Games Played on 04/18/2012

While the parent club is struggling to score runs, the Reds four minor league affiliates scored 31 runs in Wednesday’s games.

Minor League Players of the Day: With a lot of strong offensive performances to choose from, I’m going to go with Billy Hamilton’s nine-game hitting streak. Hamilton was 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs and two RBI’s in Bakersfield’s 6-4 victory.

Toledo 13 – Louisville 9

Neftali Soto was 3 for 4 with a solo homerun, a double, one walk and three runs scored. Mike Costanzo was promoted to AAA to replace Todd Frazier and made his 2012 AAA debut with a 3-run homerun, which tied the game at 6-6 in the 5th. Combined with his AA stats, it was Costanzo’s 4th homerun of the season.

Louisville pitching was mostly shaky tonight. Chad Reineke started, went 5 innings, and allowed 6 runs, 13 hits, 2 walks while striking out just 2 batters. Jordan Smith pitched next, his first game of a rehab assignment off the disabled list. Smith surrendered a 7-6 lead, allowing 4 runs in one-third of an inning. On the positive side, Josh Judy pitched a perfect 9th inning for the Bats.

Jacksonville 8 – Pensacola 7

Henry Rodriguez has hit in 12 of 13 starts this season, including a 2 for 5 night with a double. Didi Gregorius went 4 for 5 with three runs scored, pushing his batting average to .362. Gregorius is still waiting to collect his first extra base hit. Brodie Greene went 2 for 4 with a walk, stolen base, and 3-run homerun. Joel Guzman and Ryan LaMarre also hit homeruns for Pensacola.

Tim Crabbe gave up 4 runs over 5 innings on 4 walks, 7 strikeouts, and just three hits, but two of the three hits were over the outfield fence.

High A
Bakersfield 6 – Visalia 4

Yorman Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Bryson Smith went 2 for 4 with a double, stolen base, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Billy Hamilton (.388/.474/.673) extended his hitting streak to 9 games with a 2 for 5 night, including a double, triple, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Donald Lutz also collected 2 hits in 4 at-bats, an RBI and his first stolen base of the season.

Chad Rogers went 5.1 innings in the start. He allowed 3 runs, 5 hits, struck out 7 and walked no one.

Low A
Dayton 9 – Fort Wayne 4

Junior Arias gave the Dragons a lead they would never relinquish with a 3-run homerun in the 4th inning. Yovan Gonzalez (.429/.500/.762) went 2 for 4 with a solo HR. While splitting time behind the plate, Gonzalez became the first Dragon to hit more than 1 homerun this season. He has two. Theo Bowe was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and 2 stolen bases.

Tanner Robles went 5.2 innings, allowing 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 5. Carlos Contreras and Jimmy Moran combined for 3.1 innings of shutout relief pitching.