Louisville (AAA) did not play.
–23 year old LHP Matthew Maloney pitched his second consecutive strong game since coming to the organization in the Kyle Lohse trade from the Phillies. Maloney picked up the win by going 8 innings while giving up three runs. He struck out 9 and walked just one. The former Ole Miss Rebel has a 2.40 ERA with the Lookouts and has struck out 19 while walking 2. Wow.
–No one had multiple hits, but Daniel Dorn, a 23 y/o LF from college baseball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton who was recently promoted to AA from Sarasota, hit his 2nd HR in 5 games since the promotion. Dorn walked twice and scored twice, as well.
–24 y/o 1B Adam Rosales added a double, a walk, and 2 RBI. Rosales has hit pretty well at two different levels this year, but whether he can hit well enough to be a 1B at the higher levels remains to be seen. Rosales was once a middle infielder, and were that still the case, he’d be a pretty good prospect.
–CF BJ Szymanski hit a grand slam in a 6-run 12th inning for the Reds, and newly-promoted LF Chris Heisey added a homer as well. Szymanski went 3-6 with a BB, a run, and 6 RBI. For the season, he’s hitting a putrid .231/.283/.375.
–21 year old SS Chris Valaika continued to adjust to high-A with another strong game. Valaika went 3-6 with a double and a run scored. If Valaika can play SS at the higher levels, he has a chance to be a pretty good player.
–21 y/o Alexander Smit picked up the win to run his record to 2-2 with a 1.19 ERA. The native of The Netherlands went 5 strong innings, giving up one run on five hits, striking out 5 and walking 2.
–22 y/o RF Denis Phipps was the hitting star, going 2-3 with his 8th homer, a walk, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Phipps’ season OPS is 666, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
–23 y/o DH Jason Louwsma went 2-3 with a double.
Billings 8, Helena 3 (Rookie)
–3B Brandon Waring, a 21 year old out of Wofford College, continued his hot hitting, going 2-4 with his 8th HR. He’s at .301/.368/.530 on the season.
–20 y/o lefthander Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette picked up another win with another strong outing, going 4 innings and allowing just one run. Valiquette is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA.
–21 year old catcher Jacob Long was 3-4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. He’s hitting .280/.376/.452.
GCL Orioles 5, GCL Reds 1 (Rookie)
–Move along, there’s nothing to see here.