Raising Reds: 4/8/13

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Yesterday was a tough one for the Reds affiliates. Only one was able to pull of a “W”, Pensacola. Two were shutout (Bakersfield and Dayton) and none scored more than 2 runs in their game. Needless to say, the lumber was not up to the task on this day near to the extent it was on the previous days.

The exact opposite held form from the big club as one big inning would lead to the defeats. The only club that had neither a big inning nor allowed one was the Blue Wahoos.

Here’s the wrap from yesterday’s Reds farm action.

Louisville Bats (3-2)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbus (3-2) 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 0 7 8 2
Louisville (3-2) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1

Billy Hamilton: 4-for-5, 2 RBI, 3 SB

In the four games he has played this season, Hamilton is batting .500 (8-for-16) and has only one strikeout. Of course with BHam you have to consider the 6 steals.

Next game: tonight/home v. Columbus with start of 6:35 PM ET.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (3-2)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tennessee (2-3) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Pensacola (3-2) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 X 2 5 0

Brodie Greene: 2-for-2
Daniel Renken: W (1-0), 7 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Greene upped his batting average to .412 (7-for 17) after this performance. In only plating two runs, the start from Renken was a necessity.

The Blue Wahoos lead the Southern League in home runs (5).

Next game: 4/10 @ Mobile (2-3)

Bakersfield Blaze (0-5)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Bakersfield (0-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Visalia (2-3) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 3 0

Juan Duran: 2-for-3
Carlos Gonzalez: 3 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Michael Dennhardt: 2 IP, H, 3 SO
Brooks Pinckard: IP, 0 H

May seem strange that three pitchers are listed here, but after the Blaze were in an early 4-0 deficit, the ‘pen kept hoped alive with six innings of shutout ball.

Next game: @ Visalia with start time of 10:00 PM ET

Dayton Dragons (2-3)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dayton (2-3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
South Bend (3-2) 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 6 10 1

Beau Amaral: 2-for-4
Alejandro Chacin: 3 IP, H, 3 SO

With what little offense the Dragons were able to muster against the Silver Hawks, Amaral was the lone offensive bright spot on this day. The ‘pen provided a stellar effort from Chacin.

Next game: @ South Bend with a start time of 7:05 PM ET.

Prospect of the Day

If you think I’m overlooking Renken’s effort, you are a little right and a little wrong. It’s hard to pass over what Hamilton did as he drove in the Bats only two runs and he added three more swipes giving him six on the season.

But in the end, Renken’s effort does overshadow Hamilton’s as the Blue Wahoos were able to notch a win where the Bats were unable to do so. The only run he allowed was on a sacrifice fly in the Smokies half of the first inning. After that, Renken permitted only two hits over his remaining six innings, the same number he allowed in that first inning.

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