—Phil Dumatrait (Red Sox #1 – 2000) got roughed up for the first time this season, allowing 7 ER in 6 innings. The 26-year-old from Bakersfield Community College saw his ERA jump all the way up to 2.34, as he collected his first loss against four victories. He’s still a good bet to see some time in Cincinnati before this season is complete.
–LF Tyrell Godwin (Blue Jays #3 – 2001) and 2B Aaron Herr (Braves #1 – 2000) each had a single and a double for the Bats. For the season, the 26-year-old Herr is hitting .281/.311/.510., while the 27-year-old Godwin is “hitting” .241/.281/.324.
–1B Joey Votto (Reds #2 – 2001) continues to struggle under the weight of high expectations, as he suffered an 0-4 night. Votto has a poor 712 OPS on the season, which includes a dismal .196 batting average. There is a silver lining, however, as Votto sports a .353 on-base-percentage. That’s not bad under any circumstances, but to post that OBP when your batting average is under the Mendoza line is unbelievable. When Votto starts bringing that average up, he’s going to be just fine.
–Since the bullpen is such a hot topic, I thought I’d mention 30-year-old Jason Kershner (Phillies #12 – 1995), who pitched a perfect inning. Over 17 innings on the season, Kershner has a 1.06 ERA out of the pen for Louisville.
–On the day after his 22nd birthday, Sam Lecure (Reds #4 – 2005) celebrated by allowing just one run over five innings, striking out 6 while walking 2. On the season, the former Texas Longhorn is now 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA.
–24-year-old SS Paul Janish (Reds #5 – 2004) went 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. The product of Rice University is now hitting .259/.370/.352.
–An interesting story is developing in Sarasota, as starting pitcher Richie Gardner (Reds #6 – 2003) turned in another outstanding performance. Yes, Gardner is 25 years old, but he was the Reds’ minor-league player of the year in 2004 after combining to go 13-5 with a 2.53 ERA at Single-A Sarasota and Double-A Chattanooga. Since then, he had major shoulder surgery and is just now getting back to full strength.
Yesterday, Gardner pitched 8 strong innings, allowing just one run on 5 hits, striking out 4. For the season, Gardner is 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA.
This is a guy who was an elite prospect at one time — rated #3 in the Reds organization by Baseball America before the injury. He needs to get to Chattanooga soon to continue his development, but Gardner’s season bears watching.
–24-year-old BJ Szymanski (Reds #2 – 2004) out of Princeton went 2-4 with a run scored. He’s hitting .217/.298/.293. At this point, I’m not sure why this guy was ever considered a prospect.
–Uber-prospect Jay Bruce went 0-4. Even superheroes have bad days.
–Last year’s top draft pick, Drew Stubbs, hit his third homer of the season.
—Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker (Reds #12 – 2006) went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. For the season, Parker is .296/.407/.366. Love that OBP.
–21-year-old SS Chris Valaika (Reds #3 – 2006) went 2-3, with two 2Bs, 2 runs scored, an RBI and a BB. Valaika, out of UC Santa Barbara, is now hitting .396/.444/.583.
This, my friends, is what a future major leaguer looks like. Great draft selection by Wayne Krivsky.
— 22-year-old LF Chris Heisey (Reds #17 – 2006) was 3-4 with 2 RBI. He’s hitting .294/.333/.459.