27 year-old Jesse Gutierrez went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a HR, 3 RBI 2 R. Jesse is pounding the ball so far this season hitting .375/.375/.813 with a homer and 4 doubles so far. As you can tell from the OBA, and BA he hasn’t taken a walk this year, and in his minor league career, he seems to be a little shy about seeing four pitches.
23 year old Justin Germano pitched 7.1 innings and only allowed 2 ER, both on solo homers. Justin walked none and struck out 4. Ryan Wagner pitched 1.2 innings in a non-save situation. Wagner walked one and struck out one.
29 year-old Alex Sanchez went 1-4. He is now hitting .375/.375/.875 playing against players five years younger than him. Someone asked yesterday if Alex Sanchez was someone that could come up and replace Griffey. For his Major League career Alex Sanchez has hit .296/.330/.370, certainly not horrible, but he couldn’t hold a jock for any of our OFs. If Alex had Adam Dunn’s patience and he would take a walk instead of hacking at pitches he can’t do anything with, and put up .272/.370/.400 numbers he would be in the Majors right now instead of hitting for a AA team. We certainly have worse players on the roster (see Tony Womack), but replacing Sanchez for Griffey would seriously impact the offense.
Travis Chick, who came over to the Reds in the Joe Randa trade last year, continues to struggle at AA. Chick only went 3.2 innings giving up 3 hits, including a homer, and 2 ER. He struck out 1. He now sports a hefty 5.19 ERA this year in 8.2 innings. Chick won’t turn 22 until June 10, but he is repeating at AA where last year he didn’t fair much better with an ERA over 5.
Sam Lecure, a 4th round pick last year from the University of Texas, pitched one of the best games by a Reds minor leaguer this year. LeCure pitched 7 innings giving up just 1 hit, 1 BB, and 0 ER. LeCure struck out 9. This year he has a 2.45 ERA in two starts with 15Ks in 11 innings. Last year at Billings LeCure struck out 44 in 41 innings with a 3.27 ERa.