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The Louisville Bats lost 3-2. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 6-5. Box Score

  • Jose Siri went 1-4 with a solo home run (11).
  • Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-3 with a double, run, and an RBI.
  • Taylor Trammell went 1-4 before being pulled and traded.
  • Stuart Fairchild went 2-3 with a walk, 2 doubles, a run scored, and he had an RBI.
  • Gavin LaValley went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Jonathan India went 0-1, was hit by a pitch, walked, and he had an RBI.
  • Tyler Stephenson went 2-4 with a double, home run (5), and he had 2 RBI.
  • Tony Santillan went 1-2 with a double and a run at the plate. He allowed 3 runs in 5.0 innings with 6 walks and 1 strikeout on the mound.
  • Tyler Jay threw 2.0 hitless innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
  • Ryan Nutof threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 3-1. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 6-1. Box Score

The Billings Mustangs won 4-3 in 10 innings. Box Score

The Greeneville Reds won 8-7. Box Score

  • Allan Cerda went 1-3, was hit by a pitch, and had a solo home run (7).
  • Tyler Callihan went 3-5 with a triple, home run (3), 2 runs scored, and he had 2 RBI.
  • Raul Juarez went 1-4 with a solo home run (6).
  • Danny Lantigua went 1-4 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Matt Gill threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.

The AZL Reds had the day off.

7/31 Game Preview

Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live
Louisville 44-64 N/A 7:05pm Mella Here Here Here
Chattanooga 36-33 11-27 7:15pm Bautista Here Here Here
Daytona 35-30 19-21 6:30pm Lillie Here Here N/A
Dayton 28-42 16-21 7:00pm Curlis
Here Here Here
Billings 15-23 4-1 9:00pm McGregor Here Here N/A
Greeneville 16-22 N/A 6:30pm Garbee
Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 13-21 N/A 9:00pm TBA
Here N/A N/A

56 Responses

  1. Ryan

    What do Jonathan India, Stuart Fairchild, Aristides Aquino, Jose Siri, Brian O’Grady, and Narcisco Crook all have in common? They all have the ability to play left field, have either hit very well this season(AAA guys have all hit 20% or better than league average) and/or have some nice upside potential , and all are playing in AA or AAA. All 3 AAA guys have out-paced Ervin’s Louisville numbers.

    Winker and Senzel are locked in the ML OF for at least 4 more years. Dietrich is back next season possibly leaving VanMeter in utility role and Ervin 4th OF. That is 10 guys hitting above their league average, all capable of playing LF, and all playing AA ball or higher.

    If you are not comfortable with in house options in RF, sign one. The Reds have a rather unique draw in the fact they play 81 games at GABP (not to mention 18 games against the AAAA team located in Pittsburgh), and should have some money to throw at a guy looking to make good on a 1 year deal.

    What are the Reds lacking? Any pitcher looking like they could be a mid-rotation guy to replace Roark or Wood next season, who also has TOR potential. After 2020, hopefully, Lodolo, Greene, and Santillan are close’ish.

    Recap- Short term OF, FA if necessary, could easily replicate Puig’s wRC+ mark of 107, with VanMeter getting a well deserved shot this season. Long term OF, India or VanMeter look like decent bets to be productive, with a slew of plan B’s, to pair with Winker and Senzel. Short term pitching staff of Castillo, Wood, Gray, Bauer, Roark is absolutely filthy, and quite possibly the best staff they have ever had in their 150 year existence. Medium term staff–Castillo, Gray, Bauer, Mahle and QO might be hard for Wood to turn down after missing 2/3rds of the season. Long term rotation— Jesus himself doesn’t even know b/c humans weren’t made to throw a ball really really hard tens of thousands of times, but their top 2 guys in the minors are pitchers so we can dream a little.

    Btw, Bauer > Marcus Stroman. Bauer led the AL in FIP last seson and has accumulated almost 4 fWAR more since the start of 2017. There are still 57 games to be played in 2019!! Go Reds!!

    • Oldtimer

      Another thing they have in common is they are not on 40 man roster. Maybe Siri is.

