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Minor League Player of the Day: Tony Cingrani threw 5 shutout innings (5 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts) and went 2-for-2 in the batters box with a run scored.

Charlotte 5 – Louisville 3

Making his 4th rehab appearance with the Bats, his 7th minor league rehab game overall, Nick Masset threw 2 innings of 2-hit, 1-run baseball. He walked none and struck out 4. Chad Reineke was credited with the loss for allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, no walks and 2 strikeouts over 5 innings.

Louisville mustered only 5 hits. Didi Gregorius and Neftali Soto each had a double and scored a run. Mike Costanzo was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

Mobile 4 – Pensacola 2

Tony Cingrani threw 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, no walks, and striking out 10 batters. The first 5 outs he recorded were strikeouts. Cingrani has allowed just 1 earned run in his three August starts, spanning 16 innings. Cingrani also helped himself at the plate with a 2-for-2 night and a run scored.

Cingrani’s pitching performance made the front page of

Overall, Cingrani is 10-4 with a 1.51 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 23 starts between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Pensacola. For a third-round pick who was a reliever coming out of Rice University, it’s the kind of season that puts a prospect on the map. But Cingrani knows there’s still plenty of road to travel on his journey.

“It feels good,” Cingrani said. “I’m just out doing my job and working hard. This is where it’s taken me so far, it’s pretty good. Whatever the front office chooses to do, I’m just going to go out and do what I do.”

Billy Hamilton reached once on a walk, but stole two more bases. That makes 141 minor league swipes this year, just 4 shy of Vince Coleman’s record.

Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

High A
San Jose 9 – Bakersfield 1

Steve Selsky (.340/.410/.630 in 200 at-bats for Bakersfield) was 2-for-4 and was the only Blaze player with more than one hit.

Jamie Walczak allowed 4 runs, 7 hits, and 5 walks in 2.1 innings. Michael Griffin threw 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hits and striking out 3.

Low A
Lake County 7 – Dayton 0

Dayton had just 5 singles and no extra base hits.

Jacob Johnson (4 ip, 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 bb, 1 k) was responsible for most of the runs that crossed the plate. Carlos Gonzalez and Jimmy Moran each pitched 2 hitless and scoreless innings. Gonzalez struck out 3 batters and Moran struck out 2.

Billings 8 – Idaho Falls 2

Billings was the only Reds minor league affiliate to win on Wednesday. Carlos Sanchez was 2-for-4 with 2 triples, 2 RBI, and 1 run scored. Taylor Wrenn went 2-for-4 with 1 triple and 2 runs scored. Daniel Pigott also hit 2-for-4 and scored two runs.

Sal Romano got the win after pitching 5 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) with no walks and 9 strikeouts.

AZL Giants 9 – AZL Reds 5

Adam Matthews was 3-for-5 with two triples, two RBI and a run scored, Jhimmy Lopez and Brayan Arias each had two hits.

Jose Williams allowed 3 runs in 3 innings on just two hits, but allowed four walks.