Spencer Steer started out his Reds career with a base hit in his first at-bat for Louisville while Colin Moran remained hot for the Bats, Elly De La Cruz had three hits for Chattanooga but left the game early in an extra-innings loss, Jose Torres hit a grand slam that capped a  7-run inning for Dayton in a win, and Edwin Arroyo did a little bit of everything in his Daytona debut while Sam Benschoter picked up nine strikeouts in 4.0 innings during the Tortugas win.

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The Louisville Bats lost 5-3. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 6-5 in 11. Box Score

Game Notes

Elly De La Cruz fouled a ball off of the inside of his knee in the 9th inning and went down. He stayed down for a bit before getting up and finishing the at-bat. He struck out to end the top of the inning and took the field for the bottom of the 9th. The game then went into extras and he was scheduled to be the “ghost runner” at second to begin the inning, but was pinch run for.

The Dayton Dragons won 7-3. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas won 5-3. Box Score

  • Edwin Arroyo went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, a steal, 2 runs, 2 RBI.
  • Jay Allen II went 1-4 with a steal (13), run and an RBI.
  • Hayden Jones went 1-3 with a double, walk, and an RBI.
  • Yassel Pino went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run.
  • Ashton Creal went 1-3 with a steal (17) and a run.
  • Sam Benschoter allowed 1 earned in 4.0 innings with a walk and 9 strikeouts.
  • Shane Gustafson threw 3.2 shutout innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

The ACL Reds had the day off

The Reds games for Friday and Saturday have been cancelled due to a COVID outbreak it would appear. There’s a scheduled day off on Sunday. As of now the team’s game on Monday has not been postponed or cancelled.

The DSL Reds had the day off

They’ll be off until at least August 8th. Multiple games have been outright cancelled, and several more have been postponed since they last played on July 26th. They’ve also had some scheduled off days in there, but there’s a COVID outbreak it would seem as all of the cancelled/postponed games have been marked as such on the scoreboard.

8/5 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 42-60 7:05pm Williamson Here Here Here
Chattanooga 43-56 8:05pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 50-47 7:05pm Boyle Here Here Here
Daytona 39-57 6:10pm Parks Here Here Here
AZL Reds 24-14 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
18-20 OFF DAY Here N/A N/A

30 Responses

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    McGarry seems to be falling in a slump, could be a good chance for Encarnación-Strand to play some games at 1B and see him, there are high expectations for him, Hopefully De La Cruz didn’t get injured and just was the pain…

  2. Matt

    Hopefully de la Cruz is alright. Isn’t what happened to him the same thing that happened to Schrock last week?

    TJ Hopkins continues to be hot. Give me Friedl in Cincinnati, and Hopkins up to AAA for the rest of the year. MLB outfield of Fraley, Senzel, Aquino, Friedl, and Fairchild. Rotate those 5 to get constant ABs and see how they do when given consistent starts.
    AAA outfield with Hopkins, Cedrola, Gilliam, Dawson. Get some dudes some reps in the outfield to see what they can do. Experiment with Lopez or Santana out there.

    Looking for Williamson to have a strong start tonight. Be nice to see him finish strong.

    Callihan’s last 2 series: 303/378/394/772. With the influx of Marte, Arroyo, Steer, Encarnacion-Strand, he’s likely going to be forgotten in the infield picture of the future unless he really explodes offensively.

    • SteveO

      Watched the game and think the foul ball caught the inside of his right knee. He made the last out of the inning and went out in the bottom of the inning on defense. Was lifted for a pinch runner as he was supposed to be the ghost runner the next inning. Was moving ok on the field on defense. An MRI and X-rays done this morning I would think and maybe some news about it before the game today. Didn’t know that’s what happened to Schrock last week. Hope the result is not the same, fractured kneecap is what I heard.

    • SteveO

      Speaking of Callihan, I think he and Hinds will be linked in their careers with the Reds. Unfortunately for both of them, the lost season of 2020 has stunted their growth and both have had setbacks due to injuries. I’m going to follow this pair in comparison to Collier and Stewart, which should be a better version. Hinds and Collier come in with similar hype. All 4 came in as IFs with Hinds now an OF. Corner OF or 1B looks to be positions that they may move to if they can’t make it at 3B. I agree that Callihan has moved down the prospect list with the new prospects from trades at the deadline.

      • kevinzs

        Agree will whole Point.
        But way more hyped for Collier over Hinds.
        Feel Collier way more hyped over Hinds overall imo.
        Which agree with, feel Hinds was a bad pick.
        Even felt that way draft time.

      • SteveO

        Me too! Much more hyped about Collier. As a U of L fan also, I’m torn as he would’ve headed there to play for the Cards. But, I’m very happy that the Reds were able to sign him, so I’m already over it. Lol

    • Oldtimer

      Almora is going to be one of Reds OF. Fairchild unlikely. Friedl maybe.

  3. MBS

    Torres, and McLain have been heating up. Feeling a bit squeezed by the incoming SS talent? Speaking of Arroyo and Marte are off to nice starts as Reds.

    23 minor league season will be fun, so many talented prospects competing for their shot in 24 / 25.

  4. Bdh

    Adding all these talented shortstops to the system seems to have lit a fire under Jose Torres.

    His last 7 games
    333/.355/.533 to go with 4 stolen bases

    • Doc

      All these talented SS were added from trades in the last 3 days. Not clear how that lit a fire four days before the trades!

    • MK

      I have wondered if it has been from being out of de la Cruz shadow. They were buddies but he didn’t get much attention. His hot streak really began before the new shortstops were acquired.

