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April 16, 2012




First off I realize everyone is wondering where I found these amazing models for the first weekly "Bats" review post.  They are my kids they just happen to look like models because they have great genes.

The content of my weekly "Bats" post will probably fluctuate on a week by week basis.  I may discuss the Reds some or I may choose to do a run-down style summary of the past weeks games. 

This week I have reviewed the action from the last week and I give a brief preview of the week ahead.  The bottom line is the Bats are 3-7 currently and the Reds are 3-6.  Both teams need to turn things around but fortunately there is plenty of time to do so.

Sunday 4/8

The bats lost to the Columbus Clippers 7-4 despite SP Chad Reineke lasting 6.0 IP, allowing only 3 ER and striking out 4 batters. Nick Christiani blew the save and recorded the loss while allowing 3ER.

Offensively Danny Dorn had a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs on the night.

Monday 4/9

The Bats beat the Clippers 9-3 on behind a very solid outing from Andrew Brackman who registered his first career win as a member of the Reds organization. Brackman lasted 6.0 IP only allowing 2 hits, 1 BB, 1 ER and striking out 4 batters.

Offensively Chris Valaika had 2 hits, 3 runs scored and a stolen base to lead the charge for the booming Bats.

Tuesday 4/10

Former National League All-Star and cover boy for a magazine known as Sports Illustrated, Jeff Francis registered his first start for the Reds organization and managed to strike out 9 batters in 5 innings while allowing only 2 ER. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough as Thad Weber threw 6.0 innings of shutout baseball and the Mud Hens beat the Bats 3-1.

Overall it’s tough to be very disappointed with the outing from Jeff Francis as he did have 9 Ks. Hopefully he can have a little better run support in his next start.

Wednesday 4/11

The Bats lost to the Mud Hens 4-0. Puerto Rican pitcher Luis Atilano who has registered MLB victories over Tim Lincecum and Roy Oswalt struggled on Wednesday as he gave up 4 ER in only 2.1 IP.

Fu-Te Ni, a Taiwanese pitcher who has spent some time in the majors with the Tigers was simply on fire on Wednesday when he pitched 5 shutout innings.

Thursday 4/12

The Bats lost to the Mud Hens 8-1 on Thursday behind a poor outing by starting pitcher Sean Gallagher. Gallagher lasted only 1.2 innings and allowed 5ER.

If you’re looking for something positive to take away from Thursday’s game it would be that Josh Judy relieved the struggling Gallagher and pitched 2.0 shut-out innings while striking out 5 batters. Judy has had limited success at the MLB level for the Cleveland Indians and has had a very impressive minor league career overall posting a 2.81 ERA, 10.4 K/9 rate, 2.4 K/BB ratio.

If the Bats are going to improve their pitching this season look for Judy to play a large role in doing so.

Friday 4/13

The Bats won on Friday over the Clippers by a score of 4-2. Starting pitcher Chad Reineke lasted 4.2 innings and allowed 2 ER while striking out 2 batters with 0 BBs. Relief pitcher Travis Webb registered the win while J.J. Hoover was credited with the save. Hoover, who the Reds acquired after trading 3B Juan Francisco to the Braves two weeks ago seems to have plenty of promise as he leads the Bats with two saves so far this season.

Offensively Chris Valaika lead the Bats with a double which scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Saturday 4/14

The Bats lost to the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Saturday night 9-4. The most disappointing part of this loss for me was that I made it to the game (first game of the year) and I was very excited to see Andrew Brackman pitch after he had such an impressive outing on Monday (4/9) against the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers AAA afiliate). On Saturday night the story was very different for the 6-10 former first round pick of the NYY, Brackman allowed 5 ER and was pulled from the game before the first inning was over. I was disappointed to say the least.

I did get to see Bats’ Catcher Dioner Navarro collect 2 hits, a HR and a total of 3 RBIs on the night and Paul Janish continued his hot offensive production while finishing 2-4 (Janish is batting .364 on the year so far).

The games, times and probable pitchers for the Bats for the upcoming week are as follows:

Sun vs. COL: RHP Brett Tomko (0-1, 5.40) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (0-0, 2.25) 2:05 p.m.
Mon vs. COL: LHP Jeff Francis (0-1, 3.27) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-1, 2.45) 6:35 p.m.
Tue vs. TOL: RHP Sean Gallagher (0-2, 19.80) vs. RHP Brooks Brown (0-0, 3.38) 6:35 p.m.
Wed vs. TOL: RHP Chad Reineke (0-0, 4.22) vs. LHP Andy Oliver (0-1, 2.79) 6:35 p.m.
Thur vs. TOL: RHP Andrew Brackman (1-1, 8.10) vs. LHP Casey Crosby (0-1, 9.00) 6:35 p.m.
Fri vs. TOL: RHP Brett Tomko (Sun) vs. RHP Thad Weber (1-0, 0.00) 6:35 p.m.

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