Rogers Gets First AAA Win

Soon after the Reds drafted Chad Rogers in 2010 a shark attack while surfing postponed his professional debut until the next season. That's been the only thing to slow him down from advancing up the Reds system since. Tuesday he got the win in his second AAA start for Louisville.

Louisville took a five run lead and held on for a 5-3 win at Toledo giving Chad Rogers his first AAA win. He started off well with four scoreless innings before he left after a three-run rally in the fifth. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over six-plus innings while striking out five. Jose Diaz tossed two scoreless frames to pick up the save and bring his ERA below two.

Neftali Soto put his team on the board early with an RBI-double in the first. The Bats added on in the next frame with the help of an error. Billy Hamilton then singled home a run and Emmanuel Burriss plated another with a sac fly. Soto struck again when he led off the fifth with a single and eventually scored on a groundout. He led the Bats with three hits to raise his average to .276 while Felix Perez added a couple of singles.

After a splendid start to the season Rogers debuted for Louisville on July 4 and has made quality starts in both of his appearances with the Bats after keeping a 2.20 ERA for Pensacola over thirteen starts this year. He first arrived with the Wahoos in the second half of last season and had a 1.99 ernie over six appearances in 2013. 2012 was his first year pitching professionally as a starter and a 3.15 ERA at Bakersfield earned him a spot on the California League All Star team and a promotion. In his first season he kept a sub-three ERA coming out of the bullpen at Dayton.

Within the Cincinnati organization Rogers is making a name for himself other than "the guy who was attacked by a shark". Despite being a late-round selection he's been fast-tracked since his stitches healed and skipped over the rookie leagues. He's passed the test at every level thus far and is now in AAA prior to his 24th birthday next month.

Rogers is a finesse pitcher and good command enabled him to advance past the single A level. Against higher level hitters his walk rate increased to 3.4 per nine innings this year and his K/BB ratio dropped down to 2.12. He does a good job keeping the ball down and a home run he allowed Tuesday was only the 23rd of his professional career which includes 79 appearances/43 starts.

Though he lacks an overpowering fastball Rogers still effectively finds a way to get hitters out and his results on the field have pushed him to the highest development level. The Reds are blessed with good organizational depth in the rotation and he is not on the 40-man roster so an MLB debut this season is unlikely. There's no shame in that because Rogers has earned an opportunity to prove himself in the International League and continued success could reward him with a call next season. A starting pitcher below six feet tall with a low-90's fastball who waited until the 28th round to hear his named called on draft day does not enter an organization with high expectations that he'll one day be eating innings at the MLB level. Still, the Reds saw something in Rogers that prompted his move into the rotation last year and his results on the field speak for themselves.

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The Reds bats were silent as they dropped another game at Milwaukee by a score of 2-0. Tony Cingrani once again replaced Johnny Cueto in the rotation for the start and had an impressive outing, allowing only three hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out ten. However, he allowed a two-run homer in the fifth inning that pinned the loss on him. The Reds were held to three hits in the game and no one reached base safely twice.

Pensacola had the day off and will open a series at Montgomery on Wednesday.

Bakersfield rallied for four runs in the third inning and won 6-2 over visiting Modesto. Juan Silverio plated the first Blaze run with a double in the first. Chris Berset led off the third with a home run that was followed by an RBI-double by Junior Arias and a two-run single from Steve Selsky. Selsky struck again in the seventh by singling home the final Blaze run. Carlos Contreras got the win from a nice start, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings that included eight strikeouts. Sean Lucas and Pat Doyle combined for three scoreless frames of relief.

Dayton had the day off and will travel to Cedar Rapids for a series starting Wednesday.

Billings scored two runs in the ninth inning in their 6-4 win at Grand Junction. Gabriel Rosa got their scoring started with a three-run home run in the sixth inning. He later tied the score by leading off the eighth with a single and eventually crossing the plate on an errant pickoff attempt. Jose Ortiz provided the go-ahead runs with a two-run homer in the final frame. Jhimmy Lopez reached safely from three hits and a walk and he combined with Rosa to provide five of the seven Mustang hits. Starter Amir Garrett got no decision from allowing three runs, all unearned in four innings pitched and he brought his ERA down to 1.89. Werleen Taveras tossed three perfect frames with five strikeouts for the win.

The AZL Reds were idle and will travel to meet the AZL Royals on Wednesday.

The DSL Reds swept a doubleheader against DSL White Sox by scores of 2¬-1 and 4-2. Junior Arias picked up the win in the first one from a strong outing, allowing only one run on two hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six. Josue Castellano relieved him with a scoreless seventh inning for the save. Diohanky Mejia had two hits and scored a run for the Reds.

In the second game the Reds took a four run lead in the fifth inning and held on for the win. Eury Cantalizo got the win for five no-hit, shutout innings over which he struck out four while walking one. Damian Taveras entered in the sixth to end a rally and finished the game without allowing a run for the save. Raynar Guerrero had a couple of hits including a solo homer that plated the game's first run in the second inning.

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