roenicke back to AAA. Josh is 1-0, 4.97 in nine big-league appearances (11 IP, 11 BB, 12 K) this year, but he's thrown 10.2 scoreless innings at AAA Las Vegas.
AA Carolina Mudcats
Record this week: 2-5.
Overall: 24-29, fourth place, 7.5 back of Tennessee (CHC).
5/27: Carolina grabbed a 3-0 lead in the fourth, but West Tenn (SEA) fired back to chase Alex Smit (L 1-3, 8.55, 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) with four in the fifth to take the lead themselves. They never looked back, adding extra runs off Daryl Harang (6.00, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB) and Jerry Gil (4.72, 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) en route to a 7-4 win over the Mudcats. 1B Mike Costanzo was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI (.258) and both C Brandon Yarbrough (.282) and 3B Jose Castro (.215) had a pair of hits and a run batted in.
5/28: The Mudcats got a solid start from Scott Carroll (1.74, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 90 pitches/54 strikes) and great bullpen work from Jeremy Horst (W 1-0, 1.59, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K), Phil Valiquette (4.76, 1 IP) and Jordan Smith (save#8, 6.33, 1 IP, 1 H) in holding off the Diamond Jaxx, 2-1. Three double plays and a pair of outfield assists, including one from Sean Henry in left to cut down what would have been the second WT run in the second inning, made great contributions to the cause. Costanzo and 2B Jake Kahauleilo each knocked in runs (both scored by SS Kris Negron, who was 1-for-4 with steal #16).
5/29: Carolina was stymied on five hits and no runs after the second- they fall to West Tenn 4-2. Tom Cochran (L 2-2, 3.12, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) started and lost. Lee Tabor pitched three scoreless (4.22, 3 H, 3 K). Kahauleilo homered in the first inning (#6).
5/30: Another close loss, 3-2, spoiled a strong debut from lefty Matt Fairel (5-1, 3.04 in 10 starts with Lynchburg). He lasted seven innings on a trim 92 pitches (L 0-1, 3.86, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Fellow new promotee Devin Mesoraco slammed a fifth-inning homer for his first Double-A hit. DH Brandon Yarbrough was 2-for-3 with a double and run scored (.298).
5/31: Mesoraco homered again, but his shot was the only Mudcat run in a third straight close loss, 3-1 to Jacksonville (FLA). Lefty Travis Webb and relievers Jerry Gil and Daryl Harang did a number on uber-prospect Mike Stanton (0-for-4, 3 K) but Webb was nonetheless hung with the defeat (L 2-3, 4.26, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).
6/1: Stanton got his revenge on the Mudcats, pounding his 19th homer of the year off Alex Smit in the first inning of this one. Mesoraco continued his Adam Dunn-like beginning in the Southern League by walking to lead off the second, then moving to second on Dave Sappelt’s sacrifice bunt, third on a throwing error on the same play, and scoring on Denis Phipps’ ground ball. This tied the score at 1. Smit got beaten for three more runs in the second, but then settled down as Carolina proceeded to tie the score- one in the fourth (Costanzo tripled and scored on Mesoraco’s sacrifice fly) and two in the fifth (two-run homer by Negron, #4). Stanton stepped back in against Smit in the fifth and launched a 480-foot blast to break the tie for good. Jacksonville wins, 5-4. Believe it or not, Smit’s outing was encouraging in comparison to the wildness he’d shown earlier in the season (L 1-4, 8.39, 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 93 pitches/62 strikes). Jeremy Horst pitched two scoreless (1.35, 1 H) but the Mudcats couldn’t get anyone past first in the final several innings.
6/2: Carolina took advantage of ex-Tiger phenom Andrew Miller’s early wildness to score a run in the first and threaten in the third (a pair of double plays turned by the Suns kept it from being worse). In both innings Sappelt and Negron reached to begin the inning, then executed a double steal (10 and 18, respectively). But Kahauleilo, who’d grounded out to get that run in, hit into a force-at-home play, Henry flew out to short right, and Yarbrough popped out foul after running the string all the way out on Miller. Scott Carroll gave up four hits through three innings, but got eight groundball outs with his power sinker to keep Jacksonville off the board. (Two of those were off the bat of Mr. Stanton.) He then survived a two-base error by Castro in the fourth. Carroll singled leading off the fifth, went to second on Sappelt’s bunt hit, then third on Negron’s flyout. Kahauleilo then reached on a force attempt/E-4, scoring the second Carolina run. (Sappelt was caught stealing, a recurring thing with him last year especially in A-ball.) Henry, however, came through with a bloop single to making it 3-0. Phipps made a second Mudcats error in the fifth, but recovered in time to throw out the batter attempting to go to second; this ended the inning. Carroll struck Stanton out looking in the middle of a 1-2-3 sixth. Kahauleilo brought in a fourth run in the seventh with a RBI hit, scoring Negron (who’d doubled). Carroll left with two on and one out in the seventh (W 1-1, 1.08, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 89 pitches/57 strikes). Phil Valiquette came on to whiff the #8 hitter and fly a pinch hitter out to end the threat. He struck out the first Suns batter in the eighth, too, but walked the next to bring up.. Stanton. And wouldn’t you know it- the phenom hit the first pitch to third, resulting in a 5-4-3 double play (4.44, 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). Neat! Jordan Smith worked a 1-2-3 ninth to give Carroll his first win of the season (6.04). Kahauleilo ended up with three RBI (.281).
