Minor-league notes: Reed gets best of matchup with fellow ex-Cat Shepherd; 2 more hits for Riddle

dvarney@herald-leader.comJuly 4, 2014 

Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed went 2-for-4 with a single, double and RBI in short-season Class A Tri-City’s 7-4 win against Lowell on Friday night.

The Houston Astros prospect’s double was his fifth in 18 games this season. And his single came at the expense of former UK teammate Chandler Shepherd.

Shepherd, who starred in high school at Lawrence County, got two quick outs to end a ValleyCats scoring threat in the sixth inning. But he didn’t fare as well in the seventh when he gave up a double and two singles that Tri-City turned into two runs.

Shepherd tweeted afterward: “Well @ajreed18UK got the best of me today. … Hopefully there will be many more matchups in the future.”

After Friday’s game, Reed is batting .229 with one home run and 11 RBI. He has walked 12 times and been hit by a pitch twice to give him a .357 on-base percentage.

Only one of the runs Shepherd gave up was earned. He is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.

J.T. Riddle, coming off a four-hit, three-RBI series against the Lexington Legends, was 2-for-5 with an RBI in Class A Greensboro’s 5-2 win against West Virginia.

The Miami Marlins prospect, who starred at Western Hills and UK, is batting .267 with 33 RBI. He has 15 hits and seven RBI in his past seven games.

Jarrett Casey (NKU) pitched two scoreless innings of relief in Double-A Birmingham’s 6-0 victory against Tennessee. Casey, who gave up one hit and one walk, is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 18 games for the Chicago White Sox affiliate.

Teammate Chris Curley (Beechwood, Campbellsville) was 2-for-3 with an RBI. He’s batting .276 this season.

Former U of L standout Tony Zych, pitching for Tennessee, gave up two runs on five hits in two innings of relief.

Logan Darnell (UK) gave up six runs — four unearned because of three errors — but got a no-decision in Triple-A Rochester’s 12-6 victory against Lehigh Valley.

Darnell, a Minnesota Twins prospect, allowed seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings. He’s 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 15 starts.

Robbie Ross Jr. (Lexington Christian) surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings and took the loss in Triple-A Round Rock’s 4-0 defeat against Nashville.

Ross, who started the season with the Texas Rangers, has had back-to-back subpar outings in his bid to make it back to the majors as a starting pitcher.

He’s 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in three appearances for the Express.

Justin Marks (Owensboro Catholic, U of L) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Ross. Marks didn’t allow a hit or walk and had two strikeouts.

■ With one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Ryan McMahon singled home Emerson Jimenez to give the Asheville Tourists a 7-6 victory against the visiting Lexington Legends. McMahon finished 3-for-4 with five RBI.

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