Game recap (7/20/16): Bailey reaches pitch limit

louisville

Result: Louisville 7, Columbus 5

Starting Pitcher: Homer Bailey, RHP – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Top Hitter: Hernan Iribarren, RF – 3-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jermaine Curtis, 2B – 2-for-5, HR, R,  RBI

Steve Selsky, 1B – 2-for-5, HR, R, RBI

Game Notes: After Homer Bailey was removed from the game mid-batter, concern was raised that there may be a set back. However, the Reds revealed shortly after that Bailey just had reached his pitch count.

Though it was certainly not his strongest outing of the rehab, allowing three home runs, Bailey still tossed 83 pitches and made it into the sixth inning for the first time on the assignment. This is an encouraging sign as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Hernan Iribarren hit a home run for the third straight game. In fact, they are the only three homers that he has all season. Iribarren, who now has a 14-game hit streak, was one of three Bats to go deep on Wednesday.

Jesse Winker extended his six game hit streak with a single and Kevin Shackelford slammed the door shut in the ninth to keep his scoreless inning streak going at 13 in Triple-A.

pensacola

Result: Pensacola 6, Biloxi 4

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Mahle, RHP – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Beau Amaral – 3-for-5, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Sparks, 3B – 1-for-5, 2B

Zach Vincej, SS – 2-for-2, R, BB

Game Notes: It was a unique start for Tyler Mahle, but a good one regardless. In the first two innings, Mahle allowed just one hit. However, in the fourth trouble struck. He allowed four hits in the inning and three runs. An error aided the rally and also made all of the runs unearned.

Mahle also did not record a strikeout in the first two innings of the game, and added five in his final four frames.

Beau Amaral returned from his rehab assignment to Pensacola and homered on the first pitch that he saw. Additionally, Amaral added two hits after tearing up Billings on the assignment.

Eric Jagielo and Taylor Sparks added doubles in the game and Chad Wallach smacked a two-run homer.

daytona

Result: Jupiter 5, Daytona 1

Starting Pitcher: Seth Varner, LHP – 4 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Aristides Aquino, RF – 1-for-3, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jonathan Reynoso, CF – 1-for-3

Brian O’Grady, LF – 1-for-3, R, BB

Game Notes: First innings have continued to be rotten for Seth Varner.

Varner opened the game with a strikeout, but then allowed four straight singles, then a double, single, and another double. All in all, Varner allowed seven hits and five runs in the first.

Following that, Varner settled down and allowed just four hits over four shutout innings.

Aristides Aquino picked up a seventh inning triple to add a hit in his second straight game after going hitless in five straight.

dayton

Result: Quad Cities 6, Dayton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jacob Constante, LHP – 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Chris Okey, C – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Shed Long, 2B – 2-for-4

Nick Senzel, 3B – 0-for-2, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes:  After a slow start to his Low-A career, Chris Okey now has hits in four of his last five games. Two of those games have included home runs and he is now 7-for-19 over that span.

Nick Senzel failed to pick up a hit in the contest, but did pick up two RBI on a sac fly and a bases loaded walk.

billings

Result: Billings

Billings was off on Wednesday and returns to action on Thursday.

reds

Result: AZL Mariners 4, AZL Reds 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hanson, RHP – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Nadir Ljatifi, SS – 1-for-4, R

Other Notable Performers:

J.D. Salmon-Williams, LF – 1-for-4

Bruce Yari, DH – 1-for-4

Game notes: Nick Hanson put together a strong start in just his sixth professional outing.

In fact, it was the first non-sideways start for Hanson, who had allowed 13 hits, 14 runs, and 10 walks in just 6.2 innings coming in.

Wednesday’s start may be a sign that the nerves are getting worked out for Hanson and that good things are on the horizon.

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