Cristian Santana had three hits for Louisville, including two home runs, Michael Siani had two more hits and stole his 47th base of the year for Chattanooga, and Tyler Callihan remained hot as he homered in Dayton’s win behind a strong start from Julian Aguiar and a strong performance from the Dragons bullpen.

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The Louisville Bats lost 7-6 in 11. Box Score

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 7-2. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 3-1. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas were postponed.

Doubleheader on Friday.

9/9 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 53-79 7:05pm McGuire Here Here Here
Chattanooga 56-71 8:05pm Salazar Here Here Here
Dayton 66-60 7:05pm Benschoter Here Here Here
Daytona 52-74 5:05pm Rudd/Pinazzi Here Here N/A
ACL Reds 32-19 Season Complete Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
24-26 Season Complete Here N/A N/A

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  1. Bdh

    When talking about the #5 starter for next season is it time we start including Cessa in the conversation with Dunn, Williamson, Stoudt, and Overton? I say yes

    He’s looked better every start since he was moved into the rotation and if he finishes the year strong then I don’t see how he isn’t kept a starter in the spring.

    The bullpen will be fine without him. The return of Antone, Sims, Santillan, and Hoffman to go with Diaz, Sanmartin, Farmer, Gibaut/Moreta could be good overall. Just make the other starting candidates beat Cessa out in spring. If they do he can move to the long man in the bullpen and bump one of the relievers with options to AAA.

    • Norwood Nate

      I had that same thought last night about Cessa. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to have Williamson and Stoudt continue to develop in AAA as depth, because the Reds will need it at some point. He’s looked good building up, maybe there’s something there.

      • DaveCT

        There’s no reason he can’t be in the mix, IMO. Let him start until the kids are ready mid season or even 24.

    • James K

      Yes, and a bit of recognition to Bell for recognizing Cessa’s potential as a starter.

      • MK

        Years ago when Clay Carroll would get in a funk, Sparky would start him with the thought that it was less stressful and he could work on all his pitches. it seemed to straighten Clay out. Maybe this is what is going with Cessa.

    • RedsGettingBetter

      I like this idea but the only concerning is Antone, Sims, Santillan and Hoffman are injured so there is a question mark about what shape they will be in to the next spring training… What is true is that Cessa has looked pretty good as starter and has built up step by step to reach pitching in the sixth right now…I hope Overton could take again the level he showed during his starts in the first half of the season so it would be suddenly interesting to select the pitchers for the rotation if injuries won’t arise being Lodolo, Greene and Ashcraft as the locked so considering Cessa, Overton, Dunn and maybe Gutierrez, Williamson for the #4 and #5 spots…Funny fight..

      • MBS

        I agree with that concern, the Bullpen is the #1 priority for FA spending in my eyes. Too many question marks, and not enough experience. 25M would get us a legit Closer and Setup man.

    • MK

      I really don’t think you should underestimate Dunn. I believe he is locked into the Top 4 now and might assume any of those Top 4 positions. With what should be a normal off-season of preparation, rather than recuperation he will be greatly improved in 2023.

    • Matt

      From what Cessa has shown so far, a 2023 rotation of Lodolo, Greene, Ashcraft, Dunn, Cessa wouldn’t be bad, by any means.
      Assuming Antone returns to form (not super confident, but hopeful he does), the bullpen with A healthy Antone, Sims, and Santillan, added to Diaz is a solid 4 arms. Gibaut has shown promise, Sanmartin isn’t the best lefty option ever, but isn’t terrible. Go out and spend on two good arms to make 8 and the pitching staff isn’t all that bad, I don’t think.

    • DaveCT

      I’m not confident Overton comes back very well. Those back injuries are just so touch. Hope I’m wrong.

    • Because

      That bullpen is not fine in any way, shape, or form. They need 2-3 more solid arms to make it a good bullpen.

  2. Doc4uk

    Why isn’t Santana in the discussion for 2023. He is just 25 and has hit around .300 now in AAA for the past two years. Has some pop evidenced by 2 HR’s last night. Somehow it seems he is the forgotten man and plays the same positions as Steer and has a stronger AAA record. It just seems you never hear his name mentioned as it relates to the future.

    • Tom

      I think for me it’s because he’s new and also just hasn’t had a lot of smoke surrounding him. All consistent average production, which in itself is an undervalued trait. If he’s a guy hits for .750 OPS at *any* level, then he has to be taken more seriously. Right now I like Lopez to replace Solano or Reynolds but maybe Santana can stake the claim.

    • MBS

      I like Santana, but I don’t think he has enough power to get people excited. He also will have a hard time getting playing time across our crowded Infield.

      I really like Gilliam, and he’s sporting a .856 OPS on the year. I don’t know anything about his defense, but they start him in RF, so there’s a decent chance he has a good arm.

      I’d be happy to see either Gilliam or Hopkins as the Reds 4th OF. I’m not sold on Fairchild, and Almora won’t be around for long.

      • BK

        Gilliam is performing well, but it took him 3 years to progress through AA–to me, that’s a warning flag. Hopkins is at AAA in his fourth season–he was strong at AA in his first season there, too. I’m more optimistic for him.

      • DaveCT

        In fairness to Gilliam, two of those AA seasons were sandwiched around the 2020 year. And he was moved up mid-season this year. My concerns are the K’s are still a bit high (whose aren’t) but he’s had a pretty solid walk rate to offset it. I’d say he’s earned an invitation to camp next year. He’s 6’3″, 220 and a switch hitter. At 26, he’s one of the guys effected by 2020, meaning if he were a year younger, we might have fewer reservations.

    • BK

      For context, Santana is league average as a hitter, 100 wRC+ as of this morning in what is his second full season at AAA. Last year Santana had a 90 wRC+. Steer had a 120 wRC+ in about 70 AAA games (that’s about 1/2 season). So, Steer is 20 percent better than league average at AAA and adjusted to the level of competition faster.

      • DaveCT

        He’s likely AAAA for your reasons above. But he’s just 25, so he may also have earned an invitation to camp next year.