Jeff Arnold; UofL Sports wallpaper
Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats snapped its seven-game winning streak with a 7-1 loss to Indianapolis. Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto surrendered two runs on two hits in three and one-third innings in a rehab start.
- Lake County scored four runs in the ninth inning to send the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 10-7 loss. Right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo surrendered three hits in four scoreless innings of relief while striking out five batters and walking none.
- The Lexington Legends slugged four home runs en route to a 13-7 win over Asheville. Center fielder Adam Bailey was 3-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored. Shortstop Jiovanni Mier and designated hitter Chris Wallace also homered. Eastern High School alum Jason Chowning pitched one and two-third hitless innings of relief.
- Former UofL third baseman Chris Dominguez was 3-4 with one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base for high A San Jose.
- Louisville native and former UofL catcher Jeff Arnold was 3-4 with one double and one run scored for low A Augusta.
- Former WKU third baseman Wade Gaynor was 3-4 with two doubles and three runs scored.
- One-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis, who transferred from UK to Arizona St., posted his second consecutive three-hit game and scored twice for AAA Columbus.
- Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 4-9 with one triple, one RBI and two runs scored in a double-header for AA Jackson.
- Louisville native Zack Cox was 2-4 with two RBI for high A Palm Beach.
- AA Mississippi Braves right-handed pitcher Michael Broadway, who was born in Paducah, earned his first win of the season with a scoreless inning of relief.
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Stats and highlights from Saturday Kentucky Spring Training action:
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock struck out one batter in a scoreless inning for the Kansas City Royals and has yet to surrender a run this spring.
- Lexington native Austin Kearns was 1-3 with two RBI for the Cleveland Indians.
- Former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade surrendered one run on two hits in one and two-third innings for the Tampa Bay Rays.
- PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-2 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- After being assigned to the Arizona Diamondbacks from minor league camp for the game, Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 0-2 versus the Reds.
- Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard, who was born in Lexington, surrendered one run while just recording one out.
- Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 0-2 with one walk.
- Braves right-handed pitcher Michael Broadway, who was born in Paducah, struck out one batter in a scoreless inning of relief.
- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 1-2 with one RBI.
Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide
During the regular season BluGrass Baseball publishes a daily roundup of Kentucky minor league action. We are going to try something similar during Spring Training to help you keep up with Kentuckians trying to make big league rosters across Florida and Arizona. Spring Training games began on Saturday, so check out the first roundup below:
- Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was 1-3 with one RBI for the Detroit Tigers.
- Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters, who was born in Pikeville, surrendered on hit and struck out one batter in a scoreless inning.
- In that same game Braves non-roster invitee Michael Broadway, a right-handed pitcher who was born in Paducah, was charged with a blown save after surrendering two runs on two hits in one inning.
- PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-2 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split-squad game versus the San Francisco Giants.
- Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill tallied a single in a pinch-hit appearance for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ben Revere; Photo by Pat Neshek
The Arizona Fall League season came to an end over the weekend, meaning several Kentucky players saw the official end of their 2010 seasons. Check out a quick rundown of Kentucky AFL stats below:
- OF Ben Revere (Lexington Catholic) — .295/.358/.330, 20 R, 12 SB, 9 RBI
- 2B Jason Kipnis (UK) — .295/.337/.628, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 13 R
- RHP Josh Lueke (NKU) — 0-1, 0.79 ERA, 2 SV, 12 SO/3 BB, 11.1 IP
- 3B Zack Cox (PRP) — .262/.333/.446, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 8 R
- RHP B. J. Rosenberg (UofL) — 0-1, 8.53 ERA, 10 SO/8 BB, 12.2 IP
- RHP Henry Mabee (Morehead St.) — 0-0, 6.92 ERA, 5 SO/9 BB, 13 IP
- RHP Michael Broadway (Paducah) — 0-1, 10.13 ERA, 5 SO/1 BB, 5.1 IP
- OF Dave Sappelt (Louisville Bats) — .291/.316/.319, 10 RBI, 9 R
- C Devin Mesoraco (Louisville Bats) — .242/.250/.455, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R
- LHP Philippe Valiquette (Louisville Bats) — 0-1, 14.14 ERA, 5 SO/5 BB, 7 IP
Revere led the AFL with 12 stolen bases.
Aroldis Chapman; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
The league championship series are set with a few Kentucky players remaining in the playoffs. Check out some links from around Kentucky baseball while you muster through far too many days without baseball before the second round of the playoffs:
- Former Lexington Legends infielder Ben Zobrist and the Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated in a 5-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
- John Wagner of Baseball America ranks Louisville Bats left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman No. 3 and first baseman Yonder Alonso No. 12 on the magazine’s top 20 International League prospects list.
- In the accompanying online chat, Wagner answers a number of questions about Bats players including Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Juan Francisco, Chris Valaika and Travis Wood. (subscription required)
- Frazier was 2-4 with a triple, RBI and run scored for Team USA in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dominican Republic in the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament.
- PRP alum Zack Cox, the Cardinals’ 2010 first-round pick, was 0-5 with four strikeouts in his Arizona Fall League debut for the Surprise Rafters.
- Former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke pitched a scoreless inning in his AFL debut for the Peoria Javelinas.
- Atlanta Braves right-handed pitching prospect Michael Broadway, born in Paducah, surrendered one run in one inning in his AFL debut for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
- Bats catcher Devin Mesoraco was 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and run scored for the Peoria Saguaros of the AFL. Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 0-1 in the game for Peoria.
