Sunday, April 30, 2006

Rainouts and Two Great Starts today

Dayton and Louisville both had games rained out today.Sarasota and Chattanooga were both able to get in their games. Both teams had great starts by two prospects.
  • Camillo Vazquez made the start for Sarasota and allowed 1 run on 1 hit and 3 walks in 6 innings while striking out 5. He lowered his season ERA to 2.39 in 26.1 innings. The Reds couldnt get him the win however as they gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th to lose 4-1.
  • Phil Dumatrait had an even better start for Chattanooga. Dumatrait went 7 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 10 in a 1-0 win for the Lookouts. Dumatrait lowered his season ERA to 2.14. Phil improved his record to 2-1 on the year.

4/29/2006 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton was postponed.

Sarasota won 6-2
Chattanooga beats Carolina 5-3
Louisville wins 6-5

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Chattanooga Lookouts Roster Moves

- Outfielder Chris Dickerson was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, April 25th (strained groin).

- Mike Nannini rejoined the Lookouts pitching staff from Sarasota on Wednesday, April 26.

- RHP Travis Chick has been placed on the disabled list (4/25/06) with triceps tendonitis.

- Josh Hall has been recalled to AAA Louisville.

- Lookouts closer David Shafer leads the Southern League in saves with six.

Check out the press release

Travis Chick going on the DL isnt a good sign, but hopefully it doesnt lead to anything serious.

Baseball America piece on Homer Bailey

This was a part of their 'Daily Dish' yesterday, here is the part about Homer Bailey
Bailey Cruises Through Tigers

People have been wondering when things are going to click for Reds pitching phenom Homer Bailey, and yesterday they did.

The high Class A Sarasota righthander threw six hitless innings and had nine strikeouts but got a no-decision as Sarasota defeated Lakeland 2-0.

"One of those days that we all lay in bed and think about where everything clicks," Sarasota pitching coach Ed Hodge said. "If not for the pitch count, who knows what he would have accomplished?"

After going 8-4, 4.43 with a 125-62 strikeout-walk ratio in 104 innings last season for low Class A Dayton, Bailey has focused on improving his changeup. He has a mid-90s fastball and a 12-to-6 curveball that could be considered a 70 on the 20-to-80 scale. Last night, he had a third weapon in his arsenal.

"Best changeup I have seen him have yet. When you are going 93-97 in A-ball, you don’t need a heck of a lot more to dominate," Hodge said. "He commanded the changeup, and it is something he has worked extremely hard on. He has really bought into and knows it is something he has got to have."

Bailey was a first-round pick in 2004 out of LaGrange (Texas) High and was Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year. He has been ranked as the Reds' No. 1 prospect the last two years, and has the stuff to be a front of the rotation in the big leagues.

"The biggest thing with a guy that throws that hard is to have the change near the plate," Hodge said. "A power pitcher becomes more of a power pitcher when he develops a change."


You can read the rest of the Daily Dish here

4/28/2006 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton loses 8-6
Sarasota loses 4-3 in 11 innings.
Lookouts split a double header
Louisville Bats lose 5-3

Friday, April 28, 2006

Man, did have the probables wrong or what....

Well in Dayton Carlos Fisher was the probable starter according to, and Travis Wood was the actual starter. Wood went 4.2 innings pitched, allowed 4 earned runs, 4 walks (two intentional) and 3 strikeouts. Jay Bruce has a single and an RBI, Paul Janish is 2-3 and BJ Szymanski has a home run and 2 RBI.

Down in Sarasota they had it right with Sam Lecure making the start for the Reds. He is out of the game now after going 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, while walking just 1 and striking out 6. Reds are tied at 1-1 in the 7th.

Jung Bong was the probable starter in Chattanooga according to and Tyler Pelland was the actual starter. That game is still early on, but Pelland has given up 2 runs on 3 hits after 2 innings.

Mike Gosling started down in Louisville and it got pretty ugly for him. He lasted 4.2 innings, and gave up 4 runs, but only 2 were earned. Here is the scary thing, he walked 7 batters. Louisville is down 4-2 in the 6th.

