Opening Day in the minor leagues didn’t quite go as planned for the Cincinnati Reds affiliates overall. There was a rain out, a starting pitcher not coming out for the second inning, and a loss
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The Louisville Bats lost 6-3. Box Score
- Shogo Akiyama (rehab) went 0-4.
- Mark Payton went 2-4 with a triple, run scored, and an RBI.
- Scott Heineman went 1-2 with a solo home run (1) and 2 walks.
- Nicky Delmonico went 1-4.
- Alfredo Rodriguez went 0-1 with 2 walks and a run scored.
- Brandon Finnegan threw 2.2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts.
- Cionel Pérez threw a hitless inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
- Edgar García threw a perfect inning of relief.
- Art Warren threw a shutout inning with 3 strikeouts.
It was 5-0 before Louisville had a chance to blink as Columbus took advantage of an error, leading to three unearned runs in the 1st. After that the pitching settled in, but it was too little and too late as the offense couldn’t make the comeback.
Shogo Akiyama flew out to center twice, lined out, and grounded into a double play.
The Chattanooga Lookouts were postponed
Double header scheduled for Thursday. Wednesday will be a single game.
The Dayton Dragons won 9-4. Box Score
- Jacob Hurtubise went 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 steals, and 2 runs.
- Michael Siani went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
- Jose Tello went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.
- Eric Yang went 2-5 with a home run (1).
- Quin Cotton went 2-4 with a walk, run scored, and he had 2 RBI.
- Quincy McAfee went 3-5 with a grand slam (1).
- Victor Ruiz went 1-3 with 2 walks and a double.
- Mariel Bautista went 1-3 with a walk, double, and 2 runs scored.
- Lyon Richardson threw 3.0 hitless innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.
- JC Keys threw 2.1 shutout innings with 2 walks.
- Braxton Roxby threw a perfect inning with 3 strikeouts.
Dayton put the game out of reach in the top of the 9th when Quincy McAfee clobbered a grand slam to make it 9-2. The Dragons pounded out 13 hits and had eight walks on the night. Only one player failed to reach base on the night at least twice.
Quin Cotton had himself a night. On top of reaching base three times, scoring two runs, and driving in another, he made a highlight reel catch, too.
Braxton Roxby looked filthy in the 8th inning. He entered the game with two runners on and no outs and proceeded to strike out the side on 15 pitches and strand both runners.
While Dayton held Great Lakes in check most of the night, it was a balancing act as they walked 11 batters.
The Daytona Tortugas lost 4-2. Box Score
- Tyler Callihan went 0-2 with 2 walks.
- Austin Hendrick went 1-4.
- Allan Cerda went 1-3 with a walk and a solo home run (1).
- Ivan Johnson went 1-3 with a walk, steal, and a double.
- Debby Santana went 2-4 with a run.
- Wendell Marrero went 1-3 with a double, walk, and an RBI.
- Christian Roa allowed a run in an inning with 3 strikeouts.
- Tanner Cooper threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
- James Proctor threw 3.0 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.
- Vin Timpanelli threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout.
- Nick Hanson was charged with 2 unearned runs in 0.2 innings with 2 strikeouts.
Christian Roa only pitched one inning. That likely wasn’t the plan given how the rest of the organiztion’s pitchers threw on the day. His velocity was down in his inning of work from where he was at in spring training by several MPH. As of this time I have no information on whether or not there was an injury involved here or not.
Allan Cerda giveth and taketh away. In the top of the 8th inning he homered to tie the game up. In the bottom of the 9th he made an error with 2 outs that scored the tying and winning run.
Vin Timpanelli, a converted college catcher, threw the hardest pitch of the night for the Tortugas at 95.0 MPH.
Ivan Johnson’s double was 105 MPH off of the bat and was the hardest hit ball of the game. Michael Triana hit two balls at 103 MPH and 104.9 MPH, but both were foul balls in an 11-pitch at-bat that ended in a strikeout.
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