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Reds announce roster moves involving Dennick, Smith & Villarreal


The Cincinnati Reds have made some roster moves involving their bullpen in the past few days.

On Monday, they recalled right-hander Josh Smith.

Smith, who did not get into a game after he was called up, was not on the 40-man roster prior to the promotion. By rule, the club could not have called up a player on the 40-man roster without a disabled list move until 10 days into the season, which was Wednesday, April 14. Smith, a starting pitcher was on hand to pitch in long relief if he was needed.

On Wednesday,  right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Smith was optioned back to AAA to make room on the roster.

In another move, lefty reliever Ryan Dennick was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers. Dennick, who had an 11.57 ERA in eight games for Cincinnati last season, was designated for assignment Monday. The Reds had 10 days to trade, release or if he passed through waivers, be sent back to the minors.

Villarreal pitched in 12 games for the Reds last season with solid results. Eventhough he had a 4.30 ERA, all 11 of his inherited baserunners were stranded.

Trying to win a bullpen spot in Spring Training, Villarreal ran into some tough luck. He posted a 13.00 ERA in eight appearances, with 13 runs and 17 hits allowed, including three homers.

Dayton Dragons’ Smith earns wins, strikeout titles in Midwest League


 Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Josh Smith wrapped up the Midwest League victory and strikeout titles as he and his teammates defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 11-5 last Friday night, September 2.

A seven run fifth inning helped Smith win the game.

The win, in the final road game of the regular season for the Dragons, improved their second half record to a minor league best 46-22. Dayton lifted their overall record to 81-56.

Josh Smith (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

The win also guaranteed that the Dragons would finish the season with the best full-season record in the Eastern Division. Which means, if they advance to the second round of the playoffs, they would have home field advantage against all competition.

Smith, in his final start before the playoffs, improved his record to 14-7. He has earned one more win than Bowling Green’s George Jensen. Smith also improved his strikeout total to a club-record 166 and will finish the season as the league leader. He pitched five innings and struck out seven.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Dragons clinch East Division title with 6-0 win over Whitecaps


(Cap logo courtesy of Dayton Dragons via wikipedia commons)

David Vidal and Juan Duran clubbed home runs and three Dayton pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as the Dragons beat the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-0 on Sunday before a crowd of 8,599 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.

With the win and a Fort Wayne loss to Lansing, the Dragons have clinched the Midwest League Eastern Division second-half title, earning a playoff appearance for the first time since 2008.

Dayton (43-19) captured the third division title in franchise history. The team won the first half championship in both 2001 and 2007. The Dragons current record is the best in all of Minor League Baseball among full-season leagues that play a split-season format.

The Dragons will play Lansing in the first round of the playoffs beginning Wednesday, September 7 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. Game 2 and if necessary Game 3 in the best-of-three series will be played in Lansing, Michigan. For ticket info contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287.

The Dragons also tied the club record for most wins in a month with their 20th in August (20-7). Dayton won 20 games in June of 2002.

Starting pitcher Josh Smith (13-7) pitched six strong innings for the win. He allowed just three hits and no walks with six strikeouts to increase his Midwest League-leading total of 159. Smith also became the third pitcher in Dragons history to win at least 13 games in a season.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Dragons rally falls short in 8-6 loss to Bowling Green


(courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods held off a huge comeback effort by the Dayton Dragons to beat them 8-6 on Monday night and complete a sweep of the three-game series.

At one point, the Dragons were down 8-0 and then scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Dayton lossed for the fourth straight game and fell to 23-13 in the second half and remained tied with Lansing for first-place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.

Josh Smith, the Dragons losing pitcher, drops to 9-6, worked five innings, gave up seven hits, five runs, with three walks and three strikeouts, took the defeat.


Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

TinCaps stop Dragons winning streak at 8 in 5-4 win

Luis Domoromo had had two key RBI's in win (courtesy of Ft. Wayne TinCaps)

The Fort Wayne TinCaps built up a 5-0 lead and held off a furious Dayton comeback bid in beating the Dragons 5-4 on Wednesday night, snapping the Dragons eight-game winning streak before a crowd of 7,964 at Fifth Third Field.

The loss dropped Dayton second half record to 22-9. They lead second place Lansing by 1.5 games in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.

Dragons starting pitcher Josh Smith (9-5) worked the first five innings, giving up six hits and five runs with one walk and six strikeouts to take the loss.


Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons


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