Minor League Game Review – 8/25/14 Doug Gray August 26, 2014 23 Comments Louisville lost 5-0. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 1-3 with a walk. Neftali Soto went 1-1 with 3 walks. Justin Freeman threw 1.1 shutout innings with a strikeout. Fabio Castillo threw 1.1 shutout innings with a strikeout. Game Notes Toledo grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, and unknown at the time, it was all that they would need. The score stayed there until the sixth when the MudHens put the game out of reach with a four run rally. The Bats offense managed just three hits on the night. The loss officially eliminated Louisville from the playoffs. Pensacola lost 4-3. Box Score Yorman Rodriguez went 4-4 with 2 doubles, a solo HR (9), a steal and 3 runs scored. Devin Lohman went 1-4 with an RBI. Kyle Waldrop went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Travis Mattair went 0-2 with 2 walks. Ray Chang went 1-4 with a double. Drew Hayes threw 3 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Jamie Walczak threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and a strikeout. Game Notes Montgomery took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a 2-run homer. Pensacola would get one back when Yorman Rodriguez doubled and scored on a Devin Lohman single. The Biscuits would push their lead to 3-1 in the top of the third on a solo homer. Yorman Rodriguez doubled again and scored on a Kyle Waldrop double in the bottom of the inning to get the run back. In the fifth Montgomery once again extended their lead with a single run and once again Rodriguez helped get it back, this time with a solo homer. Neither team would score moving forward as Pensacola would fall by a 4-3 final score. Kyle Waldrop extended his hitting streak to eight games. Yorman Rodriguez extended his to 11. Bakersfield had the day off. Dayton won 2-0. Box Score Robert Ramirez went 2-4 with a triple and a run. Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with an RBI, steal (30) and a run. Tanner Rahier went 1-3 with an RBI. Jonathan Reynoso went 1-2 with a walk. Nick Travieso threw 6 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. Nolan Becker threw a shutout inning with 3 strikeouts. Evan Mitchell threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Alejandro Chacin threw a perfect inning. Game Notes There were two runs scored in the game and both came in the bottom of the first inning. The Dragons started a two-out rally with a Robert Ramirez triple. Phillip Ervin singled him in and then stole second base before scoring the second run on a Tanner Rahier single. After that it was all pitching-all the time on both sides. Nick Travieso was in control of the game for the first six innings, only allowing three singles. One was on a broken bat and the other was a weak grounder that went under the glove of an infielder. After the sixth he gave the game over to the bullpen as Nolan Becker, Evan Mitchell and Alejandro Chacin each tossed a shutout inning of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk between them with five strikeouts to shut the game down and seal the win. Dayton is now 1.5 games up on Great Lakes for the final spot in the playoffs. Travieso lowered his ERA on the season to 3.10 and picked up his league best 13th win. Phillip Ervin stole his 30th base of the season in the game. He’s quietly gone 30 for 33 in steal attempts. Billings won 7-6 in 12 innings. Box Score Ty Washington went 1-4 with a walk, steal (19) 2 runs and an RBI. Argenis Aldazoro went 2-6 with a HR (7) and 2 RBI. Taylor Sparks went 2-5 with a double and a run. Shedric Long went 1-2 with a double. Mike Saunders threw 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Scott Brattvet threw 1.1 shutout innings with a strikeout. Brian Hunter allowed a run in 2 innings with 4 strikeouts. Ty Sterner threw a perfect inning with a walk. Jefry Sierra threw a shutout inning with 2 walks. Game Notes Helena got out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first three innings, but then the Mustangs began their comeback. They scored a run in the top of the fourth on an Argenis Aldazoro solo homer to get on the board. In the sixth they plated another run to cut the lead in half and really got things moving in the top of the seventh. Taylor Sparks led off with a double and Brian O’Grady walked to put two runners on. An error brought in the first run of the inning and a ground out tied the game up. Ty Washington walked and stole second before he and Cory Thompson both scored on an Aldazoro single to put Billings up 6-4. The Brewers got a run back in the bottom of the frame though. Helena would tie things up in the bottom of the 9th and send the game to extras. Both teams would threaten but neither would score in the 10th or 11th innings. The Brewers defense came back to haunt them in the 12th as Cory Thompson reached base on an error and moved up to second. He moved