4/28/2006 Minor League Game Previews

  • Dayton Dragons play at home tonight against the Peoria Chiefs at 7:00. Starting tonight is Carlos Fisher, who in his last outing was very good.Fisher went 6.1 innings, allowing just 3 hits and no runs while striking out 9 and walking 1. Jay Bruce is currently slumping, going 1 for his last 16 with 6 strikeouts. Hopefully he can see that end tonight and get back on track.
  • Sarasota takes on Lakeland on the road tonight. Sam Lecure will take the hill in hopes of rebounding from his last start where he went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. Lecure still struck out 5 batters, but would like to rebound with a nice outing tonight.
  • The Chattanooga Lookouts are playing in Carolina tonight as Jung Keun Bong takes the hill for the Lookouts with a 5.93 ERA. Bong really could use a good game to lower his ERA a bit. The Lookouts are in first place and would like to continue winning by beating Carolina who is 5 games back.
  • Louisville plays at Slugger Field in Louisville tonight with Mike Gosling taking the mound. Louisville is sitting at 10-12 right now, but only 1.5 games back and in second place tie with tonights opponent, the Toledo Mudhens. The Bats have two guys absolutely raking for them in Chris Denorfia and Ray Olmedo, who are hitting .373 and .356.

4/27/2006 Game Articles and 9 questions with Michael Gosling

Dragons lose 6-2
Sarasota wins 2-0
Chattanooga loses 7-1 and the second game is suspended

Louisville loses 7-2

Going Nine with....Michael Gosling (Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier Journal)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Article on Bailey and Sarasota Reds 1 hitter today

Homer, Reds fall just short of no-hit oddyssey (Christopher Heine,
Homer Bailey's three-pitch repertoire was in full force Thursday afternoon as the Reds' top pitching prospect threw six no-hit innings to lead Sarasota past Lakeland, 2-0.

Brock Till (1-0) was nearly perfect in the seventh and eighth and earned the win for the visiting Reds. However, Carlos Alvarado gave up a bunt single to Gilberto Mejia with one out in the ninth to end the team's no-hit bid. The Mejia roller toward second base turned out to be the only Tigers hit.

"It's disappointing that we lost the no-hitter on a bunt in the ninth," said Reds catcher Tom Purdom. "But, I can't blame [Mejia] at all. It's a two-run game. They were still in it and trying to win any way they can."

Darren Anderson's two-run blast in the eighth proved to be the game-winner for Sarasota (11-10) but came too late to garner a win for Bailey, who was caught in a pitcher's duel with Lakeland starter Dallas Trahern.

Bailey, a 6-foot-4 flamethrower, was simply dominating while striking out nine, issuing two walks and lowering his ERA to 3.08. He rebounded dramatically from a poor outing against Dunedin on April 22, when he surrendered four runs on five hits in five innings.

"Today, I was just attacking with my fastball and getting ahead in the count, which made it easier to set the batters up for my changeup and curveball," Bailey said. "My change-up was better than it has been. I was locating all three of my pitches really well."

Sarasota manager Donnie Scott pulled his starter after the sixth because Bailey was too close to his mandatory 90-pitch count to justify beginning another frame. Scott said that Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky is keeping the organization's top prospect on a short leash.

Bailey's fastball typically clocks out at 92-94 mph but occasionally reaches the 96-97 range. Scott said his young hurler's reliance on it Thursday was planned.

"Homer had been pitching backwards a lot, throwing his breaking stuff first, and today we told him to go out there and trust his fastball," Scott said. "We told him to go out there and get beat with his best stuff if he's got to get beat. He was locating his fastball well, and that allowed him to get ahead in the count. Staying ahead in the count will be key for him. Once he gets that under his belt, he'll be able to take it to the next level."

Bailey, who hasn't thrown a no-hitter since tossing multiple ones in high school, didn't try to convince his manager to let him stay in the game.

"It's a little frustrating to have to come out of the game with a no-hitter going, but it's for the best in terms of my development," he said. "It would have been the first in my professional career, so it would have been kind of special."

After Mejia's bunt single, Alvarado notched his second save by striking out Clete Thomas and getting Jeffrey Frazier to hit a routine fly ball into center to end the game.

Jeff Hahn (4-1) gave up the homer to Anderson and took his first loss while throwing the eighth. Eddie Bonine blanked the Reds in the ninth to keep the game close.

Trahern was almost as good as Bailey, allowing four hits without any runs and striking out four for the Tigers (9-12). He lowered his ERA to 5.40.

