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Posted: May 28, 2012, 9:40 PM Post
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Final: Huntsville 8, Tennessee 4

Huntsville Box Score
Well it's too bad Nashville isn't playing Iowa or else we could have went for the organization sweep against the Cubs today. I have a soft spot for pitchers that can hit so obviously Josh Stinson has grown on me quickly. Josh went 5IP today allowing 3H, 3BB, and 1ER against 3SO while throwing 47 of 88 pitches for strikes and posting a 8:0 ratio (everyone should know I'm referring to GO:FO by now). 2 of the 3 hits came in the first inning when a single and then a ground rule double put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but Josh limited the damage to a single run. Danial Meadows hasn't been sharp in his return to AA, he allowed another run today during his 1 inning appearance. Darren Byrd allowed 2 runs, both unearned, in his 1.2IP and Jesus Sanchez bailed out Byrd in the 8th and then sat the Smokies down in order in the 9th. The box score lists him with a save but that seems to be an error unless the tying run being on-deck in the 8th matters? I thought that was just the 9th? Why do I care?

The Stars pumped out 13 hits and posted a 5 run 2nd which was all they would need to secure the victory. Lee Haydel continued his excellent 2012 campaign going 4-5 this evening, Lee doesn't have the power of your typical LF but his contact skills are intriguing. Jason Jaramillo went 2-5 as did Kentrail Davis, with Davis adding a double. Josh Prince and Scooter Gennett both doubled, the double extended Scooter's hit streak to 11 games, he's batted .417 over that span. Unfortunately Gennett also committed his 7th error on a missed catch, the errors have come much more frequently here in May for Scooter. Prince stole his 14th base of the season and I would have never guessed prior to the season that he'd be out OPSing Kentrail Davis through the first 2 months, .686 vs .665.

Huntsville Play By Play
The 5 run 2nd.
Huntsville Top of the 2nd
    Domnit Bolivar singles on a line drive to left fielder Rebel Ridling.
    Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Matthew Cerda to first baseman Justin Bour. Domnit Bolivar to 2nd.
    Kentrail Davis doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha. Domnit Bolivar scores.
    Lee Haydel singles on a fly ball to left fielder Rebel Ridling. Kentrail Davis scores.
    Josh Stinson out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee to second baseman Matthew Cerda. Lee Haydel to 2nd.
    With Josh Prince batting, wild pitch by Dae-Eun Rhee, Lee Haydel to 3rd.
    Josh Prince walks.
    With Tommy Manzella batting, Josh Prince steals (14) 2nd base.
    Tommy Manzella singles on a ground ball to shortstop Logan Watkins. Lee Haydel scores. Josh Prince to 3rd.
    Scooter Gennett doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha. Josh Prince scores. Tommy Manzella scores.
    Hunter Morris grounds out, first baseman Justin Bour to second baseman Matthew Cerda to pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee.

Darren Byrd's 8th, he certainly didn't help his own cause after the error.
Tennessee Bottom of the 8th
    Junior Lake pops out to second baseman Scooter Gennett.
    Justin Bour walks.
    Rebel Ridling reaches on force attempt, missed catch error by second baseman Scooter Gennett, assist to third baseman Domnit Bolivar. Justin Bour to 2nd.
    With Matthew Cerda batting, wild pitch by Darren Byrd, Justin Bour to 3rd. Rebel Ridling to 2nd.
    Matthew Cerda strikes out swinging.
    Luis Flores singles on a line drive to left fielder Lee Haydel. Justin Bour scores. Rebel Ridling scores.
    Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Elliot Soto replaces Brian Schlitter.
    Elliot Soto singles on a line drive to center fielder Josh Prince. Luis Flores to 2nd.
    With Michael Burgess batting, wild pitch by Darren Byrd, Luis Flores to 3rd. Elliot Soto to 2nd.
    Michael Burgess walks.
    Pitcher Change: Jesus Sanchez replaces Darren Byrd, batting 9th.
    Jae-Hoon Ha strikes out swinging.

