Louisville won 6-5. Box Score

  • Jason Bourgeois went 2-5 with a double, triple,RBI and a run.
  • Ruben Gotay went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Felix Perez went 1-4 with a run.
  • Neftali Soto went 2-4 with a run.
  • Jack Hannahan (rehab) went 4-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a run.
  • Rey Navarro went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Tucker Barnhart went 1-4 with a run.
  • David Holmberg allowed 2 earned (4 total) in 7 innings.
  • Elvin Ramirez threw 1.1 shutout innings.

Game Notes

Louisville took an early 1-0 lead when Jason Bourgeois led off the first with a triple and scored on a ground out. They held that lead until the fourth inning when Columbus got two runs, both unearned. The Bats stormed right back though as Hack Hannahan doubled in Felix Perez and Neftali Soto in the bottom of the inning to put Louisville back on top, 3-2. Both teams would score a run in the sixth inning, keeping the Bats ahead at the end of the inning, 4-3. The Clippers scored two runs in the top of the eighth to jump out in front. In the bottom of the frame Neftali Soto singled with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Juan Silverio. He moved up to third on a Jack Hannahan single, hit fourth hit of the game. A passed ball on the catcher brought Silverio across as the tying run. Columbus went quietly in the top of the ninth to keep the game tied and that set up the Bats for the walk-off win. Tucker Barnhart led off the inning with a single and moved up to second on a sac bunt. Jason Bourgeois, who started things off for Louisville in the first, ended things for them in the ninth as he doubled in Barnhart for the walk-off victory. Big games for both Bourgeois and the rehabbing Jack Hannahan.

Pensacola won 3-2. Box Score

  • Brodie Greene went 1-4 with a double and a run.
  • Ross Perez went 3-4 with a double, RBI and a run.
  • Travis Mattair went 3-4 with a solo HR (9).
  • Kyle Waldrop went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Devin Lohman went 2-4 with a double.
  • Jon Moscot allowed 2 runs in 6 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
  • Ben Klimesh threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.
  • Shane Dyer threw a shutout inning.

Game Notes

The first batter of the game led off with a solo home run to put Mobile up 1-0. Pensacola got the run back and added to it in the bottom of the first though as Ross Perez singled in Brodie Greene for the first run after Greene doubled earlier in the inning. Perez scored on a sac fly by Kyle Waldrop to put the Blue Wahoos up 2-1 at the end of the first inning. The scored stayed 2-1 until the top of the sixth inning when a sac fly tied the game up. It only stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when Travis Mattair hit hit ninth homer of the season to put the home team on top for good. Ross Perez had a big night at the plate, raising his average to .335 on the season. Travis Mattair also had a big night as he had three hits including the go-ahead homer. Ben Klimesh had a strong debut with Pensacola as he struck out two batters in his inning of work.

Bakersfield had the night off.

Dayton lost 6-3. Box Score

  • Jamodrick McGruder went 1-3 with a walk, 2 steals and a run.
  • Robert Ramirez went 1-4 with a double.
  • Phillip Ervin went 2-4 with a run.
  • Avain Rachal went 2-4 with a run and a steal.
  • Carlton Daal went 2-4 with a double.
  • Sal Romano was charged with 2 unearned runs in 5 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
  • Zack Weiss threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
  • Tony Amezcua threw a perfect inning.

Game Notes

The Dragons did the scoring early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Phillip Ervin singled to lead off the inning and Avain Rachal followed with a single of his own to center. The center fielder committed an error on the ball and Ervin came around to score. Rachal stole third base and the catcher threw the ball into the outfield, bringing Rachal in to score. Dayton would get a third run in the next inning, again thanks to the Quad Cities squad as Jamodrick McGruder scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 Dragons after three inning. That’s where they would stop scoring though and when the River Bandits would start to take control of the game. An error in the fourth led to two unearned runs coming across the plate and making it a 4-2. The game stayed right there for the next three innings, but then Quad Cities struck in the eighth inning for four runs to take a 6-3 lead. The Dragons would get two men on in the bottom of the eighth inning, but couldn’t bring them around to score and went quietly in the bottom of the ninth as they lost by a final of 6-3.

