Ruben Ibarra homered twice and Gus Steiger picked up four hits in a Daytona win, Joe Boyle threw 4.2 hitless innings while Dayton picked up homers from Jose Torres, Alex McGarry, and Mat Nelson in their 20th win of the year, Matt McLain crushed his 8th homer of the year for Chattanooga, and Mike Minor looked good in his rehab start with Louisville.

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The Louisville Bats lost 8-1. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 5-3. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 5-4. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas won 6-1. Box Score

5/11 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 12-18 6:35pm Lively Here Here Here
Chattanooga 14-14 7:15pm Curlis Here Here Here
Dayton 20-7 7:05pm Bonnin Here Here Here
Daytona 13-15 6:30pm Johnson Here Here N/A

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19 Responses

  1. MK

    Boyle threw 90 pitches, 45 strikes and 45 balls. He still has a ways to go on control.

    • AMDG

      Perhaps so. But he has still only given up 3 hits in 21 IP with 35 K’s.

      Seems destined to be a 1 inning closer, where strike outs are expected, and high pitch counts don’t really matter.

    • Luke J

      That ump wasn’t doing him any favors. He kept calling pitches on the edge of the zone balls, then when Boyle started complaining, there were a couple times where pitches right over the heart of the plate were called balls and the ump just stared at Boyle.

      Not that he doesn’t have control issues, but when I watch him, it looks like he’s “effectively wild.” It draws tons of swings and misses and batters are constantly off-balance.

      Which brings me to my question. When are they going to promote him? I mean, he’s a college pitcher in A+ where they literally can’t hit him. Yesterday was the only run he’s given up all year and he didn’t even give it up, the reliever that came in after him did. It seems to me that A+ is not even a challenge for him. And if he needs to work on command, doing it at AA/AAA would be better to see how he does against competition who aren’t so overmatched they swing at bad pitches.

      • James K

        Minor league umpires sometimes do that. Several years ago my wife and I saw a game in Billings where a player protested a call and the ump called the next pitch “strike three” even though it was in the dirt.

      • MK

        He threw 39 innings in 2019 between Norte Dame and his summer team, the most he has thrown. I would think a top priority this season would be to build up his game innings which might be more easily accomplished at High A, where he can get a lot of innings with little stress. He has 21 right now.Though I am not sure how they prioritize this.

      • Luke J

        Yeah that makes sense. Especially if they are intent on making him a starter. It’s just strange to watch him outclass the opposition by that much. He looks like a man among boys when I watch his games (and I try to watch them all because it’s must watch tv).

      • Doug Gray

        Shawn – it’s not accurate at all. In the minors the gameday thing is not hooked up to the Trackman or Hawkeye like it is in the big leagues. It’s just a dude clicking on the screen where he thinks the ball might have been. It’s not remotely accurate.

    • MBS

      Boyle and Ashcraft’s stellar ERA’s are confusing me. Boyle with the walks, and Ashcraft with 15 runs given up but only 5 earned. Those are 2 statistical outliers, but it’s early in the year, so there is plenty of time for them to normalize.

  2. Matt

    That’s two decent starts in a row for Williamson. Hope he’s settling in. Back to back 6 IP outings, 0 BB and 3 BB.

    McLain and Giliam see poised to make a AAA jump soon, hopefully. Maybe Torres to take McLain’s vacated shortstop in Chattanooga.

    Julian Aguiar continues to impress.

    Not pictured for Louisville – 3 ER in 3 IP for Reiver Sanmartin.

    • MBS

      I’m glad Sanmartin was ineffective in his 1st AAA appearance. Either there is something wrong with his confidence, or he has a mechanical issue. Either way he needs to figure it out. He may not be a starter for the Reds, but we can always use a (good) lefty in the pen.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    A Nuke LaLoosh kinda night for Boyle lol.

    With McClain it’s a matter of when not if he’ll make it to the bigs this year. We know veteran privilege is the Reds way, but do you move India to 3B if McClain is the better defender at 2B?

    • MBS

      100% India at 3B, and McLain at 2B. This probably would be a better 23 move than mid season, but India is a 3B so moving back shouldn’t be difficult. That still leaves SS as an open question. Farmer is falling off, Barrero hasn’t arrived.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Gus Steiger was a good hitter at NCAA but he had struggled when became professional with the Reds. Although , this season is showing a big improvement batting for good AVG and K%,OBP but having lack of pop. what do we expect from him in near future despite he is 23 years old and playing single-A yet? Is it just a hot streak?

    • MK

      Due to CoVid I’m not sure 23year-olds are the same as they were pre CoVid, as they basically lost two years of development.

  5. Tyler Hartley

    Reds 2023-24

    1. Greene
    2. Lodolo
    3. Williamson?
    4. Ashcraft
    5. TBD – Abbott?

    C – Stephenson
    1B – Votto?
    2B – McClain
    3B – India
    SS – Barrero
    LF – Almora? (I actually like his swing a lot and hes an athlete)
    CF – Friedl (sorry Senzi is never healthy)
    RF – Naquin

    Thoughts? pending any added pieces from trading Mahle and Castillo (Jo Adell ladies and gentleman??? lol)

    • Datdudejs

      That should probably be the team in July, but god I will never watch another reds game if that’s the team going into 23

    • Redsvol

      Infield I like. That pitching staff better have another veteran or two in it to stand a chance. And that outfield – woof! I agree with you on Senzel – no sign he will help us and you don’t pay someone who can’t produce after 4 years. Extend Pham for another year and hope someone good is available in free agency because there are no outfielders in the minor leagues who seem like sure things in the next 1-2 years.

      • Tyler Hartley

        I like Friedl and Naquin. I like the rotation (agree it needs a veteran or two or maybe sign one of Mahle or Castillo to a decent contract for 3-4 years) I also love Almora as a bench piece not a starter.

    • MBS

      Naquin will be a FA, and Pham has a mutual option for 23. I like your rotation for 23. By 24 we should have a much different defense.