- As you may know, the Reds had two players selected to play in the Futures Game in St. Louis yesterday, Chris Heisey from Louisville for the US team and J.C. Sulbaran out of Dayton for the World team (he's from Curacao). Heisey started the game in LF and batted 6th (between Pedro Alvarez and Tyler Flowers, no less), and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Bummer. On the other hand, Sulbaran pitched the 9th inning for the World team with a 2-run lead, and despite walking 2 hitters, didn't allow a hit to earn the save.
Louisville swept their series against Columbus over the weekend to power into the all-star break on a 5 game winning streak and first place in their division. They won Friday 5-4 behind 7 strong innings from Matt Maloney. Zach Stewart gave up 1 run in 2 innings of relief for his first AAA save. Chris Heisey was the offense, going 2-for-4 with a HR. On Saturday, Pedro Viola blew a 3-run lead in the 9th, but the Bats came back in the 10th to win in walk-off fashion 7-6. Chris Valaika had the most important hit, driving in the winning run, but Craig Tatum had a big night going 3-for-4 with a HR, as did Wes Bankston, who had 2 HRs, his 12th and 13th of the year. Justin Lehr gave up 4 runs in 8 1/3 innings, and Jared Burton gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings to earn the win. Sunday saw the Bats light up the opposing starter to win the finale 8-4. The most impressive performer? Kip Wells, who gave up one hit and struck out 3 in 3 innings of relief. Darnell McDonald homered and Corky Miller had two hits. Drew Stubbs was 0-for-5 to not help his cause at all for being brought up. Up next: The Bats are on the all-star break!