Transactions and Notes: 5/29: C Chris Denove promoted to Louisville. C Devin Mesoraco promoted from Lynchburg.
High-A Lynchburg Hillcats
Record this week: 6-1.
Overall: 24-29, last place, seven behind Frederick (BAL).
5/27: RF Josh Fellhauer’s run-scoring grounder in the top of the tenth turned out to be the decisive run as Lynchburg squeaked past Myrtle Beach (ATL), 7-6. Justin Freeman (W 1-1, 5.49, BS #2, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) rebounded from allowing the tying run in the ninth to go 1-2-3 in the bottom of 10. This was a seesaw matchup, with the Hillcats getting two in the first on RBIs from 1B Neftali Soto and 3B Alex Buchholz, but the Pelicans tied in the second. C Devin Mesoraco’s two-run homer capped a three-run third (also a Soto RBI single) that put Lynchburg up 5-2, but MB got three off Lance Janke in the seventh (7.11, 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 HR) to re-tie. Fellhauer then singled in SS Miguel Rojas in the eighth before Freeman blew the save in the ninth. Mesoraco finished 3-for-4 with two RBI- his tenth homer, a double, and single. Overall line: .335/.414/.620 in 43 games. Starter James Avery fared a bit better in his second start back (5.63, 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). Drew Bowman (6.04, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Nick Christiani (0.69, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) turned in scoreless relief work.
5/28: Rained out.
5/29: MAKEUP MADNESS! Lynchburg is blown out 9-2 in game one as Frederick (BAL) gets seven runs in the sixth off starter Curtis Partch (L 2-4, 3.73, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) and reliever Jeff Jeffords (7.88, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). RF Kyle Day did go 3-for-3 with a double, run scored, and RBI (.252) and 2B Cody Puckett was 3-for-4 with two doubles (.293). The Hillcats came back to win a 14-inning struggle in the nightcap, 2-1! CF Efrain Contreras homered (#1) for the first Lynchburg run there; it took a Puckett RBI knock nine innings later to get another run. 1B Carlos Mendez was 3-for-6 (.299). Starter Jordan Hotchkiss struck out six in three innings (1.38); he was followed by Sean Watson (1.35, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER), newly-promoted Donnie Joseph (2.1 IP, 5 K), Justin Freeman (4.76, 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and Nick Christiani (W 1-1, 0.56, 3 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K).
5/30: The Hillcats survived three errors and a high pitch count from starter Brad Boxberger (3.38, 4 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 7 K) to whip the first-place Keys, 7-2. Lance Janke turned in five solid innings in relief for the victory (W 2-4, 6.63, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). C Kevin Coddington, Mendez (.305), and DH Jose Gualdron (2 R, 2 RBI, steal #2, .324) each had a pair of hits.
5/31: Lynchburg made it three straight with a 10-inning, 4-3 win over Salem (BOS). That’s 39 innings played in three days, incidentally. Mendez walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of 10 to score SS Miguel Rojas with the winning run. Mark Serrano struck out eight in 6.1 (3.38, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB). It was Watson who got the win in relief (W 1-1, 1.04, 2 IP, 2 H). Soto hit homer #7 and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored (.266).
6/1: James Avery looked good in his third outing of the year since missing the final two-thirds of 2009 (W 1-1, 3.38, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K) and Lynchburg shut out Salem, 4-0. Nick Christiani continued to do great work in middle relief (0.51, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K), Donnie Joseph turned in another dominant outing (0.00, 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) and Justin Freeman finished up (4.56, 1 IP, 2 H). Soto had a great game behind the plate (3-for-4, R, .276). Buchholz was 2-for-4 with his second homer (.285), Gualdron continued to rake (.338, 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI) and Rojas tripled in a run (.216).
6/2: The Lynchburg bullpen kept a one-run lead over the final four innings as the Hillcats hung on to beat the Sox again, 4-3. Jordan Hotchkiss started (1.50, 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and did well in his “stretching” start. Jeff Jeffords, who’s struggled pretty badly at points this season, threw two hitless innings with three strikeouts for the win (1-0, 7.00). Justin Freeman went 1-2-3 in the ninth for save #5 (4.38). Coddington led the bats with three hits (.545, R, RBI), Contreras was 2-for-2 (.237, R, steal #1) and Gualdron picked up two more hits (.346, R, 2B).