      I like the trade. Reds SP was good and got better. Puig was very good RF and MLB hitter. None of those you listed are either of those.

      • Ryan

        40 man is not really an issue right now, could easily find room for the 3 AAA OF’ers this off-season. My main point, which I never stated lol, was that the loss of LF’er like Trammell, isnt going to impact this team much. Short or long term. Winker has LF locked down for 4 more years. VanMeter gets a shot in RF, hopefully playing everyday. A couple of those guys can play RF too.

        The argument is mostly about value, but I think they did fine. Bauer is a stud and gives them a nice rotation next year, even w/o keeping Wood. He helps for the final 57 games this season too. The rotation is bit jumbled if they keep Roark this year but still wouldn’t give him away.

      • Oldtimer

        Trammell was Reds #1 rated prospect. Puig was Reds #1 OF. None of the players you mentioned are #1 anything.

        I like the trade. Bauer is a TOTL SP.

    • Oldtimer

      Look up Reds 1939 and 1940 SP. Probably best ever in Reds history.

    • Oldtimer

      More modern times. Reds in 1962 had very good SP. Won 98 games.

      Reds in 1975 and 1976 had Gullett, Nolan, Billingham, and Norman plus others (Kirby in 1975 and Zachary in 1976). Very good SP both years.

    • Doc

      I take Disco over Mahle until Mahle performs at the big league level. 2-10 with a nearly 5 ERA, especially when compared to Disco, just doesn’t get it done no matter what peripherals say. And Disco got it done in prior years before the injuries.

  2. Mk

    Sitting behind the umpire Lodolo looked very good. His body style and mechanics remind a lot of Chris Sales. If there was a negative t was tat every hit against him was squared up and hit hard. I think he threw one pitch at 97 the rest of the time 94.

    Fisher on other hand, just as successful but best fastball was 88,most of time low 80’s even in high 70’s. What he has is an awesome slider, about 76. To me with his breaking ball he has loogy as his future.

    Miles Gordon had a night. He led off game with a perfect bunt single. A soft line drive single the other way over shortstop. Pulled a home run that was hit hard. And finally pulled a little dribbler up first base line and beat it out.

    Michael Siani had the catch of the year I left center. He jumped to his left at full speed looking like superman’s take off and caught the line drive eight feet off the ground. Bautista also robbed a home run in right late in the game.

    All-in-all, a good night for the Dragons.

    • Seat101

      @MK

      I probably don’t say this often enough but I really enjoy your take on minor-league life and minor league ball

    • Kindell

      If you haven’t seen that Siani catch, I suggest you look it up today. With Trammell gone, I would like to see Siani breakout.

    • Ryan

      Hard to believe Gordon is still only 21. What’s Siani’s arm like?

  3. AllTheHype

    Amazing Nick Lodolo has not had a BB in 18 professional innings. Does that mean he’s in the zone TOO MUCH? Meaning he could even become more effective when he learns to entice hitters to chase.

    • Wes

      YES! How awesome is that?!? He needs to work on throwing more balls to get ready for bigs

    • MK

      You also do not want the hitters too comfortable. Need to have a little fear up there that a piych might get awat.

  4. Matthew O'Neal

    With Trammell gone, does this make Senzel the CF longterm? At least for next year, anyway. Fairchild and Siri are in AA and I don’t see Crook or Aquino being ML caliber CF (please correct me if I’m wrong).

    • Oldtimer

      Trammell was playing LF in Chattanooga. He will play LF in San Diego. Not CF.

    • Tom

      I hope so. Senzel’s numbers in cf play up as compared to 2b or 3b. Suarez, Blandino and India will handle 2b for the next 5-7 years.

      • MK

        Tom, if Siri develops like we hope he does his defense in center moves Senzel to a new position. Jose might be just a half a beat behind Billy H right now and he could easily make up that beat with more than xperience.

      • Oldtimer

        Senzel will be Reds CF for next decade. Siri may be back-up OF in MLB in 2021.

      • Alex

        Vanmeter starting 2b next year with Dietrich still playing the utility role. Siri is a great defender if he has some success in the majors he will push senzel to rf!

