Photo By: Ricky BassmanMinor League Game Review – 8/27/14 Doug Gray August 28, 2014 25 Comments Louisville won 8-3. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 2-6 with a run and 2 steals (24). Neftali Soto went 3-5 with 2 RBI. Steve Selsky went 1-4 with a solo HR (2). Jake Elmore went 2-4 with a walk, 2 steals and 3 runs. Rey Navarro went 3-5 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 2-4 with an RBI and a run. Justin Freeman threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout. Curtis Partch threw 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. Game Notes The Bats got a little help early on from the Indianapolis defense as two errors led to the first run of the game as Louisville took a 1-0 lead in the second. The Indians tied things up in the bottom of the third, but the Bats grabbed the lead right back with a Steve Selsky leadoff homer to begin the fourth. Jake Elmore would follow with a walk and would score on a Rey Navarro single to extend the lead to 3-1. They would add another run in the top of the sixth inning on what would go down as a sac bunt by David Holmberg that brought Jake Elmore in. That run was important at the time as it put Louisville up 4-1. The Indians scored twice in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-3. After a leadoff strikeout in the eighth the Bats loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. A bases loaded walk by Ruben Gotay made it 5-3 and Neftali Soto singled in two runs to extend things to 7-3. Tucker Barnhart hit a sac fly to bring Hernan Iribarren across the plate in the ninth to make it an 8-3 game. After entering the game in the eighth with two on and no outs Curtis Partch got a double play and a pop out to end the threat and then returned for the ninth where he made easy work of the Indianapolis hitters to seal the victory. Pensacola had the day off despite the game review yesterday saying otherwise. Bakersfield lost 5-2. Box Score Junior Arias went 1-4 with a solo HR (3). Jeff Gelalich went 1-4 with a solo HR (11). Sean Buckley went 1-3 and was hit by a pitch. Jimmy Moran threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts. Brian Pearl threw a perfect inning. Game Notes Daniel Wright got off to a rough start, allowing four runs in the first inning. He settled in after that, allowing just one run over the next five innings. Wright left the game after six innings and the Blaze didn’t yet have a hit. Sean Buckley broke up the no hitter in the top of the seventh inning with a single. Bakersfield finally got on the board in the top of the ninth when Junior Arias and Jeff Gelalich went back-to-back with solo home runs, but that was all that they could get as they fell 5-2. Dayton lost 3-2. Box Score Alex Blandino went 1-3 with a walk and a solo HR (7). Robert Ramirez went 1-4 with a solo HR (4). Nick Howard allowed a run in 5 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Zack Weiss allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 4 innings with six strikeouts. Game Notes The Dragons got things going early with back-to-back home runs by Alex Blandino and Robert Ramirez in the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Those would be the only two hits they would get in the game. Lansing would get a run in the third to cut the lead in half, the only run that starter Nick Howard would allow over five innings before giving way to Zack Weiss. An error led to the tying run coming in the seventh inning for the Lugnuts. In the top of the ninth Lansing got a solo home run to grab the lead. The loss came along with a Great Lakes loss as well, so the Dragons are still up 0.5 games for the wild card spot, but Bowling Green won to also pull within 0.5 games of Dayton and Fort Wayne is now only one game back with just four games left in the season. Billings won 4-1. Box Score Argenis Aldazoro went 1-4 with a solo HR (8). Brian O’Grady went 2-4 with a double, triple and 2 RBI. Tyler Mahle was charged with an unearned run in 6.2 innings with 6 strikeouts. Jordan Remer threw 1.1 perfect innings. Brennan Bernardino threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Game Notes Billings took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an Argenis Aldazoro solo homer. An error got Great Falls on the board to tie the game in the bottom of the third, but that was the last time they would score as Tyler Mahle was on his game for the first 6.2 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. He left with a lead though after Ty Washington hit a sac fly to bring in Cory Thompson in the fifth and Brian O’Grady doubled in two runs in the sixth. Jordan Remer tossed 1.1 innings of perfect baseball then handed the game to Brennan Bernardino for the ninth where he picked up his seventh save of the year. Double header tonight. AZL Reds won 5-1. Box Score Reydel MEdina went 2-5 with a double and a run. Miguel Mendez went 3-4 with an RBI and a run. Narciso Crook went 1-3 with an RBI and a steal (12). Jose Siri went 1-3 with a triple, walk and 2 runs. Mitch Trees went 1-1 with an RBI. Mark Armstrong allowed a run in 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. Wagner Gomez threw 1.