Minor League Game Review – 7/17/14 Doug Gray July 18, 2014 21 Comments Louisville lost 6-1. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 1-3 with a double, walk and a run. Thomas Neal went 1-3 with a walk. Rey Navarro went 2-4 with a double. Juan Silverio went 1-4 with a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith allowed a run in 2 innings with a strikeout. Elvin Ramirez threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Game Notes Toledo scored the first run of the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Their lead didn’t last long as the Bats tied the game up in the third inning when Jack Hannahan hit a sac fly with the bases loaded to tie the game up. Unfortunately the would be the last time that Louisville would score in the game. The Mud Hens would put the game away in the fourth inning, scoring four times to take a 5-1 lead. They padded that lead again in the sixth adding a sixth run. Rey Navarro had two hits in the game, including a double. Pensacola lost 2-0, 4-2 in a double header. Game 1: 2-0 loss. Box Score Daniel Corcino went 1-1 at the plate.He allowed 2 runs in 5 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Jamie Walczak threw a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. Game Notes Daniel Corcino had the lone Blue Wahoos hit of the night and only a Jesse Winker walk prevented Corcino from being the lone base runner of the game. Corcino pitched well, but got no offensive support at all. He has walked just one batter in each of his last two starts with a combined 11 strikeouts. Game 2: 4-2 loss. Box Score Josh Fellhauer went 1-3 with a walk. Yorman Rodriguez went 1-4 with a run and a steal. Travis Mattair went 1-3 with a run. Juan Duran went 1-2 with a walk. Lou Marson wnt 1-3 with an RBI. Devin Lohman went 1-3. Shane Dyer threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes Jacksonville took an early 1-0 lead in the first, but Pensacola scored single runs in both the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead. The Suns came right back though, plating two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead back and they held on, while adding another run in the fifth, to sweep the double header. Bakersfield lost 9-1. Box Score Brent Peterson went 1-4 with a double. Sean Buckley went 3-4 with a run. Marquez Smith went 1-3 with a walk. Juan Perez went 2-4 with an RBI. Harold Riggins went 1-3. Yovan Gonzalez went 1-3. Jimmy Moran threw a shutout inning. James Allen threw a shutout inning. Game Notes Lake Elsinore did some big scoring in the first and the last innings. They took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and would add single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Blaze got on the board with a single run in the fifth on a Juan Perez single that brought in Sean Buckley. That would be the only run for the home crowd to celebrate though. The Storm would add four runs in the top of the ninth to really put the game away. Sean Buckley continued his hot hitting with three more hits on the night. Juan Perez added two hits. Dayton won 6-3. Box Score Carlton Daal went 1-4 with a walk, steal and 3 runs. Robert Ramirez went 3-5 with a double and an RBI. Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with a walk, HR (5) and 3 RBI. Avain Rachal went 1-3 with a run. Jonathan Reynoso went 1-4 with a run. Sal Romano allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 5.2 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Joel Bender threw 1.1 shutout innings. Zack Weiss threw 2 hitless innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Game Notes Dayton took an early 1-0 lead when Robert Ramirez doubled in Carlton Daal in the first inning. They would add on with Daal came around to score on a Phillip Ervin sac fly in the third, making it 2-0. Those two put the next two runs on the board in the fifth when Ervin homered to left field and brought Daal around on that as well to extend the lead to 4-0. Beloit got a run back in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a two-out error by Dayton. They rallied in the sixth to get two more runs to cut into the Dragons lead, making it a 4-3 game. Dayton put the game away in the top of the ninth inning, getting a run on a Jonathan Reynoso single that led to a throwing error to bring a run in and then having Reynoso come in to score on another error to make it a 6-4 game. Zack Weiss came back out after a perfect eighth and while he walked two batters in the ninth he also got two strikeouts in the inning to pick up the save. Robert Ramirez is 5-9 in his first two games with the Dragons. Phillip Ervin had a big game, reaching base four times, homering and driving in three runs. Billings lost 14-3. Box Score Cory Thompson went 1-3, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored twice. Taylor Sparks went 1-3 with a walk and a 2-run HR (2). Garrett Boulware went 1-3 with a walk. Jordan Remer threw 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Game Notes Taylor Sparks provided an early, dare I say it, spark as he smacked a two-run home run to center field in the first inning to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. That was the last time the Mustangs had the lead as Idaho Falls scored four runs in the first and fourth innings to put themselves ahead 8-3 and they would play add on from there to really put the game out of reach. The pitching staff had a rough night, allowing 19 hits in eight innings. AZL Reds won 10-9 in 12 innings. Box Score Narciso Crook went 3-6 with a steal, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Gavin LaValley went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks and 2 runs. Reydel Medina went 2-6 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Josciel Veras went 2-5 with a triple, run and 2 RBI. Jarrett Freeland went 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Paul Kronenfeld went 1-1 with a pinch hit home run. Conor Krauss threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Tyler Parmenter threw 1.1 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Shane Crouse threw 2 hitless innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Game Notes The Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gavin