MINOR LEAGUE NEWSBefore touching on the games, there were a couple of noteworthy articles yesterday regarding the Reds farm system.

First, this piece from milb.com on Reds LH prospect Tony Cingrani discusses his collegiate and minor league background, which pitches he throws, and a self-assessment from Cingrani on how effectively he throws each of his pitches.

Then, there were a handful of notes from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Among them:
–The Reds are discussing whether Billy Hamilton should be promoted to AA
–Robert Stephenson (2011 #1 draft pick) is scheduled to make his professional debut with Billings this season
–Paul Janish is “very close” to returning to the AAA Louisville Bats
–Henry Rodriguez is still “a few weeks” from returning to AA Pensacola from his broken thumb injury

Now for Games Played on 06/13/2012

Minor League Player of the Day: There were several strong performances to choose from, but I selected Mark Fleury’s 3-for-4 day that included a double, a run scored, and the game winning RBI bunt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Louisville had the day off.

Pensacola 4 – Mobile 3 in 11 innings

Pensacola won the game on Mark Fleury’s walk-off bases loaded bunt with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning. Fleury was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and the game winning RBI.

Didi Gregorius was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.

Tim Crabbe allowed 2 runs in his 4.1 inning start. He gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 7. The Blue Wahoos’ bullpen allowed just a solo homerun in 6.2 innings. They collectively allowed just 4 hits, 4 walks and struck out 6.

High A
Stockton 9 – Bakersfield 6

Travis Mattair was 2-for-4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Redleg Nation Spotlight player, Tucker Barnhart was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Barnhart also picked a runner off first base. Billy Hamilton stole his 74th stolen base of the year.

Andrew Brackman allowed just 1 unearned run over 4.1 innings. He gave up 3 hits but 5 walks while striking out 3 batters. The Blaze bullpen allowed 8 runs over the final 3.2 innings for the loss.

Low A
Dayton 8 – Great Lakes 7

Jefry Sierra was 4-for-5 with 2 stolen bases, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Redleg Nation Spotlight player, Sean Buckley hit his second homerun in as many days. The hot-hitting Buckley is batting .343/.439/.686 over his last ten games.

Jacob Johnson allowed 7 runs, though just 3 earned, in 4 innings. He gave up 8 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 1 batter. The Dragons bullpen shut out the Loons for the final 5 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6.