Dayton took a two-run lead in the first inning and eventually pulled away to a 6-1 win at Dayton. Ismael Guillon had his best start of the season, no-hitting the Lugnuts for six innings over which he issued three walks and struck out three for the win. Wandy Peralta gave up a solo homer in two innings of relief before Werleen Taveras finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
Offensively Daniel Piggott got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning. The Dragons added on in the next frame when Beau Amaral led off with a triple and scored on a sac fly. They blew the game open in the sixth when Piggott drove in two more with another triple before scoring on a single from Jeff Gelalich. Piggott and Seth Mejias-Brean, who walked and scored twice, led their team with two hits each.
Guillon is having a strong finish to a challenging season. He's allowed only six run over his last six starts for 1.60 ERA. During that time opposing batters have hit only .178 against him. He's still walking one every two innings on average, but that's not as big of a problem when he's allowed only 19 hits in 33.2 innings pitched.
He's now brought his ERA down to five on the season and has six wins against eight losses. The minor leagues are for development and develop he has. It will now be interesting to see what his future will be with the Reds. He's certainly a pitcher they would like to keep under normal circumstances but complications from Tommy John surgery led to a second contract that is now limiting the amount of time they have control over him and he only has a couple of options left without any experience above the low-A level. Meanwhile they are using a spot on their 40-man roster to protect against the Rule 5 draft.
In other action in the Reds system Pensacola overcame a four-run deficit when they rallied for five in the eighth inning to win 5-4 over visiting Birmingham. Ryan LaMarre led off the inning with a triple before Yorman Rodriguez and Mike Costanzo plated runs with hits. The Wahoos took the lead from two bases-loaded walks and a sac fly. LaMarre was perfect at the plate, going 3-3 and also getting hit by a pitch. Costanzo finished with two hits and a walk.
On the mound Daniel Renken navigated around eight hits and three walks to put up a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out five. Chris Manno tossed a scoreless eighth for the win before Trevor Bell retired the side in order in the ninth for the save.
LaMarre is also putting together a strong finish to a disappointing season. He's gone 8-17 over his last four games to raise his overall average close to .250. His production this season is now approaching what he did at Pensacola in 2012 while dealing with Plantar Fasciitis. The Reds have invested a second round draft choice in him and now at the age of 25 he's making a late-season case to debut at AAA to start next year.
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The Reds picked up a game on the first place Pirates by winning over Milwaukee 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Chris Heisey cut a two-run deficit in half with a solo home run in the fifth. They took a two-run lead the next frame from a couple of homers from Ryan Ludwick and Zack Cozart. Joey Votto added insurance by leading off the seventh with a homer before Cozart drove in his third run of the game with a single. It was a balanced attack by the Reds with the leadoff hitter drawing two walks and the other seven non-pitchers finishing with two hits each. Bronson Arroyo got the win for allowing three runs off seven hits over seven innings while striking out six without a walk. J.J. Hoover tossed a run-free eighth inning before Aroldis Chapman struck out three in a scoreless ninth for the save.
Louisville lost a lead in the top of the ninth but scored one in the bottom of the inning in their 4-3 win over visiting Toledo. Billy Hamilton, Henry Rodriguez, and Kristopher Negron each had two hits for the Bats including a walk-off single that plated Negron for the game-winner. Neftali Soto added a two-run homer that gave his team a three-run lead in the sixth. Chad Rogers got no decision from a nice start, allowing two runs on three hits/one walk over seven innings. Pedro Villarreal got the last out in the top of the ninth and was the pitcher of record for the win.
Bakersfield scored two runs in the ninth inning, but it was not enough in their 3-2 home loss to San Jose. Junior Arias and Steve Selsky each had two of their team's five hits including a two-run single by Selsky. James Allen took the loss for allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits/two walks over five innings pitched.
Billings rallied for three runs in the fifth inning and held on for a 4-3 win over visiting Ogden. Avain Rachel had three hits including a three-run homer while Adam Matthews contributed a single and a triple. Starter Ben Lively was limited to three innings pitched, but they were dominant ones, striking out six while allowing no runs on one hit/one walk. Daniel Wright relieved him and allowed one run over the next three innings for the win. Joe Mantoni entered in the eighth and did not allow a run while finishing for the save.
The AZL Reds had the day off and will continue their schedule Sunday against the AZL Cubs.
The DSL Reds had their game suspended by rain while trailing the DSL Giants 3-2.
The DSL Rojos lost a four-run lead when they allowed six runs in the sixth inning in their 6-4 loss to the DSL Mets2. Anthony Rubicondo led the Rojos with two hits and two RBI. John DeLeon started the game with five shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out six against only one walk. The Rojos committed seven errors in the game and Gregory Reinoso took the loss for allowing six runs (only one earned) in less than an inning pitched.
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