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Posted: May 28, 2012, 10:02 PM Post
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I'm not much of stolen base guy, but geez...remember when Farris ignited debate with his 70 for the season in 2009?
Blaze's Hamilton runs theft total to 52
Cincy's top prospect on pace to have over 100 steals in 2012
By Danny Wild / MLB.com
05/28/2012 8:56 PM ET

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Billy Hamilton has not gone more than three straight games without a steal. (Ricky Bassman)

Billy Hamilton enters each season with the goal of doubling his stolen-base total from the previous year. Last year, he swiped 103.

Is 200 really a feasible goal?

"I mean, it's possible," the shortstop said. "I think 144 is possible, but I'm not saying I'm going to go out and get 144. I knew [103] would be tough to double, but I didn't set any goals. I just want to get better, come work on my jump, and whatever happens, happens."

So far, it's happening. Quickly. Hamilton, the Reds' top prospect, stole three more bases Monday -- his 50th, 51st and 52nd thefts of the season -- as Class A Advanced Bakersfield got past Inland Empire, 6-2.

Can Hamilton really challenge Donnell Nixon's "crime wave" of 1983, when the former Major Leaguer stole 144 in 135 games for that same Bakersfield team? Hamilton would end up dashing two-and-a-half miles if he makes a run at that mark. And that hinges on if the Reds can resist the urge to promote Hamilton this summer.

"Every couple days I look back and see, compare how I'm doing compared to last year, and you can see it's a real big jump," said Hamilton, who is ranked No. 30 among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects. "It gives me a bunch of confidence in knowing I'm improving every year and getting better."

Hamilton currently leads all of professional baseball in steals. He has over twice as many as Major League steals leader Emilio Bonifacio (20) and seems to be on pace to challenge Nixon's mark.

Nixon, whose brother Otis also played in the Majors, spent parts of four seasons in the bigs with Seattle, San Francisco and Baltimore but never came close to replicating the speed he showed in the summer of '83.

Hamilton's really been on the move lately. He's stolen 10 bases in his last six games, had a streak of 15 steals in seven games from April 22-29, swiped four on April 26 and hasn't gone more than three consecutive games all season without a swipe.

Getting the milestone 50th steal wasn't exactly hanging over Hamilton's head, but coming into Monday's game, he knew he was close.

"It was on my mind, but I mean, it wasn't like, 'OK, I need to get to 50,'" he said. "I just go out there, do what you gotta do, get bases."

Hamilton singled and stole second in the first inning, hit a two-out single and swiped second again in the fourth and plated Theo Bowe with a base hit before taking second in the eighth.

His Blaze teams have enjoyed watching the show too.

"It's the confidence, it hasn't gone. I get thrown out a couple times, more times than I want, so I know I have to get better on the jumps," said the Mississippi native, who's been thrown out 11 times. "But my teammates love it, it helps me out, and it's cool to have the confidence behind me from my teammates. They boost me to steal, they're still behind me."

What's it like stealing three or four bases in a game?

"It feels good, knowing I can steal bases like that," said Hamilton, who was encouraged to run during previous Spring Trainings spent with former big leaguers Delino DeShields and Joe Morgan. "Most times guys don't like to draw walks, and I'm walking more this year, so I know if I can get on base, I can steal a bag. The main thing is trying to get on base."

Last season in the Midwest League, Hamilton had 133 strikeouts and 52 walks in 135 games. This year, in 47 contests, he's struck out 37 times while drawing 22 walks. When he hears or reads about people saying he whiffs too much or isn't the ideal leadoff man, it only makes him more determined.

"Every day I'm just hearing how I can't hit or stuff like that, and it motivates me to get my hitting better," said Hamilton, who is batting .316. "I'm shortening up more than I did last year, putting the ball in play and not striking out so much. Shortening up is helping me out."

As far as the record goes, Nixon will probably retain his mark as Hamilton's numbers -- he's got a .384 on-base percentage -- will probably prompt the Reds to move him to Double-A Pensacola before the season is over. Some Reds fans wouldn't mind seeing the speedster up in the Majors later this year too.

"I have no idea, I don't talk to [the Reds] like that. I keep coming out, showing them here every day that I'm working," Hamilton said of a potential promotion. "They want to see if I can adjust, how I get through this season. I'm not going to worry about when I'm struggling or playing well, they want to see if I can do it every day. That's the main key to moving up."

So far, Hamilton has been as advertised and more.

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Any chance Haydel moves up to Nashville?


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