Billings won 8-3. Box Score

  • Ty Washington went 3-4 with a walk, HR (3) and 2 runs.
  • Cory Thompson went 1-4 with a walk, steal and 2 runs.
  • Alex Blandino went 2-3 with a walk, double and 2 RBI.
  • KJ Franklin went 1-4 with a triple, run and 2 RBI.
  • Argenis Aldazoro went 1-3 with a walk, steal and 2 runs.
  • Alex Greer went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.
  • Shedric Long went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Ty Sterner threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk.
  • Brian Hunter threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts.
  • Brennan Bernardino threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Missoula was on the board first, scoring a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Mustangs came back in the third though as Alex Blandino doubled in Ty Washington and Cory Thompson, giving Billings a 2-1 lead. The Osprey stormed right back, plating two runs of their own in the top of the fourth to grab the lead right back. Alex Greer doubled in Argenis Aldazoro in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up and in the top of the fifth Ty Washington led off with a solo homer that gave the Mustangs the lead for good. Billings would pad that lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with four runs. KJ Franklin would triple in two runs and later in the inning Shedric Long would single in two more. Ty Washington had a big night, reaching base four times including a homer as he raised his average to .315 on the season.

AZL Reds lost 3-1. Box Score

  • Jose Siri went 2-4.
  • Dalton Carter went 2-4 with a run.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with a triple and an RBI.
  • Jonathan Martjin went 1-3.
  • Bernardo Moreta was charged with an unearned run in 5 innings with 7 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Luis Gonzalez tripled in Dalton Carter who singled to lead off the inning. The Diamondbacks would tie the game up in the bottom of the third inning and take a 3-1 lead with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Reds didn’t really threaten over the final three innings as they fell to 11-16 on the season.

7/24 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 51-54 N/A 7:05pm Marshall Here Here Here
Pensacola 31-39 12-21 7:30pm Stephenson Here Here Here
Bakersfield 45-25 14-18 10:05pm Dennhardt Here Here N/A
Dayton 36-32 14-16 7:00pm Langfield Here Here Here
Billings 16-20 N/A 9:00pm Mahle Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 11-16 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A

27 Responses

  1. rick in boise

    Hannahan? Man, i’d forgotten him.
    Could he help our bench?
    (Can he play 2B? LOL)

  2. EG

    Been watching to see when 2b Shane Mardirosian comes back to AzL Reds strong after hearing a strained shoulder had him rehabbing . Happened after 8 or 9 diving plays at 2b The word has it . The kid plays hard and I really believe there is a warrior in him for the future. Would say he is known as a hard worker , first out , last in approach. Stats shouldn’t be judged I feel just yet for this kid after seeing the way he grinds ab and getting into adjustment as lead off. Spent all HS I saw as 3 hitter and ss. His approach will come as they work with him and bring out what many scouts saw all year. The talent is there and as he gets bigger and stronger the stats will even out and see why he was drafted . Thanks for letting me share. A big fan of future Cinci players.

    • MK

      I heard Sparky at a clinic say, “There is a fine line between being aggressive and being an idiot.” Sounds like Shane might need to figure out how to match his aggressiveness with taking care of his body. Pro ball can be a physical grind and if you can’t stay on the field you can’t make it.

    • Doug Gray

      A scout buddy of mine saw him in high school a few times, really liked his game.

      • EG

        Doug, your Scout buddy saw Mardirosian play and liked him,if it was indeed him you made comment on? and Reds saw something in him to be a top ten pick. What I do know and and have seen and heard from scouts over the year, great kid , big heart and willing to put in time {Pedroia like}. Was always under the radar pre draft. Slow start in AZl Reds with strain, but give it time, there is something special to watch if you get to AZ to see and meet him. BTW you do great job with posts and always positive considering many of these players are still just right out of HS and young.

  3. MK

    Sal Romano looked good. Don’t know if his bereavement leave allowed his body to rest but his fast ball in first inning was at 96, on the scoreboard. He hit 95 in the 4th. Had a little trouble controling the slider, as it was breaking so quick Ortiz had trouble catching it. A couple might have been strikes if he had held it where he caught it. Would have had a shutout performance without McGruder error which would have ended the inning. Became a little unflapped but then recovered nicely

  4. sultan of swaff

    Do we have a duplicate of Barnhart in Ross Perez? Similar guys size-wise, both hit left-handed, both with strong platoon splits. I guess game calling and defense might differentiate them.

    Oh Lord, I can just see it now. One good game by Hannahan and Walt is gonna call him up. I’d rather see some combination of Lutz or Soto platooning with Pena at 1B, with Barnhart as the 3rd catcher. The most important calculation in all this is to keep Mesoraco in the lineup.

  5. Brad Konerman

    I would trade Broxton for half of what the Padres got for Huston Street (Rondon or Lindsey plus a pitcher) or what the Rangers got for Joakim Soria (Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.)

