Cincy Org Sweeps
It was a nice day for the Reds organization Tuesday as the parent team and affiliates combined to go 4-0. Pensacola won a wild one at home over Chattanooga in thirteen innings by a score of 10-9. Early it looked like it would be an easy victory for the Wahoos when they crossed the plate five times in the first inning which included a grand slam by Devin Lohman. The shortstop struck again with an RBI double in the third to give his team a 6-0 lead. The Lookout bats came alive after that and the racked up eight runs combined over the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The fish plated another run with a David Vidal sac fly in the fifth and tied the score on back-to-back solo home runs by Ryan LaMarre and Travis Mattair in the bottom of the ninth. After regulation neither team scored until new Wahoo Luis Durango crossed the plate on a wild pitch to end the contest in the thirteenth. Bryson Smith led the Wahoos with three hits while LaMarre and Lohman each had two. Pensacola hitters drew thirteen eleven walks on the night with Tucker Barnhart taking three of them. Durango, LaMarre, and Mattair had two BB's apiece and Lohman arrived safely from one as well. Daniel Renken took the start and got no decision after allowing six in five innings. Six fish relievers combined for seven-plus scoreless innings with Loek Van Mil and Brian Pearl both tossing two of them at the end. Pearl picked up the win in his second appearance after his promotion from Bakersfield this season. Durango took the spot on the Bakersfield roster that was opened when Steve Selsky was sent back to high-A after starting off 15-81 (.185). The 27 year-old is a ten-year veteran of the minor leagues since the Padres signed him as a teenage free agent out of Panama in 2003. He has a career minor league average of .306/.390 OB in over 3,200 plate appearances. He played AAA ball with four teams over the previous three years and has hit .280/.352 OB at that level. He's also stepped up to the plate 74 times in MLB games, mostly with the Padres, and hit .292/.361 OB in those opportunities. Durango is a switch-hitting centerfielder and has seen some action in left. He's a top-lineup type hitter without much power, only three home runs in almost 800 minor league games. He's been around the block a few times since starting out in the Venezuelan League as an eighteen year-old in 2003 and has shown that he knows the way to first base. At this stage of his career he's considered more of a minor league filler after bouncing around multiple organizations the past few years, but a couple of injuries to the Reds outfield has already had them reach deeper into their system than they originally expected and Monday night Chris Heisey re-aggravated his hamstring injury in the first inning of a rehab game at Dayton. The only outfielders remaining on the Reds 40-man that is not on their active roster now is Yorman Rodriguez and he's more of a Rule 5 protection and has never played above the single-A level. Top prospect Billy Hamilton is adjusting to his new position in centerfield and going through a learning curve against AAA pitching at Louisville. Other outfielders on the Bats roster include Denis Phipps and IF/OF Kristopher Negron who both had brief stints with the Reds last season. Both of them are hitting less than .250 for the Bats but they, along with Felix Perez (.304) would probably be the next one in line for a call if needed. The only other outfielder on the AAA roster is Josh Fellhauer who is batting .211 after debuting at the level at the beginning of the season. The Reds have already reached down to AA once this season and may have a need to do it again pending the return of Heisey who appears will have his schedule postponed. They lost cleanup hitter Ryan Ludwick to a shoulder separation on opening day and he is not expected back until later in the season. Xavier Paul, who started the season out as their fifth outfielder has done a good job getting on base as has Robinson who's played in 21 games since his MLB debut after Ludwick's injury. Even the 24 year-old Lutz has held his own after debuting without any AAA experience. Still, the Reds are now relying on three outfielders that never played a game for them before the arrival of Paul late last season. More veteran depth needed to be added hence the acquisition of Durango. Of course that's a call the Reds hope they don't have to make again this season, but injuries are unpredictable. The three replacements have combined to go 30-109 with seventeen walks (.275/.373 OB), so they're handling the job just fine so far. Durango's arrival might not be cause for a lot of excitement, but no team is going to invest what's needed to return an elite player to man a position in AA and be ready for a call they hope they don't have to make. Given his past history there is good reason to expect that he could perform at the level the Reds are currently getting from the reserves they're now using. Depth can pay dividends and Durango is now available in case the Reds need more of it this year. Other Organizational News: The Reds won their fourth in a row by opening a series at Miami with a 6-2 win. Homer Bailey gave the bullpen a night off with a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits without a walk while striking out ten. The relievers should be fresh after that and an off-day Monday. Brandon Phillips got the Redleg scoring started with an RBI single in the first and they broke the game open by rallying for five the next inning. In the second Joey Votto and Phillips both drew RBI walks before Paul cleaned off loaded bases with a three-run double. Votto finished with three hits and a walk while Phillips and Ryan Hanigan both had two singles and a BB. Zach Cozart had two hits and scored twice while Shin-soo Choo walked twice and scored once. Louisville had some late-inning heroics of their own when Emmanuel Burris stroked a run-scoring single in the ninth to provide the go-ahead run in the Bats' 8-7 win at Charlotte. They took the lead with a two-out rally in the second when four hits and a walk plated three runs. Negron broke a tie with an RBI single in the fourth and Nevin Ashley tied the game again with a solo home run in the sixth. Mike Hessman gave his team a one-run lead in the seventh with a two-run homer. Ashely finished the game going 4-4 with two runs. Perez had a couple of hits and scored twice to raise his average to .304. Negron reached three times with two hits and a walk while Hessman arrived safely with a walk in addition to his dinger. Starter Pedro Villarreal got no decision after allowing five runs in five innings. Kevin Whelan and Yohan Pino both came in late to record a couple of outs each with Whelan getting the win and Pino the save. Pino now has a .060 ERA after eleven combined appearances for Pensacola and Louisville. Bakersfield was idle and will resume their schedule at Stockton on Wednesday. A three-run rally in the eighth gave Dayton a six-run lead before they held on to win 6-2 over visiting West Michigan. Johnny Cueto got the win after pitching five shutout innings in his second rehab outing. Jesus Adames relieved him with two scoreless frames. Ben Klimesh entered in the ninth to record an out and end a threat that gave him that save. Robert Ramirez got the Dragon scoring started with a solo home run in the fifth. Jesse Winker added on by leading off the next inning with a homer. Joe Hudson singled in another run later in that frame. Winker started off the eighth inning rally with a double. He was erased on a fielder's choice, but three more were added that inning from singles by Hudson, Tanner Rahier, and Beau Amaral. Winker, Hudson, Amaral, and Seth Mejias-Brean each had two of the thirteen Dragon hits with Zach Vincej reaching via a hit and walk.