Minor League Game Review – 6/11/14 Doug Gray June 12, 2014 31 Comments Louisville won 6-5. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs. Felix Perez went 2-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a run. Neftali Soto went 1-4 with a double, RBI and a run. Kristopher Negron went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. David Holmberg allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 4 innings with 4 walks and a strikeout. Chad Rogers allowed a run in 3 innings with 2 walks. Game Notes It wasn’t a pretty night on the mound for the Bats pitchers as they allowed 14 hits and walked seven batters with just three strikeouts, but they were able to limit the damage to just five runs. The offense was able to step up and get things done despite just seven hits and six walks as they made their opportunities count. Felix Perez reached base three times in the game, including a double. Pensacola lost 5-3. Box Score Josh Fellhauer went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Rey Navarro went 1-3 with a walk. Ross Perez went 2-4 with a solo HR (1). Travis Mattair went 1-3 with a double, walk and a run. Juan Duran went 3-4 with a run. Fabian Williamson threw 2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Brooks Pinckard threw a hitless inning with a walk. Game Notes Daniel Corcino got the start for the Blue Wahoos and ran into trouble in the first inning as he allowed two runs. Pensacola took the lead right back though as they scored three runs in the top of the second inning. Corcino ran into more trouble in the fourth inning, allowing three more runs as Mobile took a 5-3 lead. Corcino left after the fifth and handed the game over to Fabian Williamson and Brooks Pinckard who kept the team in the game with three shutout innings of relief between the two of them. The offense just couldn’t put together a rally over the final five innings and the squad took the loss. Bakersfield won 19-6. Box Score Juan Silva went 3-3, triple, 2 walks and 5 runs. Zach Vincej went 2-5 with an RBI and 3 runs. Jesse Winker went 3-3 with 2 walks, a steal, 2 HR (12), 6 RBI and 4 runs. Marquez Smith went 3-5 with 2 HR (14), 6 RBI and 2 runs. Juan Perez went 2-5 with a solo HR (7) and 2 runs. Beau Amaral went 1-4 with a walk, steal, double, RBI and 2 runs. Tim Adleman threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout. Game Notes The Blaze brought out the bats in a big, big way on Wednesday night. Jesse Winker led the charge by reaching base five times, homering twice, scoring four runs and driving in six. Oh, and he stole a base. Marquez Smith also homered twice and drove in six runs. On any other night in history Juan Silva would have stood out for an incredible game as he reached base five times, scored five times and tripled, but incredibly that is overshadowed in this game. Dayton won 4-0, 4-3 in a double header. Game 1: 4-0 win. Box Score Sammy Diaz went 1-3 with a run. Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with a double and a run. Taner Rahier went 2-3 with a run. Jon Matthews went 2-3. Joe Hudson went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Carlton Daal went 1-3. Amir Garrett threw 7 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. Game Notes The story of the game was the start by Amir Garrett as he needed just 68 pitches to throw a complete game shutout with just three hits allowed while striking out five batters. Garrett took care of things on his end and the offense did their job as they scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead that easily held up. Phillip Ervin, Tanner Rahier and Jon Matthews all had two hits in the game, while Joe Hudson added two RBI. Game 2: 4-3 win. Box Score Jon Matthews went 1-3 with a run and an RBI. Daniel Pigott went 1-3 with a run. Phillip Ervin went 1-3 with a run. Tanner Rahier went 2-3 with an RBI. Avain Rachal went 1-3 with a run. Carlton Daal went 2-2 with a steal. Franderlyn Romero allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 5 innings with 3 strikeouts. Scott Brattvet threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Alejandro Chacin threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Game Notes Unlike the first game of the double header, the Dragons had to make a comeback as they