  6. ChiReds

    Hannahan just locked up his starting 1B spot in Cincinnati with this game

  7. EG

    Think clubs from rookie ball on up air on caution when kids are young and rest them when something doesn’t feel right. Giving all you got and playing hard is only way to prepare for the next levels. Taking care of the body is something these teams instill in players from day one of being drafted. Things happen and clubs just want to protect their investments and no young player is an idiot when playing hard.

    • MK

      Think Sparky was being somewhat flip with his comment but think his meaning was that if you are so aggressive that you hurt your team or don’t allow yourself to stay in the line-up maybe some adjustments are needed. In this case if you have injured yourself diving “8 or 9″ times in a month maybe you need to make an adjustment. Pete Reiser and Ryan Freel might be the most extreme examples of guys who never figured that out.

  8. JMO

    Walt should be fired for his inability to take advantage of the trade market right now. TRADE SIMON and BROXTON while they have HIGH VALUE. Get young prospects and move on. We are missing a chance.

    • Doug Gray

      Still a week left. Honestly though, this team probably needs to lose another three games to see them start selling. I truthfully believe that Castellini wouldn’t allow a sale without being so far out of it that even his hopes can’t make sense to him.

      • Brad Konerman

        Hypothetically, who you rather have: Broxton or:

        Angels: Rondon and Alvarez

        Tigers: Thompson and Knebel

        I say Thompson and Knebel

      • Doug Gray

        Either package at this point would work for me.

      • Alan Horn

        They aren’t that far out. 6 in the win column behind the Brewers and only 3 behind the Pirates and Cardinals. The problem is that they can’t make up any ground because overall they can’t hit. That doesn’t look to improve the way things are going. A trade will help some, but existing players have to produce also. You hate to fold your tent, but we are what we are. A decision on whether to buy or sell will have to be made shortly. I agree with Steve Mancuso on Redleg Nation A partial or mini sell to prepare for 2015 may be the best solution.

      • Brad Konerman

        Alan, I agree. I think Broxton’s contract (2015: 9M, 2016: Team Option 9M, probably a buyout) will kill the Reds flexibility. Need to rid of his contract and add pieces while you can.

      • Nick

        Steve Mancuso writes for Redleg Nation just for accuracy sake.

      • Doug Gray

        Historically speaking, they have a very small chance at the playoffs. Their adjusted playoff chance at BP is just 13%. That’s not good.

  9. herbie

    I just had an epiphany when I saw Neftali’s stat line. Sorry if this has already been tossed out there before, but I think I know why Soto’s been languishing in the minors needlessly.

    You see teams hold players in the minors for a couple weeks at the beginning of the season all of the time; in order to prevent them from gaining a year’s service time(George Spring, Yasiel Puig etc.) That player could still potentially be Super 2 eligible though, unless you hold them out longer. It’s based on the top X% of players according to accumulated time. Don’t remember the specifics. It’s the difference in several million potential dollars though. (This might all be wrong if the Super 2 situation was switched up in the last CBA) Sorry, if that’s all this is common knowledge at our tier of baseball nerd-dom and I’m being patronizing.

    So they’ve been holding out on him to increase his trade value, while shooting themselves in the foot. Bet they’ll trade him for Marlon Byrd. Blech.

    Watch the language Herbie…. this is a family friendly site

    • Jim H.

      They are not worried about Super 2 with Soto…Philly is not going to take him for Byrd. If the Reds thought Soto could get it done, he would’ve played more. He came out of camp with them. He spent time in the majors from the start.

      The MLB coaching staff has seen him extensively. They’ve seen his work in game and in practice only a somewhat daily basis since he has been up with the big club. It’s obvious they do not value him as much as we do looking at his AAA stats.

      • Nick

        Seems you are right, Jim. Still, it seems worth it to see what you have in Soto and start him or Lutz at first for a few weeks. We aren’t scoring runs anyway and Pena at first isn’t going to produce a ton of runs.

      • herbie

        If the Reds view his current ability to contribute to be not significantly more than Pena I would venture there’s a good chance they would hold him back in order to provide more relative value. At least this is what I optimistically hope – cause the other alternative is that they’re a bunch of window licking, mouth breathers; who think an eight man bullpen provides great utility.

        I don’t see why Philly wouldn’t do the trade. Byrd didn’t net any big prospects when he was only making $500,000, was having a better year and was a year younger.

      • Doug Gray

        The latest rumor is that there is plenty of interest in Byrd, but that the Phillies asking price is so far beyond what anyone is interested in paying that he may not even get moved.

    • herbie

      Apologies for profanity…. Doug? …. or is that a text filter?