Brian O’Grady has been on fire for the Triple-A Louisville Bats this season. After spending a week on the injured list he has picked up where he left off. And last night in the bottom of the 10th inning with the game tied and a runner on second base, O’Grady was one of the hitters the team wanted to see up there. He was hitting over .350 and slugging over .650 at time time. With numbers like that you had to like the odds, and sure enough, the former Rutgers slugger came through. But it was one of his more unlikely hits of the season, too.
WALK. IT. OFF. ?
Mint Juleps win in extras! pic.twitter.com/WLrflZW1eE
— Derby City Mint Juleps (@LouisvilleBats) April 28, 2019
Last night saw Ibandel Isabel hit not one, but two home runs for the Chattanooga Lookouts. They went a combined 843 feet. The first homer came off of rehabbing big leaguer Freddy Peralta. Isabel now has seven home runs on the season, which puts him at the top of the Southern League leaderboard – ahead of three others who have five each. The first base prospect is hitting .269/.326/.577 on the season. He joins Josh VanMeter for players who lead their league in home runs within the Reds organization (his eight homers lead the International League).
Jose Garcia began the season on the injured list as he was recovering from a shoulder injury. The shortstop joined the Daytona Tortugas this past week and has now played in three games. In each game he’s drawn a walk, giving him three on the season (duh). In 2018 he didn’t draw his third walk of the season until his 34th game of the season on May 18th. He also had 31 strikeouts by that point in time. After a strong showing in spring training in 2018 the Reds got aggressive with their placement of Garcia and that may have played against him a bit. He struggled, particularly early in the season – but he improved each month of the season.
Saturday – A Night of Injuries
Saturday night was a night that saw more than a few players exit games on the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Jonathan India, the Reds #5 prospect in the organization, was hit by a pitch in the back in his third plate appearance. He was replaced by a pinch runner. In the same game outfielder Stuart Fairchild was also replaced mid-game. There’s was no reason given for why. In Dayton it was #9 prospect Mariel Bautista that left the game early. In the first inning he walked and scored a run, sliding head first into the plate. He remained in the game for the second inning, but before the third inning began he was replaced in center field. Like Fairchild, at this point no reason was given for why he was replaced in the lineup.
While the injury didn’t happen on Saturday night, it was reported that starting pitcher Alex Wood’s back isn’t coming soon. His back injury that’s kept him out all season had a set back after a good session on the mound while the Reds were on the west coast. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that manager David Bell noted that Wood could seek a second opinion on his back next week.