Nick Quintana homered twice and Allan Cerda homered and walked twice in their Double-A debuts while Alex McGarry clubbed his farm system best 15th home run of the season, Elly De La Cruz homered and got on base four times with Dayton, Chase Petty had another strong outing for Daytona with 5.0 shutout innings, and Leonardo Balcazar and Malvin Valdez both homered out in Arizona for the ACL Reds.
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The Louisville Bats lost 3-2. Box Score
- Lorenzo Cedrola went 2-5 with a double and a run.
- Alejo Lopez went 2-3 with a walk, double, and a run.
- Juniel Querecuto went 2-4 with a triple.
- Stuart Fairchild went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Isiah Gilliam went 1-4.
- Justin Nicolino allowed 2 earned in 5.1 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
- Ryan Hendrix threw a perfect inning.
- Kyle Dowdy threw a perfect inning.
Juniel Querecuto continued his strong June with two more hits. He’s hitting .329/.386/.506 in 21 games during the month.
Stuart Fairchild picked up two more hits and is now hitting .282/.317/.641 in his first 11 games since rejoining the organization.
Nick Lodolo is scheduled to make a rehab start with the Bats on Wednesday afternoon. Game begins at 12:05pm.
The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 12-9 in 10. Box Score
- Francisco Urbaez went 2-6 with a run.
- TJ Hopkins went 1-5 with a walk and a run.
- Alex McGarry went 2-4 with a walk, home run (15), and 2 RBI.
- James Free went 2-5 with a double, run, and an RBI.
- Allan Cerda went 1-3 with a home run (14) and 2 walks.
- Ivan Johnson went 1-4 with a walk, double, and 2 runs.
- Nick Quintana went 3-5 with 2 home runs (8) and 4 RBI.
- Carson Spiers allowed 2 runs in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
Chattanooga scored 7 runs in the 6th inning and led 9-2 entering the 8th inning. The bullpen then gave up 5 runs in the 8th, 2 runs in the 9th, and 3 more runs in the 10th.
Alex McGarry continues to just crush the ball this season. He picked up his farm system best 15th home run in the game. Since joining Chattanooga 15 games ago he’s hitting .328/.381/.586. His OPS on the season is up to .947 between his time with the Lookouts and the Dragons.
Nick Quintana had a big debut in Double-A, hitting two home runs and driving in four runs. It was his first multi-homer game as a professional. He’s now hitting .266/.377/.457 on the season, which is easily the best line he’s put up in his three seasons in the minors.
Allan Cerda also had a big debut in his Double-A debut, hitting a home run and walking twice with two runs batted in.
Along with Quintana and Cerda, Connor Phillips was also promoted to Chattanooga.
The Dayton Dragons lost 18-6. Box Score
- Daniel Vellojin went 1-4 with a walk, home run (2), and 2 runs scored.
- Elly De La Cruz went 3-3 with a walk, home run (14), a steal (22), and 2 runs.
- Austin Hendrick went 1-3 with a home run (12), and 3 RBI.
- Tyler Callihan went 1-4 with a run.
Great Lakes scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to really put the game away.
Elly De La Cruz had himself a big night, reaching base all four times he came to the plate, homering, and stealing his 22nd base of the season. The home run came from the right side of the plate, his first of the season. He walked for the 10th time in the last 14 games. His 10 walks in June are the most he’s ever had in a month, with the 7 he had in May representing the next closest.
Austin Hendrick now has 12 home runs between Daytona and Dayton in 61 games played. He hit 7 last season in 63 games. He’s walked 21 times this season compared to 51 times last season, and has 99 strikeouts this year and had 100 last season.
The Daytona Tortugas lost 4-1. Box Score
- Jack Rogers went 1-4 with a triple.
- Michel Triana went 1-3 with a walk, steal, and a run.
- Yassel Pino went 1-3 with a walk.
- Hayden Jones went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Austin Callahan went 1-3 with a walk.
- Chase Petty threw 5.0 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
Daytona had a 1-0 lead until the 6th inning when one swing of the bat changed the game with Palm Beach getting a go-ahead grand slam for their only scoring play of the night.
Another good game at the plate for Michel Triana since returning to the lineup earlier this month. In the 12 games in June he’s hitting .342/.468/.526 with 7 walks and 9 strikeouts. For comparison he had 8 walks and 36 strikeouts in 24 games during May.
Chase Petty still has zero wins in his career. Some of that is because he hasn’t been asked to throw many pitches, making it tough for him to throw 5 innings and qualify for the win very often, but when he left the game on Tuesday night he was in line for the win and, well, he didn’t get it. What he did do, though, was lower his ERA to 3.29 on the season in 52.0 innings. He now has 16 walks and 48 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .232/.307/.363 line.
Prior to the game Daytona added Rafael Franco and Michael Trautwein to the roster.
ACL Reds lost 8-5. Box Score
- Miguel Hernandez (MiLB rehab) went 1-3.
- Carlos Jorge went 1-4.
- Leonardo Balcazar went 1-3 with a walk and a home run (4).
- Donovan Antonia went 1-4 with a steal and a run.
- Andruw Salcedo went 2-4 with a run.
- Malvin Valdez went 2-4 with a home run (1), 2 runs, and 3 RBI.
- Arij Fransen allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with a walk and a strikeout.
- Ryan Olson (MiLB rehab) threw a perfect inning with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
- Jose Peralta threw a shutout inning with 3 strikeouts.
It was a close game until the 7th inning when the Royals put up a 4-run inning and grabbed a 6-0 lead. The Reds would score a run in the 8th and then 4 more in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 11-5.
Leonardo Balcazar continued to crush the ball. The 18-year-old is now hitting .359/.469/.667 with 4 homers through 13 games.
Malvin Valdez picked up his first home run of the season in the 9th inning of the game.
DSL Reds lost 7-1. Box Score
- Anthuan Valencia went 0-2 with 2 walks.
- Eddy Isturiz went 1-2.
- Adrian Reyes went 0-1 with 2 walks.
- Jesus Torres went 1-2 with a double.
- Luis Leones went 1-4.
Not a lot to make notes of on this one. The Reds had 3 hits in the game and they allowed 7 runs in 7 innings.
Esmith Pineda, who has been the Reds best hitter by far this season, was pinch hit for in the 5th inning. He was the DH on the day. Just worth keeping an eye on over the next few days to see if he’s back in the lineup or not.
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