Minor League Game Review – 7/16/14 Doug Gray July 17, 2014 17 Comments Louisville was off for the Triple-A All-Star game. Felix Perez went 2-2 with a double, triple, run and 2 RBI. Highlights here. Ruben Gotay went 0-2. Pensacola was rained out. Double header this afternoon. Bakersfield lost 7-3. Box Score Bryson Smith went 2-3 with a run. Sebastian Elizalde went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Sean Buckley went 1-4 with a double and a run. Juan Perez went 1-4 with a double, steal, run and an RBI. Harold Riggins went 1-4 with a double. Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a walk. Jacob Johnson threw a shutout inning. Sean Lucas threw a shutout inning. Game Notes The Blaze got on the board in the first inning with a little bit of help moving the runners along on an error that led to a Marquez Smith sac fly to put Bakersfield up 1-0. Lake Elsinore must have put a curse on the Blaze to make up for it as they committed two errors in the bottom of the inning, helping them score four times in the inning. The Storm would add on in the third, sending two more across the plate to extend their lead to 6-1. Juan Perez did some damage in the fourth inning, doubling in Sean Buckley for one run, then stealing third and scoring on a throw down to try and get him to get another one to cut into the lead. Neither team would score again until the top of the seventh when Lake Elsinore for a solo home run to extend their lead to 7-3. That score held up for the rest of the game. The shutout inning by Jacob Johnson lowered his ERA on the year to 2.42. Dayton won 5-4. Box Score Ronald Bueno went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Phillip Ervin went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Robert Ramirez went 2-4 with 2 runs. Jose Ortiz went 1-2 with a run, reached on catchers interference and was HBP. Carlton Daal went 3-4 with a run and 2 RBI. Amir Garrett allowed a run in 5 innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. NolanBecker was charged with an unearned run in 2 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Pedro Diaz threw a shutout inning. Game Notes Beloit struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Dayton would get the run back in a hurry as Ronald Bueno led off the fourth with a single and scored on the next play when Phillip Ervin doubled him in to tie the game up. The fifth inning started well for the Dragons with the first three batters reaching. An error on the next play allowed two runs to score and later in the inning Ronald Bueno singled in the third run of the inning to put Dayton ahead 4-1. Amir Garrett shut Beloit down in the fifth inning before handing the game over to the bullpen. Garrett lowered his ERA to 3.86 on the season, and has a 2.22 ERA over his last eight starts. The Snappers got a run back in the sixth and another in the seventh to make it a 4-3 lead for the Dragons. Carlton Daal would get his third hit of the game, an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to extend the lead for Dayton. It turned out to be a good thing as Beloit would get a run in the bottom of the frame to get within one run with one out and runners on the corners. A pop up made for the second out of the bottom of the ninth before the game ended on a play at the plate. The runner at first tried to steal second but was caught in a rundown after Alejandro Chacin stepped off the rubber and ran towards him. The runner on third attempted to take the plate to tie the game, but the Dragons made the throw home to get the tag out at the plate. Billings lost 10-2. Box Score Alex Blandino went 2-5 with a double. Garrett Boulware went 1-2 with a walk, double and a run. Jimmy Pickens went 1-3 with a double. Alex Greer went 2-4 with an RBI. Argenis Aldazoro went 2-4 with a solo HR (1). Ty Sterner threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk. Game Notes It wasn’t a good night for the Mustangs as they traveled to Idaho Falls. They would score first when Alex Greer singled in Garrett Boulware who had doubled earlier in the inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Things were all downhil from there as the Chukars scored the next six runs of the game and ten of the final 11 runs. In the seventh inning Argenis Aldazoro hit a solo homer to center field, his first of the year and first since the 2012 season (granted he only played in 10 games last season). AZL Reds won 7-6. Box Score Narciso Crook went 2-4 with a solo home run (2) and 2 runs. Reydel Medina went 1-3 with a steal, run and an RBI. Jonathan Martjin went 1-3 with 2 runs and was hit by a pitch. Chadwick Tromp went 2-4 with a double, HR (1) and 4 RBI. Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with an RBI and 2 steals. Mark Armstrong allowed 1 earned (3 total) in 3 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Brian Pearl (rehab) was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work. Jacob Ehret threw a shutout inning of relief. Jake Paulson threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes This game featured plenty of scoring early on with both teams scoring a run in the first inning. The Reds got their run on a Narciso Crook inside-the-park homer to center. They would take the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Chadwick Tromp hit a two-run homer. The lead didn’t last long though as the Dodgers tied the game up in the third and took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth. The home team grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the frame though, as an error brought in the typing run and a ground out plated the go ahead run. The Dodgers took the lead back in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer of their own and at that point the scoring stopped for the next six half innings after the two teams scored in seven of the first nine. In the bottom of the eighth inning, down 6-5, the Reds got things going. Reydel Medina tied the game up with a sac fly that scored Narciso Crook who singled earlier in the inning. Chadwick Tromp then doubled in pinch runner Hector Vargas who has stolen second earlier in the inning to give the Reds the lead. Jake Paulson came on for the ninth and shut the Dodgers down to pick up the save and seal the victory,which was the seventh in the last nine games for the Arizona League Reds. 7/17 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 50-47 N/A 7:00pm TBA Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 9-16 5:35pm Corcino/Moscot Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 12-14 10:45pm Peralta Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 