      • Oldtimer

        Siri in his seventh year of MiLB and still playing AA level.

        Aquino in his ninth year of MiLB. Time for both to do it (or not).

  5. Kindell

    Tyler Callihan is not walking much, but he must be hitting the ball pretty hard. Almost half of his hits have been extra base hits.

  6. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    I have not been against Trammel being the center piece of a deal due to our depth at this position and bc he’s not an elite defensive player (including the arm) although I think we will surely miss him. What I am against is why not go after Bauer harder at the beginning of the season and keep Puig? If there was a chance of making the playoffs this season via the wild card, that slim chance just went out the window. Now we basically have Bauer for one season that we know for certain.

    Also wasn’t against trading Puig to open up playing time, but this deal is a head scratcher. It’s time to call up Narcisco Crook and see what he can do.

    • The Duke

      If you call up Aquino, who are you sitting: Winker, Ervin, or VanMeter?

      • Wes

        All 3 for Aquino. Let him play every day. His ceiling is as high as any in organization so let’s see what he can do.

        I agree kook aide and I assume reds did not at beginning of season bc of regards they held trammell. Reds obviously thought a lot less of him this year and he became more expendable

      • RedsKoolAidDrinker

        Who said Aquino? But Wes in right. Now is the time to see what you have. And I think you play VanMeter at 2nd.

      • Kindell

        Not Josh VanMeter. He is younger than Aquino and as good of a season as Aquino has had, VanMeter is on another level. He has also has shown he can do it at the big league level. I want to see Aquino, but not over VanMeter.

    • RedsKoolAidDrinker

      Wonder how much of this has to do with VanMeter’s rise and Senzel now being an outfielder (I think he stays in center and India— if not traded— takes over at 2nd when ready).

      Would have rather gone after Syndergaard since he has more control. Obviously the Mets wouldn’t have taken Puig so you still trade him to the Indians for a prospect that could have been included for Noah or you just keep Puig and give the qualifying offer.
      Trammel, Mahle, SantillanStephenson, Garcia and Moss for Syndergaard and Diaz. A lot to give up especially the catcher of the future but we could go out and spend our free agent money giving Grandal an offer he can’t refuse.

      1B Votto
      2B Scooter takes a 1yr deal
      SS Peraza (yes, Peraza)
      3B Suarez
      C Grandal
      LF Winker/ Ervin platoon
      CF Senzel
      RF VanMeter (Crook backup)

      SP Castillo
      SP Gray
      SP Syndergaard
      SP Desclafani
      SP Wood (1-yr contract)

      RP big free agent signing or trade for a closer
      Garrett
      RP Lorenzen
      RP Diaz
      RP Kuhnel
      RP (Player received in R. Iglesias deal)
      RP Reed
      RP Sims or Romano

      • Oldtimer

        NYM would not (and will not) trade Syndergaard.

  7. Tom

    I agree with the Aquino and Van Meter thoughts. Sit or trade Dietrich who is basically below average since May. Trade Scooter. Van Meter 2b. I’d also rest Senzel for Ervin more. Ervin and Winker platoon in LF. Aquino a good 6 week audition in RF.

  8. Tom

    A lot of contenders still need rotation, bullpen and 2b help. I’d be surprised if nothing else happens.

  9. Hoyce

    Trade scooter play van meter at 2B w blandino his back up
    Trade Jose Iglesias-maybe braves-blandino also back up
    Winker/ Ervin platoon LF
    Senzel CF
    Aquino gets called up for RF-if he falls flat, move Vanmeter out there
    Would love to resign wood- need a LHP
    I would look to sell Raisel Iglesias now and move Garrett to closer and pick up another LHRP in off season
    Play Peraza at ss- kick tires on lindor in offseason
    Dietrich is strictly a backup
    Trade Roark- who I love. And if wood says no to extension, see if Roark fits in 2020 budget
    Rebuild 2020 BP

    • Oldtimer

      If Scooter, Roark, or either Iglesias are traded, it must be this afternoon by 4 PM Eastern.

      VanMeter plays LF not RF. Either Winker or Ervin plays RF.

