Games played on Monday, April 27.

Triple – A

Louisville 6 – Indianapolis 3

Do the Reds need a right-handed bat?  How about Adam Rosales?  Rosales went 3-3 last night with a double, 2 rbis, and a run scored.  Adam is now batting .426/.471/.770 on the season in 61 at-bats.  Wes Bankston homered for the 6th time on the season in a 1-4 night.  Bankston had 2 rbis.  Wes is hitting .346/.404/.750 on the season.

Daryl Thompson went to 1-1 with the win.  Daryl allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings of work.  Robert Manuel pitched 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.

Double – A

Carolina 6 – Tennessee 4

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker went 4-5 with a double, run scored, and 2 runs batted in.  Juan Francisco and Chris Heisey each went 3-4 in the game.  Heisey had a double and 2 runs scored while Francisco had a run and an rbi.

Frederico Baez picked up the win in relief for the Mudcats.  Baez pitched 2 scoreless innings while striking out 2.  Sean Watson pitched a shaky 9th, allowing 1 hit while walking 2, to record his first save of the season.

Class A Advanced

Sarasota 8 – Charlotte 7

The Reds trailed this game 6-0 after 2.5 innings, but rallied for 5 in the 3rd and 3 in the 6th for a comeback win.  Yonder Alonso’s 3rd inning grand slam helped spark the comeback.  The homerun was Alonso’s 4th of the season and gives him 19 runs batted in.  His other stats aren’t that great yet though.  Justin Reed went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and an rbi.  Alex Buchholz went 2-3 with a run scored and a double. Denis Phipps added 3 hits in 4 at-bats for the Reds, with a triple, rbi, and run scored.

Single – A

The game between Dayton and South Bend was postponed.

22 Responses

  1. GregD

    I kinow Rosales is having a great April, but is he just another Hurricane/Dickerson as described in the other thread? He’ll be 26 next month, but he has had many 800+ OPS seasons the minors. IIRC, he missed some time with injuries in the minors, too (shoulder, that’s why SS isn’t his primary position any more.)

    Heisey (.373/.486/.712 w/11 xbh, 11 bb, and 6 sb in 70 plate appearances) should have started the season in AAA?

    How is Heisey defensively?

    Alonso had a poor first week, but is batting .278 with a 989 OPS over the past 10 games.

  2. Steve Price

    Manuel threw 18 pitches; 14 were strikes.

  3. Bill Lack

    Rosales has hit pretty much everywhere…he had Tommy John, I believe….

    Heisey is good defensively, not great, not Stubbs, but good enough.

  4. doug

    Rosales didn’t have surgery, he did have a serious elbow injury though that he worked through with rehab. Its why he played 1B for an entire season, because he couldn’t really throw much.

  5. Mark in CC

    Stubbs better perform soon or Heisey might swap roster spots with him.

    I wouldn’t consider Rosales old. He has had a year Rookie/low-A, another low-A/high-A, high-A/double-A, then a year + at AAA. And he should really deserved the bigs out of spring training this year so you could get rid of the +. Seems like a timely progression.

  6. mhopp

    Rosales 3 for 5 today with 2 RBI’s they’ve got to make room if he keeps going!

  7. mike

    Rosales has the highest OPS in the International League
    Bankston is 4th

  8. World

    Rosales cannot perform worse than EE has in this season so far. If EE was solid defensively, then moving Rosales to 3B would be risky. But EE is out of position and is not hitting a lick. He should go down to AAA to work things out and allow Rosales the promotion that he has earned. Who knows? Maybe Rosales will hit in Cincinnati as he is on the other side of the river.

    It’s a move that needs to be made.

  9. pinson343

    I wouldn’t send EE down, but there are others who could be sent down without being missed.

    I would definitely bring Rosales up and play him all around the infield, and as a PH.

  10. GregD

    Send Edwin down? That’s a bit overdramatic, isn’t it?

  11. mike

    more quotes from our wonderful GM that indicate nothing is going to change with the offense.

    “It’s still early,” Jocketty said. “It’s still the first month of the season. You’ve got to give guys time to settle in. The main thing is we see progress in guy’s at-bats.”

    and our wonderful Manager kicks in with this comment on EE
    “Going to Triple-A ain’t the answer,” Reds manager Dusty Baker.

