*** Cincinnati Reds Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
LOUISVILLE BATS - The Bats fell twice over the weekend giving them the worst record in the International league at 6-10. After going 0-for-9 in his previous three games, outfielder Jacob Cruz had a hot bat over the weekend, going 4-for-10, scoring three runs, while recording two home runs and four RBI. His offensive explosion raised his batting average to .340 on the season, second best on the team to Brandon Larson who is currently hitting .349 and leads the team with four home runs and nine RBI. Jung Bong struggled on the mound for the Bats in his last outing, allowing six runs on nine hits in just 4 1/3 innings of work. In his last two appearances, Bong has been horrible in yielding 18 hits and 13 runs in just 9 1/3 innings.
CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - The Lookouts grabbed two of three decisions from West Tennessee, raising their record to 11-6 which places them second in the Eastern division of the Southern League. It was a very good week for two Lookouts as Dionys Cesar and Seth Etherton were named hitter and pitcher of the week in the Southern League. Cesar was 15-for-26 on the week, driving in 13 runs, while scoring seven times, plus he added three home runs. Cesar currently leads the team with four homers, 26 hits, 18 RBI and a .491 batting average. Etherton was phenomenal in two starts this past week, posting a 2-0 record while recording 14 strikeouts in just 12 innings. Etherton has been the best pitcher for the Lookouts thus far, allowing just two runs in 17 innings, while posting a 1.06 ERA and a 3-0 record.
POTOMAC CANNONS - The Cannons took two of three games from Winston-Salem this weekend, bringing their record to 7-8 on the season, which has them third in the Northern Division of the Carolina League. First baseman Tony Blanco captured the weekly hitter award in the Carolina League, by collecting nine hits in 23 at-bats, while smacking four home runs and driving in 10 runs in six games. Also, outfielders Chris Denorfia and Brad Correll both continue to swing the hot lumber, as Denorfia went 5-for-11 with two runs, one long ball and four RBI over the weekend, raising his batting average to .365, while Correll currently holds a nine-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of the team's 15 contests this season. As for the pitching staff, Jan Granado posted his second straight victory, raising his record to 2-1 on the season, while Ricardo Aramboles allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work, after allowing nine runs in his previous 6 2/3 innings.
DAYTON DRAGONS - The Dragons dropped two of three contests over the weekend bringing their record to 7-10 on the season which places them in a three-way tie for last place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. After posting a six-game hitting streak, outfielder Chris Dickerson has hit a minor slump at the plate, going just 1-for-10 with three strikeouts in his last three games. However, Ryan Fry is beginning to swing the lumber well after going just 1-for-13 with five strikeouts in his previous three games, Fry is 7-for-16 with five runs, four doubles, two homers and four RBI in his last four contests. The outfielder was rewarded for his effort with the hitter of the week award in the Midwest League. Luis Noriega struggled mightily in his last start allowing six runs in just 1/3 innings of work. Also Brock Till continues to have difficulties as well, allowing nine runs, while walking seven batters in just 6 2/3 innings.