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Posts Tagged ‘Zack Cozart.’

Reds turn on power to help Bailey win for first time vs. Brewers, 3-1

 

Coming into Friday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey had his ups-and-downs over the years and was 0-5 in 10 career games.

Homer Bailey

But that all changed as the tall Texan upped his record to 9-6 overall and has won four straight starts for the first time in his career.

Scott Rolen

Bailey tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in hurling eight innings to beat the Brewers for the first time, 3-1 allowing Cincinnati to hold onto first-place in the National League Central Division.

Zack Cozart

The Reds moved to 13 games over .500 for the first time in 2012 as they won for the ninth time in 11 games and rode the home run bats of Zack Cozart, Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen.

With Cozart’s homer, that means there have been 73 consecutive games with a home run at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. It is the longest streak since Coors Field in Denver had 80 in a row from 2002 and 2003.

The Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada falls to 0-4 after pitching seven innings, giving up seven hits and allowing the three homers.

Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman earned his 16th save in 20 chances. He hit 100 mph twice in 13 pitches and struck out two batters.

Jay Bruce

 

Photos courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

 

Reds prospect Hamilton chasing Minor League steals record in a season

 

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Bakersfield Blaze)

The media who follow the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze know that shortstop Billy Hamilton is a very important player in the future of the major league team.

Hamilton is a speedy, leadoff  hitter that the Reds have needed and wanted for years.

General manager Walt Jocketty continues to ignore and downplay the idea from fans and media that Hamilton should be called up during September as a situational late-inning baserunner to steal bases. Jocketty is looking at the big picture, the future.

There is no doubt the Reds need a leadoff hitter better than Zack Cozart or Chris Heisey, but Hamilton has to improve in other areas, like fielding. He made 39 errors last year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. This year for the Advanced-A Bakersfield Blaze, the speed merchant has committed 24.

Hamilton has been the talk of Minor League Baseball this season.

He has a chance to break the all-time minor league record for steals of 145 by Vince Coleman in 1983. Everybody said that record would never be broken. But that was before Hamilton came on the scene.

In 2011 for Dayton, Hamilton lead the minor leagues with 103 stolen bases. This year, as of today, Friday, July 6, the Mississippi native has 103.

The 21-year-old Hamilton says he is just “letting the game come to him and not trying to get caught up in the 145 steals record.”

He has been caught 21 times, so it’s 103-124, a success rate of 82.4%. An excellent rating!

A switch-hitter, the 6’1, 160-pounder, who probably will end up in the Reds outfield in left-field, has drawn 49 walks and has a .326 batting average with 78 runs scored, 108 base hits, 18 doubles, 9 triples and 30 RBI’s.

The big question for the Reds management is, when will Hamilton be moved to Double-A? He has proven that Single-A is no match for him!

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Bakersfield Blaze, Radio & TV news

Phillips leaves game against Cardinals with hamstring cramp

 

Brandon Phillips (2009 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman left Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Cardinals before the sixth inning due to a cramp in his left hamstring.

With the Reds batting in the bottom of the fifth inning, Phillips, scored from first base after the next batter Zack Cozart, lined a single off of pitcher Jake Westbrook’s glove and Phillips scored all the way from first base after the pitcher’s throw sailed over the first baseman’s head and down the right field line.

Phillips was 1-for-3 in Monday’s game and is hitting .267 through four games as the leadoff batter.

 

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Cincinnati Reds & MLB news

 

Slick-fielding Janish not included on Reds Opening Day roster

 

Paul Janish (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker’s position-by-position breakdown on a board in his Spring Training office had one named left off.

Shortstop Paul Janish’s name was not included on the final 25-man roster to open the 2012 season.

Janish had a good Cactus League, batting .300 with a .912 OPS. But he is not as versatile as Todd Frazier, Wilson Valdez and Willie Harris, all who can play the outfield and all infield positions.

The arrival of rookie Zack Cozart last season as the starting shortstop put Janish’s future with the big-league team in jeopardy. Then, when the Reds acquired Valdez from Philadelphia in January, it was apparent that his versatility was better than Janish’s in a utility role.

Baker opted to start the season with 14 pitchers and 11 position players.

Baker says that Janish could be back with the big league club at some point this season.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Reds news

 

Tough day for Reds, Francis in 8-1 loss to Seattle

 

Jeff Francis with Kansas City in 2012 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Lefty Jeff Francis may have hurt his chances to capture a spot in the Cincinnati Reds starting pitching rotation.

In Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Francis allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings at Goodyear, Arizona.

Brandon Phillips had two hits and Zack Cozart had a run-scoring double, his fourth extra-base hit in four games for the Reds.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

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