to third on a sac bunt and scored the go-ahead run on a Ty Washington sac fly. Helena would threaten in the bottom of the inning as the first two batters reached and were on second and third with one out, but a line drive double play ended the game for a Mustangs win. AZL Reds lost 2-0, won 3-2 in a double header. Game 1: 2-0 loss. Box Score Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with a double. Morgan Lofstrom went 1-2. Jonathan Martjin went 1-1 with a walk and a double. Ty Boyles allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 4 innings with a walk and 6 strikeouts. Jacob Ehret threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Game Notes The Mariners scored a run in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. They would add a second run in the fifth. The Reds managed just three hits in the seven inning game and couldn’t score and dropped the first game of the double header. Game 2: 3-2 win. Box Score Reydel Medina went 2-3 with a triple and a run. Paul Kronenfeld went 2-3. Jarrett Freeland went 1-2 with a walk and a steal. Geraldo Valor went 1-2. Israel Cuevas allowed a run in 3.2 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Michael Sullivan threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Wagner Gomez threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes The Mariners again took a lead in the second inning, scoring in the top of the frame to jump ahead 1-0. The Reds got two two-out walks to start a little rally. Geraldo Valor singled and a throwing error brought both runners in to put the Reds up 2-1. In the fifth Reydel Medina led off with a triple and scored on a sac fly by Miguel Mendez to extend the Reds lead to 3-1. In the seventh and final inning the Mariners would get a run on a wild pitch that also pushed the tying run to third base, but a ground out would end the game with the Reds taking the win and splitting the double header. 8/25 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 66-71 N/A 7:05pm Smith Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 25-39 7:30pm Lorenzen Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 30-33 10:05pm Dennhardt Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 30-33 7:00pm Stephens Here Here Here Billings 17-21 17-10 9:05pm TBA Here Here N/A AZL Reds 22-31 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A 23 Responses wanderinredsfan August 26, 2014 Jocketty was in Pensacola to see Yorman’s monster game. Was probably there to check in on Stephenson’s performance. Wonder what he thought of the performances? Doug Gray August 26, 2014 I imagine he was thrilled with one. I would have to have watched the game to know about Stephenson. Home runs in that ballpark to left field can be very, very cheap. Both homers he allowed went to left. So without watching, you don’t really know. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 So I went back and watched both homers. The first one was certainly a cheapie if the wind was blowing out at all (the box score says it was). The second one was a liner down the line that the camera guy missed on, so I have no clue. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 Side note: I love MiLB.tv. MK August 26, 2014 Phillip Ervin’s two singles were the kind of hitting we have hoped for all year. Two sharp singles into left field. He looked as good on those 2 swings as I have seen all year. sultan of swaff August 26, 2014 To me it would seem the LF job in Cincy will be given on a first come first served basis. Who do you guys think will get there first—-Winker or YRod??? YRod’s numbers aren’t as good, but he has the advantage of a full season at AA. Then again, Winker’s bat could make that idea meaningless. Alan Horn August 26, 2014 It’s hard to say since we don’t know how Winker will handle AA. I wouldn’t count out Waldrop. It could well be close to 2 years before any of them are ready to contribute at the ML level. It is not a sure thing they will be successful. That is why we need to go out and get a left fielder for next season. jim t August 26, 2014 I think Y-Rod. could be the light has come on. he has lots of tools to work with. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 Rodriguez will technically get there first. I don’t see much of a way that he isn’t in Cincinnati within a week. Now that of course doesn’t mean he is going to start or anything, though I think they will find a way to work him in the lineup rather than just let him ride the bench. Rodriguez has the built in advantage of being on the 40-man. Waldrop will also very likely have that advantage next season (or perhaps even this season if they want to reward his season with an early spot for September). DaveCT August 26, 2014 I half wonder if they’ll develop Winker a bit at 1B to give them a bat behind Votto. Moving forward i would not be surprised to see Votto rested more, certainly next year. It’b be good to have a good bat