    I still have to wonder why people aren’t more worried about the LF situation but pretty much the entire lineup has stunk so I guess it doesn’t matter much.

    and FINALLY some mention of Phillips absolute lack of hustle at least once a game

  12. mike

    Ooops, somehow the text didn’t show up about Phillips… it is

    Phillips heard from Baker about what happened in the fifth inning Sunday.

    Phillips did not break hard out of the box on a ball that went to the wall. He was held to a single.

    “We addressed it,” Baker said. “Overall, he’s been running better than in the past.”

    Baker didn’t get Phillips’ explanation.

    “I didn’t ask him all that,” Baker said. “He internalizes a lot of stuff. He’s not one to hold his tongue, so no answer is just as good as an answer.”

  13. World

    Why would you leave a talent as Adam Rosales in the minors when you have little or no RH power/average on the team? And unless EE starts to hit, why wouldn’t you give AR a shot at 3B?

  14. GregD

    Because Encarnacion has hit for average and power for 3 years, and was just signed to two years this offseason. I don’t send him to the minors for a couple of bad weeks.

  15. GregD

    Of course the Reds would rather play with a 23-man roster. From Fay’s blog:

    Encarnacion’s wrist and shoulder are both bothering him. “It’s not bad enough to go on DL,” Dusty Baker said. “But it’s bad enough not to play. When your wrist and shoulder are hurting, it’s hard to take extra batting practice.

    Chris Dickerson feels better today. He went through a series of tests. He won’t take batting practice today. Baker doesn’t expect Dickerson to go on the DL. He probably won’t play until Friday.

  16. mike

    because EE was a much better prospect and Rosales is older.

    Rosales is not the future of this team. EE has(had?) a chance to be a serious part of this teams future.

    While I think Rosales should be called up and as someone else stated at this point he should get a handful starts a week alternating between 3B, 2B, and LF I’m not convinced he’s an every day player

    If this team wants to compete they need a solid LFer. LF is the 2nd most productive position in baseball to 1B. Our LFers aren’t hitting any better than SS, 3B, or 2B.

    for the last few days I’ve wondered, what did we really expect from Hairston, Dickerson, EE, Gonzo, and Phillips? Are those starters for a championship team?

    What did PECOTA predict?
    .290 EE
    .277 Gomes
    .272 Hairston Jr
    .271 Phillips
    .264 Dickerson
    .243 Gonzo
    .242 Nix
    .241 Taveras
    .239 Rosales
    .235 Bankston

    and there is another question. If pretty much every player on the roster other than Votto is hitting well below expectations, maybe we should be talking about the hitting coach?

  17. mike

    22 man roster really

    a roster spot is wasted on Ole McDonald

    If EE is hurting I’m surprised they haven’t given him some time off.
    The only Red who’s played more than EE is Votto

    also surprised Janish hasn’t seen more playing time

  18. World

    EE had 23 boots at third last year. He’s an outfielder.

  19. wanderinredsfan

    Mike, I too find it very interesting that virtually everyone not named Votto on this team is struggling. I agree that it might be time for someone to evaluate the success/failure of our big league hitting coach.

  20. World

    The Boys Upstairs are going to move Votto to left when the #1 Draft Pick comes up. That’s why no move has been made for a left fielder of any consequence.

    I think the move to left for Votto will come this year as the Reds begin to fade.

  21. pinson343

    If EE is hurting, all the more reason to bring up Rosales to give him some days off.

    I agree that our biggest problem is LF. This was predictable.

    I’m sick of Reds’ GMs who talk about how it’s only April.
    You can’t win a post-season spot in April, but you can lose any chance. Krivsky had the same “wait and see” attitude with the bullpen a few years ago – while the Reds had a 31-50 first half record and Narron got fired.

  22. GregD

    EE had 16 the year before. The spike last year was a greater number of throwing errors, which the Reds think they can correct. If they can’t/he can’t improve, then yes he’ll eventually be forced to another position.

    If the Reds long-term plan is to move Votto to LF, he should have moved there this spring.