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Michael Sullivan threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Game Notes Jose Siri tripled with one out in the second inning and scored on a bunt to make it 1-0. The Indians would tie the game in the top of the fourth inning with a single run of their own. In the fifth the Reds would get a little help from the defense after an error extended the inning, a wild pitch brought in the go-ahead run. Miguel Mendez singled in a run in the seventh and an error on the play set up a sac fly to bring in another run to give the Reds a 4-1 lead. Mitch Trees would cap off the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth to bring in Jose Siri and make it 5-1. The pitching was strong on the day as Mark Armstrong allowed just one run over six innings before handing the game over to Wagner Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Tyler Parmenter who finished out the game over the final three innings without much of a threat. Today is the last game of the year for the Arizona League Reds. 8/28 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 67-72 N/A 7:05pm Marshall Here Here Here Pensacola 31-39 26-39 8:05pm TBA Here Here Here Bakersfield 45-25 30-35 10:05pm Cisco Here Here N/A Dayton 36-32 30-34 7:00pm Garrett Here Here Here Billings 17-21 18-11 8:00pm Marquez/Kivel Here Here N/A AZL Reds 24-31 N/A 3:30pm TBA Here N/A N/A 25 Responses Mustang John August 28, 2014 Big double header in Missoula Tonight.We’re home team for 1st game.3 game lead.5 games against Missoula.Lets get it done. MountainLover August 28, 2014 Well shoot. I am going to the game tomorrow. I can’t go tonight. DaveCT August 28, 2014 Great when Armstrong and Mahle pitch on same day, two of the better HS pitching draftees from 2013, with Ty Boyles. Throw in a couple of minor college arms, Wright, Lively, some guy named Lorenzen, as well as bullpen arms Weiss, Bratvet, Mitchell, and Somsen, and I’d say “Nice draft.” Doug Gray August 28, 2014 So far it’s been a good one. Hopefully it stays that way. SULTAN OF SWAFF August 28, 2014 At what point does Ray Navarro get a tryout at SS in Cincinnati? He’s OPS’ing .785 this year (.688 for his minor league career). The peripherals check out (10% walk rate, very low K rate, 40+ XBH). I don’t have any knowledge of his defense, but it would have to be pretty brutal for his offense not to offset any deficiency. Or put another way, if he could OPS his minor league average, wouldn’t that make him an upgrade over Cozart (steadily declining OPS the last 3 years, <.600 this year)??? It's not like the kid is a nobody—he's a 3rd rounder who is only 24. Heck, from a financial standpoint, all things being equal why not play the kid making the league minimum? Schchi August 28, 2014 I’m with you on Navarro as far as adding him to the 40-man roster and calling him up next week. I’m not sure his defense plays at SS on a starting basis, but his position flexibility and his offense would sure look nice in a utility IF roll for 2015. Having Negron and Navarro as utility IF on the big club next season sure sounds good to me. Get younger and cheaper with some offensive punch. I think with BP’s injury history the past couple years and the regular playing time afforded utility players in Cincinnati, they could have a positive impact on the team. Doug Gray August 28, 2014 I can’t see the Reds giving Navarro a starting gig at shortstop with how much they value defense at the position. But I would LOVE to see him given a chance to be a utility guy who could start at SS/2B and pinch hit 4-5 times a week. AWA85 August 28, 2014 Price said this morning the Reds could call up 6-9 players, who are your bets gang? Still hoping for a Yorman call up. Norwood Nate August 28, 2014 Well there are some obvious answers. Whoever is sent down for Axelrod to come up will be brought back (Villarreal, Corcino?) as well as Contreras, Hoover, and Partch. Barnhart, Lutz, and Soto are also very likely to be up as well as all three have spent time already this year with the team. So that’s seven right there. I would also guess Elmore and YRod get consideration. That would leave Cingrani, Bailey, Holmberg, Iglesias, Guillon, and Duran as the only ones on the 40-man not called up. Which makes it