With the Reds leading the series 2-0, the two teams conclude their three-game set at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. -- Christopher Heine/

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Great performance by Homer Bailey and the Sarasota Reds today

The Sarasota Reds played today at 10:35 in the morning and Homer Bailey took the mound with a great performance. Homer pitched 6 innings, where he allowed 0 hits, 2 walks and 9 strikoutes. Brock Till relieved Bailey in the 7th inning, and he pitched 2 hitless innings, to carry a no hitter into the 9th inning. Carlos Alvarado came out to pitch the 9th inning, he struck out the first batter of the inning. The second batter of the inning layed down a bunt single.....isnt there an unwritten rule about bunts late in games with no hitters on the line? Anyways, he broke up the no hitter, and Alvarado finished off the next two hitters to close out a 2-0 Sarasota Reds win. Three pitchers combined for a 1 hitter where they struck out 13 batters.

Update on Philippe Valiquette

From the Dayton Daily News:
One starter about to return is Philippe Valiquette, who went on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle on April 14.

Valiquette threw on the side Wednesday and should be ready to go early next week.

You can read the rest of the article here

4/26/2006 Minor League Game Articles

Dayton loses 6-4 to Peoria.
  • Jeff Stevens had a rough outing as he only lasted 4 innings, where he allowed 7 hits and 5 runs. Mike Griffin went 2-4 with and RBI and BJ Szymanski had a triple and 2 RBI. Szymanski is still hitting under .200 for the season and is really in need of a very hot streak to get back on the right track.
Sarasota Reds win 20-2
Chattanooga Lookouts game rained out. It will be a part of a double header today.

Louisville loses 3-0

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

4/26/2006 Update

I cant be at the computer long becuase of the knee right now, so Im just gonna try to keep the update somewhat short.

4/25/2006 Game Updates
  • Dayton won 4-1 last night behind a great start by Johnny Cueto. Cueto went 5 innings while only allowing 3 hits, 0 walks and striking out 8. For the season Cueto has a 3.15 ERA, 14 hits allowed, 2 walks and 29 strikeouts in just 20 innings.
  • Sarasota won 6-5 last night thanks in part to a 5 run first inning. Camillo Vazquez had a decent outing, lasting 5.1 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He did strike out 6 though, and had his ERA rise to 2.66 on the season.
  • Chattanooga won 3-2 behind another good outing by Phil Dumatrait. Dumatrait went 5 innings of 7 hit, 1 walk and 1 run baseball. He struck out 4. The bullpen came on to pitch 4 innings of 1 run and 4 hit relief to close out the game and preserve the win for Dumatrait.
  • Louisville pulled out the win 8-6 over Toledo. The Bats used 6 pitchers on the day. Starter Chris Michalak allowed 6 runs in the two innings he pitched and the relievers went on to go 7 innings of 6 hit and no run baseball. Very good job by the Louisville bullpen. Article talks a little about Jay Bruce among other prospects

Monday, April 24, 2006

Little note about the site for the next few days....

I am having ACL replacement surgery on my knee Tuesday thank to Dr. Kremchek at Beacon Orthopedics (Reds doctor). I am also heading up to Dayton to catch the Dragons play tonight. After tonight though, it may or may not be 2 or 3 days before I get to update the site. Hopefully I wont miss any updates, but I cant say for sure how it all will go down with what I can and cant do after surgery and getting to a computer right away. If there arent any updates, the other Reds Bloggers out there have some good coverage of the minor league stuff as well, so just check the links over to the right or check out

4/23/2006 Game Articles

Dragons win 2-1
Sarasota loses 7-5
Chattanooga wins 9-2
Louisville loses 10-0

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Updates on Richie Gardner and Thomas Pauly

John Fay had this in his Reds Notebook in todays paper.
Richie Gardner and Thomas Pauly were the No. 3- and No. 6-rated prospects by Baseball America going into last season. If you've checked this year's minor-league stats, you'll see they are nowhere to be found.

The two right-handers are coming off shoulder surgery and rehabbing at extended spring training.

"Richie is about two weeks from throwing off the mound," said Johnny Almaraz, the Reds' director of player development/international operations. "Pauly is a little behind him, probably a month away."

Gardner, 24, was minor-league player of the year in '04 after combining to go 13-5 with a 2.53 ERA at Single-A Sarasota and Double-A Chattanooga. That same year, Pauly went 8-7 with a 2.97 ERA and led the Carolina League with 135 strikeouts in 1211/3 innings.

