Jose Barrero homered on the 1st pitch of the day for Louisville as he racked up three hits, James Free homered for the third straight game in a Chattanooga win, Elly De La Cruz and Allan Cerda both fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as Dayton snapped a 5-game losing streak, Jose Serrano picked up his 1st career home run in an ACL Reds extra-innings win, and Esmith Pineda’s hot start to his career in the DSL continued with two more hits.

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The Louisville Bats lost 4-3. Box Score

Game Notes

Jose Barrero homered on the 1st pitch of the game. He picked up two more hits, but also two more strikeouts. He now has 35 strikeouts in 88 plate appearances in Triple-A this season.

What a difference a day makes in a small sample size. Robbie Tenerowicz had hit .231 through his first four games with Louisville, but going 2-3 raised his average to .313 with the Bats. Over his last 35 games he’s hit .339/.464/.580 between Chattanooga and Louisville.

Stuart Fairchild, just picked up on waivers over the weekend. In his first game with the Bats he hit a long home run down the left field line.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 7-6. Box Score

Game Notes

James Free homered for the third straight game. He struggled in 5 games in Triple-A, but in 21 games with the Lookouts he’s hitting .296/.333/.507. All of his extra-base hits have been home runs with Chattanooga, but he did have one double while playing for Louisville.

Another outing that saw Brandon Williamson struggle. In each of his last two outings he hasn’t gotten more than 10 outs, not making it out of the 4th inning in either game. He walked four last time out and walked three more on Tuesday night. He now has more walks in 57.2 innings this season than he had in 98.1 innings last season – 35 to 33.

Pedro Garcia lowered his ERA to 1.48 on the season. He’s thrown 24.1 innings with 32 strikeouts and 8 walks in 17 appearances.

The Dayton Dragons won 6-5. Box Score

Game Notes

Joe Boyle was scratched before the game with illness.

Big games from both Elly De La Cruz and Allan Cerda as they both finished a triple shy of the cycle. For De La Cruz, the game raised his line on the season to .300/.343/.595 with 11 doubles, 6 triples, 12 home runs, and 16 steals in 19 attempts. His home run ties him for the organizational lead. It went 430 feet according to Trackman.

For Allan Cerda it’s just a continuation of his hot hitting in June. Over 11 games during the month he’s hitting .343/.489/.714. His OPS on the season is up to .896.

The win ended a 5-game losing streak and moved the Dragons to 37-20 on the year.

The Daytona Tortugas was suspended.

Game will resume on Wednesday and be followed by a 7-inning contest.

ACL Reds won 5-3. Box Score

Game Notes

Jose Serrano hit his first career home run. Last season with the DSL Reds he had 6 doubles and 4 triples, but came up homerless in 35 games while hitting .287/.354/.409. This season he’s gone 4-12 with 2 doubles, a home run, and 3 walks.

Leonardo Balcazar is now hit.409/.481/.682 through the first six games of the season. He won’t turn 18 until Friday.

DSL Reds lost 7-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Esmith Pineda kept his hot start to his professional career going. The 17-year-old is now hitting .381/.500/.571 with a double, home run, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 6 games played.

Ricardo Cabrera picked up his 8th error of the season in his 8th game. 6 of the 8 errors have been of the fielding variety.

Last season Juan Martinez had 50 strikeouts and 23 walks in 44.2 innings. This season he has 1 walk and 11 strikeouts in his first 6.0 innings.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

Two minutes after hitting publish, TJ Friedl came off of the bench in extra-innings and doubled in the go-ahead run for the Reds. That’s not reflected above in the prospect rundown. Pobody’s Nerfect.

6/15 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 22-38 6:35pm McGuire Here Here Here
Chattanooga 31-27 12:15pm Curlis Here Here Here
Dayton 37-20 1:05pm TBA Here Here Here
Daytona 24-32 4:00pm Franco/Petty Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 6-1 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
4-4 11:00am TBA Here N/A N/A

22 Responses

  1. AMDG

    Regarding Friedl, that reminds me of when I was a kid (back in the day when you had to check the newspaper for a box score), and the Reds would be playing a west coast night game, and the box score for the Reds v Dodgers or whoever would show incomplete because the game ran longer than the time of the printing.

    Thanks for the opportunity to walk down memory lane Doug! :-)

  2. James K

    By my calculations, De La Cruz has a .455 batting average on balls in play, and a .901 slugging average on balls in play.

    • SultanofSwaff

      the home run was a bomb, but his .560 OPS hitting left handed makes you wonder if he’s wasting his time switch hitting……thinking back to Billy Hamilton.

      • Doug Gray

        Last year he had a 1.002 OPS as a right-handed hitter. Small sample size of just 50 plate appearances, but that’s just 5 fewer than he has this year. I’d give it more time.

      • Redsvol

        Several of our current outfielders on the major league team have an OPS less than .560 even after platooning. I agree, many hundreds more at bats needed before giving up switch hitting.

  3. Stock

    Leonardo Balcazar!!!!

    Jose Serrano is showing some power this year. Hopefully he beefed up over the winter.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Yes , I guess due to a time zone issues when this article was published it listed TJ Friedl as “DNP” in the rundown but he really went 1-1 , double, with a RBI

  5. Shawn

    Could Williamsons problem be with the new sticky ball they are using in AA this year?

    • Doug Gray

      They haven’t used it but for a few weeks, so no.

  6. Doc

    At what point is Barrero no longer given a pass because “it’s his spring training” and because “it’s a small sample size”. A 40% K rate doesn’t sound very good to me. He has raised his average 24 points from its nadir. One good game can do that at this point, and power is there.

    • Doug Gray

      I’d say starting about now-ish and moving forward. But we also need to remember to try and adjust the numbers in our head on the fly to negate what he had done.

    • Luke J

      He was 3 for 5 with a home run in his most recent game. Not sure he needs a pass for anything. I’ll take that all day long.

  7. Matt

    Since the last series of April through now, Francisco Urbaez is slashing 296/352/459/811. (compared to a 563 OPS leading up to that series).

  8. Andrew

    We all know Elly needs to increase his BB rate and cut down his K rate, but boy this kid seems special. Seems he’s a few weeks away from a move up to AA. Produce at AA this year and we could see him at GABP by end of 2023

  9. MK

    Wonder why Boyle did not pitch last night as scheduled?

    It was the second time in a one week period that De la Cruz was a hit away from a cycle. Last week it was a double.

    • Doug Gray

      Boyle had an illness (no details beyond that were given)

  10. Bdh

    It’s a shame Daytona was rained out before Rivera could pitch much. He’s quietly having a very good season. Only 1 bad outing all season in my opinion

  11. MBS

    What McLain is doing right now? His K rate for June is down, BB rate is increased. The problem is his BA has also went way down, and 0 HR’s. Hopefully what ever he’s changed is only going to take a bit of time to start producing better results. Those K’s were out of control.

  12. SteveO

    Doug, just saw that Bonnin and Miller were changed to injured-full season status. Shoulder impingement for Bonnin must have been worse than expected. Not sure what the injury for Miller was, but won’t be seeing him either in 2022. We’re about 60 games into the season and Rey should be able to come off his 80 day suspension in a few weeks. What do you expect will happen then? Games in Arizona with the AZL Reds and then to Chattanooga?

    • MBS

      Awe man, that stinks. I had high hopes for Miller, but the kid can’t stay healthy. Also a real shame with Bonnin, there is something there if he’s healthy.

    • Redsvol

      I really hate to hear that for Bonnin. He was doing really well this year. I had to look up who Miller was. He has barely played and for a position player to lose 2 years of playing time is a huge deal. He needs to get healthy in a hurry.