Friday, April 6, 2012

MINOR details 4/5/2012: Reds organization sweeps Opening Day

The Reds' organization went 5-0 on the day.

It was not just Opening Day for the big league club, as each of the Reds' minor league teams from Triple-A down to Single-A played their first games today as well. If they're playing, then we're here to bring you the MINOR Details of each and every game throughout the Reds' organization this season, from top to bottom. The best part about this Opening Day is that all five teams in the Reds' organization that played today, including Cincinnati, came out victorious.

Louisville 5 Columbus 4
-Jeff Francis had a nice outing for the Bats allowing just two earned runs over six innings. He gave up seven hits and a walk, and struck out three. Ron Mahay (1-0) got the win striking out two in a perfect eighth inning. J.J. Hoover (1), who was acquired in the Juan Francisco trade, recorded the save after a perfect ninth.
-The Bats blasted off hitting four home runs against the Clippers. After hitting just one homer between Cincinnati and Louisville last year, SS Paul Janish led the way with two solo home runs Thursday night. One of those was the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. He definitely ate his VottO's for breakfast. 2B Chris Valaika went 2-4 and added a solo homer as well. DH Danny Dorn also had a two run jack for the Bats.

Pensacola 3 Montgomery 1
-Pedro Villareal struck out seven biscuits over 5 2/3 innings, and allowed an earned run on five hits and a walk. Justin Freeman (1-0) picked up the win in relief with a perfect 1 2/3 innings of baseball. Lefty Donnie Joseph (1) struck out both batters he faced to chalk up the save.
-3B Henry Rodriguez was big man on the diamond, going 1-3 with a home run, and all three Blue Wahoo RBI. 2B Brodie Greene had a nice 2-3 night, collecting a double along the way. CF Ryan LaMarre scored a run and stole a base.

Bakersfield 3 Visalia 1
-Daniel Renken had a good start pitching five innings, surrendering just one unearned runs on five hits. He also struck out five and walked two Rawhide batters. Brian Pearl (1) pitched the ninth for the save.
-There wasn't a whole lot doing for the Blaze, except for SS Billy Hamilton. He finished 1-3 with two runs scored, including a two-run homer in the third inning. He also pulled a classic "Billy Hamilton move" in the eighth by getting on first base, stealing second, advancing to third on the catcher's throwing error, and then scoring on a wild pitch. DH Kurtis Muller was 1-3, scoring on the Hamilton homer.

Dayton 3 West Michigan 0
-Justice French (1-0) did his best to outshine Johnny Cueto on Opening Day by throwing six scoreless innings in which he allowed only two hits, and two walks, while striking out eight Whitecaps. Ryan Kemp (1) pitched the final two innings to get the save and finish the shutout. He gave up one hit and one walk, and struck out one.
-SS Juan Perez had a big day picking up an RBI while going 2-3, both hits being triples. RF Kyle Waldrop went 1-4 with an RBI. C Yovan Gonzalez accounted for the last RBI. With Billy Hamilton having moved on from the Dragons, CF Theo Bowe did his best impersonation by swiping two bases in the game.

The Reds' rookie level clubs, the Billings Mustangs and Arizona League Reds, will not begin play until June 18th of this year.

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