Frazier Gets Win in 2nd Pensacola Appearance

As Cincinnati transitions their pitchers over the final couple of months in the season newcomer Parker Frazier has entered the system from a trade. Frazier is a former eighth round selection from the Colorado system and has been effective his first two appearances for Pensacola.

Pensacola got a win by shutting out visiting Mobile 2-0. Chris Berset and Ryan LaMarre led the Wahoo offense with two hits apiece and both drove in runs in the second inning. On the hill five pitchers combined for the shutout with Shaun Ellis allowing two hits/two walks with three strikeouts over the first four innings. He didn't go deep enough to get the win which went to Parker Frazier who relieved him with three frames facing the minimum number of batters over that time and striking out three of them. Josh Ravin entered in the eighth and walked two hitters but Chris Manno came in to end the threat before Trevor Bell retired the side in order in the ninth for the save.

Frazier is new to the Cincinnati organization, arriving in a trade for MLB veteran Armando Galarraga earlier this month. He's a 6'5"/175# right-hander that has been pitching in the Rockies system since they drafted him in the eighth round in 2007. Before that he attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK.

Of course no one is going to part with a top pitching prospect to add a journeyman veteran. Still, the cost was low because Galarraga came to the Reds on a minor league free agent contract and with the emergence of Tony Cingrani with the Reds and Greg Reynolds at Louisville he didn't figure to get any MLB action and could not even be called up after roster expansion without finding a spot for him on the 40-man. Frazier had some periods of success while pitching professionally for Colorado and started out well this season at AA Tulsa before getting hit hard in a handful of appearances in AAA.

The Pensacola rotation has already lost Chad Rogers and Ryan Dennick to promotions and Tim Crabbe is likely in line for the next one, so the 24 year-old Frazier is probably looking to finish his season in the Southern League. He spent a full season at Modesto two years ago and had a mid-four ERA which isn't bad for the California League. Last season he had a poor record at Tulsa, but kept his ERA under four.

Frazier was not the first in his family to work for Colorado because his father, former MLB pitcher George Frazier is one of their television analysts. When he's on the mound he relies mainly on breaking pitches to get batters out without an overpowering fastball which sits in the low 90's. He's shown good command in the past and has a lifetime walk rate of 2.5 per nine innings and K/BB ratio of 2.32 over seven minor league seasons.

This year he's made a move to the bullpen after being used as a starter before. He seems to have the command and pitch variety so the Reds may consider returning him back into the rotation in the future. They are in some transition as pitchers in the system are receiving promotions and Frazier is a candidate to fill either role for the Blue Wahoos this season. He has allowed three hits and no runs in four-plus innings pitched since the trade as he tries to continue advancement in his second organization.

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Louisville allowed five runs in the sixth inning en route to a 9-2 loss to visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They took a lead in the third inning off of RBI-singles from Billy Hamilton and Emmanuel Burriss. Jason Donald had two hits including a double that led to their first run and Felix Perez contributed a single and double as well. Chad Reineke allowed one run over the first five innings, but was chased in the sixth and took the loss for giving up six (four earned) in five plus innings.

Bakersfield increased their lead to eight in the fifth inning and held on for an 8-6 win at Lake Elsinore. Junior Arias led off the game with a home run and hits by Juan Silverio, Steve Selsky, Ryan Wright, and Kyle Waldrop added three more runs in their first at-bat. Silverio went 5-5 in the game and drove in another run with a single in the fourth. Waldrop had two hits and struck again in the fifth to provide some insurance that would be needed with a three-run homer, his sixteenth of the season and third in his last five games. James Allen got the win by limiting the Storm to one run over the first five innings while navigating around seven hits and a walk. He did help himself out by striking out seven before Pat Doyle threw a scoreless ninth for the save.

Dayton scored six runs in the eighth inning in an 8-5 home win over Fort Wayne. Beau Amaral and Seth Mejias-Brean had two hits each for the Dragons including a grand slam by Amaral and solo homer by Mejias-Brean in the game-winning rally. Starter Sal Romano pitched into the sixth and got no decision for allowing two runs on five hits/three walks and six strikeouts. Joey Housey tossed one-plus scoreless innings and got the win before Alejandro Chacin struck out three in a scoreless ninth for the save.

Billings allowed runs in each of the last four innings in their 6-2 loss to visiting Great Falls. Jon Matthews did a great job leading off and stroked four singles while Carlos Sanchez added two hits and an RBI. Pedro Diaz got no decision from a quality start, allowing two runs on seven hits without a walk over seven innings. Zack Weiss allowed three runs (one earned) in two innings pitched for the loss.

The AZL Reds jumped out with seven runs over the first three innings in their 7-2 win over the AZL Brewers. Five Reds had two hits each: Kevin Garcia, Aristides Aquino, Cory Thompson, and Jose Fernandez including a two-run homer by Aquino who finished with four RBI and gave his team an early lead in the first. Nick Routt made his first appearance of the season and threw a scoreless first inning. Manuel Aybar relieved him with three scoreless frames for the win.

The DSL Reds allowed runs in each of the first four innings in their 7-2 loss to the DSL White Sox. Diohanky Mejia entered the game as a pinch-hitter and finished with two of his team's three hits including an RBI-triple. Starter Jose De Sousa allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings pitched for the loss.

The DSL Rojos had an off-day and will play the DSL Cardinals on Monday.

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