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Farmers Only: Travis Wood learns what it's like to pitch for the big club


Louisville lost a heartbreaker to Indianapolis, 7-6 in 15 innings.  Before the game the Bats officially enrolled Travis Wood in the "Reds Starting Pitcher Orientation Program," a 2-part program designed to get Bats pitchers ready for the rigors of pitching with the big club.  Wood did his part, pitching 7 innings of 2 run ball, allowing only 5 hits and 1 walk and striking out 7.  Because of the new program, however, the Bats were forced to limit their offensive production, and the score was tied entering the 8th.  Under bylaw 6 of the program rules, Wood was forced to return for the 8th, despite having thrown 101 pitches to that point.  Wood promptly gave up 2 singles and then threw the ball away on a sac bunt attempt, scoring the go-ahead run.  The damage done, Wood was pulled in favor of Chad Reineke, who walked 2 and tossed a wild pitch, allowing another run to score.  Wood's final line was a less impressive 7+ IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks.  With Travis out of the picture, the Bats felt free to start hitting, and scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie it, then loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Unfortunately, Drew Sutton struck out and Chris Heisey flew out to send the game into extras.  Extra innings proved to be a rollercoaster, with visiting Indianapolis scoring a run each in the 13th and 14th innings, only to be answered by the Bats.  Finally, the run in the 15th wasn't answered and the Bats conceded defeat.  Lots of offense and too much drama to discuss here.  I suggest you go check out the boxscore.  Up Next: Matt Maloney takes the hill against SWB Yankees at 7:05.

Carolina was drubbed by Jacksonville 11-2.  Curtis Partch had a rough outing, giving up 7 runs in 3 innings, and the bullpen combined to give up 4 more.  Yonder Alonso returned from his shoulder injury and hit 2-4.  Brandon Yarbrough also had 2 hits.  In non-Reds prospect news, Marlins top prospect Mike Stanton hit 3 home runs in this game, giving him 9 already on the season.  He's slugging .800 and OPSing 1.282 on the season.  Now that's a top prospect.  Up Next: Daryl Thompson takes on Jacksonville at 7:05.

Lynchburg was off.  Up Next: Brad Boxberger takes on the Kinston Indians at 7:05

Dayton was off.  Up Next: Justin Walker starts against the Lake County Captains at 7:05