The top prospects in the Cincinnati Reds system were on full display in a loaded weekend of action.
Louisville Bats (AAA)
The Bats forgot their bats on Friday against the Stripers, logging just 4 hits and a lone run. Beau “Tato Rounds” Taylor socked a dinger to plate their lone run, unfortunately leaving Riley “When You’re on the Go, Beep Beep” O’Brien (7.0 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), BB, 6 K) without enough backing for a win. Former Milwaukee Brewers SS Orlando Arcia did the biggest bopping for Gwinnett.
Saturday was a sad day for the Bats offense again, and this time they didn’t even get the pitching to back them. Josh “Kosh B’Gosh” Osich, Hector Perez, and Edgar “Gar-Gar” Garcia combined to yakk up 10 ER from the bullpen after a competent 6 IP of 1 ER ball from Bo Takahashi. Arcia again wrecked the Bats arms, while a 2 for 4 day (with a double) for Cheslor “Utility Infielder Next Door” Cuthbert was one of the very few bright spots offensively.
Louisville’s misery wrapped on Sunday with a competitive game, at least, as the Stripers walked this one off in the Bottom of the 9th. Ashton “Smoked” Goudeau was honked for 3 ER thanks to 5 BB in 4.2 IP, and dingers from TJ Friedl (his first in AAA) and Nicky Delmonico weren’t enough to stop the Bats’ slide.
Louisville heads to Memphis for a series beginning on Tuesday.
Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
The Lookouts continued buttering the Biscuits in their win on Friday, scoring 4 runs in the 8th inning and beyond. Starter Connor “Rip” Curlis fanned 8 in a rock-solid 4 IP start, while Alejo Lopez banged out a pair of dingers at the plate to back him. Leonardo “Leads, Donatello Does Machines” Rivas had a 3-hit day, Jose Garcia had another 2 hits, and all was right in the prospect world.
Chattanooga kneaded the Biscuits on Saturday, too, behind 5 brilliant 1 ER innings from Reiver “Midnight Ride” Sanmartin, in which he fanned 9 against just 3 H and a lone walk. Alejo Lopez had yet another 3-hit day, Jose Garcia homered, walked, and scored twice, and the inimitable Mark Kolozsvary smashed 3 more hits to raise his season OPS to 1.594. Old friend Nick “The Duck” Howard kept his spotless start to the season going with another IP, too.
Sunday was Hunter “John Deere” Greene’s turn to flour the Biscuits, and flour them he did. The fireballing righty tossed 6 scoreless IP, yielding just 3 H and 2 BB against 10 K in a brilliant outing. Remember when some folks dropped him out of their Top 100 prospect lists altogether? Don’t forget that. Jose Garcia continued his torrid start with another 3 hit day, while Alejo Lopez continued his with a 2 hit day, too. Each of Lorenzo Cedrola and Yoel “Doodle” Yanqui bonked dingers, too.
Chattanooga continues their road trip at Mississippi after a Monday off-day.
Dayton Dragons (A+)
The Dragons stripped the Lugnuts on Friday in a tight affair, and once again the bat of Brian Rey led the way. He socked another 3 hits, scored, and popped a ribbie to pace the offense, doing enough to back the brilliance of pitching combo Spencer Stockton (5 IP, H, 3 K) and Ricky Salinas (3 IP, H, 4 K) on the night.
Dayton scored twice in the Bottom of the 8th to turn the tide of this one, doing so after they’d failed to back Lyon Richardson in a cromulent start earlier (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Both Brian Rey and Bren Spillane socked dingers to pace the offense, with Spillane sporting a very Joey Gallo-esque .154 average and .830 OPS as this one wrapped.
Dayton’s winning ways came to an end on Sunday, but it surely wasn’t due to Brian “Skywalker, Skyhitter” Rey, who had yet another yet another yet another 3 hit day, with his 9th inning ribbie the lone run the Dragons pushed across on the day. Eduardo Salazar got the start and performed admirably, scattering 5 H and a BB across 5.0 IP, fanning 4 while allowing 2 ER.
Dayton will look to poke the Baby Bears of South Bend when they take on the Golden Domers on Tuesday.
Daytona Tortugas (A)
The Tortugas retreated into their shells on Friday as the Mets pipped them in extras. Case Williams was somewhat effectively wild as the starter, allowing just a lone ER in 4.2 IP despite walking 5 and scattering 4 H. Austin Hendrick doubled and scored, Gus Steiger had a 3-hit day, and Danny Lantigua continued his hot start to 2021 with another 2-hit outing (including a double).
The Tugas exacted some revenge on Saturday, with Alex McGarry socking a dinger and Tyler “Auto” Callihan chipping in with a 2-hit outing. Austin “Motorsports” Hendrick walked thrice, doubled, and scored, and that offensive outburst was enough to back James Proctor’s 5.0 scoreless outing, one that featured 8 K and a lone unearned run against just 3 H and 2 BB.
Daytona dropped the final game of the series to the Mets, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort by their pitching staff. Carson “Truckchild” Rudd fanned 6 with nary a walk while yielding 2 ER in 4 IP, while his bullpen backed him with 5 scoreless IP. Unfortunately, the bats scattered 7 hits without any real traction, with Danny Lantigua socking 2 of them and Allan Cerda providing the biggest blast via a solo dinger.