Game recap (9/2/16): Jesse Winker doubles twice, Phillip Ervin has a big night


Result: Louisville 9, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: El’Hajj Muhammad, RHP – 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Jesse Winker, RF  – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B – 3-for-3, R, 2 BB

Steve Selsky, 1B – 1-for-1, 2B, R

Game Notes: Jesse Winker has seen most of his success this season with singles and simply getting on base.

On Friday night, Winker picked up a pair of hits, but they were both doubles and one just missed leaving the yard.

After going 0-for-7 in his previous three-game mini-slump, Friday night was a solid breakout for Winker who is a call up candidate once the season ends.

Also seeking a possible promotion later in the week, Dilson Herrera added three hits and stole his first base since the trade that brought him to the Reds organization.

El’Hajj Muhammad made the start in his Triple-A debut and worked three innings, before Josh Smith worked three more innings, for his first Triple-A action since May.


Result: Pensacola 7, Birmingham 6

Starting Pitcher: Rookie Davis, RHP – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Top Hitter: Phillip Ervin, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chad Wallach, C –1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R

Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 2-for-5, R

Game Notes: Rookie Davis made his first start in a return to Pensacola for the playoff push on Friday night.

However, he did not see the same success in the start at the level that he did prior to his promotion to Louisville.

Overall, Davis allowed a two-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the fourth. Even though that accounted for the runs allowed, Davis still struggled with base runners all night.

In fact, he only had one clean inning and tossed 103 pitches in those five innings of work.

Abel De Los Santos worked two perfect frames, while Alejandro Chacin worked a scoreless ninth for his 29th save of the season. Since joining the Reds organization, Chacin has only allowed an earned run in one of his 16 appearances. The two make a tough one-two punch at the end of the bullpen, as Chacin has allowed just two runs in his last 14 appearances.

Chad Wallach and Phillip Ervin each homered and drove in three runs in the win.

Sebastian Elizalde added his second straight two-hit game as well and is now hitting .390 in his last 13 games with eight multi-hit efforts.


Result: Brevard County, 4, Daytona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jonathon Crawford, RHP – 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Top Hitter: Juan Duran, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Gavin LaValley, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Jonathan Reynoso, CF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Juan Duran continued his current tear with Dayton with two more hits and another double.

Duran is hitting .484 over his last nine games. However, this success is nothing recent. For the month of August, Duran hit .364 with a .915 OPS. This included five doubles and seven total extra base hits.

Jonathon Crawford had another rough outing, lasting just 3.1 innings and allowing seven hits and four run to go with the three walks.

After pitching out of trouble in the first and second, Crawford was not able to do the same in his last one-plus inning of work. In the third alone, Crawford allowed four hits, two walks, and four runs. Following another one-out walk in the fourth, Crawford was removed after 66 pitches.

Since returning from the DL, Crawford has seen a significant issue with hitable stuff and command issues. In his last three starts, he has allowed 17 hits and 11 earned runs in just 9.1 innings of work.


Result: Dayton 3, Lake County 2

Starting Pitcher: Tony Santillan, RHP – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Top Hitter: Nick Senzel, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Gonzalez, SS – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Shane Mardirosian, 2B – 4-for-6, RBI

Game Notes: Tony Santillan had his best start since being promoted to Dayton, and there was one catalyst to that success – command.

Coming into Friday night, Santillan had walked 22 batters in 23.1 innings of work. However, in the start, he showcased much better control and the same ability to miss bats.  Overall, Santillan tossed 86 pitches, with 60 going for strikes.

Tanner Rainey also struggled with command as a starter, but has seen a great deal of success coming out of the Dayton bullpen. On Friday night, he tossed 4.1 scoreless innings, while walking one and striking out six.

As a starter, Rainey walked 62 in 91 innings of work and his ERA was an inflated 6.03. Since the transition to a relief role earlier in the month, Rainey has walked just four in 12.1 innings and has a 2.19 ERA. He has also seen a boost in K/9 since changing roles.

Nick Senzel added another double and two more hits, for his 21st of the season in just over two months with Dayton. His third inning double put a scoring threat out there, but he was later thrown out at the plate trying to score on a sacrifice fly.

In his last 12 games, Senzel is hitting .395 with six two-hit games. He has also walked eight times in his last 11 games. The only game in the span he did not reach was an 0-for-5 effort with four strikeouts on August 25.


Result: Great Falls 4, Billings 2

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

Top Hitter: T.J. Friedl, CF – 2-for-5, R

Other Notable Performers:

Alejo Lopez, 2B – 2-for-3, R

Hector Vargas, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: After a huge explosion on Thursday night, the Billings  was kept in check for the most part on Friday night.

T.J. Friedl picked up two of the six hits for the game and has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Over that span, he has hit .375 and scored eight runs.


Moises Nova worked five strong innings, but received a no decision.

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