11-14 8:00pm Romano Here Here Here Billings 12-17 N/A 9:15pm Antone Here Here Here AZL Reds 9-11 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 17 Responses The Duke July 17, 2014 Where’s Nick Howard? I thought he was supposed to be in Dayton by now. MK July 17, 2014 Duke he is there and has been for a week or so. I talked to him Tuesday and asked him when he would be activated and he said tomorrow, which would have been yesterday. He wasn’t but I assume it will be on this road trip. MK July 17, 2014 Nolan Becker is quietly having a pretty good year for Dayton. He has only given up 2 runs in 19 innings and they came on 2 solo home runs. Great K/BB – 19/4. He is a big frame and is obviously smart (Yale). I could see him having a future. Randy in Chatt July 17, 2014 MK, what’s he throw? w/ his size, do you think he is starter material or strictly bullpen? MK July 17, 2014 Fast ball 91-92, breaking ball maybe an occasional change. Not sure he has the depend they like in a starter. sultan of swaff July 17, 2014 I was in Beloit last night to watch the Dragons. Beloit gifted the game—they had 4 errors and got caught stealing home on a 1st and 3rd play for the final out. Some observations—- -Beloit’s stadium is one of those sad, old places all minor league fields used to be. Maybe 400 people there. On the other hand, the players walk thru the concourses to get to the lockers, so interaction is easy. -Garrett got hit around hard early in the game because he was almost all fastballs, but the balls were hit right at the outfielders (Ervin with a nice catch at the wall). The fastball is legit, the mechanics were repeatable even into the 5th inning. He only threw 2 really good changeups, the rest were blah. He was getting a lot of check swings on the curve, which doesn’t have the typical movement to it. His is more of a biting slider that dives down. Either way, with that pitch and his fastball, at worst he is an effective LOOGY in the majors. No pickoff move to speak of—he’s gonna have to improve that because his 6’5″ frame takes more time than most to deliver the ball to home. –Becker pitched a couple more effective innings. His fastball is pedestrian, but his offspeed stuff is good. He’s a very big body (think a taller Sid Fernandez) with a lot of pitchability. Probably a LOOGY at best IMO. –Carlton Daal was very impressive. I remember Cozart with Dayton, and Daal has a lot more physical tools. He’ll definitely stick at SS. The biggest issue for him is strength. His swing will yield line drives, but he needs to be strong enough to at least be a credible gap threat. –Phil Ervin seems stuck in his own head. One good at-bat for a double, but his approach in the other at-bats wasn’t good. I can totally see why he’s been going 1-4 every night for a month. –Gabriel Rosa is a complete BUST. Anxious overaggressive approach + poor plate discipline. Really just clueless. –Love the energy and enthusiasm from Tanner Rahier (and he was cool enough to toss my daughter a ball). Runs well (only 2 steals?), fields well. I think the question will be if he has enough pop in his bat. Hard to argue with the results for a 20 year old, though. Little Earl July 17, 2014 A poster on Redszone had this to say about Ervin….would you agree? He doesn’t just chase sliders out of the zone, he struggles with breaking balls in the zone. Any breaking ball on the outer half of the plate is a problem because he takes a huge, dead pull swing. You move him up right now to face pitchers with good command of their breaking ball and he will get absolutely embarrassed. His speed is overrated. I would say he is an average major league runner. His timed speed to first is actually below average because he takes such a big swing that he is slow out of the box. Needs to learn to hit the ball to all fields. Does not have a standout tool. Does have tremendous bat speed, so when he makes solid contact, the ball is going to go somewhere in a hurry. Doug Gray July 17, 2014 I don’t entirely disagree with it, no. sultan of swaff July 17, 2014 I would agree with a lot of that about Ervin, namely the average tools. One thing I will disagree on is that he’s a dead pull hitter, but that’s without the benefit of seeing spray charts. As for the offspeed stuff, In his 4 at-bats last night he didn’t chase on the offspeed stuff, specifically in a bases loaded situation where the first 2 pitches were curves just off the plate. If anything, he’s missing on the fastball. I almost wonder if he’d have more success in a lineup where he’s not the only high draft pick and teams pitched to him more normally. Doug Gray July 17, 2014 Rosa will have some bad games and some good games. Do not give up on him yet. There is plenty of work to do there, no doubt, but he is still flashing things from time to time. wally July 17, 2014 Amir is on his way Now very much like all lefty’s , he needs to learn to throw and trust his off speed stuff. contrary to what you read he does not repeat his mechanics . But at this stage it will come with work work work. My bet is once he throws his secondary stuff for strikes , and learns to control and not overthrow, he will be good Doug Gray July 17, 2014 He’s been throwing the curveball for strikes for the better part of the last two months, which is why his numbers have been so good in that time. He’s been giving guys a second look at something and they just can’t handle it. Red4ever July 17, 2014 You are 100% right doug sometimes I don’t think these people know what they are talking about, throwing his curve for a strike he’s been doing that. And yesterday he didn’t get hit hard 2 balls that I seen the first at bat and the double to cf. from what I’ve been watching he’s even broke out his change up more. DaveCT July 17, 2014 GREAT outlook for Winker as per Mayo i article up o MLB.com. http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=cin JMO July 17, 2014 Gabriel Rosa, Jeff Gelalich, Nick Travieso, Phillip Ervin. Not drafting well. We passed on Corey Seager to draft Travieso. We passed on Nick Ahmed to get Rosa. We passed on Travis Demeritte. All 3 SS that could be very valuable to the Reds right now. Doug Gray July 17, 2014 Once upon a time Devin Mesoraco was considered “not drafting well”. Guys take time. Give it to them. MK July 17, 2014 When you consider the Reds have 1st rounders Leake, Bailey, Mesoraco, Bruce, supplemental 1st rounder Frazier, and second rounders Cozart, Votto and Hamilton starting. Add Alonso, Grandal and Boxberger and it is hard to argue with their draft record. Give the boys a chance. Thoroughbreds have a way of showing up.