You can read the rest of the article HERE

Elizardo Ramirez gets the call to the Reds

With Eric Milton having knee surgery, the Reds had a spot in the rotation they needed filled. With the way the rotation in Louisville was going, it seemingly helped Elizardo Ramirez over Justin Germano who couldnt possibly start until the middle of this week. Ramirez had a very good start last time out, he went 6 innings of 3 hit, no run, no walk and 7 strikeout baseball.

4/22/2006 Game Articles

Dayton wins 7-2
Sarasota loses 9-8
Lookouts win 9-0
Louisville loses 9-7

Saturday, April 22, 2006

4/21/2006 Game Articles and other News

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Reds talk from Baseball America Chat with Matt Meyers

Baseball America has a chat session on their website going on right now and so far we have had three Reds questions, but one dealt with Brandon Phillips, so we wont discuss that one. Here is what we have had so far though:

Q: Paul from NJ asks:
You have to admit that Phillip Hughes is probably the best pitching prospect in High A.

Matt Meyers: No, I don't have to admit it. He is certainly in the discussion, but I think Cole Hamels, Homer Bailey and Mike Pelfrey would have something to say about it. Hughes is a great prospect, and he might certainly be the best, but I don't think it is so clear cut. In fact, when we did our Top 100, Pelfrey was No. 36, Bailey was No. 38 and Hughes was No. 39. So clearly they are close.

Nice to see that Bailey is possibly one of the best pitchers in High A. Bailey and Hughes are roughly the same age, while Pelfrey and Hamels are both a few years older.

Q: Chris from Ohio asks:
Jay Bruce is off to a pretty good start it seems..How do you see him doing as the season goes on? Do you see him having a hard time finding a starting job in that slugging Cininnati outfield?

Matt Meyers: Bruce is a stud, but I think you have some time before that is an issue. He is a couple of years away from being ready for the big leagues, and that is if he is on the super-fast track. By then, my guess is Griffey will be done (unless they create some kind of hamstring replacement surgery) and Dunn will be at first base full-time.

Not much to say there other than I doubt Dunn is at first, because rumor has it he had a gentlemans agreement that he would sign the contract if he could play in the outfield because he didnt like first base.

4/20/2006 Minor League Game Articles and Scores

Dayton beats the Swing of the Quad Cities 8-4
Sarasota takes down Dunedin 7-3

Chattanooga falls to Mobile 6-1
Louisville wins 10-6 over Syracuse
Nice article on Chris Denorfia
Working hard for his money (Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier Journal)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Jay Bruce is on FIRE!

Man after that 0-18 slump he went through, he is tearing the cover off of the ball. He went 2-4 tonight, with a HR and 4 RBI, he also scored twice. Since he was 0-18, he is now 13 for 25, which is a .520 average, and he is slugging 1.040 over those same at bats. For the season he is at .339 BA, .403 OB% and .625 SLG%. He has 2 home runs, 6 doubles, 2 triples and 8 RBI in 14 games. He also has just 8 strikeouts in 56 at bats, to go along with 6 walks. Very impressive start for Bruce.

Gosling sent back to Louisville after debut

Mark Sheldon over at wrote this article, check is out if you like.
Gosling sent back to Louisville after Debut (Mark Sheldon,

4/19/2006 Minor League Game Articles

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

4/19/2006 Minor League Scores/Recaps

Dayton falls in 10 to Quad Cities, 5-4
  • Zach Ward made the start for Dayton. Ward made it 5 innings, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 0. He gave up 4 runs, 3 earned. Bo Lanier pitched the 9th inning and kept the game tied. He was brought back to pitch the 10th, where he led off the inning with a walk, single and an intentional walk before being removed from the game in favor of Wayne Lundgren. Lundgren struck out the first batter he faced, but gave up a single to the next hitter to end the game. On the offensive side of things Paul Janish went 2-5 with a home run, Jay Bruce went 2-4 with a double, walk and 2 runs scored and Eric Eymann went 2-4 with an RBI. For the season Bruce is now hitting .327 with 6 doubles, 2 triples and a HR.
Sarasota rallies in the 8th to win 7-4
  • A 5 run 8th inning gave the Reds the lead after giving it up in the bottom of the 4th. James Avery made the start but only lasted 3.2 innings after allowing 6 hits and 3 runs. The top of the ordered (1-2-3) combined to go 0-13. Cody Strait went 4-5 with 4 doubles and an RBI to go along with the 2 runs he scored. Drew Anderson came up to the plate in the 8th inning with the bases loaded, he came through in the clutch by hitting a 3 run triple to take the lead 6-3.
Chattanooga beats Mobile 5-4
  • Luis Bolivar went 2-3 and he scored 2 runs including one of the go ahead runs in the 5th inning thanks for an Eric Crozier single. Joey Votto continued to slump, going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Steve Kelly went 6.1 innings and picked up the win to improve his record to 2-0. Jon Coutlangus came in and pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings only giving up a hit and a walk.
Louisville falls to Syracuse 4-0
  • Elizardo Ramirez made an excellent start going 6 innings of 3 hit and no walk baseball. He allowed no runs and had 7 strikeouts. Ryan Wagner on the other hand, had a very bad outting allowing 4 hits and 4 runs, including a walk over 1.2 innings to pick up the loss. The offense did not help much, as they only combined for 4 hits on the day.

