Another day and more dominant starting pitching for the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Louisville picked up their first win in a big way, Nick Lodolo still hasn’t walked a batter in his professional career, and a strange ending in the Dayton Dragons game are among some of the highlights for Thursday.
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The Louisville Bats won 9-0. Box Score
- Mark Payton went 3-5 with a double, run, and an RBI.
- Scott Heineman went 1-5 with a triple, steal, 2 runs, and he had 3 RBI.
- Dwight Smith Jr. went 1-5 with an RBI.
- Mike Freeman went 1-3 with a walk, RBI, steal, and 2 runs scored.
- Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-3, a steal, and he was hit by a pitch.
- Beau Taylor went 2-3 with a run and 2 RBI.
- Errol Robinson went 0-2 with 2 walks, a run scored, and he had an RBI.
- TJ Friedl went 1-4.
- Vladimir Gutierrez threw 6.0 shutout innings with 1 hit allowed, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
- Phillip Diehl threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
- Tim Adleman threw threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
- Shane Carle threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
Vladimir Gutierrez threw 6 shutout innings. The only hit he allowed was a double to begin the game.
Alfredo Rodriguez continued to swing a hot bat. He’s hitting .429/.636/.714 with three walks, one strikeout, and one steal in three games.
The same can be said for Scott Heineman who is hitting .300/.462/.800 with three walks, no strikeouts, and a steal.
The Chattanooga Lookouts split a double header
Game 1: 6-3 win. Box Score
- Alejo Lopez went 2-4 with a run scored.
- Jose Garcia went 2-3 with a walk and a home run (2).
- Yoel Yanqui went 1-4 with a solo home run (1).
- Wilson Garcia went 1-3.
- Jay Schuyler went 1-2 and was hit by a pitch.
- Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-2 with a walk and a run scored.
- Chuckie Robinson went 1-3 with a run and an RBI.
- Nick Lodolo threw 5.0 shutout innings with 2 hits allowed, no walks, and 10 strikeouts.
Game 2: 10-7 loss. Box Score
- Alejo Lopez went 1-4.
- Narciso Crook went 2-4 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
- TJ Hopkins went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-4 with 2 runs scored.
- Luis Rivas went 2-2 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
- Mark Kolozsvary went 1-2 with a walk, home run (1), and he had 3 RBI.
- Michael Byrne threw 3.0 shutout innings with 1 hit allowed and 2 strikeouts.
Jose Garcia just missed out on a two homer game. He homered in his second at-bat of the day to right field. In his third he hit a long fly ball to left that just went foul, so close that the broadcaster called it a home run at first before the umpires made the call.
Nick Lodolo walked no one. Again. With his 10 strikeouts on Thursday he now has 40 strikeouts and no walks in his professional career. The lefty threw 67 pitches with 47 strikes and had 1 ground out to go against 3 fly outs.
Ryan Olson returned to the mound for the first time since May 2nd 2019. He was forced to retire due to a back injury.
Narciso Crook’s home run in game two went 443 feet. We’re still in week one of the season but it’s far and away the clubhouse leader among the farm system so far.
The bullpen allowed 10 earned runs in the final four innings of game two.
The Dayton Dragons lost 1-0. Box Score
- Brian Rey went 1-3 with a double.
- Quin Cotton went 1-3 with a steal.
- Mariel Bautista went 1-2 with a double.
- Noah Davis allowed 1 earned in 5.0 innings on 1 hit, 1 walk, and he struck out 8 batters.
The game was delayed in the middle of the 6th inning by rain. After 2 hours and 45 minutes the teams returned to the field and Dayton had a pitcher warming up in the bullpen when the umpires met with the managers and decided to call the game.
Noah Davis used his breaking ball a lot in the game and the Great Lakes hitters couldn’t do much of anything with the mid-to-upper 70’s offering.
The Dayton Dragons pitching staff have now held the Great Lakes Loons to six hits in the series so far. Loons are 6-72 on the year. That’s a .083 batting average.
The Daytona Tortugas were postponed.
Double header scheduled for Friday at 5pm.
I couldn’t really plug this into a team specific spot, so today we’re doing an organizational note. The farm system has played 11 games this season. The starting pitchers in those 11 games have thrown 45.0 innings, allowed 26 hits, walked 13 batters, and struck out 57 batters all while posting a 1.40 ERA.
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