Selsky Almost Cycles

Outfielder Steve Selsky came to the Reds with a late round selection in the 2010 draft after he suffered through an injury-plagued season at the University of Arizona. A solid start at Dayton this year earned him a promotion to Bakersfield where he's been wearing out California League pitching over the past 21 games.

Bakersfield scored three in the first inning and held on for a 4-3 win at Stockton last night. The scoring was started on a two-out rally and the big hit was a two-run double by Steve Selsky. Selsky also tripled and scored what would be the winning run on a solo homer, leaving him a single shy of a cycle. Niko Vasquez added two hits to the Blaze attack.

On the mound Jamie Walczak had his best start of the season and allowed two runs on solo homers over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eleven hitters without a walk while picking up his third win. Kyle McMyne struck out the only batter he faced for his fourth save. The Blaze will go for a sweep of the three-game series Friday.

The California League has a reputation for being hitter-friendly and thus far Selsky must be enjoying his experience. In 21 games since his promotion from Dayton he's gone 28-84 (.333) with five home runs. His on-base percentage is .411 and he's slugging at a .667 rate. Previously he was hitting .281 with three homers in 59 games with the Dragons this season.

The Bakersfield lineup recently lost their leadoff hitter and main catalyst when Billy Hamilton was promoted to AA Pensacola. Theo Bowe is hitting .367 with 34 stolen bases. Though he's not a stolen base threat Hamilton (who is?) he's ready to assume the job. The middle of their lineup has gotten a boost from Selsky, the return from injury of Donald Lutz, and improvement at the plate by Travis Mattair. The Blaze has now won three in a row after a seven game losing streak. They won the California North Division first half season and clinched a spot in the Cal League playoffs.

Selsky, who will soon turn 23 years old, came to the Reds out of the University of Arizona. He suffered through an injury-plagued season his final year there which made him available with a late round selection in the 2011 draft. Earlier he had some power projections, but was slugging below .400 for Dayton. After his promotion he homered in his first two at-bats for Bakersfield and perhaps this is an indication that he will add the longball to his game. That would do a lot to move him onto radars of analysts rating the top prospects in the Cincinnati organization.

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Louisville lost the opener of a four game home series to Gwinnett by a score of 8-5. Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBI in his AA debut. His former Pensacola teammate Henry Rodriguez also had two hits and drove in one. All nine in the starting lineup had at least one hit for the Bats. Tim Gustafson got the start and allowed four runs in four innings. Nick Christiani allowed the go-ahead run in the seventh and was charged with his fifth loss. Pensacola's game at Chattanooga was rained out and they will make it up with a doubleheader today.

Dayton took a four run lead with a five-run fifth inning and held on to win 8-5 at Peoria. Juan Perez and Sean Buckley had three hits each for the Dragons with Buckley driving in three. Kyle Waldrop, Juan Silva, and Jefry Siera added two hits apiece. Stalin Gerson was awarded the win for his quality start. He allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Orem rode a six run fourth inning to an 8-2 win at Billings. Jesse Winker reached base four times for the Mustangs by going 1-2 with three walks. Robert Ramirez added two hits. Sal Romano was charged with five runs in 3+ innings for his second loss.

The AZL Reds scored the game winner in the top of the ninth to beat the AZL Dodgers 4-3. Argenis Aldazoro went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Johnathan Reynoso had two hits and an RBI. The Reds tied the score in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Josh Kennelly. The game winner came on another solo home run by Jhimmy Lopez. Pedro Diaz got the start and did not allow an earned run in 3+ innings. Chris Joyce threw two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance and got the win.

The DSL Reds lost a 17-4 blowout to the visiting DSL Twins. Their offense was held to four hits on the day. J.R. Morillo was charged with four runs in 2+ innings of relief and took the loss.

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