Raising Reds: Blaze on Fire, Wahoos Stuggling


From 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Durango works out prior to the game against the New York Yankees. Durango has played well since joining Pensacola. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Two days for the price of one. Can’t beat that. Or can we?

Anyway, three of the affiliates were in action on Tuesday and only one played yesterday. Of the four games, the Reds farm managed to win three. Louisville got back to .500. Bakersfield continues their roll. Dayton won by a big fly.

Pensacola’s offensive struggles continue, but one player is making a nice contribution to the Blue Wahoos offense even though he’s been with the team for only 8 games.

Here’s your look at all four games from the past two days.

Louisville Bats

Tuesday – Bats 6, G-Braves 2 (Box)

W: Reineke (4-3, 3.88) ; L: Poveda (3-3, 2.52)
HR: LOU: Hessman (9) , Miller, C (3)

Mike Hessman hit his team-leading 9th home run of the season and rove in two. Felix Perez drove in a pair as well to provide Chad Reineke all the offense he and the Bats would need. Reineke went 7 innings and allowed only 2 runs on 6 hits.

Next Game: 5/23 v. Pawtucket, 6:35 PM ET. Tony Cingrani (1-0, 0.00) garners his first start since being being optioned back to Louisville.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Tuesday – BayBears 4, Blue Wahoos 2 (Box)

W: Hagens (5-3, 2.91) ; L: Crabbe (2-3, 2.88)
HR: None

The Blue Wahoos dropped their 4th straight game, but not without a fight. Entering the 9th inning, they were staring at a 4-0 deficit. Even with 2 outs,m they kept plugging away, but scoring 2 was not enough. Luis Durango had a pair of hits and is hitting .318 since joining the club a little over a week ago.

Next Game: 5/23 @ Chattanooga, 7:15 PM ET. Chad Rogers (2-2, 2.18) takes the mound.

Bakersfield Blaze

Tuesday – Mavericks 10, Blaze 12 (Box)

W: McMyne (1-2, 5.79) ; L: Brazis (2-1, 6.00)
HR: HD: Choi, J (6) , Blash (10) . BAK: Waldrop (9) , Wright, R 2 (4)

A wild one at Sam Lynn on Tuesday night. Or was it Wednesday morning?

Ryan Wright clubbed 2 homers and had 3 RBI. Kyle Walrop hit a homer and drove in 2 teammates. Juan Silverio was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and Marquez Smith was 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 RBI as well. Mike McMyne picked up his first win of the season. The win marked a sweep of the Mavericks and the 5th straight win for Ken Griffey‘s bunch.

Needless to say, neither team had their starters around for too long in this one.

Next Game: 5/23 v. Stockton, 10:30 PM ET. Jonny Moscot (1-6, 5.77) will look for his second consecutive win.

Dayton Dragons

Wednesday – Whitecaps 4, Dragons 6 (Box)

W: Housey (1-1, 9.00) ; L: Turley (5-2, 2.57) ; SV: Lucas (4)
HR: DAY: Winker (7)

Deuces were wild in last night’s meeting between West Michigan and Dayton, but the wildest deuce came in the Dragons half of the 8th.

With the score knotted at 4-4, Jesse Winker, maybe the hottest hitter among all hitters on any Reds minor league roster, smashed a game-winning two-run home run to provide Dayton with its final margin of victory.

Next Game: 5/23 v. West Michigan, 7:00 PM ET. Drew Cisco (2-3, 2.88) looks to even up his 2013 record.


Kyle Lotzkar – assigned to Bakersfield from Pensacola
Wagner Gomez – assigned to Reds extended spring training from Dayton