Dayton Wins in Ten

Coming into the season Ismael Guillon was one of the top rated young pitching prospects in the Cincinnati system. Thus far in his first full season control issues have returned to haunt him in a big way and he's struggling at Dayton. Sunday he navigated around five walks and allowed only run in five innings.

Dayton was the only Reds affiliate to win on Sunday and they needed twelve innings to earn a 2-1 victory at Great Lakes. Jeff Gelalich helped to tie the score in the seventh inning when he led off with a single, advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt, and tagged up on a sac fly. He later put the go-ahead run across with an RBI-groundout after Junior Arias led off the final inning with a double and stole third. Gelalich led the Dragon offense on the day with a couple of hits and a walk. Jesse Winker reached safely with a single and a walk.

On the hill Ismael Guillon had his lowest-scoring outing of the season, allowing one run on three hits in five innings for no decision. He's been plagued by control issues all season and had to contend with that again while running up his pitch count with five walks and five strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin began was turned out to be a solid night for the Dayton bullpen and relieved him with two scoreless frames. Ben Klimesh tossed four scoreless innings and picked up the win while lowering his ERA under four. Sean Lucas struck out the first two batters faced as he retired the Loons in order in the twelfth inning for the save.

Coming into the season Guillon was no stranger to lists of top Reds prospects. Like many other young pitchers there was a need to improve command. Last year it appeared he made some strides. He walked 3.7 per nine innings, but still went 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA after starting the season at Billings and finishing with four appearances at Dayton. Unfortunately he's not maintained that over his first ten outings this year and has walked more than one per inning. He's yet to go deeper than five innings while struggling to an ernie near eight.

The Venezuelan is 21 years old and pitching in his fourth professional season. That's not so bad considering his debut was postponed by Tommy John surgery after the Reds signed him with a foreign free agent contract. However that has caused some complications with Cincinnati's development schedule for him. Earlier they saved some money when the health issues voided his original contract and $600,000 bonus. Now, since he's signed a second contract they've had to use a spot on their 40-man roster to protect against the Rule 5 draft and he's using up an option year in a season where he's now struggling at the low-A level. Normally the Reds could be patient with letting the young southpaw develop but now circumstances may not allow it.

Guillon has shown an exceptional change up at times while mixing it with his low-90's fastball. Before signing professionally there was some uncertainty whether he would pursue a career as a pitcher or hitter and since dedicating himself to the position there's been work to his delivery off the mound to improve consistency and reduce the chance of re-injury. The Reds probably came into the season hopeful that Guillon would be ready to make the jump to Bakersfield sometime during his first full season this year but unfortunately he's struggling to find the plate against Midwest League hitters. He's definitely a prospect that they would normally like to keep around, however his special contract status now complicates things and could force a tough decision down the road.

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The Reds lost a four-run lead and chance for a sweep when they were defeated by the Cubs 5-4 at Great American Ball Park. Things were looking good for the home team when they rallied for four in the fourth inning which included a solo homer by Jay Bruce, RBI-single by Ryan Hanigan, and a two-run double from Zach Cozart. Unfortunately they would not cross the plate again and allowed a go-ahead run in the tenth inning. The offense had only five hits, but they were patient at the plate and drew seven walks. Joey Votto and Todd Frazier both reached twice via a hit and a walk while Shin-soo Choo and Xavier Paul drew two free passes each. Johnny Cueto was sharp but got no decision after allowing only one run on four hits in seven innings and handing a three-run lead to the bullpen. J.J. Hoover allowed a run in two innings pitched and took the loss to drop his record to 0-4.

Manny Parra returned from the DL and pitched to three hitters Sunday. He replaced Sean Marshall on the active roster who returned to the DL with shoulder problems.

Louisville was shut out in a 5-0 loss to Pawtucket at Louisville Slugger Field. Denis Phipps had a couple of hits and a walk for the Bats and Kristopher Negron reached safely with a single and a walk. Pedro Villarreal took the loss by allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings pitched. The Louisville bullpen was solid with Mike MacDougal, Chad Reineke, and Jose Diaz combining for five scoreless innings of relief.

Pensacola took an early lead in the top of the first but eventually allowed three in the sixth inning in a 6-4 loss at Chattanooga. Bryson Smith and Theo Bowe led the game off with a walk and single and both scored later on a sac fly and Tucker Barnhart single. Smith started another two-run rally with a double in the fifth that was followed by three walks and a balk. He did his job leading off by reaching safely three times with two hits and a walk. Bowe and David Vidal had a hit and walk each. Josh Smith took the loss after allowing five runs in six innings.

Bakersfield allowed five runs in the fifth inning and never really threatened after that in their 7-1 loss to Stockton at Sam Lynn Field. Ryan Wright had two of the four Blaze hits and also drew a walk. Dominic D'Anna reached safely with two walks and Juan Silva provided his team's only run with a solo homer in the fifth. Carlos Contreras started out with four shutout innings but ran into trouble and was lifted in the fifth. He allowed five runs and was charged with the loss. Brooks Pinckard retired all seven batters faced including three strikeouts and Kyle McMyne tossed a scoreless ninth.

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