Michael Siani homered again for Louisville and he was joined in an offensive onslaught by teammates Isiah Gilliam, Stephen Piscotty, and Michael Papierski in a blowout win.

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The Louisville Bats won 10-5. Box Score

Game Notes

The Bats scored five runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back as they beat up on Nashville pitching.

Micahel Siani’s home run gave him 14 on the season. That’s how many he had hit in the first three seasons of his professional career (264 games). He had never hit more than six in a season before this year. He’s also set career highs in doubles with 19 (previous high was 13) and triples with 7 (previous high was 6). His 52 steals are also a career best.

Michael Papierski has only played in 13 games with the Louisville Bats, but he’s made them count as he’s now hitting .282/.391/.487 with four extra-base hits and six walks.

Ricky Karcher’s 1.2 shutout innings lowered his ERA since August 7th to 2.04. In that stretch he’s walked 9 batters and struck out 23 in 17.2 innings. It’s lowered his ERA to 3.72 with the Bats.

Since returning from the injured list Levi Stoudt has allowed four hits in 7.2 innings over three outings while picking up eight strikeouts.

Organizational Notes

Noelvi Marte went 2-5 with a 3-run home run for Team Spain in the World Baseball Classic qualifier.

Donovan Benoit threw 2.0 perfect innings with 4 strikeouts for Team Great Britain in the same game. One of those strikeouts was of Noelvi Marte.

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Chattanooga 61-75 Season Complete 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
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32 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    If one of the more beneficial experiences in the minor leagues is learning to face and handle adversity, Mike Siani has a very definite passing grade this year. I’ve already to eaten plenty of crow. Next I will become Mike Fink and eat my hat.

  2. Redsvol

    Nice night by mike Siani and good to see stoudt back on the mound and pitching well. Doug brought him up recently but Karcher has turned his season around and become a reliable bullpen piece. We could use some of those.

    • Doc

      Nine walks in 17.1 innings in the turnaround stretch. Doesn’t sound that good to me. Joe Boyle is criticized regularly for his walk rate. Walking 4.5-5 batters every nine innings is not usually a revipe for success.

      • EyeballsInNooga

        Karcher’s entrance music is “Wild Thing” for a reason.

        The walks aren’t quite as limiting for a single-inning reliever as for a starter, but they’re still not good. They basically require him to start with clean innings. I’m with you on the concern. Karcher’s got good stuff, but he’s not likely to generate as much swing and miss in the majors as he does in AA/AAA, and the walk rate will be even higher as guys foul off the slider more often.

  3. RedBB

    Great to see Siani come around at AAA after a rough start. Hope to see him as a Red in the next year or so.

  4. RedBB

    Good to see Stoudt pitch well. While his ERA is still almost 5 his peripheral numbers are quite good. 100SO to 29BB is quite good.

  5. MBS

    Siani, and Gilliam both had nice games, and nice seasons. Add Hopkins to that nice seasons list. It’s nice to know we have some OF depth now, but we really need a stud or two on the MLB level.

    I want to fix it with EDLC, and I know others don’t, so if that’s not the route, we need to invest in a big FA OF. Benintendi has been predicted as getting a (5Y 100M) contract. It’s a bit rich, and long for my taste, but it might be the bet option on the market. He would be a great leadoff guy, and I bet his power would tick up a bit at GABP. He also has GG level defense in LF.

    • Doc

      The “power will tick up at GABP” siren song is playing again. How well did that work out for Puig? Moustakis? Any number of others.

      Regarding Benintendi, I’m not on board. The reported plan is to build from within and continually replenish the lower levels. Benintendi as FA does neither. Spend that money to lock in core pieces.

      • Bdh

        How would adding one 4-5 year contract this offseason prevent the reds from extending any of their players who won’t be free agents for another 4-5 years anyway? Quick answer is “it wouldn’t”

        Adding another high caliber player to while these big prospects come up just helps open the Reds window sooner.

      • MBS

        Building from within and excluding adding FA’s would result in mediocrity.

        Statcasts Park Factor GABP #1 @150, KC #28 @ 79

        “Statcast park effects show the observed effect of each displayed stat based on the events in the selected park. Each number is set so that “100” is average for that metric, and the park-specific number is generated by looking at each batter and pitcher, controlled by handedness, and comparing the frequency of that metric in the selected park compared to the performance of those players in other parks.
        For example, the 135 HR mark for 2018-2020 at Great American Ball Park does not mean the Reds hit 35% more home runs at their home park. It means for batters and pitchers who played both at GABP and elsewhere, 35% more home runs were observed at GABP. “

  6. MK

    So any guesses who gets the call up for Senzel and his broken toe? Seems an easy call for 60-day IL for him with just a couple weeks to go.

