Minor League Player of the Day: Gary Matthews, Jr. In his debut with the Reds organization, Matthews went 0-6 and struck out five times. Spectacular.
AAA: Norfolk 4, Louisville 3 (13 innings)
–The Reds lost a squeaker in thirteen innings. Matt Maloney started and gave up three runs on four hits in six innings, striking out six and walking none. His ERA is down to 3.60 on the year.
–Louisville got excellent relief work out of Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Fisher, and Bill Bray. Jared Burton walked two in an inning and a third, but he combined with the other relievers to hold the Tides scoreless until the 13th inning. The work of Chapman, Bray, and Burton are of particular interest to Reds fans, as they may be in Cincinnati sooner rather than later.
–Offensively, only two Bats had multiple hits. SS Zack Cozart and RF Wladimir Balentien each had two hits. Ryan Hanigan got back behind the plate for the first time, and Todd Frazier and Danny Dorn each had homers.
–You will never believe how the Reds lost. Apparently, Philippe Valiquette was trying to intentionally walk a Norfolk player in the bottom of the 13th with a runner on third. During the intentional walk, Valiquette threw a wild pitch, allowing the runner to score from third and end the game. What a walkoff win.
–Not much to report here. SS Kris Negron had two hits and scored two runs from the leadoff spot. CF Dave Sappelt went 2-4 with a homer and three RBI. In 51 games at Carolina, the 23-year old Sappelt is hitting .337/.367/.513 with 5 homers.
–P Matt Fairel didn’t fare well in his start, but he did hit a homer.
High-A: Lynchburg 5, Kinston 3
Low-A: Lansing 4, Dayton 1
–No Dragons had more than one hit, but recently-drafted CF Ryan LaMarre (out of Michigan) went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. In his short time in professional baseball (10 games), LaMarre is hitting .282/.364/.385.
—JC Sulbaran took the loss, going 5.2 IP, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking three. He’s 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA on the season.
Rookie: AZL Reds 8, AZL Athletics 3
–SS Junior Arias went 4-5 with a homer, a triple, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. In his first five games, the 18 year old is hitting .375/.423/.708.
—Carlos Contreras, a 19 year old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, picked up a save by going four innings and giving up just one hit (and no runs).
Rookie: Missoula 10, Billings 9
–21 year old 1B Jonathan Kaskow went 4-4 with a homer, two doubles, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a walk thrown in for good measure. The big guy from Stanford is now hitting .333/.467/.750 in four games.
–17 year old CF Yorman Rodriguez went 4-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. After 6 games, he’s hitting .379/.379/.586 and he hasn’t drawn a single walk.