Triple-A

Louisville 5 – Columbus 1

All five Louisville runs in this one came via the long ball.  Chris Valaika hit his first homerun of the season in the first inning with a runner aboard.  Craig Tatum hit his first of the season in the 4th inning with 2 aboard.  Tatum added a single as well.

Ben Jukich went 5 innings in the start, allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks.  Bill Bray pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and Josh Roenicke pitched a perfect 9th with a strikeout.

Double – A

MIssissippi 7 – Carolina 4

The Braves committed 5 errors, but the Mudcats could not take advantage and still lost the game. Chris Heisey went 2-3 with a homerun, run scored, and 2 batted in.  Zach Cozart went 1-4 and drove in 2 runs as well.

James Avery got the start and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings pitched.  Ruben Medina picked up the loss in relief by giving up 2 runs in 1.1 innings pitched.  I suppose it is worth noting that Tom Glavine made the start for the Braves.  I was fortunate enough to see John Smoltz make a rehab appearance last season with the Mississippi Braves against the Tennessee Smokies.

Class A Advanced

St. Lucie 1 – Sarasota 0

There isn’t much to report offensively for the Reds in this one other than Jason Louwsma, who went 2-3.  The Reds struck out 10 times collectively against St. Lucie pitching.

The Reds pitching performed well, but an unearned run cost the club the win.  Jeremy Horst scattered 5 hits while walking a batter in 4 innings.  Horst also struck out 3 in the start.  Enerio Del Rosario pitched 2 scoreless innings, surrendering a hit and a walk while striking out 1.

Single – A

The Dragons had Easter Sunday off.

5 Responses

  1. Chris

    Is Valaika worth a try at SS for the Reds? Louisville guys, can he field there?

  2. GregD

    Leave Valaika at 2B? Valaika is playing SS at Louisville and has been SS at lower levels in previous seasons.

  3. Tom Diesman

    Valaika has a good stick, but there have been some rumblings about whether he’ll be able to field at SS in the bigs. Keep an eye on Cozart who is off to a hot start at AA after making the jump to there from low A Dayton last season. Reports say he is a good fielder.

  4. Bill Lack

    Cozart is an excellent SS…oh, by the way, Tom Glavine did a rehab start against the Carolina team in Mississippi on Sunday. Left after 2 inning complaining of arm problems.