The Chattanooga Lookouts pummeled the Birmingham Barons in the home opener as Michael Siani continued his torrid start to the 2022 season, Matt McLain picked up his first homer of the season, Daytona needed extra-innings for their win that saw Yerlin Confidan pick up three more hits for the Tortugas to raise his average to .500 on the season, and Joe Boyle fired four hitless innings for Dayton in a loss on Tuesday night.

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The Louisville Bats game was suspended by rain

  • Lucas Sims (rehab) allowed a solo home run in an inning of work and had a strikeout.

Game Notes

In the middle of the top of the 6th the game was delayed by rain and eventually suspended with the Bats leading 3-1 after scoring twice in the frame before the tarp was pulled. The game will be resumed on Wednesday at 5:05pm ET and be followed by the regularly scheduled contest.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 16-4. Box Score

  • Michael Siani went 4-5 with a double, triple, steal, 2 runs, was hit by a pitch, and had 4 RBI.
  • Matt McLain went 2-5 with a walk, double, home run (1), 2 runs, and 3 RBI.
  • Robbie Tenerowicz went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored.
  • Quincy McAfee went 1-4 with a home run (1), 2 RBI, and was hit by a pitch.
  • Leonardo Rivas went 1-3 with a walk, double, steal, 2 runs, and 2 RBI.
  • Mark Kolozsvary went 1-2 with 2 walks, 3 runs, and an RBI.
  • TJ Hopkins went 2-3 with 2 walks, a double, 2 runs, and an RBI.
  • Jacob Hurtubise went 2-3 with a walk, run, and 3 RBI.
  • Connor Curlis allowed a run in 4.1 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks to go with 6 strikeouts.
  • Pedro Garcia threw 1.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.

Game Notes

It’s Michael Siani’s world and we’re all just living in it. He reached base five times on the night, had seven total bases, picked up a steal, and drove in four runs. He finished the game with an absurd line of .538/.684/1.077, good for an OPS of 1.761 on the season through four games where he’s only had one strikeout but has had five walks and four extra-base hits.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Birmingham brought on an infielder to pitch in a 13-4 game and Matt McLain made sure to take advantage of it as he crushed his first homer of the year off of him.

Obvious statement is obvious, but the Lookouts had it going at the plate in this one. On top of their 15 hits they would also walk nine times and rack up eight extra-base hits. Just an absolute clinic at the dish.

Mike Minor will make a rehab start for the Lookouts on Wednesday night.

The Dayton Dragons lost 5-1. Box Score

Game Notes

It was an interesting start for starting pitcher Joe Boyle as he didn’t give up a hit in 4.0 innings, but threw more balls than strikes while walking four batters and striking out seven. In the game he had 72 pitches with just 35 strikes thrown. Boyle has now thrown 23.2 innings in his professional career and walked 18 batters with 48 strikeouts while facing 97 batters – and if my math is correct that means he has struck out one less batter in his career than he has not struck out in his career.

Dragons batters struck out 13 times without a walk in the game.

The Daytona Tortugas won 3-2 in 10. Box Score

Game Notes

Yerlin Confidan just keeps on crushing the ball. He went 3-4 and is now hitting .500 through the first four games of the season.

Michel Triana went 0-4 with a walk in the game, but it wasn’t because he didn’t hit the cover off of the ball. He had three different balls with an exit velocity over 100 MPH – 102.8 on a line out, 104.8 and 109.3 on two ground outs.

Hunter Parks full-season debut went well as he picked up six strikeouts in the outing. He pitched in six games last year with the ACL Reds after the draft, allowing two runs in 11.1 innings. On Tuesday night he topped out at 96 MPH.

Dennis Boatman was predictable in his outing. He threw 14 pitches. He threw 14 fastballs. All 14 of them were between 95.0 and 95.9 MPH.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

4/14 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 1-5 5:05pm TBA/Ashcraft Here Here Here
Chattanooga 2-2 7:15pm Minor Here Here Here
Dayton 2-2 6:35pm Proctor Here Here Here
Daytona 2-2 6:30pm Benschoter Here Here N/A

17 Responses

  1. kevinz

    2nd homer for Mclain {Wink Wink}
    Man Always been High on siani.
    But been wrong for sure.
    Do not expect this performance obviously.
    Hope can at least become average hitter with his tools.
    If can rake vs rhp for sure have a role.

  2. DaveCT

    If Siani hits, the question changes. There is an even more sudden comp between Siaini and Cerda, in particular. Friedl above, others below

    • Old Big Ed

      The link to Hunter Parks connects to a small-college pitcher in Georgia.

      He is new to me, but I will follow him. 6’4″ and 187, so he has lots of room to fill out. He turns 21 in a couple of weeks.

      • DaveCT

        From his BA draft report:

        “Parks is a recent conversion arm who has some of the better pure arm speed that you’ll see in this draft class. Listed at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, some scouts have said he has real 70-grade arm speed, which could allow him to throw 100 mph one day “

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Hendrick has a slash of .000/.214/.214 with 8 Ks in 14 PAs, yet recorded a hit. He has been the leadoff hitter for Daytona all four games, curiously. At this moment , his K rate is about 57%. Last season that rate was 36% in 266 PAs. He should be working very hard with the hitting staff at Daytona to fix the very concerning swing issues. Hopefully he´ll figure it out soon this season.
    The Tortugas and Dragons have 26 struckouts in total last night.
    This season is very interesting for watching many Reds minor league players, one of them is Joe Boyle…

    • Old Big Ed

      I am afraid that Hendrick was a wasted first-round pick. I hope I am wrong, but you are what the back of your baseball card says you are.

  4. RedBB

    Mike Siani breakout year….I’m feeling it. Could see him and McLain in the starting Lineup in a couple years.

  5. Jim Delaney

    Siani start is a very exciting
    development to watch. If his bat can be just average he could be Reds CF for years… Keeping fingers crossed what he did in AFL and the start of this season is for real ..

  6. Krozley

    In perusing the AZL Reds roster, apparently the Reds signed Ross Detwiler to a minor league deal. 13 seasons in the bigs with a career bWAR of 0.2. The true replacement player. I guess he is another option if they desperately need a lefty in the pen.

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Reds FO/Ownership and their low-cost strategy. What about Tony Watson? Does he continue as free agent?

  7. LeRoy

    The only Red’s minor league games I could watch last night was Louisville and Chattanooga. When I got the Milb tv subscription I thought I could watch every team but one. Was I wrong in thinking this?

    • Doug Gray

      Yes, you were wrong in thinking that. You can watch all of the Dayton Dragons games EXCEPT for the road games in Lake County. That’s where they are at right now.

      You will also be able to watch 18 games for Daytona – when they are on the road and playing in St. Lucie.

      That said – I didn’t update the “watch” portion of the game preview for Dayton for this series. I completely forgot to do so – but will probably just leave it be so I don’t forget to update it when they leave Lake County.

    • Kindell

      No, I have it every year and watched more than that. You should be able to watch Dayton too when they are home, but it depends on where the games are located if they are covered or not for Dayton. It’s the same thing for Daytona, depends on where the game is at.

      • Kindell

        Doug explained in more details. With that being said, it still worth it IMO.

  8. MK

    The Chattanooga announcer sure struggled with Hurtubise’s name pronunciation. Out of about six times I heard he said it correctly once. It was pretty comfortable.

    • Doug Gray

      Still waiting for him to get Urbaez right…. which feels strange given that Francisco was with the team at times last year.