Minor League Game Review – 7/20/14 Doug Gray July 20, 2014 21 Comments Louisville lost 4-2. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Donnie Murphy went 2-3 with a walk. Steve Selsky went 2-4 with a double and a run. Rey Navarro went 1-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a run. Scott Diamond allowed 2 runs in 6 innings. Ryan Dennick threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes Toledo scored in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead. They got a solo home run in the third to extend their lead to 2-0. Things stayed quiet for both teams until the top of the seventh inning when Louisville rallied for two runs. Rey Navarro doubled in Steve Selsky to get the Bats on the board and he would score later in the inning on a Jason Bourgeois single that tied the game up. Toledo took the lead back rather quickly though, as a 2-out double brought two runs across the plate to put the Mud Hens back on top, 4-2. They were able to hold that lead the rest of the way as the Bats fell to 50-52 on the season. Scott Diamond made a quality start in his first appearance for the Bats, allowing just two runs over six innings without a walk or a strikeout. Pensacola lost 5-2. Box Score Yorman Rodriguez went 3-4 with a double and a walk. Ross Perez went 3-4 with a walk, steal and a run. Drew Hayes went 1-1 at the plate. He threw 2.1 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game Notes Pensacola got things going in the second inning when Michael Lorenzen singled in Ross Perez who had singled and stolen third base earlier in the inning. The fourth inning was the deciding inning of the game as Jacksonville scored three runs in the inning as the first four batters had two doubles, a home run and a single. The Suns would pad their lead with single runs in the fifth and eighth innings before the Blue Wahoos would put the final run of the game on the board in the top of the ninth, but they fell 5-2. Yorman Rodriguez and Ross Perez each added three hits, and two pitchers also had a hit in the game. Bakersfield won 7-5. Box Score Brent Peterson went 2-5 with a steal. Jeff Gelalich went 2-3 with a double and 2 walks. Marquez Smith went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs. Juan Perez went 2-2 with 2 walks, a HR (10), 3 RBI and 2 runs. David Vidal went 1-3 with a walk. Sebastian Elizalde went 2-3 with a HR (11), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Julio Morillo went 1-3. Ismael Guillon allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 6 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Kyle McMyne threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Ben Klimesh threw a perfect inning. Game Notes The Blaze had to make a comeback on Sunday afternoon as Rancho Cucamonga jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the top of the third inning. The Blaze started chipping away in the bottom of the third inning after three straight singles loaded the bases and a ground out brought Sebastian Elizalde in for the first run of the day. The would make another move towards the comeback in the sixth when Juan Perez singled in Marquez Smith to make it a 4-2 game. Sebastian Elizalde hit a sac fly to bring in Perez to make it a 1-run deficit. The seventh inning was the big inning for the Blaze as Juan Perez hit a 3-run home run with two outs to put Bakersfield on top 6-4. The Quakes weren’t going to go quietly as they led off the eighth inning with a solo home run and the first two batters after that reached, but Kyle McMyne came in and shut them down to preserve a 6-5 lead. Sebastian Elizalde homered to lead off the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 7-5 and put the game away as Ben Klimesh got an easy 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth. Dayton lost 3-0. Box Score Phillip Ervin went 2-4. Jonathan Reynoso went 1-3. Carlton Daal went 1-3. Jackson Stephens allowed 3 runs in 6 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. Joel Bender threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Game Notes Wisconsin scored two runs in the third inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead and unknown at the time, put the game out of reach as the Dragons struggled to get much going on the day, combining for just four hits. The Timber Rattlers would add another run in the sixth inning on a solo homer. Dayton didn’t threaten much in the game, only getting a runner to third base once in the game and that was in the ninth inning. Billings won 19-11. Box Score Ty Washington went 4-5 with a walk, double, 2 RBI, 2 steals and 4 runs. Cory