Minor League Game Review – 8/26/12 Doug Gray August 27, 2012 20 Comments 8/26 Game Review Louisville won 4-3. Box Score Denis Phipps went 3-4 with a HR (15), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Didi Gregorius went 1-4 with a HR (7) and 2 RBI. Willie Harris went 1-4 with a run. Tim Gustafson allowed a run in 6.2 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Game notes Denis Phipps continues his hot streak, hitting .368/.400/.842 over his last 10 games where he has 5 home runs. Didi Gregorius hit his 6th home run for Louisville in 172 at bats. He had 1 home run in 316 at bats in Pensacola. Pensacola won 5-2, lost 1-0 in a double header. Game 1: 5-2 win. Box Score Billy Hamilton went 1-3 with a walk, run and a steal (150). Josh Fellhauer went 1-3 with a walk, RBI and a run. Ryan LaMarre went 1-2 with 2 walks, a steal (28) and a run. Miguel Rojas went 1-3 with a walk, RBI and a run. Tony Cingrani allowed 2 earned in 4 innings with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts. Michael Griffin threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Justin Freeman threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Game 2: 1-0 loss. Box Score Josh Fellhauer went 2-3. Beau Mills went 1-1 (pinch hitter). Chad Rogers allowed a run in 5 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Chris Manno threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Game notes Billy Hamilton now has 150 steals on the season. That is a whole lot of steals. Tony Cingrani struggled with his control in game 1, but kept his team in the game . Josh Fellhauer raised his average to .315 on the year with 3 hits in the double header. Bakersfield lost 9-1. Box Score Theo Bowe went 2-4 with a steal (63). Steve Selsky went 1-4 with a double. Juan Duran went 1-4 with a run. Devin Lohman went 1-3. Brooks Pinckard threw a perfect inning of relief. Game notes In any other year the 63 steals by Theo Bowe would really stand out. Unfortunately, this is not that year. Bowe raised his average to .318 with the Blaze. Dayton lost 7-2. Box Score Junior Arias went 2-4 with a double and a run. Yorman Rodriguez went 1-3 with a walk. Sean Buckley went 1-4 with a solo HR (13). Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a double. Radhames Quezada allowed 2 runs in 4 innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Game notes Not much to go with from this game other than Sean Buckley remains hot. Billings lost 7-5. Box Score Beau Amaral went 2-5 with a run. Carlos Sanchez went 1-4 with a double, RBI, walk and a run. Daniel Pigott went 2-4 with a walk, RBI and a run. Robert Maddox went 1-4 with a HR (12) and 2 RBI. Robert Ramirez went 1-3 with an RBI. Jon Moscot allowed a run in 3 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Erik Miller threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Game notes Carlos Sanchez remained strong over his last 10 games where he is hitting .459/.488/.865. Robert Maddox hit his 12th home run of the season for Billings in just 171 at bats. AZL Reds lost 11-9 in 10 innings. Box Score Jonathan Reynoso went 2-6 with 2 RBI. Tanner Rahier went 1-3 with a double. Adam Matthews went 1-4 with a walk, HR (2) and 2 RBI. Argenis Aldazoro went 1-4 with a walk, solo HR (5) and 2 runs. Humberto Valor went 2-5 with a double and 2 runs. Wilfrel Estevez went 3-5 with a double, HR (1), 3 RBI and 2 runs. Jose Ortiz went 3-5 with a double and an RBI. Richard McCaffrey threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout. Game notes Nick Travieso allowed 2 runs in 3 innings with 2 strikeouts. Wandy Peralta struck out 6 in 3 innings but gave up 2 runs. Jonathan Reynoso raised his average to .324 on the year and he stole his 29th base of the year. Team 1st half 2nd half Time Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 51-86 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here Pensacola 34-35 32-31 8:00pm Serrano Here Here Here Bakersfield 41-29 25-37 10:05pm Renken Here Here N/A Dayton 30-40 27-33 7:05pm Stephenson Here Here Here Billings 21-17 17-11 OFF OFF Here Here N/A AZL Reds 17-35 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 20 Responses The Duke August 27, 2012 Judging by the twitter comments of many a Reds prospect, a lot of them are ready for a long MiLB season to wrap up. Especially the long bus rides. Except for playoffs, all their last games are a week from today. The season has just flown by for us fans. Doug