On Saturday the Cincinnati Reds prospects had another good showing out in the Arizona Fall League as the first week of play wrapped up. James Marinan, Ivan Johnson, and Michael Byrne all put together a good game for the Surprise Saguaros.
James Marinan took the mound to start the game. It was his first appearance of the AFL season and he made a quick impression. The righty who finished up his season looking like a very different pitcher than the one who began the year being held back in Arizona in extended spring training didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. The grounder up the middle was the only hit he would allow in the start. Marinan finished with 4.0 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 walk, no runs, and 2 strikeouts. He also recorded 5 of his 6 non-strikeout outs via the ground ball.
While Marinan started the game it was another Cincinnati prospect who pitched the final two innings of the game. Michael Byrne came out of the Surprise bullpen and allowed just one hit – a single – in his two frames while picking up a strikeout. It was Byrnes second appearance of the AFL season. He had previously tossed a shutout inning earlier in the week.
Ivan Johnson got the start at second base for the third time this week. The recently turned 23-year-old infielder drove in a run with a single in the third inning to extend the Surprise lead to 2-0. Later on in the eighth inning he cut into the Glendale lead with a solo home run to right field. It was the second homer of the AFL season for Johnson, who is now tied for the league lead with Lars Nootbaar and Michael Toglia.