Selsky Back with Blaze

The Reds recently added a veteran outfielder to their Pensacola roster to add depth and made room for him by sending prospect Steve Selsky back to Bakersfield. Selsky had struggled to start this season after lighting up California League pitching following a promotion from Dayton last year. He's now back to work on his swing and prepare for another attempt at the next level later.

Bakersfield trailed briefly after allowing a run in the first inning against visiting High Desert, but then took the lead in the second inning and blew the game open with seven runs in the fourth while cruising to a 10-1 win. Blaze hitters were busy rounding bases on the evening, reaching safely with fifteen hits and five walks. Steve Selsky led the way with three hits including a single to start the rally in the second and a two-RBI hit in the fourth. Dominic D'Anna also contributed three hits while Yorman Rodriguez, Ryan Wright, and Juan Silva each reached safely three times with a couple of hits and a walk. Kyle Waldrop and Marquez Smith both finished with a run scoring double, walk, and run scored.

On the mound Michael Dennhardt got his first start of his professional career and was awarded the win for allowing only one run on four hits without a walk in five innings. Brooks Pinckard and Kyle McMyne both tossed two scoreless frames apiece.

This is the second go-round in the California League for Selsky who was demoted last week after starting the season off hitting under .200 at Pensacola. He should be happy if his arrival kicks off his bat like it did last year after a midseason promotion from Dayton. In 2012 he homered in his first two at-bats for the Blaze and finished with fifteen dingers and 48 RBI while hitting .348/.420 OB in 69 games at Bakersfield. He was putting together a nice season previously, but his trip to high-A turned that into a monster one.

After that outburst the Reds probably felt that he didn't have anything left to prove against Cali League competition and promoted him to AA to start the season. Now it appears that challenges in the Southern League have prompted a move for more experience at the high-A level hence his return. He's 5-21 with the Blaze this year and he's already homered twice in five games. Taking his place at Pensacola is MLB veteran Luis Durango. The Reds have already dealt with a couple of injuries in their outfield this season and probably felt it necessary to have more players available that are closer to MLB-ready at the higher levels of their system right now.

Selsky is still only 23 years old and will have ample opportunity to make his way back to the higher level. He dealt with some injuries during his final season at the University of Arizona which made him available to the Reds with a late round selection in 2011. After coming out of a top-notch collegiate program it wasn't a surprise to see him arrived with polished skills and he's showed an advance plate discipline. He also projects as having sufficient power for a corner outfield position while spending most of his defensive action in right. At that position he's run down nearly two putouts per game and gunned down eleven runners in 106 contests.

Selsky was climber on last year's list of top Reds prospects and another solid season at high-A should prevent him from losing much ground. He's only in his third professional season and second full season so perhaps double A was a bit overly ambitious. Given his prior history in the California League he should be banging on the door soon for another shot at the higher level. The Reds felt it worth a shot to try him there once already and pending their perceived needs for depth at that level they'll probably be agreeable to give him another chance in the near future.

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Aroldis Chapman coughed up a rare ninth inning lead and took the loss when the Reds were defeated 3-2 at Philadelphia. Homer Bailey got no decision after tossing seven shutout innings, allowing five hits with only one walk. Jay Bruce gave his team the lead with a solo home run in the second inning and they added on another in the sixth when Todd Frazier followed Joey Votto's single with a run-scoring double. Chapman started the ninth with a walk, but picked off the runner before allowing back-to-back homers that gave the Phillies the win. Votto and Frazier both had two of the Reds nine hits while Xavier Paul reached safely three times with a hit and two walks.

Louisville's game at Gwinnett was postponed due to rain and they plan to make it up with a double-header on Monday.

Pensacola allowed four runs in the eleventh inning in a 6-3 home loss against Mobile. Manny Parra got another rehab start and began the game with two scoreless innings. Daniel Renken followed him with a "quality non-start" and allowed two runs in six innings of relief. Drew Hayes threw a couple of innings without being charged for a run. Lee Hyde entered in the final frame and took the loss by allowing two runs while recording only one out. The Wahoos scored on a Bryson Smith homer to lead off the first inning and added another on a sac fly by Tucker Barnhart in the fourth. They fell short in a comeback attempt when Devin Lohman singled in a run in the bottom of the eleventh. Travis Mattair reached safely three times with a couple of hits and a walk while Lohman added two more hits to the fish attack. Ryan LaMarre and Renken both reached safely twice via a hit and a walk.

Dayton took a 3-0 lead and added two more in the eighth in a 7-5 win at South Bend. Beau Amaral did his job at leadoff by reaching on three hits and a walk while scoring two runs. The next hitter, Joe Terry was no stranger to first base either with a couple of hits and a walk while Junior Arias added a single and a double to the Dragon attack. Jesse Winker reached with a single and a walk and Seth Mejias-Brean a walk and double that plated the first run of the game. Robert Stephenson got the win from another quality start, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out nine. Joey Housey entered in the ninth to retire the final batter of the game and pick up the save.


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