With everything going on around the trade deadline, the minor league system got a little shakeup over the weekend.
- Roster Moves: Lots of new faces in Louisville. Catcher Chris Denove takes Brian Peterson's place, who was released. New faces on the Bats pitching staff are Matt Klinker in the rotation (taking Lehr's place) and Enerio Del Rosario and Lee Tabor in the bullpen (replacing Wells and Stewart). In Carolina, Jake Long takes Denove's spot at backup catcher and Luis Montano joins the Mudcats rotation. Sarasota welcomes Curtis Partch to the rotation, catcher Jordan Wideman, and reliever Aguido Gonzalez. New faces in Dayton are pitchers Mike Bohana and Shea Snowden from Billings, infielder Yen-Wen Kuo, and new acquisition Chase Weems. Infielder Derrick Lowery is with the GCL Reds.
- Louisville lost their first two games over the weekend before winning Sunday's game. They lost to Toledo 8-6 on Friday night, with the pitching staff getting lit up. Ramon Ramirez started, and only went 2 innings, giving up 1 run. This proved to be a bad omen, as Pedro Viola gave up 4 runs in relief. Enerio Del Rosario pitched two shutout innings in his AAA debut, and infielder Michael Griffin pitched a scoreless 9th to keep the Bats in the game. A good day for the Bats outfield, as Drew Stubbs was 3-for-4, Chris Heisey had two hits, and Daniel Dorn homered. They lost a closer game Saturday, 3-2 to Charlotte. Matt Maloney started, pitching 7 2/3 innings of 3-run ball, striking out 5. Logan Ondrusek pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Luis Bolivar, Kevin Barker, and Chris Valaika each had two hits. At least the Bats won Sunday, behind a strong offense, 8-5 against Charlotte. Barker and Corky Miller had two hits each, and 5 different Bats drove in runs. Matt Klinker gave up 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings in his AAA debut. I think it's safe to say he was a little jittery. Lee Tabor gave up 2 runs in 3 1/3 innings in relief to earn his first win. Up next: Sam LeCure takes on Charlotte at 7:05.
- Carolina lost all three of their weekend games, losing 9-8 to Chattanooga on Friday, and 4-1 and 11-1 to Tennessee. On Friday, most of the scoring was done early, as it was 8-8 going into extras before The Cycle gave up an unearned run in the 12th to earn the loss. Jake Kahaulelio, playing SS, was 4-for-5 and only a HR away from hitting for the cycle. In Saturday's game, Luis Montano gave up 4 runs in 6 in his AA debut. Sean Watson was good out of the bullpen, giving up 2 hits in 2 innings, but the Mudcats couldn't get any runs against David Patton (former Reds Rule 5 pick). 4 hits total, with Todd Frazier (playing 2nd) driving in the only run. Sunday was even worse, with Zach Ward and Chris Kelly combining to give up 11 runs in the first 5 innings of the game. Frazier was 2-for-4, and once again scored the Mudcats only run. Up next: Tom Cochran goes against Tennessee at 7:15.
- Sarasota lost all 3 of their games to Brevard County. They lost 3-2 on Friday, where Travis Webb and Alexander Smit(.com) combined for 5 innings of 1 run ball. No word as to why Webb only pitched 2 innings. Dave Sappelt and Devin Mesoraco each had two hits, and Mesoraco hit his 8th HR of the year. They were shut out on Saturday 4-0 as Neftali Soto had 2 of the 5 S-Reds hits. Curtis Partch gave up 4 runs in 5 innings in his High-A debut, and Steven Otterness pitched 3 shutout relief innings. They lost again, 4-2 on Sunday, behind not much offense and a shaky bullpen. Pedro Villarreal pitched 5 innings of 1-run ball in his start, and Soto and Denis Phipps both homered. Up next: Sarasota's off today.
- Dayton were winners over the weekend, beating Burlington in 2 out of 3 games. They won 2-0 on Friday, lost 5-4 on Saturday, and won 7-1 on Sunday. Jordan Hotchkiss (5 IP), Ezequiel Infante (3 IP), and Scott Gaffney (1 IP) combined for a 6-hit shutout on Friday, and Yen-Wen Kuo drove in the Dragons winning run. Josh Fellhauer, Carlos Mendez, Byron Wiley, and Enrique Rojas had two hits each on Saturday. Mark Serrano pitched 5 shutout innings on Sunday, and Chase Ware and Donnie Joseph were good in relief. Kuo, Mendez, and Alexis Oliveras all had two hits, Fellhauer and Humberto Sosa homered, and Chase Weems was 1-for-4 in his Dayton debut. Up next: Dragons take on Great Lakes at 7.
- Billings lost 2 of 3 to Helena over the weekend. They lost 4-2 on Friday, despite a decent start by Leonardo Astorga. Sean Conner homered, and Yorman Rodriguez had a tough night, going 0-for-4 with 4 Ks. Conner homered again in Billings' 8-5 win on Saturday, with Ricky Bowen gaving up 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings in his start. They lost Sunday's game 3-1. Luca Panerati finally pitched a quality start, and Jason Braun pitched two perfect relief innings. Up next: The Mustangs start a new series against Great Falls at 9:05.
- The GCL Reds were off Friday, but lost their Saturday game 7-4 to the Rays and 9-3 to the O's. Juan Silva was 3-for-4 on Saturday. Up next: Red Sox at noon.