Raising Reds: Streaking Blaze!


May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Detailed view of an official MLB baseball in a glove in the Atlanta Braves dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time this season, a team on the farm owns a winning streak that extends beyond five games.

If you think back to how the Bakersfield Blaze already owns three separate losing streaks of at least 7 games, they are the most unlikely candidate to accomplish such. Well, as you will see, the Blaze are streaking hot.

Taking 3 of 4 across the farm is nice, but starting a slump is in full force for one affiliate.

Here’s your quick tour of Thursday’s games.

Louisville Bats

Paw Sox 0, Bats 10 (Box)

W: Cingrani (2-0, 0.00) ; L: Doyle (3-4, 4.63)

In his first game back in Louisville, same as it ever was for Tony Cingrani. Before he was promoted to Cincinnati, Cingrani couldn’t be touched. The issue, as was becoming the case as a Red, was pitch count as Cingrani tossed 97 pitches with 57 going for strikes. The Bats bats supplied him with plenty of offense as 8 of the 9 lineup spots got at least one hit and the duo of Felix Perez (3 RBI) and Josh Fellhauer (4 RBI) drove in 7 of the 10 runs.

Next Game: 5/24 v. Pawtucket, 6:35 PM ET. Armando Galarraga (2-2, 2.37) looks to bounce back from his last outing.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Blue Wahoos 3, Lookouts 5 (Box)

W: Nelo (3-0, 2.60) ; L: Van Mil (0-2, 3.63) ; SV: Elbert (1)
HR: PNS: Mattair (5)

As hot as the Blaze has been, the opposite holds true for the Blue Wahoos. Last night’s loss was the fifth in a row and the third time this season Pensacola has a losing streak of five games. And the offense had a shot at scoring more than 3 runs as the Blue Wahoos had 5 different starters with at least 2 hits.

Chad Rogers went 6 innings and only allowed 3 hits and the run he surrendered was unearned.

Next Game: 5/24 @ Chattanooga, 7:15 PM ET. Ryan Dennick (2-3, 3.00 ERA) will look to snap the skid.

Bakersfield Blaze

Ports 3, Blaze 4 – 11 innings (Box)

W: Muhammad (1-0, 1.21) ; L: Hassebrock (1-3, 4.94)
HR: BAK: Smith, M (5)

Make it 6 in a row for Bakersfield. Needed a pair of extra frames, as Steve Selsky‘s 11th-inning single drove in Ryan Wright to give the Blaze the win. Juan Silverio extended his hitting streak to 14 games and despite the no-decision, Jon Moscot (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 SO) looked good over his 5 innings of work. Pat Doyle worked 3 shutout innings in relief.

Next Game: 5/24 v. Stockton, 10:30 PM ET. James Allen (2-4, 4.62 ERA) goes for the lucky #7.

Dayton Dragons

Whitecaps 6, Dragons 7 (Box)

W: Klimesh (2-0, 4.80) ; L: Knudson (0-1, 2.45) ; SV: Lucas (5)
HR: WM: Kirksey (3) , Martinez, M (4) . DAY: Rahier (5)

Dayton got behind early, took the lead in the middle innings, and a little back and forth in the late innings before the Joe Terry doubled in Zach Vincej in the bottom of the 8th to give the Dragons the one-run win. It was the second RBI of the game for Terry.

Next Game: 5/24 v. West Michigan, 7:00 PM ET. Sal Romano (4-3, 3.28 ERA) will look to keep the wins coming.