Michael Siani picked up his first home run with Louisville since being promoted. In Chattanooga the Lookouts got homers from Christian Encarnacion-Strand and James Free while Andrew Abbott struck out eight batters in a victory.

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The Louisville Bats lost 4-3. Box Score

Game Notes

The Bats grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the 7th, but St. Paul tied things up in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the 9th proved fatal as a pick off throw bounced off of the baserunner at first and saw him then advanced to third on the play. The batter during that play grinded out a 9-pitch at-bat that ended in a sacrifice fly deep into right field for the walk-off win for the Saints.

Michael Siani picked up his first home run at the Triple-A level, giving him 13 on the season. When he began the year he only had 14 home runs in his 3-year minor league career.

Michael De Leon had another big game and is now hitting .357/.438/.548 in September.

The Chattanooga Lookouts won 6-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit his 7th home run since joining Chattanooga, giving him 32 homers on the season. He entered the day tied for 5th in minor league baseball in home runs. He also picked up his 113th RBI of the season, which was 2nd most in the minors (he was trailing by two).

From June 11th through the 14th, James Free homered in three straight games. A little more than a week later he hit two homers in a game. That was on June 24th. He hadn’t homered since until Saturday night, but the only question about that home run was whether it would stay fair. It did.

Allan Cerda has walked 28 times in 36 games since the start of August.

After a tough close to August, Andrew Abbott has been on a roll in September. He’s now made three starts in the month and hasn’t allowed a run in 16.0 innings while giving up just seven hits, walking just three, and he’s struck out 21 in that span. His ERA with the Lookouts has dropped over a run in that span, going from 5.76 to 4.75. Between his two stops it’s now at 3.81 on the season and he has 159 strikeouts in 118.0 innings.

9/18 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 56-84 1:07pm Overton Here Here Here
Chattanooga 61-74 2:15pm Benschoter Here Here Here
Dayton 67-61 Season Complete Here Here Here
Daytona 54-75 Season Complete 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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13 Responses

  1. Doug Gray

    Patreon freebies the rest of the season. Chattanooga’s season ends on Sunday. Louisville will have another week-and-a-half.

    • Bdh

      You think there will be any call ups for the final 9 games in AAA? Any of CES, De La Cruz, McLain, or Cerda since he’s already on 40 man?

      • RedBB

        Maybe McClain just to allow him to work on some things he has struggled with. I would let CES and EDLC end on a high note IMO.

      • Mac624

        They will move some up for sure. They have moved some up every time seasons have completed so far. I suspect 3 to 5 guys will move up for the final weekish.

      • Doug Gray

        I would like to see Elly move up for the very selfish reason of I want to see him go 30 homers, 50 steals. He needs 2 and 3 to get there. 9 more games could do the trick.

      • RedBB

        Elly did not start today in the last game of the season for Chattanooga which seems odd unless you are planning to move him to AAA.

  2. RedBB

    Really good to see Abbott have 3 excellent starts in a row. He is the guy that I think could be the best starter we have in the Minors right now. We’re gonna need another guy to step into the rotation bye 2024.

    • MBS

      It’s really encouraging to see how Abbott adjusted to the new level. Phillips didn’t take too long to also turn it around in AA. Roa just came in and acted like a bully.

      Hopefully in 23 Boyle can make the adjustments, and Bonnin returns healthy. 23 should be very telling on these young pitchers.

  3. Doc4uk

    Is Abbott a candidate to break into the 2023 rotation. Two lefties might be a real positive? Is Abbott, Roa, or Phillips more Major League Ready in 2023. Otherwise we are likely set with Ashcraft, Greene, Lodolo, and Overton?

    • Doug Gray

      Maybe later in the year, but he shouldn’t be in consideration at the start of the season. He needs to return to Double-A next April.

      I will also be surprised if Overton is a Red next year. He’s far more likely to get non-tendered than to remain on the 40-man roster.

      • Redsvol

        Overton Released? why? He will be cheap and was very good when healthy. Aren’t there plenty other non-performers who could be teased before him?

      • Doug Gray

        He’s a 29-year-old with 40 career big league innings who had 7 walks and 10 strikeouts in 24 innings for the big league club. The Reds need to clear like 10 spots for Rule 5 protections and then with the guys coming off of the 60-day IL need to clear another like 8. There’s a ton of guys that need to be non-tendered and or DFA’d.

        Overton is the type of guy you give $50-75,000 to on a minor league deal and an invite to spring training.

  4. Randy in Chatt

    I think everyone is going to love CES. He is just a hitter. His home run last night was a line shot going the other way to right field. He just looks like a ball player and a hitter.

    Abbott was throwing hard topping out at around 91-ish but he was effective.