Pensacola Gets Walkoff Walk

Pensacola Gets Walkoff Walk

Coming into the season Villarreal was not on any lists of top Reds prospects, but after three starts he looks like he's going to make a case to change that. He has yet to give up more than one run in a game this season and his ERA is now 1.53. He struck out 17 in 17 2/3 IP while only allowing 3 BB. His WHIP right now is 0.962.

An RBI walk to Joel Guzman in the bottom of the ninth plated Miguel Rojas to give Pensacola a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville in the opener of a five game series at Blue Wahoos Park. Guzman was the fourth Wahoo to reach base in the inning. Pinch hitter Rojas started the effort with a bunt single. Later Didi Gregorius and Henry Rodriguez both delivered their second hits of the game with two outs. Jacksonville then brought in reliever A.J. Ramos who walked Guzman on four pitches.

Gregorius continued his hot hitting, now 10-15 over the past four games. The Wahoos' other run came off of Rodriguez's first home run of the season in the fifth inning. Both are now batting over .330. Reliever Donnie Joseph picked up his second win of the season. He now has two wins and three saves in five scoreless appearances. Justin Freeman retired all six batters he faced and Pedro Villarreal got no decision despite holding the Suns to one run on five hits over the six innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Coming into the season Villarreal was not on any lists of top Reds prospects, but after three starts he looks like he's going to make a case to change that. He has yet to give up more than one run in a game this season and his ERA is now 1.53. He struck out 17 in 17 2/3 IP while only allowing 3 BB. His WHIP right now is 0.962.

The 6'1" right-hander entered the Reds organization after they selected him in the 7th round of the 2008 draft out of Howard JC in Big Springs, TX. In 2009 five strong starts in the Gulf Coast League got him promoted to high-A Sarasota where he had a mid-5 ERA over 31 IP. He started the 2010 season at low-A Dayton and kept his ERA below 4 before another try at high-A where he got hit hard. He gave it another shot last season at Bakersfield and pitched well enough to get promoted to AA Carolina. Coming into last night's game he had a career ERA of 4.24 over 329 minor league innings.

Over his development Villarreal has shown great improvement to control issues that plagued him early. His K/BB ratio was around 2 in high A. Since his promotion he's at 3.7 during his duty at AA. He's at 5.7 thus far in 2012. The 24 year-old threw the first pitch in history for the new Pensacola professional team. His next start is expected to be April 20 at Montgomery.

Other News:

Scott Carroll has now started the season with 8 1/3 scoreless innings and picked up his first win of the year when Louisville downed Columbus 5-3 at Louisville Slugger Field. Daniel Dorn homered for the third time for the Bats.

Bakersfield was swept in a doubleheader at San Jose. The final score of both games was 2¬-1. Tony Cingrani limited the Giants to two runs (one earned) when he pitched the first four innings of the six-inning DH game. He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six. This followed a gem in his first outing when he threw six shutout/one-hit innings against Visalia. He now has a 0.90 ERA and a WHIP of 0.80.

The nightcap was an extra-inning affair where Billy Hamilton went 3-3 with a walk and two triples. He's now hitting .382 on the season. Kyle Lotzkar gave up one run on two hits and three walks over 4 IP. He allowed two over six innings when he won his first start and his ERA is at 2.70.

There was not much to cheer about for Dayton last night when they got pounded 10-1 at South Bend. The Dragons were limited to three hits and Carolos Gonzalez picked up his second loss in as many starts.

CincyHardball.com Recommended Stories


Up Next


Forums


5 Fans online
    Join The Conversation

    Tweets