Lorenzo Cedrola had four hits and Justin Nicolino struck out eight batters in a Louisville win, Chattanooga got home runs from Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand in an extra-innings win, Jose Torres and Austin Hendrick homered again in Dayton, and Edwin Arroyo got on base twice and stole his 25th base of the year in Daytona’s loss.

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The Louisville Bats won 8-3. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 14-9 in 10. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons lost 9-2. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas lost 3-1. Box Score

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.

8/7 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 43-61 1:35pm Zeuch Here Here Here
Chattanooga 45-56 5:00pm TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 50-49 1:05pm Hajjar Here Here Here
Daytona 39-59 12:10pm Aguiar 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

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42 Responses

  1. SteveO

    Man, the Lookouts can score in bunches! Time to move up Marte and Rey to join this hitting machine lineup. Rivas down to Dayton. Whoever you start and whoever comes off the bench will be solid. No holes for position players if you add Marte and Rey. Marte especially needs to be around these players in Chattanooga. Too many SSs? Not a chance. Moreno will find a way to play all these guys. Let the top prospects gel together the last month and a half of the season. They’ll definitely benefit from playing with each other. Hajjar finally making his debut in the organization. Looks like Dunn will get called up to make that start on Monday. Thought it would be Zeuch. Maybe he’s next in line.

    • Doc

      I’d like to see Marte actually perform where he is and earn the promotion. .227 doesn’t look too good to me. I know…small sample size…yadda, yadda, yadda. Then give him a bigger sample size where he is. The highest BA of the Dayton position players last night at the end of the game was .228. Pitiful offensive lineup based on performance, not potential.

      • SteveO

        Earlier this season, Hendrick was moved up to Daytonwith a slash line of .205/.297./.402/.699. In Dayton, he’s hitting .215/.291/.431/.722. Therefore, .227 shouldn’t be considered. My point exactly about the hitting in Dayton. The very reason why I would like to see him in Chattanooga. Put him around players playing winning baseball. His new peers in Chattanooga have much better talent and that should up his game. He’s considered the #1 prospect in our system by some publications and by him joining other top 5 prospects, it will make him more competitive and want to show how he stacks up against them. I believe iron sharpens iron. Plus, he’s already had 364 ABs at the high A level with a combined slash line of .272/.356/.464/.820 this year. You are only basing it on his ABs at Dayton and not his total production this year.

      • Mike

        Also, Siani was terrible at Dayton last year, and he’s holding up alright in Chattanooga

    • MK

      “Hajjar finally”? What has it been a week? Any idea when he pitched last? Any idea what it does to the other Dayton guys who are in rotation? You sound like it is some egregious error.

      • SteveO

        Yup! 7 days since he last pitched. . Pitched last on the 30th. Maybe that’s why he pitched so badly. Too much time since he last pitched. Hope you went to the game and watched his subpar performance. The other pitchers all expect a traded player that joins the team to make an appearance at some point. . Blame the manager for starting him if you think it affects the other starters so badly. The manager should’ve pitched him in relief then. I never once stated that he should start. Just said that he’s finally going to pitch. So, blame the manager for starting him. I didn’t care if he started or came on in relief, just that he was making an appearance. Read carefully before making stupid comments.

      • MK

        Was sitting behind home plate today, Hajjar couldn’t find the plate with a map and flashlight today. Pretty disappointing. 6 or 7 days between starts is pretty standard in Dayton. Acuna was pretty sharp in Daytona again today.

      • SteveO

        Haha, glad you went to see him suck. Again, read carefully before making stupid comments!

      • SteveO

        I didn’t, but you sure did, so read carefully before posting stupid comments

      • Chip Suttle

        Please find a different line to express your disapproval than using the Lord’s name in vain..

