Minor League Game Review – 4/27/14 Doug Gray April 27, 2014 25 Comments Louisville won 2-1. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 1-3 with 2 walks and a run. Max Ramirez went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI. Felix Perez went 1-4 with a walk. Corky Miller went 1-3 with a walk. Chien-Ming Wang allowed a run in 8 innings with 6 strikeouts. Jumbo Diaz threw a shutout 9th with a strikeout. Game Notes Chien-Ming Wang got things started with an outstanding start, going eight strong innings with just one run allowed and striking out six. After he left the game, trailing 1-0, the Bats offense took care of things as a bases loaded walk to Thomas Neal tied the game up and Max Ramirez singled in the go-ahead run to make it 2-1. Jumbo Diaz came on for the 9th inning and shut things down to pick up the save and keep his ERA at 0.00 for the season. Pensacola won 2-0. Box Score Beau Amaral went 1-4 with a double and a run. Steve Selsky went 1-2 with an RBI and 2 walks. Juan Silverio went 2-3 with a run. Ray Chang went 1-3. Jon Moscot threw 8 shutout innings with a walk and 4strikeouts. Jamie Walczak threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Game Notes Pitching was the word of the day throughout the system and Moscot may have had the best outing of everyone with eight shutout innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the season. The Blue Wahoos scored single runs in the 5th and the 8th innings to account for their scoring as there were only eight total hits in the game, with five being for the good guys. Jamie Walczak came on to finish the game out and fired a perfect 9th inning as he lowered his ERA to 0.82 on the year while picking up his first save. Bakersfield won 10-2. Box Score Juan Silva went 1-4 with a walk, 2 steals (15), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Marquez Smith went 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs, a HR (4) and 2 RBI. Juan Perez went 2-3 with an RBI, 2 walks and a run. Zach Vincej went 1-4 with a run, RBI and a walk. Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a walk, run and an RBI. Ben Lively threw 6 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts. Game Notes Once again the story of the game was starting pitching as Ben Lively continues to just embarrass California League hitters as he lowered his ERA to 0.31 on the season while maintaining a 40-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Despite the final score, this game was only 4-0 heading into the 8th inning before the Blaze scored six runs in the top of the frame to really put the game out of reach with the big blow coming off of the bat of Ryan Wright who doubled in three runs. Despite moving to 17-7 on the season, the Blaze are in a tie for first place. Dayton won 3-1. Box Score Jeff Gelalich went 2-5 with a triple and a run. Sebastian Elizalde went 0-1 with 3 walks and a steal. Joe Hudson went 1-4 with an RBI. Daniel Mateo went 1-3 with a walk and a solo HR (1). Sal Romano threw 5 shutout innings with 3 walks and 9 strikeouts. Ryan Kemp was charged with an unearned run in an inning with a walk and a strikeout. Alejandro Chacin threw 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Scott Brattvet threw a perfect inning. Game Notes Sal Romano lowered his ERA to 2.33 on the season with his five shutout innings and he tied a career high with nine strikeouts in the game. Alejandro Chacin and Zack Weiss (0.2 innings) both kept their ERA’s at 0.00 on the season. Scott Brattvet picked up his 4th save of the year as he lowered his ERA to 0.87. Offensively the Dragons struggled as they had just five hits in the game, but they took advantage of three errors by Great Lakes to help them push some runs across the board, scoring a single run in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. Sebastian Elizalde is going his best Joey Votto impression, now with 22 walks and 16 strikeouts on the season. 4/28 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 11-12 N/A 6:05pm Reineke Here Here Here Pensacola 10-14 N/A 7:30pm Lorenzen Here Here Here Bakersfield 17-7 N/A 10:15pm Peralta Here Here N/A Dayton 15-7 N/A 7:00pm Guillon Here Here Here Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 25 Responses MK April 27, 2014 Do we know if Wang or Francis have a drop dead date in their contracts. if starting pitcher promotions are going to be made they are the most expendable. Rienke also but he is not starting. Wonder which of the young pitchers and /or other prospect(s) it would take in trade to get Didi, “The General?” Doug Gray April 27, 2014 I don’t know about Wang, but Francis has one for June 1st. Kevin April 28, 2014 Looking like an annual tradition where Louisville is the place where Jeff Francis tunes up before latching on with another major league team who has a starter go down when June rolls around. Otherwise, the Reds get insurance in case of a rash of early season starter injuries and Francis gets a place to call home for 2 months. Guy April 27, 2014 Diamondbacks are desperate for pitching. Funny thing is though, in the past couple years they trading away a couple of highly touted young pitchers(Skaggs and Bauer). With Didi in AAA, I could see a trade possible. What about trading 2 players out of our strength areas(Right handed pitching and Outfield). DaveCT April 27, 2014 Wow! The days of Jimmy Haynes are long gone. Pitching and defense, never thought we’d see the day. Other than Stephenson, Lorenzen, and, now, Lively, any pitcher may be had for the right trade — where are we putting anyone else in the next 5 years? Winker to take over for Ludwick, then …? Not sure what Didi would require, as long as we do not over pay. But Didi would be a sweet new middle infielder to pick up. Doug Gray April 27, 2014 I still think you need to keep CF an option moving forward. While we all hope for Billy Hamilton to improve, relying on him for the future at this point, is not smart business. Likewise with pitching…. Cueto and Leake are both free agents after 2015. Injuries happen. You can never have enough pitching. Ever. Alan Horn April 28, 2014 I was able to watch all 3 Reds games this weekend on tv. Doug, you probably have the stats to prove or disprove this, but I think the Reds as a team do not hit good pitching well. The pitching wasn’t great (Cueto was on Sunday), but wasn’t terrible either. We just didn’t hit. The Brave have 2 positions that are better than the Reds(SS and LF). 