Minor League Game Review – 7/29/14 Doug Gray July 30, 2014 14 Comments Louisville had the night off. Pensacola lost 4-3. Box Score Yorman Rodriguez went 1-4 with a run. Ryan Wright went 1-4 with a double and a run. Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a double, RBI and a run. Kyle Waldrop went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Jamie Walczak threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Fabian Williamson threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes Pensacola took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Kyle Waldrop singled in Yorman Rodriguez. The lead wouldn’t last long though as Mississippi got the run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to a leadoff triple and a wild pitch (the box score says it was a passed ball – I watched it, no way that’s a passed ball). In the inning Robert Stephenson walked two batters and struck out two more. It was a sign of the night for him early on. After a scoreless second the Blue Wahoos grabbed the lead when Ryan Wright and Travis Mattair both doubled to bring Wright around the bases. They held a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the fifth when Stephenson ran into more control problems, walking three batters (giving him seven on the game to go along with six strikeouts) and eventually being charged with three runs in the inning as the Braves jumped ahead 4-2. The top of the sixth saw Kyle Waldrop double in a run to make it a 4-3 game, but the Blue Wahoos would only get one base runner for the rest of the night and fell 4-3. Bakersfield won 6-4. Box Score Beau Amaral went 1-4 with a run. Sean Buckley went 1-4 with a walk and a run. Marquez Smith went 2-4 with a walk, HR (22), 2 runs and 4 RBI. Harold Riggins went 1-4 with a walk. Juan Perez went 1-4 with an RBI and a run. Yovan Gonzalez went 3-4. Brent Peterson went 1-4 with an RBI. Mike Dennhardt allowed a run in 7 innings with 3 strieouts. James Allen threw a perfect inning. Jacob Johnson threw a shutout inning with a walk. Game Notes Visalie scored a run in the first inning off of Mike Dennhardt to take an early 1-0 lead. It was be the only run they would score against him over his seven innings before giving way to the bullpen. The Blaze offense got that run back in the second inning when Juan Perez singled in Marquez Smith who walked earlier that inning. With the game tied and the bases loaded due to wildness from the Visalia pitcher who walked two batters and hit a third one, Marquez Smith made them pay as he crushed a grand slam, his 22nd homer of the year, to give Bakersfield a 5-1 lead. The four RBI put Smith at 100 for the season. It’s July. A sixth run would score on an error in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Blaze up 6-1. The bullpen ran into some problems in the top of the ninth inning, allowing three runs, but they would strand two runners on to end the game with a 6-4 victory. Dayton won 7-6. Box Score Jamodrick McGruder went 1-3 with a walk. Robert Ramirez went 2-4 with a double, HBP and 2 runs. Phillip Ervin went 2-4 with a walk and a run. Tanner Rahier went 2-4 with a walk, HR (7) and 2 RBI. Gabriel Rosa went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Tony Amezcua allowed a run in 3.2 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Nolan Becker was charged with an unearned run in 3 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Joel Bender threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes The game started out well for Dayton as just promoted Alex Blandino hit a solo home run in his first at bat to put the Dragons up 1-0. The bottom of the first didn’t go well though as Dan Langfield ran into control issues early, walking five batters and recording a strikeout before exiting the game having allowed four earned runs. Lansing would hold that 4-1 lead until the bottom of the fourth when they would add a fifth run to extend their lead. The Lugnuts would play add on again in the bottom of the fifth inning with the help of an error, making it a 6-1 lead. The Dragons would chip a run off of the lead in the sixth when Avain Rachal tripled and came around on a ground out. The eighth inning was what really started the comeback after an outstanding night by the bullpen as a whole, giving up just one earned run over 8.2 innings. Robert Ramirez started the inning with a double and came around on a Phillip Ervin single to make it 6-3. Tanner Rahier then homered to make it a 1- run deficit. After a shutout bottom of the eighth by Joel Bender the Dragons stepped up for the ninth to face a new pitcher who almost did the work for them. He walked four batters in the inning, hit a batter, threw two wild pitches and had a passed ball. The Dragons scored two runs in the inning with only a sacrifice bunt being laid down, getting both runs with Tanner Rahier in the batters box on a bases loaded passed ball and a wild pitch to follow. Alejandro Chacin came on for the bottom of the ninth and made quick work to seal the comeback victory with a ground out and two strikeouts. Billings won 5-2. Box Score Ty Washington went 1-4 with a steal (16) and a run. Aristides Aquino went 3-4 with a double, HR (11), 2 runs, a steal and 3 RBI. Brian O’Grady went 2-4 with a double, run and an RBI. Garret Boulware went 2-3 with a triple, walk and an RBI. Tyler Mahle allowed a run in 5.2 innings with 5 strikeouts. Jefry Sierra was charged with an unearned run in 1.2 innings with 3 strikeouts. Brennan Bernardino threw a hitless inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game Notes Billings got off to a quick start when Aristides Aquino and Brian O’Grady smacked back-to-back doubles in the first, giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. A solo homer in the fourth inning would be the only blemish against Tyler Mahle on the night, but it tied the game up at one. He would finish out with 5.2 strong innings pitched and add five strikeouts. Billings would grab the lead back quickly in the bottom of the fourth as Aquino got things rolling again, leading off the inning with his 11th homer of the year. Garrett Boulware would single in Brian O’Grady to make it a 3-1 lead. The bottom of the seventh was a strange one as the first two batters of the inning