Matt McLain hit for the cycle in Chattanooga as he continues to just beat up on Southern League pitching, Austin Hendrick homered twice while Jay Allen picked up his first homer in Daytona’s win, and Lorenzo Cedrola picked up his 7th 2-hit game of the season for Louisville.

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The Louisville Bats lost 7-4. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 7-6. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons had the day off

The Daytona Tortugas won 4-3. Box Score

4/18 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 3-9 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Chattanooga 5-4 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Dayton 6-3 OFF OFF Here Here Here
Daytona 3-6 OFF OFF Here Here N/A

19 Responses

  1. MK

    Hendrick 7 for his last 14 with 4 walks and three K’s. Seems he is seeing the ball much better.

    • AMDG

      Yep, he had his first game of the year without a K.

      With an OPS of 1.825 over his last 4 games.

      I guess they can stop saying, “a K a day keeps the bigs away” ;-)

  2. Bdh

    Daytona has been a fun team to follow so far this year. That’s a loaded outfield with Hendrick, Allen, Confidan, and Thompson. All 4 seem to be performing well at this point.

    Doug, who do you think is the first of that group to get promoted to Dayton? I know he’s the weakest prospect of the group but is there a chance it’s Thompson since he’s the oldest?

    • Doug Gray

      Thompson for the reason you posted. I would be very surprised if they promoted Confidan or Allen – the Reds just haven’t promoted someone out of Low-A that was in their first full season who wasn’t a guy coming from college in a long, long time.

      • Andrew

        So you think Allen stays at low-A all year? I don’t think low-A will be much of a challenge for him and personally expect him to get a cup of coffee at AA before the year is over

      • Doug Gray

        I’m not a gambler, but if I were I’d bet all of my money that Jay Allen didn’t reach Double-A this year. And I’d bet a lot of money that he remained in Daytona all year, too.

        Like I said, I literally can’t remember when the Reds took a teenager in their first full season and promoted them beyond Low-A. I’ve been covering the farm for 16 years now and I don’t think it’s ever happened.

  3. kevinz

    Cedrola and Cordoba Both contact guys.
    Not sure If either could help or not.
    Both interest me for some reason.
    Love seeing Hendrick Mclain and Allen shine on same day.

    • Mike in Ottawa

      The Indians or whatever they call themselves and the Dodgers killed the Reds with “Contact guys”. Yeah they have some power, but taking the other way and drawing walks is really what killed Reds pitching.

      • kevinz

        Yea agree Mike.
        Not saying they are the saviors.
        But need more players with good approaches.
        Power plays up in GABP anyways.

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  4. AMDG

    McClain is picking up where he left off in 2021
    Including his last 10 games of 2021
    he is hitting 0.314 with an OPS somewhere around 1.070

    Interesting in Daytona that as Trina & Hendrick are heating up (collectively 12 for 26 after starting 3 for 41) as Allen and Confidan are cooling down (4 for 32 after starting 13 for 28).

  5. SellTheTeamBob

    I’m sure everyone has renewed hope for Hendricks. Can’t waste them 1st rd picks.
    Hopefully McClain moves up to AAA. Get him use to losing before he gets to Cincy.
    The sportswriters seem to like our owner as much as us fans. I look at their boxscores but I refuse to watch a game for the 2nd season in a row. I’d listen to a game if Joe n Marty were still on radio

  6. Icehole3

    Both the HR and 3b were mammoth bolts that McLain hit. They looked like Jay Bruce type moon shots.

  7. SultanofSwaff

    It’s not how the Reds do business, but sliding India to 3B to make room for McClain makes a ton of sense. With Barrero, that could be our infield for the next 5 years or more…..with Stephenson splitting time at 1B/C/DH to save his legs.

  8. Jim t

    No way Phil would have survived his opening day comments if he wasn’t the son of the owner. He alienated the fan base and even the diehard fans are talking about not following the team.

  9. Mac

    Has McLain defense ever an issue in college. He had 2 errors over the weekend. His bat has been amazing