Thompson went 1-4 with a walk and 2 runs. Brian O’Grady went 2-3 with 3 walks, a steal, 2 doubles, 3 RBI and 3 runs. Aristides Aquino went 4-5 with a double, a steal, 2 HR (9), walk, 7 RBI and 4 runs. Alex Greer went 3-5 with a double, triple,steal, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Argenis Aldazoro went 2-4 with a walk, 2 steals, a run and 2 RBI. Jacob Moody threw a hitless inning with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Jordan Remer threw a shutout inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Brian Hunter threw a shutout inning with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Game Notes What a game this was. The Mustangs scored five runs off of the first three pitchers that Ogden sent out to the mound. Billings failed to score in the second inning, but scored in all other eight innings and multiple runs in six of the innings. Aristides Aquino had another huge day at the plate. After hitting two home runs yesterday he topped himself with two more today, driving in seven runs, walking and doubling and scoring four runs. Brian O’Grady and Ty Washington both reached base five times. Washington scored four times and drove in two, while O’Grady scored three times, doubled twice and drove in three. AZL Reds had the night off. 7/21 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 50-52 N/A 7:05pm Axelrod Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 10-20 7:30pm Moscot Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 14-16 10:45pm Cisco Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 14-14 1:05pm Garrett Here Here Here Billings 14-19 N/A 9:00pm Moran Here Here N/A AZL Reds 11-13 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 21 Responses AWA85 July 20, 2014 Any scoop on Ogden’s park? Is it a little league park or are the Mustangs just red, or a little bit of both? Nice day by Ervin and Stormin Yorman, hopefully they string together a few more. Doug Gray July 20, 2014 Ogden is short to center and in the gaps. A little deeper down the lines. Park factors in the past have it being a very friendly HR park for the league, second most friendly in fact. For the record, Billings is the worst in the league, nearly 50% behind the top park in the league and 45% behind Ogden. The Duke July 20, 2014 HR friendly or not…..Aquino lookin good this weekend. 4 HR in 2 days. DatdudeJS July 20, 2014 Is this Aquino kid a legit prospect? Is it time to start getting excited about him? Doug Gray July 20, 2014 Very legit prospect. Always been a toolsy kid, starting to put it together. I had him ranked 17th in the system coming into the year. Baseball America had him 24th. awa85 July 21, 2014 Good call on him before the season Doug, that’s why you make the big bucks here. Doug Gray July 21, 2014 Where are these big bucks and why haven’t they been coming to me? I demand an investigation into this! But yeah, I had him ranked well coming into the year and noted him as a guy to watch for who could climb the rankings in the second half of the season a month ago when I released the Midseason Top 10. jim t July 21, 2014 Doug, your evaluation of him was a Grand slam for you. You had him pegged as a guy with tools who could surprise. Great call. Nice to see Y-Rod and Ervin heating up. Lets get Winker healthy and hitting and I’ll at least feel a bit better about the big league club’s perdictament. Any update on Stephenson? The Duke July 21, 2014 Ervin hitting .343/.442/.600/1.042 over his last 10 games. It’d be nice to see him do this over a month long period or so. He got hit in June, but then went into a two week funk at the end of June/early July before heating up again now. MK July 21, 2014 I know he got 2 hits but I just do not get playing Santiago at third and putting Frazier at first, just like I don’t get Bruce when he plays first. It weakens the defense in both cases and it obviously has not helped the hitting. Lutz DHs and gets a hit then right back to the bench. Don’t really mind Santiago but he is a poor third baseman. We all thought it was Dusty. Maybe not. Nick July 21, 2014 Agree over and over again Randy in Chatt July 21, 2014 All the above, I also do not like having only 3 options on the bench. Batting Cozart second, ever, not pitching Parra w/ a lefty-heavy line-up until the last game. I also think Angel Hernandez is a horrible behind-the-plate ump. Randy in Chatt July 21, 2014 and p.s. Shumaker (the vet) running w/ TF at the plate when there was no reason to. Then a couple of pitches later hits a bomb. herbie July 21, 2014 Saw this on MLBtraderumors: In a chat with Jim Bowden of SiriusXM (via Twitter), Jocketty made it clear he’d like to acquire a middle of the order bat he could put into the Reds‘ lineup right away, not an injury risk type player. When asked about Rays‘ second baseman Ben Zobrist (link), Jocketty said, “That’s a good name. That’s all I’ll say.” Make this happen yesterday without trading Stephenson or Winker. Please. sultan of swaff July 21, 2014 Too bad Phillips is injured. I’d acquire Zobrist and unload BP’s contract to one of these teams looking for talent. To me the trade deadline seller’s market seems like a market inefficiency that teams should try harder to exploit—the demand at the trade deadline far outstrips the supply. As a midmarket team, I don’t think the Reds should pass up opportunities to add future talent in-season because the return would be better than in the offseason. I get that the Reds would take a hit with the fans, but a shrewd GM understands that to compete year in year out as a mid market team, you can’t ever be ‘all in’. Ryan K July 21, 2014 I would love for them to put together a package and go after Nick Franklin of the Mariners. He is blocked by Cano in Seattle and would not cost much in money. He would cost some prospects though, but he is a guy that would be able to move to another position if they keep Phillips. He is has played the outfield in the minors and he would also provide a switch hitting bat with some pop. sultan of swaff July 21, 2014 Gelalich is finally putting up some numbers–.773 OPS in Bakersfield. Could be the league, but I almost wonder if, like Ervin, the combination of being the lone 1st rounder in the lineup (rarely get good pitches) and the lack of command by many pitchers in low A make it extra difficult for their skill sets to shine at the lower levels. Kyle Riley July 21, 2014 All, FWIW, I talked with Manager Dick Schofield about the HRs hit on Saturday night during yesterday’s pregame interview. While Ogden is a little smaller, and the air a little thinner, we agreed that all of them on Saturday would have been out in any of the Pioneer League parks, Sunday’s would have been, too, with the exception of maybe the second of Aquino’s two homers to left center over the weekend. At Dehler, our left center gap is 421′ (or 423′, depending on who you ask), although the wall at Lindquist Field is twice as high, that one may have been off the top of the wall at home. Doug Gray July 21, 2014 The Pioneer League sure has some funky ballparks. 421 in Billings, small gaps and a short CF in Ogden, 302 down the line in Grand Junction. I’m sure there are other ones I am forgetting. Jim Delaney July 21, 2014 Nice to see Aquino developing. With current Reds I think Walt needs to make a move soon, the offensive inefficiencies at the major league level really showed in an AL hitter friendly park. Bruce again seems lost at the plate, for Reds to contend he has to get hot. His season has been a total loss so far. He has had injuries but his whole year he seems lost. He has had ups and downs in other seasons but this year has totally been hot and cold. With the AL East and 2nd wild card in the balance, I really doubt the RAYS make either Price or Zobrist avaialble. They are in striking distance of both and they are playing good ball the past 6 weeks. If they fall apart in the next ten days that may change or if they are overwhelmed they could pull the trigger on a deal. I think there are minor upgrades that would cost only decent type prospects the Reds should consider- Valbuena (versatile player and hitter), Alfonso Soriano (Free Agent), Coghlan (Versatile, been hot hitter past month), Headley (FA at end of season), Garret Jones (versatile LH bat can play 1B, LF and RF), Casey McGehee (Best BA with runners in scoring position in NL), Prado (big contract, versatile player and versatile hitter), and Will Venable (OF versatile LH hitter, with some pop and speed). Prado is also usually a 2nd half player and Venable had huge 2nd half last year and has been hot the past couple of weeks. I would be talking to Arizona now, they need pitching, and would likely love to dump Prado’s contract. Reds would need to absorb the salary not sure if that would nix any shot at this type of deal. Also, Venable, his contract might be big issue but he is hot now and history shows he is a streaky hitter. Venable’s power might get a big boost playing in GAPB. Come on Walt, this team has too good a pitching not to try and acquire a hitter or two. Doug Gray July 21, 2014 Tampa Bay is 6 games back of the wild card and trailing seven teams. They are smart enough to understand they really aren’t in it.