Tony Santillan and Carson Spiers had big nights on the mound for Louisville and Daytona, Brian Rey drove in three more runs as Dayton picked up the 9th win, and Michael De León’s pinch-hit 2-run homer in the 11th gave Louisville a much needed win.

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The Louisville Bats won 4-2 in 11. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts were postponed

The game will be made up on Thursday as a part of a double header.

The Dayton Dragons won 6-5. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas won 3-2. Box Score

5/19 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 4-8 1:15pm Gutierrez Here Here Here
Chattanooga 8-4 7:35pm Lodolo Here Here Here
Dayton 9-4 7:05pm Ashcraft Here Here Here
Daytona 7-6 7:05pm Kravetz Here Here N/A

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22 Responses

  1. Frostgiant

    Doug, do you think Alf Rod’s early success could lead to him playing some short this year? I feel like his bat has been coming around a little bit. I think he was doing well at the end of ’19 also. Here is to high hopes!

    • Alex

      Alf rod looked like a terrible signing from the start. If he wasnt paid so much money I would have bet he been cut awhile ago. I havent watched him play this year yet or read anytbing about ajustments he has made to suddenly slug over 400 for the first time in his career. Id like to see him have continued success but I have my doubts

      • RojoBenjy

        Should we worry about PEDs for him?

        Remember when Dee Gordon (no strange then) had that incredible year and then—?

    • RojoBenjy

      My comment above aside (I really hope my question is moot),
      in that pic Alfredo is sporting some serious Mr. T bling!

      Do they allow that much jewelry to be exposed in MiLB gameplay?

      :-))

    • Doug Gray

      If he keeps it going for a while it could.

      But we all need to probably pump the brakes on calling him up right now. He’s hitting for a two week stretch for the first time in his life (he hit for some average in 2019 with Chattanooga, but it came with a .346 slugging…..). Last season he was at the alternate site the entire time and the team opted to go with Jose Garcia. There’s probably a reason for that and it’s probably that he didn’t hit much at all in Mason.

      I’m hoping for the best and that what we are seeing is real. But it’s going to take a lot more than two weeks before I am anywhere remotely comfortable calling him up in a non-emergency situation.

      • Old Big Ed

        If AlfRod can hit .160 and play MLB-average defense, then he is a better option than Suarez, who is by far the worst regular player in MLB this year. And Bell wouldn’t feel compelled to hit AlfRod in the 3-4-5 hole like he does Suarez, who has killed more rallies this year than Mariano Rivera did in his whole career.

        AlfRod is not a long-term solution, but Item #1 for the Reds now is to stabilize the shortstop position, and the other options are all bad. Mario Mendoza — who would be a vast improvement — is not walking through that door.

      • Doug Gray

        If I’m going to be honest – No, I really don’t think that a .160 hitting Rodriguez would be better than Suarez, defense and all. First off, because it’s likely to come with a .200 slugging percentage. Suarez at least hits the ball hard when he does hit it. Kyle Farmer is probably the best option at shortstop right now. But truthfully, once Joey Votto is back none of it matters because Suarez is going back to shortstop almost no matter what. At that point you are basically deciding if you want to either bench India in order to start Farmer (or someone else) at shortstop, which pushes Suarez to third and Moustakas to second.

        Now, is it possible that Alfredo Rodriguez could go out and hit better than .160? Absolutely. But that’s the situation you presented, too. What’s been great to see is that Rodriguez isn’t striking out at all this year. He’s got four of them on the entire season. That really does help give him a chance to hit for an empty average at the very least.

        You’ve inspired me to write a little bit about Rodriguez. So I’m going to cut this off right here and get to working on that (and some other stuff).

  2. Kindell

    Such an impressive turnaround for Austin Hendrick over the past week. Its such a good sign to see a young talented hitter be able to get on base like he has even if its a small sample size.

    I also noticed on his Baseball Reference page that he already has three outfield assists this year. That seems pretty amazing to me to have 3 OF assists in 9 games.

