Pensacola Wins Shutout

Moscot Lowered ERA to 2.08

Since turning pro Jon Moscot has been a hard luck pitcher as far as his won-loss record has gone. However, the Reds have recognized his effectiveness in spite of that which has kept him rising up the system. Now he's mastering the AA level before turning 23 later this season.

Jon Moscot threw eight three-hit, shutout innings in a 2-0 Penscola win over visiting Mississippi Sunday. He also contributed with the bat in the fifth inning when the game's first run scored after he reached safely on an error. The Wahoos added some insurance in the eighth when Beau Amaral doubled ahead of an RBI single from Steve Selsky. Jamie Walczak entered in the ninth to retire the side in order for the save.

The win evened Moscot's record to 1-1 and dropped his ERA to 2.08 on the season. When looking at his stats, there shouldn't be a lot of stock put into the won-lost record. He was a hard luck pitcher in that department last year, going 2-14 at Bakersfield with a mid-four ERA which isn't bad for the California League. Cincinnati recognized his effectiveness despite his record and he finished 2013 with a 3.19 ernie over six starts after a promotion to Pensacola. Now he's back with the Wahoos and making a case for further advancement.

This is Moscot's third professional season after Cincinnati drafted him out of Pepperdine in the fourth round in 2012. He stands 6'4"/205# and throws right-handed. On the mound he's a finesse pitcher with a low-90's fastball that he mixes with a changeup and slider. After coming out of a program like Pepperdine it's no surprise to see him arrive as a polished pitcher and since turning pro he has a K/BB ratio of 189/69 in 204 innings. His walk rate has slightly increased since he started facing more developed hitters at AA, but after giving up only one in the long outing Sunday he's dropped it to under three per nine innings thus far this season. He's also been good at keeping the ball on low with a ground/air out ratio around.

Moscot has already entered some top Reds prospect lists and the way he's going will land his name on some more. He still doesn't have a lot of experience in AA, but after eleven starts he's making a case that he's mastered the level. Cincinnati is deep on pitching right now but they will make a room for a promotion if he continues to earn it which would put him at AAA at the age of 23. He projects as a mid-rotation pitcher at the major league level and it appears he's making his way closer to that happening, in spite of his won-loss record.

Other Organizational News: The Reds lost a pitching duel in ten innings as the Braves completed a home sweep with a 1-0 win. Johnny Cueto continued to be sharp, getting no decision from eight scoreless innings. J.J. Hoover took the loss as his offense combined for only five hits, two from Ryan Ludwick.

Louisville scored a couple of runs in the ninth to win 2-1 at Buffalo. Thomas Neal tied the game with a bases-loaded walk before Max Ramirez singled in the game-winner. Chien Ming-Wang hung around long enough for the win from allowing one run/four hits over eight innings while striking out six without a walk. Jumbo Diaz tossed a scoreless ninth for the save.

Bakersfield took an early lead and put the game on ice with a six-run eighth inning in a 10-2 win at San Jose. Ben Lively continued his dominance with six shutout innings for the win. He struck out seven against four hits and no walks to raise his record to 5-0 with a miniscule 0.31 ERA. Layne Somsen finished the game and allowed two runs but qualified for the save with three innings pitched. Juan Perez knew the way to first with two hits and two walks while Yovan Gonzalez singled twice and walked once. Marquez Smith widened a 1-0 lead in the third with a two-run homer.

Dayton completed a sweep at Great Lakes with a 3-1 win. Jeff Gelalich led the Dragons with two hits and scored his team's second run after leading off the fifth with a triple. Daniel Mateo added on with a solo homer the next inning. Sal Romano got the win for five scoreless innings, allowing only hits with nine strikeouts/three walks. Alejandro Chacin, Zach Weiss, and Scott Brattvet combined for three scoreless innings with Brattvet getting the save.

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