were trailing 3-1 after four innings. Not to worry, the offense came through by plating a single run in the fifth inning as Avain Rachal scored on a Jon Matthews ground out to cut the Bowling Green lead to 3-2. In the sixth inning Dayton rallied as Daniel Pigott scored the tying run on a Tanner Rahier ground out that also moved Phillip Ervin to third. Ervin scored with Gabriel Rosa at the plate as the pitcher fired one into the backstop that gave the Dragons the lead after six innings. Alejandro Chacin came in for the seventh and faced adversity as he allowed three straight bloop singles to load the bases with one out, but he induced a double play to end the game and seal the double header sweep for Dayton. 6/12 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 33-34 N/A 7:05pm Smith Here Here Here Pensacola 29-37 N/A 8:05pm Stephenson Here Here Here Bakersfield 43-24 N/A 10:45pm Dennhardt Here Here N/A Dayton 34-30 N/A 7:00pm TBA Here Here Here 31 Responses Dale Pearl June 12, 2014 Stephenson needs a big game tonight Will Rich June 12, 2014 Do you know why Nick Travieso is on Billings roster? Doug Gray June 12, 2014 They are skipping him in the rotation, so it’s just a paper move to clear up a roster spot until he pitches after the all-star break. sultan of swaff June 12, 2014 Gheesh, what does Winker have to do to get a promotion—sweep the locker room and drive the bus?!? This kid could handle AAA if you ask me. They always say a prospect is ready when the consistency matches the results. Winker has always had it. Call me crazy, but I bet he could match the production we’re currently getting from LF in Cincinnati. Tony Cloninger June 12, 2014 Well he should at least be in AA by now. The challenge thy hitters mantra does not seem one that they follow here too much. Everything is slow and painfully deliberate when it comes to some of these players. In the majors….Roger the Shark might not play much but I would like to see what Perez can do off the bench. How much worse can he be. Might as well be a man down on the bench if you cannot even count on this guy to do anything….other than work the count a little. Are they devoid of talent in the AA leagues that Yorman is on the AS team? The guy has been hurt but if he is not recovered by now then why is he still playing? At least Juan Duran has heated up. Alan Horn June 12, 2014 Yorman on the all star team struck me as odd also. nycdave June 12, 2014 Yorman was actually having a great year before his injury. He hit a slump but looks to be back on track. Plus he plays outstanding defense. Alan Horn June 12, 2014 If wouldn’t take much to match the production in LF. I agree Winker needs to be promoted to AA. As much as we are tempted to rush him, we should not. I think we need to trade for a 2 year bat for LF. If Winker stops progressing, we can make other arrangements at that time. Alan Horn June 12, 2014 It Mel June 12, 2014 way to go Amir terry m June 12, 2014 Of Amirs 68 pitches only 13 were balls. Heard this on the Dayton radio between games. Wow. KyWilson1 June 12, 2014 They really need to get Amir to see the writing on the wall, his future is most definitely in baseball. Losing time on basketball takes valuable training away and at the rate he seems to improve, he could move quickly if he played full time. SMB, Winkler, Lively, possibly Silva need to be moved up. They are ready, no reason to wait. MK June 12, 2014 In the last 2 seasons what has Amir missed? He was in extended Spring Training in 2013 until he came to Dayton mid season. He did leave three days early to start classes. Would not have pitched in Instructional a League as he was at innings limit. Started college and started conditioning which is what he would have done if not playing basketball. Left college early and finished on-line to attend full spring training and started year with Dragons and has pitched all year. So he missed three days and did more conditioning than most others due to Basketball. And, most importantly, in talking to him he has no plans to give it up. KyWilson1 June 12, 2014 Basketball and baseball conditioning are quite different. He could have been on an off-season throwing program during the winter months vs playing basketball. You cant honestly think he hasn’t missed any valuable time