AAA

Louisville 2 – Toledo 1

I’m not sure if Reds fans knew this or not, but a guy by the name of Aroldis Chapman started for the Bats yesterday.  As Chad stated in yesterday’s Titanic Struggle Recap, Chapman pitched 4.2 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and a walk while striking out 9. 

On the offensive side, Zack Cozart had a great game, going 3-5 with 3 doubles.  Chris Heisey got the scoring going for the Bats in the top of the first inning with a solo homerun, his first of the season.

AA

Carolina 4 – Birmingham 1

While everyone was gushing over Leake and Chapman, Daryl Thompson quietly went out and tossed himself a gem in his first outing of the season.  Thompson struck out 7 and allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Thompson only threw 75 pitches and left after 4.1 innings, thus did not qualify for the win.  Daryl Harang picked up the win by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out 2.  Philippe Valiquette recorded his first save of the season by pitching a scorelesss 9th. 

Denis Phipps provided most of the Mudcats offense with a 2-rbi single in the first inning. 

High A

Frederick 4 – Lynchburg 1

Travis Webb continues our trend of solid performances by starting pitching in this edition.  Webb pitched 4 scoreless innings in his start, allowing 4 hits and walking 2 while striking out 6.  Jordan Hotchkiss followed Webb with 2.2 scoreless innings of his own, allowing 3 hits and walking 2.  Scott Gaffney’s evening didn’t go as well however.  Gaffney was saddled with the loss when he allowed 2 runs on no hits, but walked 3 in .2 innings of work.  The loss was Gaffney’s first of the season.

Cody Puckett had one of the Hillcats 6 hits.  The lone Puckett hit was a solo homerun in the bottom of the 2nd inning to give Lynchburg an early 1-0 lead.  The homerun was Puckett’s first of the season.

A

Dayton 8 – Bowling Green 6

The Dragons bust out 12 hits and rode a 5-run first inning outburst to the win.  Mariekson Gregorius went 3-5 with 2 singles, a triple, and 3 runs scored.  Henry Rodriguez had 2 doubles in 5 at-bats.  Rodriguez scored a run and drove in a run.  Andrew Means probably had the best game of this trio.  Means went 3-5 with a double, 2 singles, scored a run, and drove in 2.  Means leads the team early on with a .444 batting average through the first four games.

J.C. Sulbaran ends our streak of outstanding starting performances.  Sulbaran was solid however, going 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 2.

7 Responses

  1. Chris Garber

    When did we get Daryl Harang?

    • Bill Lack

      When did we get Daryl Harang?

      FA signing over winter, I believe.

      Also, on Means (Dragons)…he can FLY in CF. We were at the game Saturday night and he can flat go get balls in the gaps.

  2. Sultan of Swaff

    Toledo manager Larry Parrish said Chapman would’ve walked 8 had it been a big league game. Could be a case of sour grapes, but I think there’s some merit to the statement.

  3. Sultan of Swaff

    Oh, and after seeing Francisco flail on Saturday, I don’t care if I ever see him in a Reds uniform ever again. Yes, he’s Wily Mo, TRADE HIM!!

  4. TC

    @Sultan of Swaff: I thought the same thing. My exact thoughts were, “I want this guy out of the organization.” Failing is one thing, but to look that bad doing it is another.

    After the emotions have settled and I’ve had some time to think about it, I don’t necessarily want to see him gone from the organization, but I don’t think he’s even close to being ready. And that’s both defensively and offensively. I don’t care that he can jack the ball 1 out of 10 times at the plate. I’d like to see a hit two of those other 10 times.

    He earned his first golden sombraro Saturday. I’m sure it is just the first of many to come.

  5. Sultan of Swaff

    I’m tired of one dimensional players—even a guy like Gomes. Sure he’ll hit you 20 homers, but shouldn’t you when that’s the only thing on your mind? 20 dingers in ~300 at bats is insignificant in my book when in the absence of any other offensive skills. I really hope Frazier or Alonso step up. This team is desperate for players with plate discipline.