Four Run 7th Sinks Wahoos

Daniel Corcino is the top rated prospect currently pitching in the Cincinnati development system. A strong year at Dayton prompted the Reds to have him skip high-A and start the season at Pensacola. After a few shaky starts the 21 year-old right-hander is now starting to put together a solid season at the AA level.

A four run seventh inning by Mississippi was the difference last night when they beat Pensacola 5-3 at Jackson. They now lead the series 3-1 with game five on the schedule for tonight. Offensively Pensacola was led by leadoff hitter Ryan LaMarre who went 3-3 with a walk and two RBI. Daniel Corcino had a strong outing and allowed two runs on six hits in six innings while striking out seven. He left with a 3-1 lead after his only walk of the game was issued to the leadoff batter in the bottom of the seventh. Clayton Tanner allowed both batters he faced to reach base and was charged with his second loss.

Corcino is the top-ranked prospect currently pitching in the Reds developmental system. After a strong season at Dayton in 2011 the Reds elected to have the 21 year-old right-hander skip high-A and open the season at Pensacola. He responded with some short outings while he was victim of some shaky defense that allowed six unearned runs over his first four starts. He's since come into his own and lowered his ERA to 2.60. He threw two scoreless outings coming into last night and allowed fewer than three earned runs in all of his last six starts.

Corcino came into the Reds organization when he signed as a free agent as a teenager in the Dominican Republic. That and his build have caused comparisons to current Reds ace Johnny Cueto. This year he initially had some challenges from facing more disciplined hitters at the higher level. His K/BB ratio has been cut in half from 3.8 in single A to 1.9 for the Blue Wahoos. Meanwhile his K/9 inn fell from 9.8 to 7.3 thus far. He's already shown improvement over this young season and last night was an indication he's ready to challenge AA hitters with his three pitch arsenal, including a mid-90's fastball, and get those ratios back to previous levels.

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