Dayton Loses in Ninth

Drew Cisco came into the Reds organization with a reputation for being very polished for a young pitching prospect and thus far he hasn't disappointed as he finishes his first full professional season. His periphery stats indicate outstanding command as he's been steady for Dayton all year.

Dayton scored two seventh inning runs to take a lead, but allowed two in the ninth in their 4-3 loss at Fort Wayne. Tanner Rahier cut a two-run deficit in half with an RBI-single in the sixth and struck again the next inning to plate the other two Dragons runs with another one. He and Sammy Diaz both finished with two of their team's eight hits.

On the mound Drew Cisco got no decision from another quality start, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out four without a walk. Wandy Peralta relieved him with two scoreless frames before Werleen Taveras allowed two runs (one earned) in the ninth for the loss.

Cisco came into this season a consensus top-20 Cincinnati prospect and has done nothing to hurt his status. He has kept an ERA below four this season and allowed two earned runs or less in over two-thirds of his twenty-two starts. He came into the organization from a sixth round selection in 2010 after the Reds went over slot to persuade him to go to work professionally instead of pitching for the University of Georgia. Unfortunately they would have to wait a long time to see his first professional pitch because his career was sidetracked by Tommy John surgery.

Last year he was skipped over the Arizona League and got back on track at Billings where he finished with one of the lowest ERA's in the Pioneer League. This season he's been steady all season for the Dragons with a 1.266 WHIP and a fat K/BB ratio of 93/16 over his 123 innings pitched. The grandson of a former MLB pitching coach, Cisco left high school with a reputation of being very polished for a young pitching prospect and thus far he's lived up to it.

While most young pitchers have to work on control, Cisco's stats indicate good command and he's now ready to advance to the next level. He's a finesse pitcher with a low-90's fastball that he mixes with a curve and changeup. That has gotten him back on schedule for a probable start of next season at high-A Bakersfield while he's still 22 years old.

Though not overpowering, Cisco is one of the safer bets to advance up to higher levels of the organization. His stature (5'11"/200#) limits his projection to a mid-rotation pitcher, but he's stingy with his walks, knows how to keep the ball on the ground, and has allowed only ten home runs in 22 starts which is a recipe for an innings-eater. It's nice to have the luxury of reaching back for a high-90's fastball, but many pitchers achieve success without it and he is a top candidate to become one of them in the future.

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The Reds offense was largely inert for thirteen innings, but they walked away with a 3-2 win over the visiting Padres for their third win in the last four games. Xavier Paul prevented a shutout when he tied the game in the eighth inning with a pinch hit, two-run home run. Shin-soo Choo set up the winning run with a double in the final inning and Joey Votto ended the game with a walk-off sac fly. Mike Leake got no decision from a nice start, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits/three walks in seven innings with four strikeouts. Six Reds relievers worked around multiple threats for six scoreless innings with Sam LeCure finishing the game and getting the win.

Louisville fell behind when they allowed four runs in the fourth inning in their 6-1 loss to visiting Columbus. Billy Hamilton and Josh Fellhauer each had two of the Bats' five hits. Yohan Pino took the loss for allowing four runs on five hits/one walk in six innings. Four relievers finished the game with a combined three scoreless frames.

Pensacola fell behind when they allowed two runs in the fourth inning and lost 4-1 to visiting Jacksonville. Devin Lohman had two of the Wahoos' seven hits and their only run came on a homer by Donald Lutz. Carlos Contreras had some control issues and took the loss for allowing two runs on five hits/five walks in five plus innings with seven strikeouts.

Bakersfield lost at San Jose by a score of 3-2 in eleven innings. Steve Selsky had two of the five Blaze hits and also reached safely with a walk. Jake Johnson got no decision from a quality start, allowing two runs on four hits/two walks over six innings with five strikeouts. Kyle McMyne and Brooks Pinckard relieved him with two scoreless frames each before Ben Klimesh allowed the game-winner for the loss.

Billings allowed single runs in each of the first two innings in their 3-1 loss to visiting Helena. Carlos Sanchez had two of the eight Mustang hits and drove in their only run. Zack Weiss was lifted in the third inning and took the loss for allowing two runs on four hits. Jose Guzman relieved him with five-plus innings over which he allowed only one unearned run.

The AZL Reds dropped a pair in a doubleheader against the AZL Indians. They allowed five runs in both the third and fifth innings in the first one as they lost 10-3. Logan Uxa and Alberti Chavez both had two of their team's six hits while Kevin Franklin went 1-1 with two walks and an RBI. Tyler Mahle was victimized by errors and took the loss for allowing five runs (one earned) over the first three innings. In the second game the Reds tied the score when they plated two in the seventh, but lost 5-4 when they allowed one in the bottom of the inning. Aldi Guzman had two of the five Reds hits including a solo homer. Bernardo Moreta got no decision from allowing four runs while pitching into the fifth. Wagner Gomez relieved him with 1 2/3 innings which included an unearned run that cost him the loss.

The DSL Reds carried a shutout into the eighth inning, but lost 5-0 to the DSL White Sox. The Reds offense was limited to four hits. Jose Veras started the game with two scoreless innings. Eury Cantalizo relieved him with four scoreless, no-hit frames before Jose Munoz ran into trouble and allowed four runs for the loss.

The DSL Rojos were idle and will resume their schedule against the DSL Cubs on Monday.

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