Bats Win in Blowout

Minor league veteran Felix Perez is working on his second AAA season above the .300 mark at Louisville. He missed out on calls to the farm from a couple of early injuries to the Reds outfield but is making a strong case for a MLB debut should there be an additional need.

Louisville scored in each of their first four innings including five in the second en route to a 10-0 over visiting Pawtucket. Felix Perez drove home Billy Hamilton for the first run of the game. The five-run rally was a product of six hits and included a three-run double by Josh Fellhauer. Perez finished what he started and singled in the final run in the seventh. He led the Bats with three hits and three RBI. Fellhauer had a couple of hits and drove in four. Five other Louisville hitters collected two hits each: Hamilton, Henry Rodriguez, Neftali Soto, Emmanuel Burriss, and Nevin Ashley.

On the mound Tony Cingrani continued what International League teams have become accustomed to seeing from him with another scoreless outing, allowing two hits in five innings to pick up the win. Mike MacDougal, Jose Diaz and Nick Christiani combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

Yesterday was the third three-hit games in Perez's last eight appearances and raised his average/OB% to .323/.387. He's also hit five homers and slugged over .500 thus far this season. His production is actually somewhat reminiscent of how Xavier Paul torched International League pitching last year before he provided a splendid finish to the season after arriving with the Reds in mid-July. Both players hit left-handed, play all three outfield positions and they are only a few months apart in age.

Of course one thing that Paul had going for him last season was significant prior MLB experience before he got the call while Perez has yet to make a debut. On the other hand, that might not look as good from another angle, because there wasn't enough in that said experience that any of his three previous employers wanted to keep him around. Regardless, he was a valuable acquisition last year and continuing to get the job done in 2013 with a .383 OB% in a more prominent role during the absence of a couple of injured Reds outfielders.

Also, last week's move of Corky Miller back to Louisville opened up a spot on the Reds 40-man roster. Perhaps Perez is getting some consideration for it however it won't be very serious until there is more of a need. In addition to Paul, Derrick Robinson is (.281 AVG/.395 OB%) and Donald Lutz (.270 AVG) have earned their keep in reserve roles. Neither one of them has played in thirty games at the MLB level so there's no guarantee they will continue the rest of the season. Then again, neither probably expected much MLB action before roster expansion so they are to be commended on taking advantage of opportunities when they materialized.

Meanwhile Perez will continue to power the Louisville offense. He's leading the team in AVG/OB%/RBI and second to Mike Hessman in HR & SLG%. At his age he should be hungry if/when he finally gets the call. He's earned a reputation for a strong work ethic and appears to have come a long way from getting busted for falsifying his age to the Yankees after defecting from Cuba. Now he's on his way to cracking .300 for the second consecutive season at the AAA level. Though there might not have been many expectations put on the cast of characters before the season, the Reds are enjoying organizational depth in the outfield at a time it is needed thus far over the first couple of months of the season.

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The Reds were idle after finishing a 7-2 road trip and will open a three-game series against the Cubs this weekend at Great American Ball Park.

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Steve Selsky hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eleventh to give Bakersfield a 4-3 victory over visiting Stockton. The Blaze took the lead in the fourth inning from an RBI single off the bat of Juan Silverio and re-took it the next frame when Marquez Smith popped a two-run homer. Smith led his team with two hits and two walks while Yovan Gonzalez stroked a couple of singles to raise his average to .317. Ryan Wright and Yorman Rodriguez both reached twice with a hit and a walk while Juan Duran walked twice. On the mound Jon Moscot got no decision from allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. He ran up his pitch count with a couple of walks and six strikeouts. Pat Doyle tossed three scoreless frames of relief before El'Hajj Muhammad retired the side in order in the eleventh for the win.

Dayton fell behind in the top of the eighth but took the lead in the bottom of the inning in a 7-6 win over West Michigan at Fifth Third Field. Tanner Rahier got his team's scoring started with a solo home run in the third and Jeff Gelalich led off the next inning with a single and eventually scored on a groundout. The Dragons took the lead with a three-run rally in the fifth that included only one hit, a couple of walks, and two White Cap errors. A Joe Hudson double and Zach Vincej single tied the game in the eighth before a Joe Terry double plated the game-winner. Terry reached with two hits and a walk. Gelalich and Vincej both singled and walked while Hudson drew two walks to go with his hit. The offense took Drew Cisco off the hook after he allowed five runs on eleven hits in five-plus innings. Ben Klimesh allowed a run in one-plus innings pitched, but the timing of his appearance got him the win. Sean Lucas struck out two in a scoreless ninth for the save.

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