    • DaveCT

      My sense of Torres is he is an opportunistic player. When good opportunities come his way, he grabs them.

  5. SellTheTeamBob

    I’m not sold on having a great farm system. Talent wise maybe we have a top 10, but producing the talent is a major problem!
    Maybe a good thing Lodolo didn’t pitch many innings in the farm system and Graham Ashcraft as well.
    By far the best trade we made in the last 10 yrs was acquiring Castillo. Hopefully Dan Straley returns us 2 more very productive players at least.

    • BK

      Stephenson…best hitter on the team
      India…2021 NL Rookie of the Year
      Greene, Ashcraft, Lodolo….all rookies, performing well
      Diaz…rookie, teams best relief pitcher

    • Tampa Red

      This narrative – much like the “Bell only plays vets” narrative – is never gonna die.

  6. kevinzs

    Sure hope De la cruz is Okay.
    Been rough year injury wise overall for reds big club, and milb.

  7. wolfcycle

    so this may sound crazy, but hear me out. If India keeps progressing at the end of the season now that he is healthy, would we give any thought to trading him in the off-season for a controllable outfielder ( say 3 years of control) that seems to be a weakness in our offense, and it seems we could get someone up sooner to produce at the second base spot. It’s not something I would want to do, but, might be a need based on what we have and what other teams would give us value for.

    • JaxDan

      Since India has 4 years of control left why not see if he can play LF? WHT would you trade for a player that you have less control. I am thinking why not sign India to an extension like Hayes got from Pittsburgh. He must like Cincinnati since he was showing up to Bengals games.

      • Take your time watch your step

        Generally the Reds have been snookered when acquiring prospects. Guys that are on the cusp of becoming MILB FA’s. This current crop has plenty of time on the clock. The worst thing they could do right now is trade any controllable minor leaguers.. The Reds are still a few years away from making a run at a title. Getting a wild card spot and quick elimination is not what we are looking for.Hiring a better manager is also a part of it.Mike Shildt is a person of interest.

    • BK

      Personally, I think it’s a little early in the “sorting” process for this type of move. Also, I think we have a number of players/prospects with positional versatility. Unlike this year, the Reds should enter 2023 in a good financial position. I’d suggest they look for a good fit among free agents. Someone like Andrew Benintendi could be an excellent vet to add in the offseason that would complement our current roster for the next several seasons.

      • DaveCT

        Unfortunately, Benintendi has now played in Boston and NY. Assuming he or any other FA not named Pham wants to compete, no one of note is coming to play for the Reds. For this ownership group? For a last place finish? There’s just no way. Maybe a rehab project. No one who is looking to win.

      • MBS

        @Dave, why would you believe that? Ignore the fact that he’s a local guy, and that could pull him to Cincinnati. Why don’t you think a player would sign here? Especially a guy like Benintendi, who could see a big bump in his limited power numbers.

        2 main things motivate FA signings.

        1st, $$$$.
        2nd, a chance to win a ring.

        Ideally for a FA he gets both, but most will not turn down the 1st to play for the 2nd. I think we’d have a good shot at him if we wanted him.

      • DaveCT

        As a Cincinnati native, Benintendi would know far better than most how disgraceful the ownership group is. Plus, Phil’s remarks were carried nationally.

        Also, we are just days removed from a total commitment to a rebuild. Few veteran players want any part of that. It requires a year if not more of losing 70-90 games. Finally, part of a commitment to a rebuild is saving money. We are currently cheapskates, with good reason. If we approach Benintendi, and IMO that’s a big if, we’ll low ball him with a home town discount. He’s coming off a successful half year in KC and, assuming he plays well in NY, his market will be out of reach for a 60-70 win team. It’s not personal, against the city. But after our recent failed foray into free agency while looking for a SS, Didi, et al turned us frown flat. We ended up with Freddy Galvis. And this year, Tommy Pham.and other retreads. It’s just highly unrealistic.

      • BK

        It’s really up to the Front Office to prove you wrong. That said, I don’t recall a reporter stating the Reds (or any other city) as a place they don’t want to go. A lot of our players always seem pretty happy and active in the community. Several at tears when they left. Proof is in the signings though.

      • MBS

        It sounds more like you think the Reds don’t want to sign players like him, than the other way around. That is probably an accurate assessment. I think the team will target guys like they did in this last offseason, Pham, Solano, and many minor league contracts. I hope they do more.

        I’d spend in FA contracts with the available funds (55m) we have, just no long term deals. It’s a lot easier for a 81 win team in 23 to become a 90 win team in 24, than a 60 win team in 23 to become a 90 win team in 24.

      • Billy

        MBS, I’d add playing time as another thing to motivate FA signings. I think that’s more important to most players than winning a ring. Not that they wouldn’t want to win a ring, but the ring isn’t a given even when signing with a good team. I’m not sure if the Reds could get a Benintendi, but they’ll have playing time to offer. And with a long enough contract, the team could be competitive at some point during that contract. Small field. Close to home. It’s possible.

  8. DaveCT

    No, I mean Cincinnati is not going to be a major free agent destination, at least during the next year or more, given the total rebuild. This is in addition to the ownership, in general being a poor ownership group as well as being so negatively perceived by fans. Part of this is also due to the lack of winning this year and likely next year or more. Most free agents want the paycheck, first. Most also want a positive environment, including a commitment to winning. We’ve just committed to losing for a year-plus. It isn’t because of the city or ballpark or clubhouse (check out the extreme negativity in the Boston clubhouse for a comp. They may lose Bogaerts bc of it). It’s due to poor ownership.