Once again the Billings Mustangs were the only team in action down on the farm. Cory Thompson led the offense with a 3-4 night that included a triple, two runs scored, three stolen bases and two more driven in. After going 3-25 over the previous seven games, Thompson has going 4-7 in the last two games to bust out of the slump. After a quick start to the season the shortstop has struggled since July rolled around, hitting .230/.289/.330 through August. September is off to a good start and with the regular season ending tonight hopefully he can carry things into the playoffs and finish strong.

Jimmy Pickens was the only other Mustang to have more than one hit in the game as he went 2-4 with a double, RBI and two runs. That extended his hitting streak to three games, going 1-3 in the previous two games as he has gotten off to a good start in September. After a very slow start to the season, hitting just .170/.228/.292 through July the outfielder has turned things around since August 1st. In 21 games since August rolled around Pickens has hit .281/.333/.422 thanks to vastly improved plate discipline and a little bit more power than he showed earlier in the season.

The pitching led the way for the Mustangs win last night, allowing just two hits in the game. Luke Moran tossed two perfect innings to start the game. He racked up three strikeouts before exiting. Last night was just an extension of the quality run that he has been on over the last eight starts where he has tossed 40.1 innings with a 3.35 ERA, TWO walks and 35 strikeouts. In his first seven starts with Billings this season he posted a 6.09 ERA and walked 10 batters in 34.0 innings.

Following Moran was Fabian Roman, who is on quite a run of his own. Last night he threw 3.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed. Over his last 10 appearances he’s allowed runs in just one game as he’s posted a 1.72 ERA in 15.2 innings.

Jefry Sierra continued to show that his transition to pitcher was a good idea as his shutout inning of work lowered his ERA to 3.00 on the season. He too has been on a good run of appearances as he’s posted a 1.38 ERA in 13.0 innings over his last nine games. The control is still something that needs working on as he’s walked eight batters in that stretch, but he has also struck out 16.

Reliever Brian Hunter did what he has done most of the season and didn’t allow a run. His scoreless inning lowered his ERA on the season to 1.95 in 27.2 innings pitched where he has 31 strikeouts and nine walks. Hunter has allowed runs in just four of 21 games this season and only two of his last 15 appearances.

Conor Krauss got into the action as he tossed a perfect 9th inning to finish the game out. After a very rough outing on August 18th the reliever has allowed just a run over his last 5.0 innings (1.80 ERA) with a walk and four strikeouts.

There were several guys who made it into the Reds game last night from the call ups, though there were no big league debuts, Jason Bourgeois made his 2014 big league debut with a pinch hit single in the 8th inning.

David Holmberg also showed up, making his first appearance of his career from the bullpen. He tossed a shutout inning with a hit, walk and a strikeout.

16 Responses

  1. MK

    Holmberg outing stats were certainly misleading. A walk, a single, strikeout and then an absolute rocket to shortstop for a double play. 17 pitches – 8 strikes

  2. boiler

    We are getting our doors blown off on the road, so we don’t have to appease the home crowd, Play the kids. No reason to not try things right now.

    How about Tucker as C and Mes at first.
    Bruce needs to fetch water bottles and think about next year and how he is going to fix the funk he is in. Left, SS, 1st, and a lesser degree 2nd.

    • Doug Gray

      Price still thinks the Reds are in it. He said hopefully there isn’t regular playing time for the call ups (insinuating the Reds were still playing for something), but that may change late in the month.

      • rick in boise

        Still in? Well, he probably has to say that… :)

        Out of the box idea — sine everybody seems to say that you don’t trade players now as they can’t do the playoffs, wouldn’t it be smart to do exactly that? Both sides might get a better deal.

  3. rick in boise

    4th place in the Division, 10 games out
    7th place for wildcard, 7 games out
    23 games to play?

    • AWA85

      We are still in it for getting a better draft pick…. hope that is what Price was meaning.

  4. MK

    Great line-up tonight, including Yorman’s big league debut. I guess Price has decided they are out of it.

  5. Alan Horn

    With Homer’s surgery tomorrow I wonder if he will be ready next season and if so, how effective he will be. They are saying he should be ready. If he and Votto can’t come back we could be in trouble before we even start. That’s 37 million of payroll
    on a small market team. I get dizzy just thinking about it. That’s 5.5 times what we just shed in payroll by trading Broxton. Walt is going to have to work some extreme
    magic to get us a left fielder and hope the injuries heal and most important, we stay away from further injuries. That is a tall order considering the key players who are age 30 and older(more prone to injury). This off season will be the most critical in recent memory. We need a LF who can hit, some decent bench players who can hit(including a viable backup 1B (just in case)) along with a couple or 3 middle relievers (most of who could come from within). If we trade a starter (which I think we have to do) we will need to cover that loss also.

    • MK

      Broxton came out OK and they say he had a complete tear and Homer a partial.

  6. DaveCT

    As much I like what Negron brings every day, we really cannt rely on him to replace Frazier’s bat when Frazier replaces Votto. Assuming Lutz pans out as a spare part, would really to see one of the young OF bats start training at 1B as the true back up to Joey. Winker, Waldrop come to mind. As for Homer, this is the same surgery that both Broxton and I think Latos had, and it’s not thought to be as bad as those.

    • Alan Horn

      That’s a good idea, but will anyone be ready for next season? We will probably have to go FA or the trade route for next season. That’s why I wanted to get some final feedback on Lutz and Soto this last month. It could save us both the trouble and money. I guess you could try to acquire a third baseman, but why. Frazier is solid defensively as well as offensively. Plus, a first baseman will be easier and probably cheaper to find.

    • MK

      Winker has worked very hard to become an average/adequate defensive left fielder. Defense isn’t his strong suit. Think I would leave him alone. Some of the others might be worth a go.

  7. MK

    The young line-up brings them all the way back so he pinch hits Pena for Y-Rod. Dribbles out to end inning. Finally get some production and he reverts back to same old losing crap.

    • Alan Horn

      I would go for the higher draft choice at this point. Looks like Mes tried to take over and win the game.