bc of basketball. MK June 12, 2014 Got to tell you I coached high school baseball for 22 years and the weight training was very similar. We both wanted long strong muscles which meant a lot of stretching and lower weights with higher repetitions. Our plyometrics to develop a muscular twitch factor were also similar. For pitchers we wanted them to do very aerobic training which included a lot of running and believe it or not it included full court basketball. As far as a serious throwing program most begin after the Holidays and it is not a great learning experience, just conditioning. My best player over the years, who ended up playing professionally and became a baseball coach at the Naval Academy was a Div. I basketball point guard and baseball player. KyWilson1 June 13, 2014 So if he was on a throwing program and his arm more conditioned, his innings wouldnt increase at all? Which would in turn be valuable learning experience. Even if its only 2 more starts, its still a increase in innings and experience. I played both sports in high school as well, and our conditioning was quite different for each sport. We did a lot of distance running for baseball, basketball was more explosive running. Weights were similar, but unless your trying to bulk up they almost always will be. You have to add strength with out losing flexibility and quickness. charliefunny June 12, 2014 Plus our best high-A prospects like Winker, SMB, CarGo need some time in AA so the Reds can see who’s ready for the Arizona Fall League this year. No need for AA fillers like SIlverio to keep a top prospect in low A. OR better yet have them play another position, which they might need to do in a year or 2 to compete for a Reds roster spot in 2015 or 16. At AA, try SMB at first, 2B or the OF & Winker at first too. Who else in high-A needs to be promoted? nycdave June 12, 2014 Don’t forget Waldrop. He has nothing more to prove at High A. sultan of swaff June 12, 2014 Waldrop is only hitting .208 vs. lefties. He has a lot to prove IMO. Norwood Nate June 12, 2014 Seems like both Ervin and Duran are heating up, and starting to string some good games together. Nice to see those guys making adjustments. Mongo June 12, 2014 Mongo listen to Bakersfield game. Mongo rename Winker. I now call him Betty Crocker, cause he mashing those taters. Doug Gray June 12, 2014 Mongo funny. Doug laugh. terry m June 12, 2014 Terry cry… The Duke June 12, 2014 In 8 games so far in June, Ervin is hitting .367/.406/.567/.973. Hopefully we see a lot more of this type of production the rest of the year from Ervin. The Duke June 12, 2014 Assuming our top 3 picks sign, here is an early guess at a Billings roster: 1. Cory Thompson, SS 2. Alex Blandino, 2B 3. Astrides Aquino, RF 4. Taylor Sparks, 3B/DH 5. Raydel Medina, LF 6. Jonathan Reynoso, CF 7. Brian O’Grady, 1B 8. KJ Franklin, DH/3B 9. Jose Ortiz, C BN: Gabe Rosa, Util BN: Jose Fernandez, OF BN: Oviel Florentino, Inf BN: Dan Paula, C 1. Nick Howard 2. Wyatt Strachan 3. Mark Armstrong 4. Jeremy Kivel 5. Tyler Mahle LR: Brian Hunter MR: Seth Garner MR: Soid Marquez MR: Manuel Aybar MR: Ty Boyles SU: Jakub Izold CL: Chad Jones Brad Konerman June 12, 2014 Duke. Great stuff. I think Rosa stays in Dayton. Also, would imagine Marquez and Boyles remain stretched out as starters. The Reds have a lot of 3B prospects. I like how they have used 1B as a 2nd 3B position with Votto around for a decade. Billings should be a fun team to track. MK June 12, 2014 I think Rosa is a full time outfielder now. terry m June 12, 2014 Chad Jones out for the year think it was TJ surgery… MK June 12, 2014 I understand Nick Routt had a shoulder MRI today. Shchi June 12, 2014 Garrett was an absolute monster last night while thoroughly dominating for his complete game (7 innngs) shutout. He obviously must establish consistency, but that game was the type of performance that could launch a career. Corcino on the other hand… JMO June 12, 2014 The Reds need to call up Felix Perez. Why sign him if you refuse to give him a chance? DFA Bernadina please. I would DFA both Bernadina and Santiago. Negron and Perez would improve the bench. The Reds have no productive or reliable LH RP, something needs to be done. Use Cingrani in that role. Parra is bad and Marshall is looking toasty.