Transactions and Notes: 5/27: LHR Donnie Joseph added from Dayton. 5/29 C Kevin Coddington added from Dayton; C Devin Mesoraco promoted to Carolina.
Interestingly, Arizona immediately signed just-released OF Byron Wiley. We'll see how he does in the big-hittin' California League.
Low-A Dayton Dragons
Record this week: 2-3.
Overall: 21-32, tied for seventh, 15 games behind Lake County (CLE).
5/27: After snapping an eight-game losing streak the previous night, the Dragons blew a two-run ninth-inning lead and lost in the 10th, 7-6, to first-place Lake County. Dayton led 6-4 in the top of the ninth after LF Alex Oliveras (2-for-4, .228) doubled home C Mark Fleury (2-for-4, .222) for an insurance run- but Jason Braun, who’d come on in the eighth to strand two of Junior Martinez’ runners- and Mike Konstanty coughed up the lead. If CF Andrew Means hadn’t thrown out the winning run at the plate on the game-tying single, it would have been over in regulation. Konstanty is a converted 1B-OF that the Reds drafted in the 39th round in 2008. He was making his first appearance of the year after being activated a couple of days before- so it’s questionable why manager Todd Benzinger chose to put him in the game with two on and nobody out in the ninth inning of a 6-5 game. With Means’ assist in hand, though, he escaped with a tie after hitting the next man to load the bases with one out. However, SS Didi Gregorius committed two errors on the same play to start the tenth, putting the leadoff man on second. A hit batter, a strikeout, a walk, and a suicide squeeze bunt- and that was it. Tough luck for Mike (L 0-1, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER). Starter Pedro Villareal worked five (3.25, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR). 2B Shane Carlson was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI (.278).
5/28: Dayton scored one in the seventh and two in the top of the ninth to take one from West Michigan (DET), 5-4. Means’ two-run single, aided by a throwing error, brought in the deciding runs. C Kevin Coddington (.239) and 1B Tommy Nurre (.298, RBI) each went 2-for-4 and Oliveras was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored (.233). Starter JC Sulbaran was knocked out in the third (5.63, 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) but the bullpen picked him up. Blair Carson pitched 3.2 perfect innings (0.78, 2 K), Doug Salinas two more scoreless for the win (3-2, 2.49, 2 H, 2 K) and Chase Ware the ninth for save #1 (1.73, 1 H).
5/29: The Whitecaps came back to take the one-run game this time, 6-5. Dayton had fourteen hits, but left 10 men on base. Two of those were in the ninth as they went for the tie but fell short. Josh Ravin started and lost (L 2-5, 3.96, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). Two hits apiece for Means (.285), Gregorius (.259, 2 RBI, steal #6), RF Josh Garton (homer #6, .270), 3B Frank Pfister (.275), LF Cam Satterwhite (.276, RBI) and Oliveras (2 R, .242, steal #4).
5/30: Dayton got four runs in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 7-0 deficit. They lose again to the last-place Whitecaps, 7-4. Justin Walker fell to 1-7 (5.83, 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). 2B Henry Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with two RBI (.260) and Garton had two hits and a RBI (.283).
5/31: Rained out.
6/1: The Dragons fire on all cylinders for the first time in a while, smacking Kane County (OAK) 9-2. Cougars 2B Conner Crumbliss led off the game by hitting his first Midwest League homer off starter Pedro Villareal (W 3-3, 3.28, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) but he settled down to pitch a solid five. Chase Ware cruised through four for the long save (#2, 1.56, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Gregorius had four hits (.271, 2 R, RBI, 2B), Rodriguez two hits and two RBI (.265) and DH Chris Richburg returned from the DL to hit a two-run homer, #5.
6/2: KC comes back to even the series by taking a 6-3 decision. JC Sulbaran pitched five two-hit shutout innings despite walking five (4.98, 4 K) but the Cougars clawed Blair Carson (L 0-2, 1.80, BS #1, 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) and Junior Martinez (4.50, 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) for six runs from the sixth through the eighth. Three Dragons errors didn’t help. Garton doubled twice and scored twice (.299), Gregorius 2-for-3 with a walk (.277) and Means 3-for-4 with a run scored (.299).
Transactions and Notes: 5/27: LHR Donnie Joseph promoted to Lynchburg; surely it was overdue, although Joseph was working with the Dayton coaching staff on his arsenal. RHR Mike Konstanty, formerly a 1B-OF, activated. 5/29: C Kevin Coddington up to Lynchburg. 6/1: 1B Chris Richburg activated from the DL.
Mark Fleury eats the Fifth Third Burger.
RHP Marcos Molina was released. The 22-year-old Dominican pitched well for the GCL Reds last season, posting a 2.18 ERA in 16 appearances.