Louisville lost 8-5. Box Score

  • Jason Bourgeois went 4-4 with a double and a run.
  • Ruben Gotay went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Felix Perez went 2-4 with a double, run and an RBI.
  • Neftali Soto went 2-4 with an RBI and a run.
  • Jack Hannahan (rehab) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Donnie Murphy went 1-4 with a 2-run HR (1).
  • Josh Smith allowed 3 runs in 6 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Columbus got things going first, scoring a run in the top of the second inning to take a lead, but the Bats came right back and scored two runs in the second inning on a Donnie Murphy home run that plated Neftali Soto, giving the Bats the 2-1 lead. They would add on in the third inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Felix Perez and Neftali Soto, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. The Clippers chipped away in the fifth, scoring twice and making it a 4-3 game. In the seventh inning they would take the lead by scoring twice, making it 5-4. They would add on in the top of the eighth to make it 6-4. Louisville would get a run back in the bottom of the frame though. Columbus rallied for two final runs in the top of the 9th inning to extend their lead to 8-5. The Bats went quietly in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Jason Bourgeois had a big game, going 4-4 with a double and a run.

Pensacola won 8-4. Box Score

  • Yorman Rodriguez went 2-5 with a double and a run.
  • Ryan Wright went 3-5 with a run.
  • Ross Perez went 1-3 with with 2 walks, a double, a run and 2 RBI.
  • Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a walk and 2 runs.
  • Kyle Waldrop went 3-5 with a run and an RBI.
  • Seth Mejias-Brean went 2-5 with a double, run and 2 RBI.
  • Juan Duran went 3-5 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI.
  • Brodie Greene went 2-4 with a double, walk and 2 runs.
  • Daniel Corcino allowed 3 runs in 7 innings with 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.
  • Shane Dyer threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

The Blue Wahoos got things started in a big way right out of the gate, scoring seven runs in the first inning as they hit around and then some. Yorman Rodriguez, Ross Perez, Seth Mejias-Brean, Juan Duran and Brodie Greene all doubled in the inning. From that point forward the game was never really in doubt. Ryan Wright, Kyle Waldrop and Juan Duran all had three hits in the game. Ross Perez and Brodie Greene reached base three times in the game as well.

Bakersfield lost 7-1. Box Score

  • Zach Vincej went 2-4 with a run.
  • Marquez Smith went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • El’Hajj Muhammad threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.

Game Notes

Rancho Cucamonga took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and would add a run in both the fourth and fifth inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The score stayed there until the ninth inning when they tacked on three more runs to extend the lead to 7-0. The Blaze offense never got going. Zach Vincej singled with one out in the first inning. Bakersfield didn’t get another hit until Vincej singled with one out in the ninth inning. He would come around to score on a single by Marquez Smith, the third and final Blaze hit of the night as they would fall 7-1. El’Hajj Muhammad had a strong game, striking out five batters in two shutout innings.

Dayton had the day off.

Billings won 12-3. Box Score

  • Cory Thompson went 4-6 with a steal, 2 RBI and 2 runs.
  • Alex Blandino went 2-3 with a double, steal, 2 walks, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Aristides Aquino went 1-4 with a double, steal, walk, RBI and a run.
  • Taylor Sparks went 1-4 with a triple, walk and a run.
  • KJ Franklin went 2-5 with a double, RBI and a run.
  • Jose Duarte went 3-5 with a double, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Argenis Aldazoro went 3-5 with a triple, HR (2), 3 RBI and 2 runs.
  • Jacob Moody threw 1.1 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  • Jefry Sierra allowed a run in 2 innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Fabian Roman threw 3 shutout innings.

Game Notes

Billings got out to a quick lead, scoring four times in the first inning. Cory Thompson scored on a sac fly, Aristides Aquino doubled in Alex Blandino, Aquino scored on a wild pitch and KJ Franklin singled in Taylor Sparks who had tripled earlier. Ogden got on the board in the bottom of the first, making it a 4-1 game. The Mustangs got the run back quickly though when Argenis Aldazoro tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a Cory Thompson single. Billings would add three more runs in the third as KJ Franklin led off with a double and scored on a Jose Duarte single. Argenis Aldazoro then homered to make it an 8-2 game. The really put the game away in the fifth by scoring three more runs to make it 11-3. Argenis Diaz got the final RBI of the game when he singled in Jimmy Pickens in the sixth. Aldazoro fell a double short of the cycle. Cory Thompson had four hits in the game.

AZL Reds lost 9-8. Box Score

  • Hector Vargas went 2-5 with a double, triple and 2 runs.
  • Reydel Medina went 2-5 with a triple, RBI and a run.
  • Morgan Lofstrom went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
  • Jarrett Freeland went 1-4 with a run.
  • Josciel Veras went 2-3 with a run and a steal.
  • Dalton Carter went 2-4 with an RBI and a run.
  • Juan Martinez allowed a run in 3.1 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Reds were trailing 3-0 after the first inning and 6-2 after five innings, but they were ready to make the comeback. The sixth inning got them right back in the game as Gavin LaValley singled in Hector Vargas who led off the inning with a double, Reydel Medina tripled in LaValley and Morgan Lofstrom capped off the inning with a single that plated the third run of the inning to make it a 6-5 game. Both teams would score a run in the eighth to keep the Angels ahead by one, 7-6. The top of the ninth saw pitching control problems all over the place as there were two hit batters and a walk, with the second hit-by-pitch bringing in the tying run. A ground out brought in Dalton Carter to give the Reds an 8-7 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. The control problems must’ve stayed on the mound as two relievers combined to walk four batters in the inning, wrapped around an error that brought in the tying run, with the final walk coming with the bases loaded for the rarely seen walk-off walk for the Angels. Reydel Medina stayed on fire, racking up his fifth straight two hit game with at least one extra-base hit.

