Paul Wilson make his first rehab start last night at Dayton. With the Reds being off, the Enquirer and the DDN both gave big coverage to Wilson’s appearance in Dayton.
Wilson’s line score was 7 IP 10 H 6 R 4 ER 0BB 4K
The article in the DDN says:
But in the words of both the pitcher and the doc, it was a good outing because he had location on his pitches, he threw deep into a game for the first time in more than a year and his arm and shoulder felt fine afterward.
My observation was that in the first 4 innings, he gave up 6 hits, 2 doubles and a long home run. But then settled down and retired 9 straight before the wacky 7th inning that put the game out of reach for the Dragons (two runs scoring on a ball that SS Paul Janish should have caught, but that went off his glove).
They didn’t have the radar gun working last night at 5th 3rd Field (and it’s been spotty all season and the numbers haven’t seemed right most of the time), so it was difficult to tell about velocity, but Wilson didn’t seem to be getting it up there as fast as the starter for the Peoria club (Donald Veal). He did seem to get better as the game went along, which is probably to be expected.
Other game notes:
– The game was essentially over after the Dragons had the bases loaded in the 4th with no outs and the top of the lineup coming up, but a pop to right by Mike Griffin, a pop to the 1st baseman by Janish, and a fly out to CF by Jay Bruce and the Dragons came away with no runs.
– Jay Bruce was out of the lineup on the 24th and has DH’ed the last two nights. I have no idea if it’s for rest or some nagging injury.
– J.D. Reininger was back in uniform last night, but hasn’t been re-activated (I don’t believe) to the roster. He had left the team because of a death in the family.
– Gerardo Cabrera had a nice night, 2-2 with 2 walks. IMO, he should be leading off for this team. He has a .395 OBP, while the leadoff hitter, Michael Griffin, who’s hitting .314 with a .500 slugging pct. has only drawn one walk all season. IMO, Griffin should be down lower in the lineup, with Cabrera, when he’s in the lineup, leading off.
– Griffin did have a nice night, with 2 hits, Janish had 3 and backup catcher Chris Denove had 2.
– Zac Stott finished the game for the Dragons with 2 innings of 1 hit, scoreless baseball.
TEASE: Wait until you see what Homer Bailey did last night in Sarasota. Read it later today on “Down on the Farm”!
The radar gun not working, eh? Sounds like a conspiracy, but we all know Paulie was probably topping of at 78 on his 4 seamer 😆