24 year old Phil Dumatrait (former Red Sox #1 pick in 2000) made his 6th start for the Bats and was racked up. He allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. His ERA is now 4.54 since his promotion to Louisville.
The Bats DH, 28 year old Jesse Guttierez (20th Reds pick in 2001 draft), is the leading offensive weapon for the Bats for the second day in a row with three hits, including 2 doubles. He’s raised his numbers to .298/.384/.460.
26 year old Eddie Valdez (UFA in ’99) picked up his 5th win in 8 decisions as he threw 7 strong innings and had an RBI single for the Lookouts. (No DH in the Southern League?) Valdez gave up one run on 4 hits, with a walk and 5 strikeouts. For the season, Valdez has thrown 78 1/3 innings, allowing 74 hits and has 65 strikeouts. His ERA is 3.56.
23 year old Javon Moran (.343/.375/.423), 25 year old Noochie Varner (Reds 10th round pick in ’00 draft) (.305/.355/.467), and 22 year old Joey Votto (Reds 2nd pick in ’02 draft) (.321/.393/.577) all had two hits. Moran scored two runs, Varner drove in two runs, Votto had a double and a walk.
24 year old FA signing Ramon Ramirez got the loss and went to 0-3 on the season with his 3rd start for the Reds. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. In his three starts, he’s thrown 25 innings, allowing 21 hits, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts with a 3.60 ERA.
Dayton’s troubles versus Cedar Rapids continued as 19 year old Travis Wood (Reds #2 pick in ’05) was roughed up by the Kernels, taking his first loss of the season. Wood had his worst start of the season, lasting just 1 1/3 innings, giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, while only striking out 1 batter. Even with this bad start, Wood’s ERA is 3.82 with only 56 hits and 34 walks allowed in 77 2/3 innings, with 79 strikeouts.
Russell Haltiwanger (Reds 29th pick in ’05) gave the Dragons 4 2/3 innings of outstanding relief work, allowing 0 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts.
Mike Griffin (Reds #14 pick in ’05) had two hits, raising his numbers to .279/.312/.406 Griffin is a perfect example of why walks are important. Earlier in the season, when he was hitting well for average, he was a very valuable offensive player, since he’s began to struggle, without any walks, he’s been a black hole in the lineup.
20 year old Rafael Gonzalez (Reds #4 pick – ’04) made his 3rd start of the season for the Mustangs, going 6 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 3 hits to pick up the win, evening his record at 1-1. In his 3 starts, he’s thrown 5 innings, allowed 12 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. His ERA stands at 2.40.
Chris Heisey (Reds #17 pick -’06) was 3-4 with a walk, raising his numbers to ..471/.571/.529 through 11 games at Billings. Billy Rojo extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 1-5. And DOTF favorite Logan Parker (Reds #12 pick – ’06) returned to the box score with a pinch hit single and a walk, raising his numbers to .419/.550/.548.
Nothing much to report again today for the Baby Reds, collecting only 6 hits (none for extra bases) on offense. 2006 draftees Josh Roenicke and Nicholas Wandless threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.