      Resigning Wood or not will not be determined until after the season.

      Peraza is decent SS but Iglesias is better there.

      Blandino is a AAA player for now.

  10. Oldtimer

    Likely MiLB prospect, not very high. Hopefully among their Top 30.

  11. Kindell

    Personally would love it to be Murphy or Allen, but I doubt we touch their top 10.

  12. Wes

    A’s aren’t shy trading a bigger name than expected

  13. Colorado Red

    Just in
    Tanner Sent to the A’s
    Not sure of return yet.

  14. Hanawi

    Hannah appears to have little power, has been caught stealing more than he has stolen bases, and an unfavorable SO/BB ratio. He also apparently has a fringy arm. He’s basically Trammell without the plate discipline, though he does have a lot of doubles, so maybe there is more in play.

    • Gaffer

      Based on the numbers this year they are close, but not in reality.

    • Jack

      He had a late night, look forward to getting his take on Hannah

  15. MK

    He is going to AA to replace Taylor. One girls name for another Taylor and Hannah.

    • DaveCT

      From Baseball America. #7 in A’s system, #16 in NY/Penn League.

      “ he is known to be an accomplished base-stealer with plus-plus speed. Defensively, he plays a solid center field and should stick there. Although Hannah is known for hitting line drives, he has an athletic body and features future 60-grade power on the 20-80 scouting scale. He also features an advanced batting eye, which creates quality on-base skills. Athleticism, speed and defense make for a quality asset.”

  16. Gaffer

    Has anyone seen how good Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs have been for LA? We basically got a few mediocre months of Puig and next to nothing from Wood, Farmer, and Kemp in a wasted season for these future stars? Trammell could be next.

    • Alex Reds

      Yes. Worst case scenario for the Reds. Josiah Gray 9W-2L, 108 innings pitched, 77 hits allowed, only 3 HR allowed, only 22 walks given, and 119 K. Ridiculous numbers. Promoted twice already and now dominating AA level with a 1.56 ERA as a starter.
      Did anyone really think the Dodgers didn’t know what they were doing when they ate salary to take on our prospects?
      He’s likely a top 50 prospect in all of baseball, and Dodgers third best prospect behind Gavin Lux and Dustin May with Will Smith graduating.
      Jeter Downs doing fairly well, but not nearly as amazing as Gray.
      Reds lost this trade badly. They should have opened the pocket books and ate Bailey’s salary themselves.

      • Gaffer

        The thing is Bailey wasn’t bad this year, and HE netted two fringe prospects!

      • Oldtimer

        Bailey is 9-7 but with 5+ ERA. Bauer is 9-8 but with sub 4 ERA. Castillo won #10 today but has well under 3 ERA.

        Bailey has pitched intermittently well but gets clobbered sometimes. He is benefitting from the switch to AL.

    • Jim t

      Wood was injured,Farmer is a very good utility player and Puig was part of the package that got us Bauer. Neither prospect we gave the Dodgers have played a inning in ML.

      The reds are building a contender. After years of 90 loss seasons I for one am thrilled that we have a very good chance at some meaningful baseball at GABP.

  17. Mort

    Scooter traded to Giants. No idea the return yet.

    • Gaffer

      None

      Probably salary relief and to clear playing time for Van Meter

  18. Rick

    I don’t think we won the Roark for Tanner Rainey trade either.

    • RobL

      Any reason why? Rainey still has big time walk issues. He’s over 6.5 per 9 on the year. He spent part of the season in AAA. Roark gave us 110 innings of solid pitching and then was turned into a top 10 player from the A’s. Feel free to elaborate on why the Reds made out poorly.

  19. MK

    Never cared for him mostly because of deplorable defense. Glad he is gone.

  20. Norwood Nate

    How’d Nay do? Oh. Didn’t play last night, again. Huh.

    Since I talked about Siri the other day not showing power he’s hit a few home runs and raised his OPS 27 points. Maybe I should wonder aloud (on the internet) more often about slumping players. Ha.

    Santillan with 6 walks and only 1 K. That’s not going to get it done.

    Lodolo’s making me a believer though. Another nice outing.