4/18/2006 Minor League Game Articles

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Jay Bruce interview on 1360am in Cincinnati

Lance McAlister had Jay Bruce on this afternoon on his radio show. It is on in Cincinnati on 1360 AM from 3:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. He has the interview available for download on his website. You can visit the site at or you can just download the interview by clicking here. The file is an MP3 and is 23MB, so be patient.

4/18/2006 Minor League scores/recaps

Dayton beats Quad Cities 8-0
  • Paul Janish went 1-4 with an RBI, while Michael Griffin went 0-4 but had 2 RBIs. Jay Bruce went 1-2, while walking twice. BJ Szymanski scored twice, but went 0-4 with a walk. Carlos Fisher made the start for the Dragons and went 6 strong innings of 1 hit, 1 walk and 4 strikeout baseball.
Sarasota loses to Clearwater 6-1
  • The Reds managed only 3 hits and 1 run against Clearwater tonight. Zack Segovia went 8 innings and only allowed 2 hits for Clearwater. Sam Lecure pitched for the Reds, only going 5 innings. He allowed 5 hits and 1 walk, struck out 5. He also gave up 4 runs.
Chattanooga wins 10-8 in 10 innings over Mobile
  • The Lookouts had 4 players with multiple hits. Joey Votto was not one of them. Votto went 0-6 tonight in the win for the Lookouts. Aaron Herr went 2-5 with a home run and 4 RBI. Tyler Pelland got no help at all from his defense. He only lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 7 runs on 5 hits. The problem was, not a single one of the runs were earned. Calvin Medlock came in to pitch the 9th inning and picked up the win.
Louisville takes down Syracuse in 11 innings
  • The bottom of the 11th started out with Ray Olmedo getting hit by a pitch. He was then sacraficed to second base by Chris Denorfia. Jesse Gutierrez was intentionally walked to get to new Louisville Bat, Andy Abad. Abad comes through in the clutch with a double to win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Baseball America on the Dragons

Dayton has one of the more prospect-laden rosters in the Midwest League, as it boasts six of the Reds top 30 prospects. The presence of prospects does not always lead to wins; however, as Dayton is currently 3-8. It is the worst record in the MWL and they sit in last place in the Eastern division. To open the season, they lost three of four to South Bend, a club that features none of the Diamondbacks' top 30 prospects.

It has not been the fault of the Dayton prospects; however, as outfielder Jay Bruce (No. 2) and shortstop Paul Janish (No. 14) are hitting .304/.347/.565 and .440/.423/.440. That is not a typo, by virtue of having no walks and one sacrifice fly, Janish has a lower on-base percentage than batting average.

Lefthanders Travis Wood (No. 3) and Philippe Valiquette (No. 20) and righthander Zach Ward (No. 13) have combined for a 2.27 ERA in 32 innings, with 26 strikeouts and 13 walks.

The outlier of the group has been outfielder B.J. Szymanski (No. 4), who is hitting .171/.227/.390 with 23 strikeouts in 41 at-bats. This is Szymanski's second time through the MWL as he hit .262/.332/.471 there last year in 191 at-bats before his season was cut short by a hand injury.

You can read the entire article at

Jay Bruce interview on 1360am today between 3pm and 6pm

Lance McAlister is going to have Jay on during his show today. Lance usually podcasts his interviews, and if he does this one, I will link it so anyone outside of the Cincinnati area can listen to it.

