The Defense Did Not Rest

Father's Day was defense day in the Reds organization as each affiliate won while allowing only four total runs. Louisville won a 1-0 contest, Bakersfield pounded out a win, and Ismael Guillon had his best outing of the season for Dayton. Meanwhile Johnny Cueto returned with a solid outing as the Reds picked up a game on St. Louis.

Stellar pitching and defense provided the Cincinnati organization a banner day as five affiliates went 5-0. Opponents were shut out in three different contests while Reds employees combined to outscore their opponents 24-4. The Reds picked up a game on division leading St. Louis with a 5-1 win in the rubber game of their home series against Milwaukee. Johnny Cueto was back and in typical form as he allowed only one run off five hits in six innings without a walk. The win raised his record to 4-0 and dropped his ERA to 2.08. He began a bit shaky, allowing a first inning home run, but that would be the only time the Brewers crossed the plate. Alfredo Simon came into to punch out six strikeouts in three scoreless innings of relief for the save.

Cueto also tied the game in the second inning by plating Xavier Paul in a squeeze play. Zack Cozart led off the next frame with a double and scored the go-ahead run on a Brandon Phillips groundout. The next hitter, Jay Bruce added on with a solo home run, his twelfth of the season. The Reds got more insurance in the sixth inning when pinch hitter Donald Lutz delivered a two-run single. Cozart and Joey Votto finished with two hits each in the game while Jack Hannahan reached twice via a hit and a walk.

Louisville won a 1-0 squeaker at Norfolk to bring their record to .500. The scoring was quick to both start and end as Billy Hamilton led off the game with a homer that would be the only run scored in the game. He and Nevin Ashley both had two of the Bats' six hits.

The Louisville pitching staff made that the only one their team would need. Minor league journeyman Chad Reineke got the win for six shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four and lowering his ERA to 3.44. Four Bat relievers combined to blank the Tides the rest of the way with Nick Christiani getting the save.

Pensacola notched one of the shutouts in the 4-0 win over visiting Mobile. Shaun Ellis got the win by tossing the first six-plus innings while allowing no runs on four hits and a walk. Drew Hayes and Trevor Bell held their opponents scoreless the rest of the way. Bell, a 2005 supplemental first round pick of the Angels has now turned in three scoreless appearances since signing with the Reds as a free agent last month.

Bakersfield allowed three runs at Modesto, but Juan Silverio's bat took care of that in a 12-3 Blaze win. Silverio plated the first runs of the game with a two-run homer in the first inning and added a grand slam in the seventh. Juan Perez had an RBI single in the second and scored on a Yorman Rodriguez triple. Steve Selksy drew an RBI-walk and tripled in a run in the ninth. The final Bakersfield runs came from an RBI single by Juan Perez and a run-scoring double from Kyle Waldrop. Silverio finished with three hits, two homers, and six RBI and raised his average to .280. Rodriguez drew a walk to go with two extra base hits. Perez added a couple of singles and four Blaze hitters reached safely twice with a hit and a walk each: Selsky, Juan Silva, Juan Duran, and Chris Berset.

Carlos Contreras got the start and was lifted after three innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks. Carlos Gonzalez relieved him by allowing one run on one hit over the next three innings and picked up the win. Brooks Pinckard and Kyle Lotzkar both added a scoreless inning of relief.

Perhaps the most encouraging outing came in Dayton's 2-0 win at South Bend. Ismael Guillon made his best start of the season and picked up the win by tossing six scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. He's struggled with control all season but walked only two Sunday while recording seven strikeouts and the win. Tony Amezcua, Ben Klimesh, and Sean Lucas finished the shutout with one scoreless inning each with Lucas picking up the save.
Daniel Piggott led off the third inning with a single and later scored on an error that would provide the Dragons with the only run they would need. Zach Vincej added some insurance with an RBI-single in the eighth. Piggott, Vincej, Junior Arias, and Sammy Diaz each had two hits with Vincej and Arias also drawing a walk apiece.

Upcoming: Minor League teams are closing in on the midpoints of their seasons and those with split seasons will soon take an All-Star break and begin second halves. Also the rookie league short seasons will kick off later this week.


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