Cody Reed had a big night on Thursday for the Louisville Bats. On the road in Columbus and taking on the Clippers, the lefty was dominant. Reed didn’t allow a run until the 9th inning, finishing with just that single run allowed in 8.2 innings pitched. Kevin Quackenbush came on to record the final out of the game to seal the win.
For Cody Reed it marked the second best strikeout game of the season as he racked up 10 of them. On June 12th he struck out 11 batters, also against Columbus. That night, though, the Clippers touched Reed up for four earned runs. That wasn’t the case this time around. He was very pitch efficient, needing just 100 pitches, and 72 of them were strikes, as he fell one out short of a complete game.
Going back to the beginning of July, Cody Reed has thrown 30.2 innings for Louisville and given up just 23 hits, six walks, and he’s struck out 36 batters. His ERA in that stretch is 2.93. Reds manager Jim Riggleman has said he’s going to talk to Dick Williams and Nick Krall about moving back to a 5-man rotation. That doesn’t exactly leave room for Cody Reed (or Robert Stephenson) in the rotation. It’s probably time to figure out a way to get them both into the Majors and figure out what you’ve got there.
Gabby Guerrero homers again
Cody Reed got the win for the Bats last night. That win was certainly because of what Reed did, but Gabby Guerrero played a big part in the victory. In the 9th inning, with a 1-0 lead, he crushed an opposite field home run to extend the lead to 2-0. That run turned out to be very important as Columbus did score in the bottom of the inning.
For Gabby Guerrero, that gives him 14 home runs on the season. That’s fourth best in the farm system behind Ibandel Isabel (23), Aristides Aquino (15), and Hendrik Clementina (15). Between his two stops this season (26 games in AA, 76 in AAA), the outfielder is now hitting .282/.320/.472.