Quick prospect run down after 2 weeks

Here is a quick run down of what some of the Reds prospects have done at this point through the season, be it good or bad. I may have left a few guys out, but if I did, it was just by overlooking them.


Hitters- avg/ob%/slg
  • Jay Bruce- .304/.347/.565, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, 2 SB, 4 RBI
  • Paul Janish- .440/.423/.440, 4 RBI
  • BJ Szymanski- .171/.227/.390, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 23 strikeouts in 41 at bats


  • Travis Wood- 1-0, 2.84 ERA, 19 strikeouts, 5 walks in 12.2 innings.
  • Zach Ward- 0-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 innings, 5 hits, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts.
  • Johnny Cueto- 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 10 innings, 6 hits, 0 walks, 14 strikeouts.
  • Philippe-Alexander Valiquette- 1-0, 1.13 ERA, 8 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.


  • Brandon Roberts- .298/.298/.319, 0 walks, 3 stolen bases
  • Adam Rosales- .278/.381/.444, 1 HR, 5 RBI


  • Homer Bailey- 1-2, 2.93 ERA, 15.1 innings, 2 walks, 15 strikeouts.
  • Sam Lecure- 1-1, 2.45 ERA, 11 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 15 strikeouts.
  • James Avery- 1-0, 2.53 ERA, 10.2 innings, 10 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts.
  • Camilo Vazquez- 0-0, 1.00 ERA, 9ip, 3 walks, 12 hits, 11 strikeouts.



  • Joey Votto- .340/.377/.660 4 HR, 10 RBI, 4 doubles, 8 strikeouts.


  • Travis Chick- 0-0, 4.73 ERA, 13.1 innings, 15 hits, 5 walks, 10 strikeouts.
  • Tyler Pelland- 0-0, 5.79 ERA, 9.1 innings, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts.
  • Calvin Medlock- 2-1, 2.35 ERA, 7.2 innings, 3 hits, 6 walks.
  • Phil Dumatrait- 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. *not injured, wife had their first baby, so he took a week off and missed a start*


  • Ray Olmedo- .412/.412/.529
  • Chris Denorfia- .375/.459/.563, 3 doubles, 1HR, 5 RBI, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 stolen bases. Why isnt he here?
  • William Bergolla- .316/.316/.526, 1 double, 1HR, 6 RBI


  • Justin Germano- 2-1, 2.41 ERA, 18.2 innings, 16 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts.
  • Josh Hall- 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 10.2 innings, 7 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts.

News articles for 4/17/2006 games and more

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Phillipe-Alexandre Valiquette has been placed on the DL due to an oblique strain suffered in his last start.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Minor League scores for 4/17/2006

  • Dayton beat the Quad Cities 6-3 in a clinic of not how to play defense. The teams combined for 7 errors. Jay Bruce hit his first home run of the year and drove in 2. Travis Wood made the start, allowing 2 runs, but only 1 earned in 4 innings. He gave up 3 hits and 3 walks to go with 4 strikeouts. Jeff Stevens took over for Wood in the 5th and picked up the win for the Dragons.

  • The Sarasota Reds for the second time in a week held a matchup with two of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Cole Hamels of the Clearwater Threshers and Homer Bailey of the Reds squared off. Last time, Hamels took care of the Reds with ease and the Threshers won. This time, Bailey pulled out his first victory of the year while Hamels got the loss. Homer went 5 innings of 1 hit baseball and struck out 5. He did not allow a run. Hamels only last 4.2 innings of 7 hit, 4 run (3 earned) baseball. He did however strike out 8 Reds. Brandon Roberts, Tonys Gutierrez and Drew Anderson had multi-hit games that led to the 7-1 win.

  • Chattanooga defeated Mobile 5-4 in 10 innings. Miguel Perez led off the 10th inning with a single, was sacraficed over and doubled in by Noochie Varner for the go ahead run in the top of the 10th. Joey Votto went 2-6 with his 4th HR of the year and 2 RBI. Chris Dickerson also had 2 hits. All combined, the Lookouts had 14 hits in their 10 innings. Travis Chick only lasted 4.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4.

  • The Louisville Bats took care of Ottawa 2-1. Justin Germano made the start and went 7 innings of 0 run, 4 hit and 4 strikeout baseball. On the other side of things, Chris Denorfia went 3-3, with a walk, a double and a run scored. Rob Stratton went 1-4 with a double and both RBI's for the Bats. Jason Larue making a rehab start went 0-4 with a strikeout.