reached, but both were erased at third base during the third play of the inning. Unfazed the Mustangs went back to it and loaded the bases with two outs to see Aristides Aquino once again make things happen as he doubled in two more runs to extend the lead to 5-1. Helena would get a run in the eighth inning thanks to an error, but it was too little, too late as Billings moved to 3-1 in the second half. AZL Reds won 3-2 in 12 innings. Box Score Chadwick Tromp went 1-4 with a double, walk and a run. Paul Kronenfeld went 1-2 with 2 RBI. Gavin LaValley went 1-2. Ty Boyles allowed a run in 5 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Tyler Parmenter threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Jose De Sousa threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Shane Crouse threw 2 shutout innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Game Notes In a game filled with errors (six for the Dodgers and two more for the Reds) and long stretches without much offense, the Reds came out on top in extra innings. Both teams scored a run in the second inning with an error bringing Chadwick Tromp around after doubling to lead off the inning. The Dodgers would score a run in the sixth inning to take the 2-1 lead. Narciso Crook doubled to lead off the eighth inning and came around to tie the game up on a sac fly by Paul Kronenfeld. Neither team would score again until the bottom of the 12th inning when the Dodgers defensive issues finally caught up to them as two errors set up a walk-off single by Paul Kronenfeld that plated Narciso Crook to end the game. The Reds got strong pitching all night long with Ty Boyles throwing five strong innings to start the game, then the bullpen allowing just one run over the final seven innings. 7/30 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 54-57 N/A 7:05pm Diamond Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 14-25 8:00pm Lorenzen Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 17-21 10:30pm Wright Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 17-20 12:05pm Travieso Here Here Here Billings 17-21 3-1 9:05pm Marquez Here Here N/A AZL Reds 13-19 N/A OFF OFF Here N/A N/A 14 Responses Dale pearl July 30, 2014 Aquino keeps this up and he will be in Dayton or Bakersfield to close out the season does he have any defensive skill worthy of mention? Doug Gray July 30, 2014 He won’t be in Bakersfield, that much I can promise. I doubt he even makes it to Dayton, they have a crowded outfield as it is. Aquino is a good defender. MK July 30, 2014 Chacin is pitching very well. Eighth save in July last night. It is the second time this month they have let him go back-to-back days. Amezcua did a nice job of keeping it close in long relief as well. Have to wonder about Langfield’s arm health. He has had three straight games where his control has gone south walking 5 in one inning yesterday, four in one inning the start before and 5 in 4+ innings the start before. After a good start to his season the last three have been very bad. Bakersfield seems to be playing a lot of middle infielders in the outfield. Seems either Brent Peterson or Sammy Diaz are out there every night. DaveCT July 30, 2014 Chacin, great movement and command, average velocity, correct? Sounds like Koji Uhera of Boston. Doug Gray July 30, 2014 I don’t want to toss around that comparison, but Chacin has an incredible amount of movement. He gets a good amount of run on his fastball and when you add his arm angle/release, it just gives it an even tougher look. Command isn’t great. His control is actually a bit below-average right now. He’s improved, but his walk rate is still higher than you’d prefer. MikeD July 30, 2014 Good morning all! Not to be persistent but I asked about Garret Boulware the other day and never did get a response. I understand he’s not a big name/ high draftee guy but I am intrigued by his college career and the possibility of his offensive upside as a catcher. He is certainly off to a pretty good start at Billings and that was the first thing that got my attention, but after reading about his college career I became even more interested. Any thoughts from anyone on this guy? Doug, maybe at some point you should consider doing some pieces on guys that were drafted after the early rounds that you think would be worth paying attention to. Most of your readers seem to pay attention to the marque draftees and the other bonus babies but I think we would broaden our interest if some possbile diamond in the rough types might be identified. No doubt you may already do something like this, but I think a regular piece on someone that you feel is worth paying closer attention too would be a great addtion to the website and to us. Thanks for all you do! Mike Doug Gray July 30, 2014 I will have a better feel for him behind the plate in three weeks. Billings plays a full week straight on Milb.tv and I will get a good look at everyone. I’m basically trying to do a little more with the prospect watch stuff, getting some more information out there on a daily basis on guys. Not a ton of details, but maybe that is something more for the offseason to look into guys a bit deeper. MK July 30, 2014 Nice pitching by Travieso today. Tom Nichols mentioned on the radio broadcast today that a scout had spent a longer than normal time watching a Dragon pitchers bullpen session in the past week. He speculated that it could be a trade thing. Doug Gray July 30, 2014 One team had two scouts watching the Dragons this past weekend. They overlapped for one game, but it was interesting. Why not just have one of them there? DaveCT July 30, 2014 Due diligence Shchi July 30, 2014 The Bats just finished a HBP in the 9th inning away from the wrong end of a perfect game against the Clippers. Of course the only Bats baserunner was erased on a GIDP. It’s been that kind of aa season in the 2nd half for the Reds. Doug Gray July 30, 2014 I tried jinxing it on twitter…. it didn’t work. MK July 30, 2014 I was there. Was pulling for the perfect game. I might have set a record tonight. I have seen two Reds affiliates be no-hit in the same month. The Bats are really bad. Diamond makes Jeff Francis look like a world beater. Doug Gray July 31, 2014 You aren’t allowed going to any more games.