  2. Bdh

    Besides what I’d consider a very solid farm system to start the year and the insane amount of talent added from the draft and trades there’s also been a handful of breakouts that have been great to see so far

    1 – Alex McGarry
    2 – Nick Quintana
    3 – TJ Hopkins
    4 – Javi Rivera
    5 – Austin Callahan

    Also attaching a small rant to this. I understand Steer could be unlikely to get called up with Farmer, Moose, and Solano already splitting 3B reps but I don’t see any reason why TJ Friedl isn’t getting everyday reps with the big club. Neither Almora or Reynolds should be on the team next season so send one of them down or DFA them so that Friedl can get as many MLB at bats as possible. If Bell wants to set up a LF platoon with Friedl and one of the 2 mentioned above like he has with Fraley/Aquino then fine but it doesn’t make sense to leave Friedl down in AAA. He’s killing down there right now. He’s hit .333 with a .914 ops since the start of July. There’s nothing else for him to prove at that level.

    • Bdh

      Just realized that wasn’t counting Friedl’s stats from tonight. He’s actually hitting .341 since the start of July with an OPS of .935! Time to get him back up!

    • Norwood Nate

      I agree about Friedl, he should be up. Especially over Reynolds. Play him, he’s been playing really well in AAA. No better time than right now to see what he can do at the ML level.
      And while we’re at it, let’s go ahead and do the same with Strickland and let him go. Have Hendrix take over some of those innings. Build for tomorrow, not for yesterday.

      • Doc

        It would be interesting to see how many 9th inning appearances Strickland has made, and in how many of those appearances he has given up one or more runs. Obviously we remember the bad more easily with this BP because there is so much more bad than good, but seems to me Strickland gets scored upon at least half the time he appears in the ninth. I believe he should be sent to the showers long before the ninth, preferably without having pitched.

      • Norwood Nate

        Doc – According to baseball-reference looking at his splits:
        He’s made 23 appearances this season in the 9th inning accounting for 20.2 IP giving up 15 ER equating to a 6.53 ERA in the 9th inning. He’s actually been worse in the 8th inning, making 10 appearances for 8 IP giving up 10 ER for an 11.25 ERA. In innings 7-9 he has posted a 6.75 ERA over 34.2 IP.
        During “high leverage” pitching situations he’s had 67 PA against, giving up 16 hits, 6 walks, and 14 ER while batters are putting up .884 OPS during those innings.

        No way around it. He’s not been good or deserving of the late inning chances he’s been receiving.

      • Amarillo

        @Doc Baseball Reference has those stats. Strickland has 23 appearances in the 9th, and has given up a run 9 times (one time unearned). That includes the last 3 times in a row.

      • DaveCT

        Reynolds is expendable as Farmer is now the backup at SS, and if Farmer can be given a demotion (of sorts), so can Reynolds. That said, Reynolds has produced and played well, and I’d be glad to have him as veteran utility guy in 23.

      • MK

        Diaz should be the closer over Hendrix. Johnson is supposed to be such a great pitching guru and performance has not been there during his tenure.

    • Matt

      Hopkins had a 1.057 OPS in April. He slumped HARD for 2 weeks to open May. Since May 17th, he’s got a 355 OBP, 471 slug, and a 825 OPS. He’s one I’m definitely interested to see if he’s rule 5 protected in the fall.

    • SteveO

      I agree it’s better to take a look at the younger players in this lost season and feel that both could be DFAd in favor of Friedl and Fairchild. Senzel in CF and run platoons in RF and LF with the other 4. All 4 have experience playing CF and could play there when Senzel needs a day off. Everything done from now till the end of the ‘23 season should be for the sake of putting out a competitive team in ‘24.

    • BK

      The bulk of the outfield playing time seems to be going to Fraley, Senzel and Aquino. All have higher ceilings than Friedl. So, if he’s promoted, he’s mostly coming off the bench. Fangraphs has Friedl and Fairchild as #40 and #41 on their prospect list–the lowest of the Red’s 40 FV prospects. Neither are rated by BA or MLB.com. I really don’t see much value in weakening the Red’s bench for either player–Almora and Reynolds have outperformed them both and seem comfortable with their roles. I’d play Friedl and Fairchild daily at AAA for the time being.

