Minor League Game Review – 4/13/12 Doug Gray April 14, 2012 10 Comments 4/13 Game Review Louisville won 4-2. Box Score Chris Valaika went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Denis Phipps went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Todd Frazier went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Danny Dorn went 1-3 with a walk. Daryl Jones went 1-4 with a double, RBI, 2 steals (4) and a run. Chad Reineke allowed 2 runs in 4.2 innings with 2 strikeouts. Travis Webb threw 1.1 scoreless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Scott Carroll threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout. JJ Hoover threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Game notes The Bats only had 5 hits, but were also able to draw six walks in the game. Like the rest of the organization, the Bats have struggled to hit so far this year, but the pitching did a good job and the offense came through with just enough. Game links Postgame article from BatsBaseball.com. Pensacola lost 6-5. Box Score Ryan LaMarre went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Brodie Greene went 1-4 with a run. Joel Guzman went 1-3 with a walk and a run. PJ Phillips went 1-4 with an RBI and a run. Mike Costanzo went 1-1 with a run. Didi Gregorius went 1-2 with 2 RBI. Game notes A PJ Phillips error in the 9th led to an unearned run crossing the plate. Didi Gregorius had a 2 run single in the top of the 9th to tie the game for Pensacola. Bakersfield was postponed. Double header on Sunday. Dayton won 6-4. Box Score Ryan Wright went 1-2 with a double, 2 walks and 2 runs. Sean Buckley went 2-4 with a run. Juan Silva went 1-3 with a double, walk and RBI. Steve Selsky went 1-3 with a walk, RBI and a run. Nick O’Shea went 2-3 with a walk. Junior Arias went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Brandon Dailey went 1-4 with a double and a run. Tanner Robles threw 6 innings with an earned run on 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Kyle McMyne threw 1.1 shutout innings of relief with 2 strikeouts. Game notes The Dragons were up 3-1 heading to the bottom of the 8th before the SilverHawks pushed across three in the frame. The Dragons were able to put together a 3-run rally in the top of the 9th before Kyle McMyne came on to shut the game down. McMyne has 6 strikeouts in 4.1 shutout innings thus far this season. Game links Postgame article from DaytonDragons.com. Game preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 3-6 N/A 6:05pm Brackman Here Here Here Pensacola 5-4 N/A 8:05pm Sulbaran Here Here N/A Bakersfield 3-4 N/A 8:00pm Smith Here Here N/A Dayton 3-5 N/A 7:05pm Gerson Here Here N/A 10 Responses Krozley April 14, 2012 Organizational hitting stats so far (avg/OPS): Reds .204/.593 Louisville .192/.592 Pensacola .270/.717 Bakersfield .222/.627 (last in league) Dayton .211/.570 4 out of 5 are pathetic. It is still early and all that, but if you could look at early stats for each of the last 5 or so years, you would see similar results (I seem to post this same thing every year). This organization as a whole consistently comes out of the gate slow offensively and I don’t think it is a coincidence. The organizational Spring Training offensive regiment needs changed because it doesn’t seem to work in preparing this team for the season. I think this can be put on Baker and Jacoby. I read on espn.com a couple weeks ago where other teams scouts’ opinions basically said this same thing about the Reds being ill prepared. chi redsfan April 14, 2012 I am skeptical of your premise. What prep are the Reds allegedly not doing? Why would they suck initially but then improve with a few weeks games? Foxred April 14, 2012 I haven’t seen enough minor league games but at the major league level, the team still is trying to pull everything. Just so far in the Nationals series, both teams are struggling. But I would argue that the Nationals are having much better at bats, fouling off a bunch and working the pitchers more. The Reds are swinging and missing at everything. Only Bruce and Votto are going the other way. They continue to strikeout in key “must have contact” situatiuons. They do not seem to be planning an AB very well. And if they are, then the hitting coach and Dusty aren’t analyzing the situations and opposing teams very well at this point. This teams need another LH contact hitter on the bench too. Foxred April 14, 2012 As for the minors, Lousiville is just depleted. Give them time. I did hope for more our of Pensacola and Bakersfield. wanderinredsfan April 14, 2012 Could you link the espn quotes? I haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary during spring training. The one thing that I do notice though, is that Dusty seems to let a lot of ‘non-regulars’ get way too many ABs. This seems to continue into the season (i.e., Harris, Patterson, Renteria, etc., etc.). Ron April 14, 2012 Not sure if its an issue with the pitchers or not but C Peacock for Pensacola was getting run on all night. (6 steals, 0 caught stealing) Don’t know what happened to this guy as he use to have a 30-40% CS rate pre 2011. Last two seasons he has been struggling to stay above 10% Going to the Wahoo game tonight to watch Sulbaran and get some autographs Didi's family April 14, 2012 I heard that tim crabbe wuz a bit slow to the plate… Thats why they were running on Peacock, like an ostrich on a farm! Terry M April 14, 2012 I know its early but the big league club gets 2 hits today and Brackman only goes 2/3 of an inning for his start. Did we forget and leave our bats back in Arizona. Not a great way to start the season lets hope we wake up and start hitting the ball again.. Ron April 15, 2012 Wahoos played well in Mobile tonight on both offense and defense Gregorious had two sharp line drive singles & his third hit was a dribbler up the 3rd base line that the pitcher threw into the RF corner and he ended up at 3rd. Unfortunately though he ran on contact with the IF playing in and H-Rod hit a one hopper right at the SS. Didi ended up in a rundown. His defense was solid but he didn’t really have any tough chances other than one I’ll mention later Brody Greene had nice RBI double & on back to back pitches nearly gave me a souvenir as he hit two foul bouncers just out of my reach down the 3rd base line. He also had a nice play on a roller up the middle that he fielded right at the 2nd base bag and made Phillip’s style jump-throw to nail the batter. Sulbaran’s night was very good as he entered the 5th inning having yet to give up a hit. That first hit was a high hopper over the mound that Didi tried but failed to make a bare hand grab and throw. His FB was 88-92 … touched 94 a coupe of times. Not sure what off speed pitches he uses but they were in the 80-83 range and got quite a few half swings. He tended to nibble a bit though once he got guys in two strike counts which ran up his pitch count. He also did a good job of keeping base runners close with a nice quick move. The only stolen base against him was on a pitch in the dirt. H-Rod looked really good at 3B … smooth fielding the ball and accurate with his throws. Had to make two long throws from behind the bag on grounders up the line and from what I saw he has plenty of arm to handle the position. Doug Gray April 15, 2012 Thanks for the round up!