Elly De La Cruz homered three times in Dayton’s doubleheader, Alejo Lopez picked up three hits with Louisville, Alex McGarry extended his hit streak to 19 games, Tanner Cooper and Luis Mey were strong on the mound for Daytona,  and Deivid Alcantara had a big night out in Arizona in and ACL Reds win.

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The Louisville Bats lost 5-4. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 4-3 in 11. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons split a doubleheader

Game 1: 7-3 loss. Box Score

Game 2: 5-0 win. Box Score

  • Quin Cotton went 1-3 with a walk and a home run (4).
  • Elly De La Cruz went 2-3 with a walk, steal (26), and a home run (18).
  • Ruben Ibarra went 1-3 with a walk, double, and a run.
  • J.V. Martinez went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Justice Thompson went 0-1 with 2 walks.
  • Ashton Creal went 1-2 with a walk, steal (12), and a home run (2).
  • Christian Roa allowed 1 hit in 5.0 innings with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.
  • Vin Timpanelli threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 3-2. Box Score

ACL Reds won 7-2. Box Score

DSL Reds were postponed

Doubleheader on Friday (but not for the game postponed on Thursday)

7/8 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 31-49 7:05pm Williamson Here Here Here
Chattanooga 36-42 7:35pm Curlis Here Here Here
Dayton 44-34 7:05pm Kravetz Here Here Here
Daytona 33-44 7:05pm Cardona Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 17-6 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
10-12 10:30am TBA/TBA Here N/A N/A

12 Responses

  1. Redsvol

    EDLC had himself a night. Looking forward to him in Chattanooga soon so I can see him in person.

    Christian Roa gets back on track finally. Has Ryan Hendrix finally put it together in the bullpen? Tyler Stephenson not quite ready for the big time.

    • Luke J

      You are kidding about Stephenson, right? In his 3 rehab starts he is hitting .364 (4 for 11) with a double. He hasn’t missed a beat and you think he’s “not ready for the big time”? He’s ready as soon as they say he’s medically ready. No doubt.

  2. Matt

    Seems the Reds have found something in Quintana’s offensive game to get him back to where he was in college.

    Alex McGarry keeps on going. AA K% down to 24.5%. Almost as many homers in AA as he had in twice as many games in A+.

    Promising outing from Roa. Hope this sends him on a roll.

    • Tom

      Quintana might be similar to India in the respect they both have had pedigree since HS and both seem to benefit from a higher level of play around them. Worth keeping an eye on.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    The Reds need to be more aggressive in promoting EDLC. Unicorn talents like him can be pushed. Never been a fan of their cookie cutter approach to development.

    • Tom

      A couple of counter points:

      1) What’s the rush? Do you think he should play 3b in Cincy in 2023?
      2) Jay Bruce was probably rushed a bit and never rounded out as a batter like it was hoped.

      • Luke J

        A couple counter points: Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis, Jr., Vlad Guerrero, Jr., Julio Rodriguez…. and the list goes on. Elite prospects move up quickly and make the majors when they are 21. If I’m not mistaken, all but 5 hall of famers since the draft began have been called up by their year 22 season. All this fear about calling up elite talent too soon is not born out in reality. Elite players will develop at the higher levels quickly. When you have one of those guys, you don’t ask “what’s the rush?” You ask “What’s the delay?”

        That said, EDLC does have some weaknesses in his game (strikeouts for one), so maybe fast track to MLB might be premature, but certainly bump him up to AA quicker and see if he can still cut down the Ks. Then you’ll know if he’s one of those unicorns for sure. And if he excels at AA, then you fast track him to MLB from there (no AAA needed).

      • Doug Gray

        One counter point to this: No one else has had to deal with an entire season ceasing to exist in their development like current minor leaguers have. That does come into play a little bit moving forward for a few years on that “guys reach the Majors by X-age” thing.

        That said…. if the decision were up to me, I’d have him in Double-A.

    • MBS

      I think they are afraid of screwing up Elly’s development. I’m ready for him to go to AA, but I’m also not angry that they are using kid gloves. I don’t see any good scenario that makes him a Red in 23, so we have a year and a half to get him ready.

  4. MK

    To me the most positive sign from Elly’s night was that three of his hit and two home runs came right handed. We were hoping that his last two at bats in Game 2 would crest a left handed homer. It would be hard to imagine that anyone has hit left and right homers two games in a row, let alone in a doubleheader. Didn’t happen but was fun to watch and anticipate.

    Roa had his best outing of the season as he was dominate at times. Timpanelli was at the top of his game too.

    On the other hand the team looked very lethargic the first game. Ex-Red Brayan Pena had his White Caps hustling and just outplayed the Dragons.

  5. SteveO

    The Reds have to stack the Lookouts after the All-Star break. Promote DLC and Boyle. Hopefully, McLain back from IL by then. Try to win the division in the 2nd half and make a strong run for the SL title.
    The ones that excel will start the year in Louisville in 2023, with the remaining starting in Chattanooga hungry to get promoted. Hoping that trades can supplement the Lookouts and Bats and then winning will become a priority for these teams next year. No more Louisville Retreads.