1B and catcher are close. Yet they were able to sweep us. I did like what I saw of Hamilton. I really believe he is going to be a asset for the Reds in the future. Right now, I think we are going to be handicapped by Bailey and Votto’s contracts going forward. Just from his on field play, I don’t understand why anyone would want to get rid of Brandon Phillips. Hated to see Mes get hurt. He was just starting to take off. Getting back to what I mentioned at the top of about hitting good pitching. I have seen (youth leagues on up) where hitters jack up their stats on poor or mid level talent pitchers. Top flight pitchers shut them down like a water faucet being turned off. I wouldn’t say the Braves starters are better than ours(the starters are close). We have to get more hitting if we expect to go anywhere this season. MK April 28, 2014 The old adage is “Good Pitching Stops Good Hitting.” Just don’t think either of these teams have great hitting and both showed it facing good pitching. Alan Horn April 28, 2014 I am coming to the same conclusion. We do have an abundance of good pitching(minors and majors). I know you can never have too much pitching, but what are your thoughts on turning some of the pitching into a hitter or 2 (minors or majors)? We are going to lose some of the pitching abundance one way or another in the near future. jim t April 28, 2014 Alan, the contracts aren’t the problem the performance is the issue. Joey will hit over 300 and hit close to 30 hrs with a big OBP. Bailey is throwing one or two bad pitches a game. He’ll get it turned around. I’d give BP away and I’m sure the reds management would as well.At this point in his career he is a 6 hole hitter with a huge ego and attitude. He has worn his welcome out here and in the off season the club couldn’t give him away. The fact that Price has chosen to hit him 3rd tells you how bad this team is offensively. It also only makes the divide in clubhouse grow even wider. He already thought he was underpaid compared to Joey. Now that Joey is hitting 2nd and him 3rd he has to be even more disenchanted.In his mind Joey is a 25mil table setter. Alan Horn April 28, 2014 Jim, I am starting to believe we have too many below 6 hole hitters and no 3-5 hole hitters other than Bruce. I cut Hamilton some slack because of his being rushed, but the others have been around for a while. Mes might fit in the 3-5 hole group if he keeps hitting. As Mk stated above, we just aren’t a great hitting team. I keep hoping some of the hitters will make a statement as we move forward, but I’m starting to worry about them. Doug Gray April 28, 2014 Joey Votto and Jay Bruce are the only two guys who are your typical 3-4 types. Ludwick and Frazier though are typical 5-6 guys. Mesoraco could be a 4 type, and he sure hit like one to start the year, but we have to give that more time to say how it will play out. But Hamilton, Phillips, Cozart and the pitcher are basically automatic outs right now. Doug Gray April 28, 2014 The reason that good pitching is good pitching is because guys don’t hit it. No team hits good pitching, otherwise the pitching wouldn’t be good. Alan Horn April 28, 2014 The other teams seem to hit our good pitching slightly better than we hit theirs, which usually results in a loss(usually by a single run).. Doug Gray April 28, 2014 It just seems that way. The Reds have been terrible in one run games this year. Over and over it has been shown that teams don’t really control how they do in one run games. Teams with great bullpens, great offenses, whatever, they don’t really control how they do in those one run games. Alan Horn April 28, 2014 One would think the law of averages would start to swing some of the 1 run games back to our favor at some point. Doug Gray April 28, 2014 It will. Nick April 28, 2014 .262/.283/.330 with a 2.8BB% and .068 ISO is why some people would like to get rid of Brandon Phillips. Brandon Phillips is solid, and I’m not saying the Reds should get rid of him. But I completely understand why some people would. It’s still early, but I’m concerned about Phillips offensively, especially after a sub par year last year. Kevin April 28, 2014 Just don’t tell him that or he may stop communicating with humans altogether. jim t April 28, 2014 I’m sure the guys in the reds locker room wouldn’t mind that at all. natcol April 27, 2014 http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/02/reds-sign-chien-ming-wang.html Doug Gray April 27, 2014 Good job. I probably should have just searched for it. Wang can opt out May 31st or June 30. charliefunny April 28, 2014 AA: Moscot vs .231 Mississippi: fpk 75%=21/27, Kfoul,10, Kcalled & Kswing 4. Most pitches in or by lower in strike zone. Almost all around strike zone. A: Lively vs .251 San Jose; fpk 62%=13/21, K called 5, Kfoul 4, Kswing 3. Most pitches in or higher away from in strike zone. Some not by strike zone. Control worse than Moscot. Somson: fpk 63% = 7/11; not as good as Lively, mostly up in zone! Maybe hyped to pitch in High A as a 25 yr old. VirginiaPreps April 28, 2014 3 Questions Monday I forget, where does Moscot rank in terms of being a prospect? I know he is blocked at the next level, but at some point re-arranging things needs to be considered for advancing Lively….. Wouldn’t it help his overall development to be pitching at a higher level at this point? Are we allowed to ask 3 questions on a Monday? Doug Gray April 28, 2014 Prospect Rankings link is at the top of the website – https://redsminorleagues.com/prospect-rankings/ I think it would help Lively to get around the league a time or two and see how hitters adjust overall. With that said, if the Pensacola rotation had room, I wouldn’t be opposed to promoting him either. You can ask three questions on any given day. The real key will be how many I choose to answer.