  3. GREGORY BOTT

    Looks like Phillips is overmatched at AA. The jump from pitching rich Dayton is steep at 21.

    • Norwood Nate

      Phillips, Petty (at least in his first game), and Abbott have all struggled after having good starts to the season then receiving a promotion. Sometimes it can just take a while to adjust. Sometimes something is exposed at the higher level. Hopefully just a small bump in all their development.

    • SteveO

      I’m thinking that all the better prospects should play at 2 levels in a year. If they struggle at the higher level in the second half of the year, they start there again the next year and hopefully improve to continue moving up the ladder. It’s when they don’t show improvement at a level in multiple years, they may have met their match and have topped out. Trying to succeed in the transition from AA to AAA and AAA to the majors have ended many careers. I think both Phillips and Petty are a few years below the avg. age at that level, so experience and continued development will benefit them in their climb to one day be on the Reds.

  4. SultanofSwaff

    EDLC needs some time in centerfield if only to make him more versatile. The Reds can’t put all their eggs in one basket (shortstop).

    • Doc

      The next Mickey Mantle, as I’ve commented several times previously.

      • MK

        Mickey was a minor league shortstop but not a very good one. Elly is pretty good.

    • SteveO

      If Barrero and Steer stick at SS and 3B, the future OF may have McLain in LF, EDLC in CF and Marte in RF. But you’re right, the more versatile they are, the better. With the speed, range and strong arm that EDLC has, I could see him sticking in CF for years. Potential for many All-Stars and Golden Gloves.

      • DaveCT

        I think McLain is going to have to show more to be a starter, at least on a playoff team. His scouting has not emphasized athleticism much, though he has played all over. And given the major athletes now pushing up behind him, he’s going to have a lot of competition to start. Which is a good problem.

      • SteveO

        Yup, I agree. But as a 1st round draft pick, I think he gets a very long leash to try and prove himself to Reds brass

    • JaxDan

      It would not hurt to see EDC, McClain and Marte rotate between 3B, SS and an Outfield position with Chattanooga. In 2 years all 3 should be with the Reds.

    • edlcstan

      Playing some third base, not CF but still playing different spot.
      Seem realize have to move few around.

    • BK

      I anticipate we’ll see some of our prospects learning some new positions in the offseason. It must happen at some point.

  5. SteveO

    I have a feeling 2022 draftees will be joining teams starting this week. Position players can usually ramp up quicker than pitchers, so I expect them to be the first ones assigned. Will be exciting to see where the draftees will be placed and what kind of transactions made. There will be many mystery “injuries” and players placed on the IL is what I think will happen. Because of the cap of 180 in an organization, they have to do something when you add 30 players (20 in the draft and 10 through trades).

    • Krozley

      With all the players they have on the 60 day IL in the minors, they should have room to add all the draftees without having to drop anyone, especially because some of the drafted pitchers probably won’t ever get to the mound. In fact, Ben Brutti is on the ACL roster, but on the 60 day list.

    • Hanawi

      They need to send some hitters to Daytona (either draftees or from Arizona).

      • SteveO

        Just my observation, but it seems that the decision makers focus too much on the age of the player vs. their performance on the field. There have been many examples of older players promoted before their younger, more talented peers.

  6. edlcstan

    EDLC and CES are a fun Pairing.
    Exciting time to be a reds fan.

  7. DaveCt

    Wow, Jose Acuna says, “I’ve arrived.” Four perfect innings in the 2nd half of the Daytona tandem. Thank you Tyler Naquin

    • SteveO

      That’s coming off 5 innings of giving up 4 hits and an unearned run with 6Ks. So, it’s 9 innings allowing 4 hits, an unearned run and 10 Ks. Definitely, thank you Mets!