    • Doug Gray

      If I had to put money on it, and I’m glad that I don’t, I’d guess they add Piscotty and then DFA/non-tender him after the season ends.

      • Optimist

        For sure, but it would be nice to see an MiLBer get a cup of coffee and line on BRef.

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Our thinking is to call up either Hopkins or Gilliam but maybe the Reds thinking is going to give Piscotty a chance or let Dawson plays another stint with the major team as he is hot right now….

  7. Matt

    Stoudt, Cessa, Overton, Dunn, Williamson, maybe Anderson,, and probably a minor league FA signing or two fighting for two rotation spots in the Spring.

    • Bdh

      Need a vet with all the young arms. I hope they go after Cueto even if it’s just about marketing he and Votto’s ride off into the sunset

  8. Optimist

    At this point, I suspect Stoudt is first in line for the 5th spot depending on early 2023 performance. His MiLB record shows he’s building toward it, and aside from this recent hiccup, has the durability. Dunn is already proven, and is in the rotation as long as his health keeps him there. Since both of those are contingent, they still need 4th and 5th starters, but pencil them in for now.

    Cessa needs to stay in the pen, and like SanMartin, needs to be used properly. He’s too valuable there given how awful the pen is.

    Williamson not quite yet, and Overton seems a classic AAAA level arm – 7th/8th/9th starter as needed.

    • Mike

      Why does Cessa need to stay in the pen? If he gives us the quality-type of starts he has, he’s far more valuable as such. We’ve got Antone, Sims and Santillan coming back next year

  9. MK

    Yeah but Optimist Cessa is seeming to have so much more success as a starter than reliever. I would love to see the Cessa the darter results in Cessa the reliever but it hasn’t been there so far. Conversely SanMartin the reliever is so much better than SanMartin the starter.

    • Optimist

      Very small sample size for Cessa the starter. Impressive sample size as a reliever. So, long relief/spot starter?

  10. MK

    Do Reds try to resign Stephen Piscotty to a minor league deal over off season and invite him to camp? He could be a descent pinch hitting option.

    • EyeballsInNooga

      For minor league depth, sure. But he hasn’t been a decent major leaguer since late last decade. If he ends up with more than a token number of at-bats in the majors, something’s gone very wrong.

  11. Doc

    Stoudt throws 4 innings, no runs allowed.
    Spiers throws three innings, gives up more hits, more walks, and four earned runs, yet he gets the win due to an archaic rule requiring starters to pitch at least five innings in an era where a long outing is six innings.

    Makes no logical sense.

    • Amarillo

      I wish that pitcher record would stop being considered a stat. It’s been meaningless since pitchers stopped regularly throwing complete games. Nowadays when you have 4 pitchers or more per game, arbitrarily giving one of them a win or a loss doesn’t say anything about how the game went, or about how any of them performed.

  12. Tom

    For a long time after the 2010-2015 run I considered it better to hold onto nearly every prospect rather than overpay on a trade for a player. I still hold onto that in general, and we’re approaching a critical mass of prospects again in 2023-2026 (although not currently in contention at all). All things considered, it might be time to make a few moves this offseason to sure up the bullpen and OF. Not many in the top 25 or even top 10 are untouchable.

    • BK

      I would prefer to see the Reds address those areas via FA signings in 2023. Ideally, signings who can be flipped at the trade deadline as our prospects are ready to perform at the top level.

      None of the Red’s prospects are currently “blocked.” Our “close to the Majors” prospects are just completing AA seasons or getting their first taste of AAA. In other words, no one is languishing in our system, waiting for an opportunity. A playoff-caliber team will require more than nine position players, five starting pitchers, and a bullpen. It will require starting caliber depth on the Red’s bench and at the ready on the farm to overcome injuries and unexpected performance issues. The Reds are likely two years away from being in that position. Once they are there, then trade from depth to fill holes. Until then, the plan must be to add prospects and develop them.

      • Tom

        I’ll have to agree that no one‘s destiny is predetermined and that development can score some major wins going forward. I’m sitting here hoping that the Reds can start to pick winners and losers a little earlier and trade them at their peak. Even before contention is well within sight.