Month in Review, Off-Day Edition
The boys may be back in town, but after a ten-day, nine-game road series, they’ve earned some well-deserved down time. Pensacola and the rest of the Southern League will observe an off day before the Wahoos host the Montgomery Biscuits in a five-game series beginning Wednesday night. You can check out our series preview tomorrow morning on HLS. Until then, here’s our first Month in Review:
vs. North Division: 7-7
vs. South Division: 3-6
Place: 5th, SOU South
Games Behind: 4.0
Last 15: 6-9
Last 10: 5-5
Last 5: 2-3
Average per opening: 4,512 (9)
April 8: INF Ray Chang transferred to Triple-A Louisville; INF Michael Gilmartin transferred from High-A Bakersfield
April 10: RHP Logan Ondrusek transferred to Cincinnati
April 11: LHP Chris Manno activated from disabled list
April 15: RHP Brian Pearl activated from disabled list and transferred to High-A Bakersfield
April 16: RHP Kyle Lotzkar placed on the disabled list with a right hip flexor strain; RHP Shaun Ellis transferred from extended spring training Billings roster
April 18: RHP Yohan Pino transferred to Triple-A Louisville; LHP Wilkin De La Rosa transferred from Triple-A Louisville
April 19: INF Ray Chang transferred from Triple-A Louisville; INF Michael Gilmartin transferred to High-A Bakersfield
April 24: RHP Curtis Partch transferred to Triple-A Louisville; RHP Kyle Lotzkar activated from disabled list
April 29: LF Donald Lutz recalled to Cincinnati
April 30: INF Ray Chang transferred to Triple-A Louisville; INF Michael Gilmartin transferred from High-A Bakersfield
Brodie Greene, 2B
Brodie may not be atop the Southern League leaderboard, but the reliable infielder ended the month with gusto. Starting the season with a six-game hitting streak, his stats fell by the wayside during a 2-for-25 dry spell. His bat came alive during the extended road trip, however; Greene has recorded at least one hit over his last eight starts. He also ranks fourth-best for Pensacola’s batting average (.231) and ties for second in hits (18).
Barnhart jumped to a quick start, going 10-for-26 in his first two series. With a team-high five multi-hit games, the backstop quickly rose to the top of the boards before a dry spell on the road brought his average down to earth. His .268 clip is good for the team’s second-best behind Bryson Smith (.290), but it’s his defense that earns him the game ball. Rated as the best defensive catcher in the Reds’ organization two years running, Barnhart tossed an incredible four baserunners out in the course of a single game, aiding a Wahoos victory against Jackson.
Josh Smith, RHP
The former organizational all-star (MiLB.com, 2011) fell on hard times in his first two starts. Charged with two losses, his earned run average was sky high after April 10, sitting at a precarious 17.47. Since then, Smith has been strong in three appearances, striking out fifteen batters and earning three consecutive wins. What’s more, Smith has tossed sixteen straight scoreless innings while allowing only a handful of baserunners across both outings.
April 4-8 vs Tennessee: PNS, 3 games to 2
April 10-14 at Mobile: MOB, 4 games to 1 (1-1 in doubleheader)
April 15-19 vs Jacksonville: TIE, 2 games to 2 (final game postponed to May 29)
April 20-24 at Jackson: PNS, 3 games to 2
April 25-29 at Tennessee: TNS, 3 games to 1 (1-1 in doubleheader; Saturday game canceled)
Blues in the Bigs
Justin Freeman and Donald Lutz both made their major league debuts during April, while southpaw Tony Cingrani made his second trip to The Show. In three major league starts, Cingrani has been dominant during ace Johnny Cueto’s absence, accruing two victories so far. Logan Ondrusek, who spent three seasons in Cincinnati before joining the Wahoos, returned to the Reds after tuning up his mechanics with Pensacola pitching coach Tom Brown. Former shortstop Didi Gregorius became an integral part of the surging Arizona Diamondbacks roster after a December trade, smashing a solo home run in his first 2013 at-bat.
Tweet of the Month
Soooo who’s Dave Renken @bluewahoosbball
— Daniel Renken (@RenkenOne) April 9, 2013
Baseball may be criticized as a painfully slow sport, but try telling that to the Twitter staff. In between other media duties, the broadcast crew tweets half-inning updates that try to include as much relevant information as possible within 140 characters. HLS shoots for every productive batter (i.e., hits, runs, and the like) while searching games notes or the media guide as records fall. During a stellar outing on Social Media Monday, the Wahoos mistakenly identified Daniel Renken as Dave Renken. Wahoos teammates poked fun at “Dave” both in the clubhouse and on Twitter for the next few days, and the pitcher even changed his profile name briefly to Daniel “Dave” Renken.
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