Paxson excels in loss; Webb may go to instructional league

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

With only a couple Kentucky minor leaguers still in action in the MiLB playoffs we’ll start incorporating their performances into the general links post. So check out some highlights from those games and other links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Former WKU right-handed pitcher J. B. Paxson pitched four and one-third scoreless innings for low A Great Lakes in the team’s ¬†Midwest League playoff loss. Paxson struck out six and walked two.
  • Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal reports Louisville Bats manager Rick Sweet is uncertain if the Cincinnati Reds will ask him to manage the Bats again in 2011.
  • Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb is open to pitching in the instructional league if he can’t return for the Diamondbacks this season.
  • For recaps of every Minor League playoff series, check this valuable post from J. J. Cooper of Baseball America.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, writing for BA, reports the Cincinnati Reds’ patience in Bats catcher Devin Mesoraco has paid off. (Subscription required)

MiLB Roundup: Bats clinch playoff spot despite loss; Legends win; Hot Rods lose; Adcock wins; Gaynor homers

Minor League Baseball

Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats clinched a spot in the International League playoffs despite a 4-1 loss to Indianapolis. One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker took the loss after surrendering four runs in five and one-third innings.
  • Two Lexington Legends pitcher combined on a seven-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Rome. Righthanded pitcher Jose Cisnero improved to 8-6 on the season after surrendering four hits in six innings.
  • Great Lakes scored six runs in the first innings and held on to send the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 7-5 loss. Right-handed pitcher Alex Koronis held the Loons to just one run in four and one-third innings out of the Bowling Green bullpen.
  • Former WKU right-handed pitcher J. B. Paxon recorded a hold with one and one-third scoreless innings for Great Lakes.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell took the loss in the decisive game of the Appalachian League finals after surrendering four runs in six and two-third innings for rookie-level Elizabethton.
  • Former UK infielder Michael Bertram was 3-4 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored for AAA Toledo.
  • Former UofL outfielder and 2010 Rangers draftee Josh Richmond was 3-4 with a walk, double and RBI for short-season Spokane.
  • Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor slugged his tenth home run of the season for low A West Michigan.
  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock improved to 11-7 on the season after surrendering two runs in five and two-third innings for high A Bradenton.
  • Covington native Neil Wilson slugged his sixth home run of the season for AAA New Orleans.

MiLB Roundup: Bats lose; Paxson gets win vs. Hot Rods; Kipnis, Cregar homer; Ross takes no-decision

Minor League Baseball

Jason Kipnis; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Highlights from Sunday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • A start from rehabbing Cincinnati Reds Opening Day starting pitcher Aaron Harang wasn’t enough to help the Louisville Bats avoid a 7-3 loss to Columbus. Harang surrendered five runs on five hits in five innings.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods dropped their fifth straight game with a 9-8 loss to Great Lakes. First baseman Ryan Wiegand was 3-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored.
  • Former WKU right-handed pitcher J. B. Paxson earned the win in relief for Great Lakes in his return to Bowling Green.
  • The Lexington Legends game with the West Virginia Power was suspended due to rain and will be resumed at 5:05 p.m. today.
  • LCA alum Robbie Ross took a no decision for high A Bakersfield after surrendering two runs in four innings.
  • One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis was 2-2 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson earned his third win of the season with two and two-third scoreless innings for AA New Hampshire.
  • Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar slugged his 17th home run of the season and drove in three runs for low A Greensboro.
  • Former Morehead St. outfielder and 2010 White Sox NDFA J. D. Ashbrook was 2-3 with a double, three RBI and run scored for rookie-level Bristol.