interesting when/if Votto returns this season. Because unless Holmberg is DFA’d (or slightly less likely Guillon), then the Reds will have to DFA someone from their Major League roster. I don’t know how they will do it but I would like to see Navarro get a shot this September as well. IndyRedsFan August 28, 2014 Despite his two poor performances, I expect Holmberg to be back. I think the Reds will want to give him a shot to redeem himself in a low pressure relief outing or two in September. I just don’t see them giving up on him yet….particularly since he was their one “big acquisition” this past winter. MK August 28, 2014 Bet they will shut down Bailey and 60-day him. I agree Hoover will probably get the call but would love to see them send a message by leaving him off the list. Doug Gray August 28, 2014 MK, what message would they be sending Hoover by not calling him up? Norwood Nate August 28, 2014 I would wonder that the real questions in regards to roster construction will come this offseason. There are three on the 60-day DL, and a full 40-man. Plus rule-5protection to consider. I would guess Bell is let off the 40-man when he returns to health. Santiago is the only FA set to come off at year’s end (that I can count from memory). Waldrop and Navarro are near no-brainers to protect this offseason. I’m not sure who else is eligible. Villarreal was a surprise add, to me, and likely holds a tenuous spot. It also appears the Reds don’t have a lot of faith in Soto. I would hope that they would decline Ludwick and Hannahan’s options and free up 6.5 mil that they would have to spend to keep them. Those are four easy spots I see opening with Santiago making five, although I wouldn’t hate to see him back in the right circumstance. Heisey, Ondrusek, and Hoover could all be non-tender candidates in my opinion, although I expect Heisey to be back. Anyone else that needs to be added or could lose their spot? MK August 28, 2014 No reply button after your question. If Hoover has value to the team now he would be there. Price said he would hold players accountable for performance. What better message could he send to him and the rest of the team to drive this home than telling Hoover to pack it in, go home we will see you in February. The old two-by-four between the eyes. DaveCT August 28, 2014 If Hoover were loggerhead I can see Price and the club sending him a message. But I think given how long they gave him to fix things, plus he being one of Price’s guys, they’ll put him back on the ML club to see if this last ditch effort worked. Not good or bad. Just don’t think the 2×4 is their style. THAT said, I don’t think Hoover is long for this team. I’d said DFA before a Rule 5 if not sooner. Alan Horn August 28, 2014 It’s called sending a message. If you want to pitch for the Reds you need to pick it up. Waldrop had 2 hits tonight including a HR. This guy is for real. I’m impressed thus far. Randy in Chatt August 28, 2014 Reds’ MiL hitter or the year? Or Marquez Smith? DaveCT August 29, 2014 There’s no need to send a message. It’s already arrived. They sent him out and replaced him. I guarantee Hoover knows he’s lost his job. And if that didn’t deliver a message to him, 10 losses from the rest of the national league surely did. However unless he is released, he’s still an option for 2015. So he ‘ll get some kind of shot with the others in September to start his tryout IMO. Alan Horn August 29, 2014 Waldrop has done it at AA(a higher level). It is hard to discount Smith’s year also. I think for pure face value it’s Smith. Upside and closeness the majors then it’s Waldrop. I posted down here because of no reply button above. Randy in Chatt August 29, 2014 I would like to see Smith at a higher level at a position he is more likely to play at the ML level. He WON’T be a first basemen at the ML level (maybe 2B or OF???). He’s also 29 which brings off the luster a little. Alan Horn August 29, 2014 Is he capable of playing another position? I don’t know a lot about him. Unless Votto can stay healthy, there might be a need for a first baseman(at least part time or as a backup). We need one badly this season. Randy in Chatt August 29, 2014 He’s 5’10” (not bagging on us 5’10” ers–I am too) and 29 years old and at High A. That will be tough for him. He may have to be moved to a different position to be considered at any other position. He also didn’t do too well in his short stint at AA, but the potential is there. DaveCT August 29, 2014 He’s got some history around the infield, 2B and 3B. Think he played 1B by process of elimination. Alan Horn August 29, 2014 I’m 5’10” but it has been quite a while since I was 29. Sometimes I can remember it. Randy in Chatt August 29, 2014 Me too brother!