Daytona took a no-hitter into the 9th inning before a devastating loss, Sam Benschoter had the most dominating start of the year so far in the system, Jose Franco struck out eight batters in relief, Ronnie Dawson continued to rake for Louisville, James Proctor just keeps getting it done on the mound, and Elly De La Cruz picked up his first homer of the season.

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The Louisville Bats won 8-5. Box Score

Game Notes

The Bats scored the first 8 runs of the game, including 6 in the 2nd inning when they got home runs from Ronnie Dawson and Miguel Hernandez. Dawson’s strong start to the year continued as he picked up two more extra-base hits. He’s now hitting .273/.351/.636 with 3 doubles and 3 homers in 9 games. Graham Ashcraft rebounded after some struggles in his first start of the year. He threw 69 pitches with 44 strikes and had 8 ground outs to go with just 2 fly outs.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 5-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Leonardo Rivas homered for the first time since 2019. He played in 60 games last season with Chattanooga and didn’t homer at all, but got himself into the homer column in just his 4th game this season.

The Lookouts stole five bases in five attempts on the night and are now 10 for 12 on stolen base attempts this year.

The Dayton Dragons split a double header.

Game 1: 4-2 win. Box Score

Game 2: 12-5 loss. Box Score

  • Rece Hinds went 1-2 and was hit by a pitch.
  • Elly De La Cruz went 1-3 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Alex McGarry went 1-3 with a solo home run (2).
  • Ashton Creal went 0-1 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Garrett Wolforth went 1-3 with a home run (1) and 2 RBI.

Gameday Notes

James Proctor was dominant on Thursday. He only allowed one hit on the day and had 7 ground outs to go along with just 2 fly outs. His ERA dropped to 2.17 in his career (19 games, 66.1 innings pitched).

Nick Quintana’s hot start continued. He’s not hitting .364/.462/.727 in the first four games of the season.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 3-1. Box Score

Game Notes

An absolutely soul crushing loss for Daytona. They led 1-0 and had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the 9th inning, but Luis Mey hit two batters before giving up a walk-off 3-run home run – the only hit of the game for Palm Beach.

Ruben Ibarra picked up a stolen base. That’s noteworthy given that he’s listed at 6′ 4″ and 275 lbs, and I’ve been told he’s actually bigger than that. It’s the first steal he’s had since at least high school because he didn’t not have a stolen base in his three seasons at San Jose State, nor did he have one as a professional last season after being drafted.

Sam Benschoter had 19 swings and misses in just 4.0 innings (and he did so on just 50 pitches!). His 7 strikeouts in the game tie a career high that he set in his final start of the 2021 season – also against Palm Beach.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

4/15 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 3-6 7:35pm Flores Here Here Here
Chattanooga 3-3 7:15pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 3-3 6:35pm Phillips Here Here Here
Daytona 2-4 6:30pm Cruz Here Here N/A

4 Responses

  1. MK

    Interesting that de la Cruz played third base in game two last night. I’ve wondered if that might not be his future landing spot. He definitely has a frame that can add some girth. He kind of reminds me of early pictures of the Twins Miguel Sano.

    • DaveCT

      Must have been early indeed. Saw Sano (and Buxton) quite a bit in New Britain. Sano was a monster even then at AA. Hit a shot over a LF light tower.

      • MK

        I think it was Netflix that had a documentary on him from his Dominican days.

      • DaveCT

        Thanks, I’ll check it out. Good old Beehive Stadium in New Britain, CT.