LaValley got things rolling in the second with a double to lead off the inning and he moved to third on a Dalton Carter single. Both came around to score on a Josciel Veras triple, though Veras was thrown out at the plate trying to the inside-the-park home run to end the inning. In the fifth the Reds got another run when Jarrett Freeland singled in Chadwick Tromp to make it a 4-3 game. The Dodgers rallied in the bottom of the inning though, scoring three times to extend their lead and they would add another run in the sixth, making it 8-3. The visiting Reds put together a big rally in the seventh, scoring five runs with two outs in the inning. Narcio Crook singled in two runs and Reydel Medina doubled in three runs, but was thrown out at third base to end the inning. The game was tied up though at eight runs each. In the bottom of the eighth inning the Dodgers took the lead, scoring a run with two outs. The top of the ninth inning saw Paul Kronenfeld come to the plate as a pinch hitter with two outs and hit a game tying solo home run that would eventually send the game to extra-innings. The Reds bullpen held the Dodgers scoreless in the ninth, tenth and eleventh innings to set up the go ahead run in the top of the twelfth. Narciso Crook singled and moved to second on an error. He then stole third base and scored when Reydel Medina doubled with two outs, giving the Reds the lead. Shane Crouse came back out for the bottom of the inning and made quick work of the Dodgers to seal the win for the Reds who have been on a roll, going 8-2 over their last 10 games. They will play two, sort of, today. They will complete the game that was suspended by lightning on July 8th and then play a regularly scheduled game. 7/18 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 50-48 N/A 7:00pm Holmberg Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 9-18 7:05pm Stephenson Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 12-15 10:45pm Dennhardt Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 12-14 8:00pm Langfield Here Here Here Billings 12-18 N/A 9:15pm Strahan Here Here Here AZL Reds 10-11 N/A 10:00pm TBA/TBA Here N/A N/A 21 Responses Tony Cloninger July 18, 2014 Is it the air or something in the water in Pensacola which turns even good hitters into average to bad ones? MK July 18, 2014 TC maybe you our discounting the huge transition from A-ball to AA. In many organizations the Top Prospects live in AA so the competition is ramped up. A couple years ago I had lunch with David Vidal when he was in AA and he told me the pitchers never throw the same pitch twice. In A-ball if they got ahead with a pitch they would throw it again, not in AA. Tony Cloninger July 18, 2014 No not at all. There is always an adjustment to better pitching. I just noticed the increase in SO for Winker recently….. and I took notice of that and wondered how quickly pitchers figured him out. I guess with the desperation of need for offense in the majors….. you start getting a little impatient. Doug’s point about the OF dimensions is also a big problem. Hopefully they can ditch both this park and get out of the California League as well…. and go play in places that actually play fair and not to the extremes of one to the other. Doug Gray July 19, 2014 The dimensions in Pensacola are fine. The stadium sits on a bay though, and there is a wind that comes across the field. It pushes from right field to left, so balls to right get pushed to center (the deeper part of the park), while balls left-center and left get pushed closer to the line and go over the fence. Bakersfield is a mess of a park. It’s not legal according to the league rulebook, but they can’t do much about it since no one is offering to build them a new stadium or take the team (you actually need two teams to leave the Cal League if they are going to a different league). The Advanced-A level is a mess in general. The California League is a hitters paradise and the Florida State League is a pitchers paradise. Then there is the good old Carolina League, which is more neutral, but has some parks that work favorably for both sides. Doug Gray July 18, 2014 Guys that use right field get crushed in Pensacola. The park factors there are wild. Left field plays like Coors Field in it’s heyday, while right field plays like Petco. Kevin Davis July 18, 2014 Doug, Given the outfield situation in AA – does Bryson Smith stay in Bakersfield the rest of the year – or do they move other people around ? Doug Gray July 18, 2014 I think he is probably there for the rest of the season unless something happens to move one of the Pensacola guys up. Kevin Davis July 18, 2014 So with the trade of Josh today – does Bryson get moved back to AA ? Doug Gray July 18, 2014 That probably depends on how often they want him getting at bats. There aren’t really at bats to be had in Pensacola for another outfielder right now. So if they want Smith to get at bats every day, no. weigarp July 18, 2014 Will there be any last minute draft signings? Doug Gray July 18, 2014 I have heard we signed Keenan Kish, but haven’t read it being confirmed anywhere. Still trying to find a confirmation. ChiReds July 18, 2014 Carlos Pena released… Wouldn’t shock me at all to see Walt pick him up and play him over Lutz/Soto at 1B. babull July 18, 2014 Walt passed on Byrd last year when he appeared to be a perfect fit. I don’t expect that he will do anything to address the needs that the roster, presently, has. Bob July 18, 2014 Any former Cardinals hit the wire yet? What’s Adam Kennedy up to these days?? or David Eckstein?? We need more solid clubhouse guys that can’t hit. MK July 18, 2014 Nice. And too true. herbie July 19, 2014 Scott Spiezio’s available. He has the grit, fire and championship-pedigree this team needs. MK July 18, 2014 Nick Howard activated. Sal Romano inactive. Hope everything OK with Sal. Doug Gray July 18, 2014 His grandfather passed away. ron b July 18, 2014 Anyone know bad Stephenson was hurt tonight? Doug Gray July 18, 2014 He looked ok as he came off of the field. He was hit in the thigh, above the knee with a liner. Walked off on his own power, looked ok. He had a smile on his face. nycdave July 18, 2014 The pitching in Billings just flat out stinks.