Dayton Salvages Split

Brent Peterson made an interesting decision after the Reds drafted him in 2010. Instead of signing he opted to instead play baseball at West Point. Cincinnati's interested remained and last year they were more successful at signing him after drafting him again. The infielder has shown impressive skills at the plate and on the base-paths thus far in the lower levels of their system.

Dayton jumped out to a four run lead Sunday before winning 4-1 to split their four-game series at West Michigan. Sal Romano came out of the gate blazing with six shutout innings for the win, holding the Whitecaps to three hits without a walk while striking out six. Tony Amezcua relieved him with two perfect innings and three K's before Mo Wiley allowed an unearned run in the ninth.

Offensively brent peterson made his second start and finished with his second three-hit game giving him six hits in seven at-bats to begin the season. In the third inning he plated the first run of the game with a double. In the sixth he singled and swiped third on a double steal before crossing the plate with the game's second run. Jeff Gelalich went 2-3 with a walk and scored the Dragons' final run after leading off the seventh with a double. Zachary Vincej also added two hits, a run and an RBI.

. The Reds liked Peterson so much that they drafted him twice. They came up empty after selecting him in the seventeenth round in 2010 out of Liberty (CA) High School because he turned down the $250,000 bonus offered and opted to go to West Point instead. He eventually ended up back home at Bakersfield College before the Reds were successful signing him with the slot bonus for his 12th round selection last year which denied his services to University of Oklahoma. Last fall he debuted professionally in the Arizona Rookie League where he hit .291/.377 in 38 games, which were enough appearances for him to steal 15 bases. It's no surprise that he's a good base-runner because he also starred in track while in high school.

Peterson stands 6'0"/180# and bats/throws right-handed. To say his parents were supportive of his dream of playing baseball professionally is an understatement because his father installed a field with artificial turf and a batting cage in their backyard when he was eleven. While in high school he worked on the grounds crew and as a batboy for the Bakersfield Blaze and now he's on a path that could have him playing for Cincinnati's high-A affiliate in the not-so-distant future.

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The Reds won the rubber game at home against Washington to raise their record to 4-2. Johnny Cueto navigated around a three run third inning to get a quality start and the win. Sean Marshal made his first appearance of the season after inactivity for shoulder fatigue. He and Jonathan Broxton both retired the side in order for one inning before Aroldis Chapman shut the door in the ninth for his second save.
< br> The offense had a nice game, scoring six runs against Stephen Strasburg. Jay Bruce led the way with a couple of hits and 3 RBI. He started the scoring in a three run rally in the first inning with a bases loaded double and capped off another one in the sixth with an RBI single. Shin-soo Choo, Xavier Paul, and Brandon Phillips also had two hits apiece while rookie Derrick Robinson recorded his first career MLB hit and run after entering the game as a pinch-hitter. Next up for the Reds is division rival St. Louis.

A three-run homer by Donald Lutz broke a tie in the fifth and Pensacola held on for a 5-4 win to split their four-game series against visiting Tennessee. Ray Chang and Bryson Smith had three hits and two runs each for the Blue Wahoos. Ryan Dennick got the win after allowing two runs in five innings. He was relieved by two scoreless frames from Loek Van Mil. Curtis Partch allowed one run each in the eighth and ninth innings, but still was credited with his first save of the season.

Bakersfield remained winless after they blew a lead by allowing seven runs in the fifth inning en route to a 12-8 loss at Stockton. Leadoff hitter Juan Perez had three hits and 3 RBI for the Blaze while Juan Silva went 2-2 with two walks and three runs in his first game of the season. Dominic D'Anna and Yovan Gonzalez added two hits apiece and the offense also included solo home runs by D'Anna and Yorman Rodriguez. James Allen was lifted in the fifth and took the loss after he was hammered for five homers and ten runs.

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