Minor league scores for 4/16/2006

  • Dayton did not play.
  • Sarasota was also off.
  • Chattanooga lost 7-6 to Mobile. Former Red Bubba Nelson picked up the win.
  • Louisville won over Ottawa 5-1.
Tonights games
  • Dayton plays at 7:30
  • Sarasota plays at 7:05
  • Chattanooga plays at 8:05
  • Louisville plays at 7:15

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Minor League game articles for 4/15/2006

Dragons can't hold on against Wizards (Dayton Daily News)
Lookouts beat Carolina Mudcats in ten innings, 2-1 (Tim Evearitt, The Chattanoogan)
Two lefties help Bats get it right (Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier Journal)

Non game articles

Wagner working to regain star status

4/15/2006 Scoreboard
  • Dayton loses 5-4
  • Sarasota wins 4-3
  • Chattanooga wins 2-1 in 10 innings
  • Louisville wins both games of a double header, 6-2 and 3-0

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Update on Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette

Hadnt heard much about why he left the game the other night after the third inning, but it just turns out he had cramps. Hopefully that is all it is.

Good/Bad things so far in the season

  • Paul Janish is hitting .440, not bad for a guy who was supposed to be all leather.
  • Jay Bruce is hitting .308, slugging .513 and has 6 extra base hits.
  • Zach Ward has a 2.45 ERA, Travis Wood has a 3.12 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 8.2 innings.
  • Philippe-Alexandre Valiquette has a 1.12 ERA through 8 innings.
  • BJ Szymanski is hitting .152 and has 18 strikeouts in 33 at bats.
  • Zach Ward has 6 walks and just 5 strikeouts in 11 innings.
  • With the exclusion of Haltiwanger and Stott, the bullpen has been attrocious.
  • 2-7 is the teams record.
  • Adam Rosales is hitting .321 and slugging .536 while getting on base at a clip of .424.
  • Jay Garthwaite has 3 HR and 10 RBI in 9 games this season.
  • Sam Lecure and James Avery have ERA's of 2.45 and 2.53 respectively. Lecure has 15 strikeouts in 11 innings.
  • Homer Bailey has yet to issue a walk in 10.2 innings and has struck out 10.
  • Camilo Vazquez has an ERA of 1.00 and 11 strikeouts in 9 innings.
  • John Purdom, Drew Anderson, Mark Schramek and Cody Strait are all hitting under .200 in a combined 30 games.
  • Joey Votto is hitting .343, has 3 HR and has 3 walks and just 4 strikeouts in 35 at bats. He is also slugging .686.
  • Phil Dumatrait has only pitched one outting, but it was a good one. 1 hit, 5 strikeouts over 6 innings.
  • Miguel Perez is hitting .120
  • Only 2 Lookout players are hitting over .250
  • Tyler Pelland and Travis Chick have ERAs over 5.00.
  • Chris Denorfia and Rob Stratton are both hitting over .300 with slugging percentages over .500
  • Justin Germano has an ERA under 4
  • The Bats still only have 4 guys, 3 are pitchers, under the age of 24 on the team.
  • Elizardo Ramirez has an ERA over 6
What does all of this mean? Absolutely nothing at all. It is just 8 or 9 games into the minor league season. It means some guys are performing well for a week, and other are not. Some guys need to do lots of improving, but its still early.

Minor League articles for 4/14/2006 Games

Friday, April 14, 2006

Get to know Travis Chick has up a 20 question/answer thing with Chattanooga Lookouts Pitcher Travis Chick.
Get to know Travis Chick

Minor League news

This just in from Marc Lancaster:

  • Frank Menechino has been released

  • William Bergolla (high groin strain) and Ray Olmedo (strained right
    elbow) have been activated from Louisville's DL

  • Terrence Long has been transferred from Billings to Louisville

  • Left-hander Mike Venafro has signed and will report to Louisville

  • Right-hander Tom Shearn and catcher John Castellano have been
    assigned to Billings

Game Articles for 4/13/2006 and Prospect articles

Game Articles

Prospect Articles

Thursday, April 13, 2006

I usually stick to minor league stuff.....

