Games Played on 5/8/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Making his 7th start of the season, Robert Stephenson was dominate for 6 shutout innings. Stephenson allowed just 3 hits, no walks, and struck out 9.

AAA
Louisville 6 – Lehigh Valley 3

Louisville scored four times in the 1st inning, which is all they would end up needing for the victory. Henry Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) kicked off the rally with a one-out double. Neftali Soto (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R) and Felix Perez (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI) followed with back-to-back singles, which plated Rodriguez. Ryan Hanigan (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) followed with a 2-run single. Hanigan took second base on the throw to the plate and later scored on Kristopher Negron’s only hit of the game.

In his second rehab game, Hanigan stretched his outing from 5 innings in the first contest to 7 innings last night. In addition to his solid night at the plate, Ryan threw out a would be base thief, who had been 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.

Greg Reynolds tossed his 4th straight quality start for the Bats. Reynolds struck out 8 batters and walked none over 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits. The starting pitcher also had a hit in three trips to the plate.

AA
Jacksonville 3 – Pensacola 1

Ryan Dennick bounced back from his last outing to throw 6 innings of 5-hit, 1-run baseball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 4. Dennick also contributed at the plate with a double in two at-bats.

Joe Mather (2-for-4, 2B) knocked in the only Pensacola run. Travis Mattair was the only other Blue Wahoo with two hits. David Vidal (1-for-3, BB) also reached base twice.

High A
San Jose 6 – Bakersfield 1

Juan Perez was 2-for-4 with a double and the lone Blaze run scored. Kyle Waldrop also collected a pair of hits.

James Allen (1-4, 5.50 ERA) allowed just 2 runs over 5 innings on 4 hits, 4 walks, while striking out 4.

Low A
Dayton 11 – Lansing 4

Robert Stephenson (2-3, 4.76 ERA) was dominate on the mound for the Dragons. Stephenson allowed just 3 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 9 over six shutout innings. It was the most innings he’s thrown and the fewest hits, walks, and least runs he’s allowed in any of his seven starts this young season.

Doug Gray of redsminorleagues.com commented that Stephenson was “sitting upper 90’s” last night with his fastball, and that he was throwing his change-up 88-90mph. In the post-game story, Stephenson credits a teammate’s advice on his successful night on the mound:

A couple starts ago, saddled with an 0-3 record and 5.48 ERA, one of Robert Stephenson’s Class A Dayton teammates suggested he try using his old mechanics from high school.

It was working for the teammate — Sal Romano — and so far, it’s hard to argue with the results it’s delivering for Stephenson.

The second-ranked Cincinnati prospect has won both his outings since taking the advice, most notably Wednesday, when he produced one of the best starts of his career.

The Dragon’s offense scored 11 runs for the 2nd consecutive night. The team also scored 11 runs in Stephenson’s previous start on May 1. Junior Arias went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Nick O’Shea (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) had a big 3-run homerun in the 1st inning to give the Dragons the early 3-0 lead. Tanner Rahier pushed the lead to 11-0 with a 2-run homerun in the 6th inning. Jesse Winker (2-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI) and Jeff Gelalich (1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI) each reached base three times.

Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for the Dayton Dragons tonight.