Prospect Watch: Joel Bender excels from the bullpen Doug Gray August 19, 2014 6 Comments Louisville went into extra innings, but put together a big 11th inning with five runs. After the first two runners reached, Donald Lutz doubled them both in to start the scoring in the inning. He would go 2-5 with a double, triple and four runs batted in on the night. Since coming back from Cincinnati the big German outfielder has been on a tear. It’s been just eight games, but he is hitting .324/.375/.568 with four doubles, a triple and a home run in that span. Yorman Rodriguez did all that he could to help Pensacola last night, but the Blue Wahoos fell just short in Jacksonville. Rodriguez had four hits, including a long home run that left the entire stadium to left field. He also had a stolen base, scored three runs and drove in two. After a slow start to August, the outfielder has been on a roll in the last eight games where he has hit .323/.447/.484 with seven walks and nine runs scored. Here’s video of his home run from last night. Your browser does not support iframes. With the promotion of Jon Moscot to Triple-A Louisville, Tim Adleman stepped up for Pensacola and tossed five shutout innings with three strikeouts. It was his first start in a month and he came through big time. The right hander has been lights out for the last six weeks, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen in Pensacola. Since July began he’s tossed 36.1 innings over 11 appearances with a 1.98 ERA, just six walks and he has struck out 34 batters. He was signed out of the Independent Canadian-American Association after the 2013 season. He was originally drafted in the 24th round by Baltimore in 2010 and had success in his first season, but struggled in 2011 and was released. For the next two years he played in the independent leagues. Very good scouting by the Reds to get him into the organization. Bakersfield had another walk-off win last night and right at the heard of it was Sammy Diaz who doubled in the ninth and scored the winning run on a sac fly. Diaz had three hits on the night in four at bats as he continued his hot hitting of late. Over his last eight games the infielder has hit .500 with five doubles, five runs and five runs batted in. For the first time in four months Amir Garrett had a rough start for Dayton and he left the game early on. Joel Bender came on to relieve him and tossed five innings, allowing just one run, walking two batters and he struck out nine opposing hitters. It was just another strong appearance to add onto what he’s been doing for the last five weeks. The left hander has thrown 24.0 innings with a 2.63 ERA, no home runs, eight walks and 32 strikeouts dating back to July 14th. I wrote about Bender in a Scouting Notebook three weeks ago, noting that his stuff had stepped forward even if the season numbers hadn’t reflected it to that point. Things are starting to trend back in the right direction in terms of his season ERA, though his peripherals are far stronger than his ERA at this point. Billings didn’t have a good night as a whole, but Argenis Aldazoro continued his strong season as he went 2-5 with a home run and three runs batted in. Over his last ten games he’s hit .368/.385/.763 with a double, triple and four home runs to go along with 11 runs scored and 13 runs driven in. 6 Responses Mustang John August 19, 2014 Great kid.Housed Joel in 2013.Very craftyand has Pitching Smarts Mustang John August 19, 2014 My bad. I meant 2012 Doug Gray August 19, 2014 Despite his ERA being higher than it was last year, he’s made some big improvements this year. donny August 19, 2014 Well I can tell you Joel Bender is at least as good as J.J. Hoover right now. If Hoover was having a great year we’d be in first place. #atlantawasright Doug Gray August 20, 2014 Let’s not get carried away Donny….JJ Hoover was one heck of a reliever for the first two years with the Reds. They certainly didn’t lose out on that trade. This year has been miserable for him. ryan August 20, 2014 They sure didn’t win it either, Francisco would of been nice to have around, with Votto being out so often.