.....but Adam Dunn is 1-16 this year with runners on base and 10-15 with the bases empty, along with 5 solo home runs. It is early in the season and Dunn has never been a guy who hits well with runners on base, but he always hits around the same with or without anyone on, but he needs to step it up.

Minor league observations
Jay Bruce is now 0-18 over his last 18 at bats.*Just hit a triple to lead off the 3rd inning*
Joey Votto has 2 stolen bases already. He has never had more than 9 in 1 season.
Travis Wood has been throwing a curve this year, something he has not had in the past.
Sam Lecure may prove to be the steal of the 2005 draft.
Paul Janish is not playing tonight, he is giving his hand a rest. Hope its nothing serious.
Homer Bailey has yet to walk a batter this year.
How much longer is Chris Denorfia going to be in Louisville with the play in left field by Adam Dunn? Dunn needs to be moved to first.

Game Articles for 4/12/2006

Lugnuts pound out 14 basehits, strike out 11 Dragons in win (Bucky Albers, Dayton Daily News)

Reds blank Clearwater; LaRue, McCracken play (Phil Denis, Herald Tribune)

Lookouts Win Second Straight Over Carolina, 4-2 (Tim Evearett, The Chattanoogan)

Gutierrez's 3 RBIs lift Bats to 8-2 victory (Louisville Courier Journal)

4-12-2006 Minor League Rundown


Well, Dayton had another rough night of it, losing 10-4 to Lansing. On the offensive side of thing, Paul Janish continued hitting the ball well, going 2-4 scoring a run and driving in another. Jay Bruce went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout. His outfielder to his left B.J. Szymanski went 0-4 with a walk and 4 strikeouts. As for the pitchers, they fared about as well as the outfielders. Fisher, Stevens, Camaerdese, Lanier and George all gave up at least 1 run. They combined to allow 14 hits and walked 5.


Sam Lecure. Get to know the name. Lecure was last years 4th round pick. He made his second start for Sarasota tonight. 7 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. Lecure was drafted out of Texas, where he did not pitch his Junior year, which led to the Reds getting him in the 4th round. I really like what the 2005 draft has done so far. Speaking of the 2005 draft, the guy they took with their 31st round pick, Abe Woody, came in the game in the 9th to close it up after Blake Hendley took care of the 8th. The Reds won the game 2-0. Quinton McCracken and Jason Larue are both in Sarasota on rehab. McCracken went 3-4 with a run and a triple while Larue went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.


The Lookouts won tonight 4-2 over the Carolina Mudcats. Travis Chick started the game but only last 3.2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs. Chick left the game in the 4th inning due to a leg injury, but at this time I don't know the extent of it, but when information is available it will be posted. Recently acquired pitcher Jon Coutlangus picked up the win by going 2.1 innings of 4 strikeout hitless baseball. Offensively the Lookouts onnly collected 4 hits, but they did rack up 6 walks. They scored 3 unearned runs off of Mudcats starter Adam Bostick, but went hitless over the last 3.1 innings after Bostick left the game.


Louisville beat up on Syracuse tonight to the tune of 8-2. Justin Germano pitched 7.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 0 walks and 2 runs while striking out 4. Ryan Wagner came on to take care of the last 1.2 innings while only allowing 1 base runner, a walk. He also struck out 1. Frank Menechino and Chris Denorfia both went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Denorfia scored twice. Jesse Gutierrez went 3-5, with 2 doubles, a HR, 3 RBI and scored twice.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Does anyone know how to use these well

I hate this thing!
I want this thing to look quite a bit different, but this thing uses the wierdest code stuff ever. Why cant they just use html or something? Anyways, if anyone knows of an editor or something that will allow me to set this page up with the right colors and pictures everywhere, that is free, please let me know.

New Format for

Well as you may have noticed, this is a completely new format. Why you ask? Well my old server has been down for several days and has shown no signs of coming back. It was a buddy of mine from a long time ago who loaned me the server space for a previous website I was doing, and after several years it seems he may have pulled the plug on allowing use of it.

Blogs dont give me the complete control that I like to have over the website, and I will be changing around the format of the blog layout as I get more comfortable with it, but for now this is what we have. With this blog thing though, updates will probably happen a little differently, but I will still be able to get all of the information out that I was before.

Tomorrow I will start up with the new updates full of all of your Reds minor league updates and information. Thanks for checking with the site, and sorry for the problems, they have been driving me insane just as much.

Doug Gray