The Reds have this one prospect down in AAA. Not sure if you have heard of him or not, but his name is Homer Bailey. He threw 5.2 innings yesterday, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. He threw 90 pitches, 64 of them for strikes. He picked up his first win of the season, evening his record at 1-1 on the year and lowering his ERA in 2 starts to 0.71. He has 9 strikeouts and 2 walks in 12.2 innings pitched this season. Bill Bray came in in relief of Homer, throwing 1.1 innings, allowing 1 walk and striking out 3.
Jerry Hairston, Jr, Andy Phillips, and Paul Janish each had 2 hits on the night. Also, some kid named Jay Bruce had the lone rbi of the night, hitting a double in the first inning that scored Hairston.
This one got wild late. The Lookouts held a 2-0 lead heading into the 7th, and then the bullpen took over, blowing a great start by Daryl Thompson. Thompson went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 8. Thompson has gone 12 innings in 2 starts, allowing 0 earned runs and just 5 hits and a walk while striking out 13. Unfortunately, the bullpen came in and allowed 6 runs over the course of 3 innings to blow the win. Pedro Viola, who was virtually untouchable last season, gave up the winning run. Viola allowed a run on a hit and 2 walks in .2 innings pitched. He has now allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in just 2.2 IP this season. To put that into perspective from last season, Viola pitched 19 innings of relief in Chattanooga, and allowed just 3 runs (2 earned) all season. In Sarasota, he pitched 20 innings of relief last season, and allowed just 2 runs. In Dayton, he pitched 43.1 innings, and gave up just 9 earned runs. Let’s hope these were just small bumps in the road for Viola.
On the offensive side, Cody Strait went 3-5 with a double and Luis Bolivar backed up his 6-6 night on Monday with a 3-6 night on Tuesday. Bolivar scored once and added a double. Craig Tatum went 2-5 with 2 rbis and Drew Anderson hit his first homerun of the season.
The Reds capitalized on 5 Lakeland errors and an outstanding performance by Jordan Smith en route to the victory. Smith threw 7 scoreless innings, scattering 5 hits and striking out 7 to push his record to 2-0 on the season. Sean Watson recorded the final out of the night to record his 2nd save of the season.
Juan Francisco went 2-4 on the night with a double, run scored, and an rbi to lead the Reds offensively. Francisco leads the Reds in hitting early on, batting .385/.385/.615.
The Dragons only managed 4 hits, but they took advantage of the few hits they had. Bill made reference in yesterday’s DOTF that Todd Frazier’s future may be somewhere other than SS. I can’t speak for his defensive ability considering I have never seen him play, but he is tearing the cover off the ball early on in the 2008 season. Frazier went 2-4 in last night’s game, belting 2 homeruns, scoring twice, and driving in 3. For Frazier, he now has 3 homeruns on the young season and is batting .412. This other kid named Brandon Waring (we may have mentioned his name once or twice last season *sarcasm*) also hit a homerun, his third of the season. Thus 3 of the Dragons 4 hits were long balls.
Joseph Krebs picked up the win in relief last night. Krebs, the Reds 14th round draft pick in last season’s draft, went 1.1 innings, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 2. Krebs is now 2-0 on the season.