Gray August 27, 2012 They aren’t the only ones…. DaveCT August 27, 2012 A well earned rest is coming, friend. Mike August 27, 2012 Anyone think Phipps gets called up next week? He’s already on the 40 man roster, I say why not. DaveCT August 27, 2012 I think it may be more possible than we might think — given his defense and some of the options it may offer for PH. I’d think FPerez may be another. charliefunny August 27, 2012 Billings is losing momentum, getting poor pitching; Cisco & Romano aren’t stepping up for the Stephenson and Guillon promotion’s. Big series with 2nd place Missoula this & next Thu & Fri will tell who wants it more. Best starters will decide it. Pensacola seems to be underperforming in spite the midseason promotions of the best Blaze talent that won their first half title (with a strong winning streak and HUGE collapse from San Jose.) Bakersfield is also barely keeping their heads above the playoff waters. Unless these teams start peaking near the end of the season, it shows me they will fade even more if they make the majors. Walt should be concerned about this disturbing trend with the poor finishing performances of their home grown talent at the Reds level too (except Cueto). How do they grow winning players? Might need some coaching changes this off season. Greg August 27, 2012 What home grown talent is finishing poor? DaveCT August 27, 2012 The perenial question — do you play to develop talent or to win or both, in the minors that is. Doug Gray August 27, 2012 Develop talent, with the hopes of winning while doing so. charliefunny August 27, 2012 Pitching wins games. Homegrown Starters ERA last 30 games: Cueto 3.6, Bailey 5, Leake 7. Homegrown Pen ERA last 30 games: Chapman 0, LeCure 5, Ondrusek 9 (before demotion). RobL August 27, 2012 Sorry Charlie, I think you are getting caught up in the wrong things. DaveCT August 27, 2012 Being a New Englander, I have observed them jumping off bridges in Boston over what is over-scrutenized small stuff (this year being the exception). But I can’t say this hasn’t been a good year as a Reds fan, specializing like many of us in following the minors. :) I always find it difficult how to read things in the second halves of MiLB seasons, as so many teams have lost their best talent, and so much of that talent has to adjust to the next level (and many struggle as we know). While you’d hope for more consistency from some of the Billings starters, Romano is just 18 pitching in a league of older (college) age kids, while Cisco is coming off Tommy john surgery. Realistically they are most likely not all stars/top 10 performers. I’d say Walt is not worried and is actually pleased with many of the performances. Next topic: Sleeper of the year? Chad Rogers or James Allen Doug Gray August 27, 2012 Rogers. Wally August 27, 2012 I have been to my share of games this year and I made no secret of my passion for the town and the team of Pensacola. I attended well over 30 games this year and God willing, i may get the chance to see 5 more games. The reds organization and the Wahoo’s did a great job 5000 people every game, entertaining,clean, good food ect ect.. The one person I want to salute is our Manager Jim Rigglemen, guys we were fortunate to have a man of his level in the hot seat all year. He is a good man, that players really like. he manages as if he is in the bigs, and this gives guys the feel of the game at the big league level. I have spoken to many of the players and all of them say , skipper is the man. well this is my thank you to the wahoos, the coaching staff and the players Ed from P-cola August 27, 2012 ditto wally… it’s been a great year for Pensacola..!! Wally August 27, 2012 Hey Doug lets talk about Sept call ups and Arizona Fall league guys, what are your thoughts Doug Gray August 27, 2012 Check back in about 45 minutes. I have a post on its way about this very topic. Matt McWax August 27, 2012 Yep, I think a Phipps call-up is sensible. He has hit pretty well since the all-star break (.287/.357/.527/.884). He has power and would probably even top Bruce in the outfield-arm department. He can play center or right after after a double switch. Wally August 27, 2012 thanks guys jim t August 27, 2012 Doug, you were right on point with your assesment of Phipps last yeasr. His improvement wasinflated and unsustainable. Do his numbers this year mean he is progressing or just having a incredible second half?