    • RojoBenjy

      19 years old. The way the Reds keep their young talent in the minors that means he should debut about age 24

      Hope he forces them otherwise

      • Jonathan Linn

        @ Rojo – do you have any actual examples of this happening besides Nick Senzel?

        Jay Bruce was promoted @ age 20-21 and was rated as the number one prospect

        Johnny Cueto went through the system (A-AAA) within 1 year and then was a fixature in the SP the next season @ age 22 (2008)

        Luis Castillo was promoted straight from AA to MLB and has held down an SP spot ever since

        Mike Leake went straight from College to MLB

        I think this is a myth that Reds fan like to promote – simply put, the Reds haven’t had the talent to rush to the MLB

      • Doug Gray

        The Reds do not keep players down if they are performing. This narrative has to stop. Aside from them trying to play team control games with Nick Senzel that resulted in him having two different injuries in Triple-A that led to his delay being nearly a year longer than it otherwise would have been, can you think of one example of the team holding down someone who was clearly ready? The situation simply doesn’t exist. The fact is the Reds simply haven’t had the guys that were ready to come up “early” in their career in a very long time.

      • Michael Smith

        Jonathan,

        heck we can look at the current roster. Lorenzen, Winker, Stephenson, Garcia (last years roster), Mahle all were 23 or younger. Senzel was jacked around and India was not ready before 24.

      • RojoBenjy

        “Hope he forces them otherwise”

        I wrote this because it is clear that the only way they make it younger is if they really stand out. The Reds don’t give early shots to too many guys otherwise. I wrote it because i want him to perform like the examples you’ve mentioned.

        Doug is always explaining that the reason the Reds don’t have any 19 year old Juan Soto beating down the door is not having the resources to spend in Latin America. If all the young talent examples you’ve listed above are legit, then why make that kind of excuse?

  3. MK

    The 11th inning pitching in Louisville game a little disappointing and hearkening, Finnegan had the opportunity to close it out but walked a man to bring up tying run but J. DeLeon came in and blew away his only hitter with a strikeout for the save. Would have liked to see Finnegan been left in one more hitter to see if he could get him.

    • RojoBenjy

      Why do you think they didn’t?

      Hopefully someone higher up takes notice and gives more pointed directives on how to test pitchers for MLB readiness

  4. Kap

    Hope Santillan takes Hoffman’s spot in the rotation very soon

  5. Norwood Nate

    Santillan and Spiers have been off to impressive starts. Excited especially for Santillan as his last full season was full of minor setbacks and kind of tarnished his prospect status a bit. Glad he’s bouncing back. Also impressed with Callihan and Hendrick’s starts to the season. Some good hitting (Cerda, Lantigua included) on Daytona in a hard league to hit.

  6. Hoyce

    I would also like to hear ur opinion on when santillan, Alf rod and Gutierrez will be called up?

    • MBS

      I know you weren’t talking to me, but they need to be called up to replace Hoffman, Fulmer, and Blandino. I don’t dislike Blandino, but a real SS would be nice to have. Plus Blandino still has options.

    • Doug Gray

      I addressed Alfredo Rodriguez up above, so scroll up to read that one.

      With the pitchers….. the bullpen is starting to throw a little better this month, so maybe they don’t get turned to in that role right now. That means you have to be looking at the rotation. To me, Hoffman’s got to start showing he can get into the 5th inning and soon if he wants to keep his spot in the rotation, especially if these two guys keep throwing well in Triple-A.

  7. MK

    A concern I have with the minor league starters coming to big leagues is with the year off they have missed building up their innings maximums and don’t know if they have the stamina needed to provide the innings needed to start in big leagues safely.

    • Doug Gray

      I guess it depends on the pitcher, right? Take a Santillan for example: He pitched at Prasco all summer last year. He was getting innings. Not quite the same as game-innings like in the big leagues, but he was throwing to live, quality hitters every 5 days. A guy who didn’t have that could be different….. but, that guy is still being asked to throw those same kinds of innings in the minors right now, too. They’re going to be pitching, and if they are ready, get those innings in the bigs.