Phillip Ervin is absolutely crushing the ball right now for the Louisville Bats. After being optioned back to Triple-A from the Major Leagues earlier this week, the Cincinnati Reds outfielder has gone on a tear. It’s only been four games, but oh boy has it been four games, and last night capped off – at least for now – one heck of a stretch. Ervin followed up a 2-4, 2-home run game on Wednesday night with a 3-5 night that included 2 more home runs and a double.
Since returning to the Bats lineup, Phillip Ervin has gone 7-15 with four home runs, a double, 9 RBI, 1 walk, and just 2 strikeouts. His OPS on the season with Louisville has jumped from .648 to .817. He’s now hitting .262/.359/.458 through 29 games in the International League with 16 walks and 24 strikeouts.
Brian O’Grady, Aristides Aquino keep on going
It’s not just Phillip Ervin that’s on a roll for the Louisville Bats. Teammates Brian O’Grady and Aristides Aquino are also hitting the ball well. And that’s something that they’ve been doing all season, with the exception of when they spent time on the injured list.
Aristides Aquino spent nearly nearly a month on the injured list. Dealing with an injured shoulder, the Reds outfield prospect didn’t play from April 22nd until May 18th when he returned to the Bats lineup. On Thursday night for the Bats, Aquino extended his hitting streak to eight games. In the month the outfielder from Santo Domnigo, Dominican Republic has hit .347/.385/.490. That’s helped push his line to .316/.364/.561 through 27 games.
Brian O’Grady didn’t miss as much time as Aristides Aquino did. He missed 10 days with a back injury in April. And he’s been hitting all season long, posting an OPS of 1.078 in April. That’s continued into May. Last night saw him rack up another multi-hit game – his 6th in his last 9 games. For as good as his April was, his May has been even better thanks to this recent stretch. In his 26 games played during the month he’s now hitting .340/.395/.738 with 20 extra-base hits.