The Cincinnati Reds got two different two-homer games on the farm Monday night. Jose Siri accomplished the feat a little bit earlier than Brian O’Grady did. For Siri, it was his first multi-homer game of the season. Taking on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the outfielder struck out in his first at-bat. After swinging over top of strike three he smiled at the pitcher and gave him a thumbs up.
It was Siri who got the better of the next two match ups against Jorge Guzman. In the third inning he hit a 2-run home run down the left-field line to give Chattanooga a 3-0 lead. In the 6th inning, again facing Guzman, he crushed another 2-run homer – this time to left-center. That put the Lookouts up 5-0, which wound up being the final score.
In the Louisville Bats game it was Brian O’Grady doing damage once again. The first baseman/outfielder has been crushing the ball all season long. In the second inning he took the first pitch he saw and crushed it off of the awning in right-center field for his 18th homer of the season. That tied him for the team lead with Aristides Aquino. Later in the game he took a low, inside pitch and golfed it out to dead center field for his 19th of the season, capping off a 3-5 night.
Both of his home runs on the night came off of left-handed pitchers. As a left-handed hitter, you would expect him to struggle more against lefties than he does against righties. That hasn’t been the case in 2019. While he’s certainly hitting well against right-handed pitchers – his OPS is .906 on the year against them, he’s obliterating lefties. Against like-handed pitchers he is now hitting .325/.376/.651 on the season.
Rylan Thomas begins his rehab assignment
The 2018 season saw Rylan Thomas show off an intriguing bat for the Greeneville Reds after a big season at Central Florida that led to him getting the 6th highest signing bonus from the Reds draft. The right-handed hitting infielder had 12 doubles and 10 home runs in Greeneville while posting an .892 OPS thanks to plenty of power and 41 walks to go with 49 strikeouts on the year.
But this season has been one that has seen Rylan Thomas missing in action. Early in the year when he wasn’t with a team I was told that he was dealing with a few things, but nothing was serious. And maybe that was true, but until last night, more than half-way through the season, he hadn’t played in a single game. But on Monday afternoon he was activated and added to the Arizona League Reds team on a minor league rehab assignment. Thomas went 0-1 with a walk in the game and he scored a run. He also played third base, where he made just 10 of his 55 starts last season.
Nick Lodolo strikes out 3 in his 3rd start
The Cincinnati Reds 1st round draft pick, Nick Lodolo, made his 3rd start of the year for the Billings Mustangs on Monday night. After a long season at TCU the Reds are being careful with his workload. He pitched just 2.0 innings on Monday night, allowing one hit and walking no one. The left-hander also struck out three batters. His velocity was 94-95 on the night and he topped out at 96 MPH during the game.