Cingrani Near-Perfect in AAA Debut

Lefty Tony Cingrani is a high-profile prospect in the Cincinnati system and he added to that status in his AAA debut Thursday. The 23 year-old struck out fourteen over six no-hit innings before Louisville won their opener 4-3 on a walk-off homer by Felix Perez.

The Louisville Bats got their season started off on the right foot Thursday with a 4-3 win over Toledo at Louisville Slugger Field. Tony Cingrani now has his first AAA start behind him, but not his first AAA hit allowed. The player some consider the top pitching prospect in the Cincinnati system threw six shutout, no-hit innings with only one walk. He didn't give the leather behind him much work while striking out fourteen before he was lifted after 84 pitches. Justin Freeman relieved him with two scoreless frames and three K's.

Improbably that was not enough for the win. Kevin Whelan was victimized by an error which helped Toledo score three unearned runs in the ninth forcing an unexpected home team at-bat in the inning. It didn't last long because Felix Perez belted a walk-off home run on the second pitch. Prior to then the Bats were powered offensively by Mike Hessman who belted two solo home runs upping his minor league HR total to 372. The Louisville scoring was started in the second inning when Denis Phipps singled in Henry Rodriguez who led off the inning with a double. A blown save was charged to Whelan who hung around for the win.

Former Bat Danny Dorn had a nice return to Slugger Field with a couple of hits (one broke up a no-hitter in the 8th) and an RBI. The two teams will meet again on Friday when Louisville expects to send MLB veteran Armando Gallaraga to the hill to start the game.

The Reds took the rubber game of a three game set against the Angels with a 5-4 win. Chris Heisey shook off a thrown ball off his nose Wednesday to provide the margin of victory with a two-run homer in the fifth. Cincinnati also got solo home runs from Todd Frazier in the second inning and Shin-soo Choo leading off the game. Frazier almost had a second long-ball in the fourth before an umpire ruling declared that his fly ball hit off the top of the left-field wall for a double. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hanigan.

Bronson Arroyo battled through six innings for a quality start and the win, allowing three runs on eight hits. Sam LeCure struck out the side in the eight and Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth for the save including a strikeout of Josh Hamilton to end the game with the tying run in scoring position.

After falling behind 2-0 Pensacola cruised to a 7-3 home win over Tennessee. Travis Mattair got the Blue Wahoo scoring started with a solo home run in the second inning, Bryson Smith added another one to tie the contest in the third, and Tucker Barnhart gave his team the lead with a homer to lead off the fourth. The Fish got a fourth home run from Donald Lutz in the seventh and Devin Lohman capped off the scoring with a two-run single in the eighth.
Chad Rogers allowed two runs on four hits in five innings which was good enough for the win. Yohan Pina relieved him with two perfect innings and Curtis Partch retired the side in order in the ninth with a couple of strikeouts.

Bakersfield fell behind 4-0 after two innings en route to a 6-2 loss to open their season at Stockton. Tanner Robles was tagged for a couple of long-balls and was lifted after three innings for the loss. Mike Dennhardt and El'Hajj Muhammad combined for three scoreless frames to end the game. Ryan Wright had a couple of hits for the Blaze and Yorman Rodriguez drove in both their runs with a two-run double off the wall in the third inning.

Dayton dropped their opener at West Michigan by a score of 7-6. They tied the score at six with three runs in the eighth inning, but lost the game in extra innings. Starter Robert Stephenson allowed three runs on six hits in five innings while striking out six. Wes Mugarian and Alejandro Chacin threw two hitless innings each to end regulation before Shawn Lucas allowed the game-winner in the tenth. Junior Arias tied the game at three when he led off the sixth inning with a home run. Robert Ramirez went 2-4 with a walk and two RBI.

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