Chris Dominguez; UofL Photo
Highlights to Friday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats pulled a game closer to the International League playoffs with a 16-6 win over Indianapolis. Left fielder Michael Griffin was 4-5 with two home runs, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored.
- The Lexington Legends tallied just five hits in a 1-0 loss to Rome. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya fell to 4-12 on the season despite surrendering just one run on four hits in eight innings.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished a series sweep of Dayton with a 7-1 win Friday. Second baseman Kyle Spraker homered and drove in three runs.
- Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 2-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs scored for low A Augusta.
- Frankfort native and 2010 Royals draftee Cameron Conner reached base four times, scored once and drove in one run for rookie-level Idaho Falls.
- Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his 14th home run of the season for AAA Syracuse.
- Braves right-handed pitching prospect Michael Broadway, born in Paducah, earned his fifth win of the season despite surrendering four runs in two innings for AAA Gwinnett.
Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide
The Arizona Fall League, Major League Baseball’s postseason league for some of its top prospects, has released its preliminary rosters for the 2010 season, and several Kentucky alumni were included. I’ve listed those players below with MLB organization and AFL team:
- B. J. Rosenberg (UofL) — Philadelphia Phillies — Mesa Solar Sox
- Josh Lueke (NKU) — Seattle Mariners — Peoria Javelinas
- Jason Kipnis (UK) — Cleveland Indians — Peoria Javelinas
- Henry Mabee (Morehead) — Chicago White Sox — Peoria Saguraros
- Ben Revere (Lexington Catholic) — Minnesota Twins — Peoria Saguraros
- Michael Broadway (Paducah) — Atlanta Braves — Phoenix Desert Dogs
- Ryan Strieby (UK) — Detroit Tigers — Surprise Rafters
Several current and former Louisville Bats, Bowling Green Hot Rods and Lexington Legends will also play in the league:
- Kyle Greenwalt — Lexington Legends — Peoria Javelinas
- Matt Nevarez — Lexington Legends — Peoria Javelinas
- Sergio Perez — Lexington Legends — Peoria Javelinas
- Patrick Urckfitz — Lexington Legends — Peoria Javelinas
- Koby Clemens — Lexington Legends — Peoria Javelinas
- Philippe Valiquette — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguraros
- Devin Mesoraco — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguraros
- Dave Sappelt — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguraros
- Neil Schenk — Bowling Green Hot Rods — Peoria Saguraros
- Henry Wrigley — Bowling Green Hot Rods — Peoria Saguraros
You can see the full AFL rosters via Baseball America here.
John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Sunday MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats evened its series with Toledo with a 8-0 shutout win. First baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Devin Mesoraco and right-fielder Danny Dorn each homered for Louisville.
- Kentuckians Michael Bertram and Shawn Roof were each 1-4 in the game for Toledo.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods evened its series with Fort Wayne with a 7-5 win. Right-handed pitcher Albert Suarez earned his first win of the season after surrendering one run in five innings.
- The Lexington Legends were off Sunday.
- Former UK outfielder John Shelby was 3-5 with two runs scored for AA Birmingham.
- Former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham extended his hitting streak to 12 games for short-season Eugene with a 2-4 performance.
- Danville native and 2010 Tigers draftee Patrick Cooper improved to 4-2 on the season after surrendering one run in six and two-third innings for low A West Michigan.
- Trinity High School alum Tyler Kuhn was 4-5 with a home run, five RBI and three runs scored for AA Birmingham.
- Louisa native Steven Blevins was promoted to AA New Britain where he pitched three and two-third scoreless innings in his debut.
- Paducah native Michael Broadway earned his fourth win of the season for AAA Gwinnett with two scoreless innings of relief.
- Boyd County native Tyler Gatrell picked up his 12th save of the season for the rookie-level AZL Royals.
Marcus Nidiffer, center; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats dropped consecutive games for the first time since the end of June and were shutout first the first time since July 1 with a 1-0 loss to Columbus. Left-handed pitcher Matt Maloney surrendered just one run in six innings of relief of Travis Wood.
- Great Lakes scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to break open a tied game and hand the Bowling Green Hot Rods a 10-5 loss. Shortstop Tyler Bortnick was 2-6 with a home run.
- The Lexington Legends‘ game with the West Virginia Power was rained out.
- In his second game for short-season Tri-City, former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer was 3-4 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored.
- Former UK outfielder and 2010 Twins draftee Lance Ray was 3-4 with a double for low A Beloit.
- Former UK catcher Sean Coughlin slugged his fifth home run of the season for AA Mobile.
- Former UofL left-handed reliever and 2010 Cardinals draftee Bob Revesz earned his third win of the season for rookie-level Johnson City.
- Former UofL infielder and 2010 Rays draftee Phil Wunderlich was 3-4 with two doubles for short-season Hudson Valley.
- Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 3-6 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored for low A West Michigan.
- Former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones earned his ninth win of the season after surrendering one run on five hits in seven innings for high A Winston-Salem.
- One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker picked up his 10th win of the season for AA Carolina with seven innings of one-run ball. Klinker struck out seven and walked none.
- Paducah native Michael Broadway picked up his third win of the season for AAA Gwinnett.
- Boyd County native and 2010 Royals NDFA Tyler Gatrell picked up his first career win for the rookie-level AZL Royals.