It’s been a big season in Triple-A for Brian O’Grady. It’s been such a strong season that his performance earned him two different call ups to the Major Leagues this season with the Cincinnati Reds.
On Wednesday night Brian O’Grady just continued what he’s been doing all season long. In the first inning he singled and then stole second base. That steal gave him 20 for the season. At the time he also had 27 home runs, making him the first player in Louisville history to have a 20-20 season. That wasn’t going to be the first time he put something down in the record books on the night.
In the third inning of the game he came up to the plate and lined his 28th home run of the season into the stands in right field. That home run tied him for the Louisville Bats lead on the year with Aristides Aquino. That, however, wasn’t the important part of the home run that put the Bats ahead 5-2. What made that home run important, at least from the record book standpoint, was that it was the 161st home run of the season for Louisville. That set a new team record for most in a season since the team has become affiliate with the Reds.
Mac Sceroler keeps on Sceroling
I’m so sorry to Mac and his entire family for that headline, but I simply couldn’t help myself. On the season, Mac Sceroler has posted a 3.69 ERA in 117.0 innings for the Daytona Tortugas to go with a 1.11 WHIP. There’s nothing wrong with that line, it’s pretty good. But last night he tossed 7.0 innings and was charged with an unearned run while racking up eight strikeouts. And that start was just more of the same of late for the 24-year-old right-handed pitcher.
Over his last 10 games, all starts dating back to July 10th, Mac Sceroler has thrown 59.1 innings and posted a 2.88 ERA. His WHIP in that stretch is just 0.96. He’s walked just 10 batters and he’s struck out 61 batters in that span. In the last five starts he’s only walked three batters and picked up 34 strikeouts along the way.
A wild non-ending for the DSL Reds
Wednesday was supposed to be the final game of the 1st round of the playoffs for the Dominican Summer League Reds. And it almost was. Entering the bottom of the 7th inning they were trailing 4-0. But facing elimination they rallied, and got a little bit of help from the D-backs 2 (yes, that’s the name of the team). A walk, single, and a walk loaded the bases to begin the inning. A pitching change came and the new pitcher didn’t do any better. He walked Darlin Guzman to bring in a run. Then he fired off two wild pitches that brought in runs later in the inning. Junior Tamares singled to shortstop to tie the game up.
Rain came in the top of the 8th inning, and put the game in a delay. Ultimately it rained enough that the game was suspended. One less run, the storm showing up 15 minutes sooner – this game is called official and the DSL Reds are out of the playoffs. But those things didn’t happen. The game will be resumed this morning in a winner moves on and the loser watches their season end contest picking up in the top of the 8th inning.