7/23 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (EST) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 50-54 N/A 7:05pm Holmberg Here Here Here
Pensacola 31-39 11-21 7:30pm Moscot Here Here Here
Bakersfield 45-25 14-18 OFF OFF Here Here N/A
Dayton 36-32 14-15 7:00pm Romano Here Here Here
Billings 15-20 N/A 9:00pm Strahan Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 11-15 N/A 10:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A

20 Responses

  1. The Duke

    Blandino has 9 BB vs 5 K over his last 10 games. A .297/.447/.595/1.041 line and is getting the lions share of the playing time at SS with Cory Thompson continuing to get reps mostly at 2B.

    • zblakey

      Would be interested in hearing how Blandino looks defensively…..

      • DaveCT

        Would be as well. At 6′ and 180, he may have enough range/ quickness to stay at SS. His arm plays enough I have read.

        What I consistently overlook with Blandino is that he’s a LH batter.

        Would have loved seeing 6’4″ 215 lb Sparks rounding second for his triple last night. Hit the deck!

  2. AllThingsReds

    I lived anywhere close to Billings, Montana I couldn’t help myself but go to as many games there as I could. The team has so many young exciting players who one day will be major prospects and future Reds!

    • Alan Horn

      I agree on the prospects. Arizona has some as well. I wish we had some position players knocking down the door at our higher levels, but unfortunately, we don’t.
      With Winker’s injury I would try to sign a FA in the off season to bridge the gap for a year or 2. I don’t think I would burn talent in a trade(depends on who it is).

  3. peppe

    One t hing Price learned is how to manage like Dusty

    • Alan Horn

      Price doesn’t hit for them nor does he have control over injuries. The lack of hitting rests on the shoulders of the players themselves. The carry over with the lack of offense probably takes the blame off the hitting coaches as well.

      • boiler_2000

        Team Construction

        This team wasn’t built to be an offensive juggernaut. AND to top it off Jay Bruce has been TERRIBLE, Brandon continues to regress when not hurt, and our MVP has been out for most of the season. Without great pitching and a couple of suprise bats, we could be in last place. This team was built by Walt/ Management, not by Price. Ownership is going to try and win today and sell seats and continue building the fan base, which I don’t fault. I am just not sure that is the best long term plan as we are more than likely not going to win the division this year.

      • Alan Horn

        I think it is pretty obvious Dusty was not the problem. Neither is Walt and company. This team was built to win(save the LF decision). The injuries and lack of hitting by some could not be predicted.

      • Alan Horn

        I fully expected Cozart to hit .250 or slightly better. I expected Votto and Bruce to be the top 2 hitters on the team. I expected Phillips to hit better than the did.
        What if we had reasonable production from the 4 above along with the emergence of Frazier, Mesoraco and Hamilton? We would easily be sitting comfortably atop the division standings. That’s without addressing LF.

      • Nick

        No way Price gets blame for much this season. I agree with Alan that if Bruce and Votto had their normal seasons that the Reds would be looking awfully good. You can control injuries and the Reds have had injuries to many of their best players.

        I think it is a fair criticism to say that Jocketty didn’t provide much depth. We have zero capable backup infielders that can add much to the team. If this team is perfectly healthy, they can compete with anybody. With an injury or two (or seemingly an infinite number), they don’t have the depth.

      • Alan Horn

        I agree on the bench though it seems the bench players the past couple of years have performed well before joining the Reds. Bench production has been poor the last couple of years.

  4. DaveCT

    With Cozart hit in the hand, I suspect we’ll get a short look at Negron playing 2B, which may lend to some pop off the bench the rest of the year and/or 2015.

    Noticed Gotay played LF last night in Louisville. Wonder if he may actually get a look, too, as long as he doesn’t have to play infield at the ML level. No idea who’d he replace on 40 man …

  5. MK

    Must admit I have questioned some of his decisions especially use of available personnel. But with the number of injuries it will not be fair to access his abilities this year.

    • DaveCT

      We consistently hear how Price and his staff are working to get guys to buy in to the team concept, including things like moving positions around even at the risk or cost of some defense. That says enough to me about some of the issues of the team the past few years. Plus it seems to have set the stage for team guys like Frazier and Mes to step forward.

  6. DaveCT

    Have to admit, I get excited to see days like today when we have innings eating guys like Holmberg, Moscot, and Romano pitching.

  7. Doug Gray

    Bryan Price has made some decisions that have both been surprisingly good and some that have been downright surprisingly bad in my opinion. He’s ridden his starters harder than Dusty ever did, and given his history as a pitching coach (and the way pitchers were used when he was a pitching coach), I didn’t expect anything like that at all.

    There’s more on both sides, but he hasn’t been the guy I expected him to be when it comes to tactical decisions based on the things he said during the offseason.

  8. mel

    Friends. I have spent the last 4 weeks in the gulf coast area. I love Pensacola and call it my second home. I have watched a bunch of games and I have worked and relaxed. I am very very happy with the future starting pitchers at the AA level. The Reds future to me is bright for trades and bright for some wins. I will get into specific guys in the next day or so but I am super happy