Tuesday saw some of the Reds top prospects showing off their power. Dayton started their game at 10:30am on Tuesday morning, in what remains the most ridiculous ask in sports (seriously, morning games are ridiculous when games typically start at 7pm). While not quite a top prospect in the organization yet, Hendrik Clementina may be the guy making the most movement up the charts for his start to 2018. He hit his organizational best 8th home run of the season for the Dragons. He hit the ball out to left field, giving him five home runs this season hit to the left of center and three hit to the right of center.
In the afternoon the Daytona Tortugas began what was supposed to be a double header. They were able to complete game one. However, game two was postponed by rain. The first game, though, saw two of the Reds top prospects go deep. And both home runs were key to locking up the win. Jose Siri got things started in the top of the 5th inning. After a TJ Friedl double led off the inning, Siri took the first pitch he saw the opposite way for a game tying 2-run home run into right-center.
It was Jose Siri’s first home run of the season. Of course, he’s only played in four games after missing the first five weeks of the year with a thumb injury suffered early in spring training with the big league club. Siri’s home run was just the first of the inning for the Tortugas, though. Taylor Trammell followed Siri’s homer with a single. And that brought Tyler Stephenson to the plate. He took a 2-2 pitch that missed it’s spot and was nearly dead center of the strikezone and he didn’t miss it. Stephenson crushed the pitch into the completely empty left field stands. The left fielder took a step or two before just turning and watching the ball fly beyond the fence. It was the catchers 4th home run of the season in just 33 games played.
When the night rolled around the Pensacola Blue Wahoos got started. Aristides Aquino, who had been on a power-hitting binge entering the game, continued that. In the 2nd inning he hit a long home run over the scoreboard and out of the stadium. It was his 5th home run of the season. Later on in the 6th inning he would do it again, once more hitting a ball out of the stadium and onto the street. That would make it six home runs on the season. It would also give him five home runs in his last eight games played.