able to fill in there (not named Frazier). Alan Horn August 26, 2014 Not a bad idea. It needs to be someone whether they are acquired or from within the organization. We can’t afford Votto to go down again for an extended period with no backup available. KyWilson1 August 26, 2014 They have Lutz and Soto who shouldve been given the opportunity this year. But Winker being flexible enough to do that would be great. DaveCT August 26, 2014 Agreed, we should have tried the Lutzoto. Hard for me to see either, though, as anything more than complementary pieces, although as a Votto back up, that would be what we are discussing. Justin August 26, 2014 man Stephenson is pitching awful. He has almost a 5 era in AA. anyone else worried? i mean his eta has to be 2016 as of right now. Dale Pearl August 26, 2014 Yeah he has me a little concerned as he seems to be imploding. Not a good season by any stretch. Prospect and talent are nowhere close for this guy. Hope for a convergence next year but out of our current “brat pack” of stud pitchers Stephenson is bringing up the rear guard. Alan Horn August 26, 2014 If you look at his stats, his SO and hits allowed are really good for his innings pitched. Control or BB seems to be his problem right now. If he gets a handle on his control, he would be right there among the top pitching prospects in the minors. MK August 26, 2014 It took Homer basically three years of AAA to get to where he needed to be and he would have probably got it done sooner if management hadn’t given into fans wanting to see him before he was ready so they could sell some tickets. So forget the timetables, like Alan says most of his numbers are good. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 If he didn’t pitch in Pensacola’s stadium, his hits, home runs, ERA and probably walks (even if it were just a little bit) would all be down some. He’s allowed 13 homers at home and just 5 on the road, while facing just 5 fewer batters on the road. AS noted above, that park just is a launching pad to left field. Last night one of the homers he gave up was a cheapie because of the park and the other one you couldn’t see because of the camera work. The walks do need to improve. The ERA isn’t something to worry about. The ETA on a guy like Stephenson is kind of like the ETA on a guy like Rodriguez: Toss it out of the window. He’s a guy that when it clicks, he’s ready. The day that Stephenson starts throwing strikes consistently again, that’s the day you call him up. I said it last year when he was in Dayton…. he could have gotten big leaguers out then. He was able to control his pitches last season before his hamstring injury. Since then it’s been more of an issue and this year it’s been rather up and down. DaveCT August 26, 2014 That, Doug, is the best assessment of YRod I’ve ever heard. He’ll be ready when he’s ready, i.e. when the skills catch up to the talent. Norwood Nate August 26, 2014 Stephenson’s season has not been very encouraging, but I don’t think he’s hurt his stock much. He’s still got elite stuff. It likely does push back his Reds arrival. I thought he could be ready at the earliest late this season, and at the latest June of next year. Now it looks like he may need all of next year to get sorted out. Then again if the stadium sets up poorly for him it would explain the HRs some. But his walk rate and WHIP are both up from his career numbers at this point. Neither of those should have much to do with the stadium. It is encouraging to see Ervin come around. After his first two months I thought he’d have a successful turnaround if he could swing that BA back around the 240/250 area. For the first time maybe all year it’s at .240. YRod is another guy that has really flipped the switch since his awful May. He steadily improved over the course of June/July but has been tearing it up through August. Rahier is a guy that could use a strong finish. He started off real well then slumped badly. He’s put together a nice season overall, it would be good to finish on a high note. Also can’t say enough about Travieso’s season. He seems like he has turned a corner. The next wave of pitchers contains Travieso, Garrett, and Romano, and Howard. It’s exciting to have that talent grouped behind what we have in AA. DaveCT August 26, 2014 And while Wright, Dennhardt, Guillen & Langfield are not top shelf, they have some mojo, too. Mustang John August 26, 2014 I like YRod a lot…but he has yet to have a complete season meaning having two complete halves.His problem has always been taking plays off,lack of concentrationand not the best work ethic.When he does these things he can flat out dominate.We forget how long he’s been with the Reds but it’stime for him to show the maturity he’s ready for a call up. Doug Gray August 26, 2014 That hasn’t really been an issue for a while John. This year has been a complete season with the exception of coming back early from the oblique issue.