Corino Has Solid Outing in Louisville Win

Daniel Corcino came into the season one of the top=rated prospects in the Cincinnati system. He's gone through a learning curve this season while competing as a 22 year-old at the AAA level. Recent outings hint that he's coming around and he will remain atop the minor league rotation depth chart going into next year.

Louisville jumped out to a three-run first inning lead and held on for a 6-4 win at Indianapolis. Mike Hessman plated all of the first-inning runs by cleaning off loaded bases with a double. Starting pitcher Daniel Corcino helped his cause by singling in another one on the sixth. Finally the Bats added some more insurance in the eighth that would be needed when Nevin Ashley led off with a homer that was followed by a Jason Donald double who scored on a single from Josh Fellhauer.

Donald led the Bats with two hits while Henry Rodriguez knew the way to first by singling and walking three times. Hessman walked twice and Ashley once in addition to their hits. On the mound Corcino picked up the win by allowing only one run on five hits/one walk while throwing six innings with five strikeouts. Jose Diaz entered in the eighth and finished without allowing a run for the save.

Corcino has run into some challenges since debuting in AAA at the beginning of this season, going 6-11 with a 5.76 ERA. Now the 22 year-old is starting to come around, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his last eight starts. He's 2-0 with a flat three ernie over his last four starts.

Command has been a big issue since his arrival at the top minor league level and he's averaged around four and a half walks per nine innings. That has gone below three per nine over his last eight outings. He entered this season a consensus top-four prospect in the Cincinnati system after putting up a flat three ERA at Pensacola last year. That earned him a spot on the Reds 40-man roster and with it probably came some notions that he could be ready for a call-up to the active roster if needed. Instead the other top pitching prospect on the Bats roster, Tony Cingrani, has handled most of the needs for rotation help while Corcino has gone through a learning curve.

He's still young for his level and now showing signs that he's back on track. He might not hang onto his spot in some of the top-100 MLB prospect lists, but that will be a minor detail if he starts putting together a solid season in the International League next year. Fortunately the organization has good rotational depth and the Reds can afford to let him continue there until he's ready. They've got big plans for Corcino which have not changed. Pending the future of Bronson Arroyo who is in the last year of his contract he could very well be counted on to anchor the Bats rotation next year and be the first call when the parent team dips down into the farm.

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The Reds had the day off and will remain home to host a two-game interleague series against Oakland.

Pensacola pulled away with three runs in the eighth inning in their 6-2 win at Birmingham. Josh Smith pitched into the seventh and got the win for allowing two runs on five hits/one walk with seven strikeouts. Ryan LaMarre, Travis Mattair, and Tucker Barnhart had two hits apiece including a solo homer by LaMarre.

Bakersfield allowed four runs in the eighth in their 7-4 loss to visiting San Jose. Shan Dyer got no decision from a quality start, allowing three runs on three hits/three walks in six-plus innings with five strikeouts. Brooks Pinckard was charged with three runs in less than one inning pitched for the loss. All the Blaze runs came from home runs by Junior Arias, Juan Silverio, and David Vidal.

Dayton won 5-4 at West Michigan in thirteen innings. Amir Garrett had a nice outing, allowing only one run on one hit/one walk over six innings with four strikeouts. Jackson Stephens relieved him with a "quality non-start" and got the win for allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings while striking out six without a walk. Alejandro Chacin retired the side in order in the final inning for the save. Tanner Rahier led the way offensively with two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored, and a sac fly that plated the winning run. Phil Ervin reached with two singles and two walks, Daniel Piggot had two walks to go with one hit.

Billings opened up with three runs in the first and won 4-1 at Missoula. Adam Matthews led the Mustangs with four hits and Ronald Bueno added two. Austin Salter got the win in a solid outing, allowing only one run on four hits/one walk in six innings with four strikeouts to lower his ERA below three. Austin Muerhing finished with two scoreless innings for the save.

The AZL Reds cruised to a 7-1 win over the AZL Rangers. Aristides Aquino, Carlton Daal, and Logan Uxa each had two hits for the Reds including a double and triple by Uxa. Nick Routt started the game with two-plus scoreless innings and Franderlyn Romero picked up the win for relieving him with five-plus frame over which he allowed one unearned run off one hit and struck out seven while walking three.

The DSL Reds allowed three in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth in their 8=4 loss to the DSL Padres. Hector Vargas had three hits for the Reds while Jose Siri, Derik Capitillo, and Raul Wallace added two apiece. Junior Arias took the loss for allowing three runs off six hits/two walks in four innings with six strikeouts.

The DSL Rojos against the DSL Pirates2 was rained out.

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