The Cincinnati Reds scored 14 runs on Wednesday afternoon in Goodyear and only came away with a tie against the Oakland Athletics. There was plenty of bad pitching, but there was some good hitting, too. And some of that good hitting came from Reds #7 prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand.
Acquired from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline last summer in the deal that sent Tyler Mahler to the American League Central, Encarnacion-Strand was known for his big time power. The 23-year-old is coming off of a minor league season in 2022 where he hit 32 home runs between his three stops in the minor leagues between High-A Cedar Rapids, Double-A Wichita, and Double-A Chattanooga.
In the 8th inning the corner infielder, who was playing first base on the day, came up with the bases loaded and Cincinnati trailing 10-4. Not long after that it was 10-8 because Encarnacion-Strand crushed a grand slam to bring the Reds into striking distance.
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Hitting a grand slam is going to be the highlight of almost any inning, but the Reds and Encarnacion-Strand weren’t done. He’s come back to the plate later in the inning as Cincinnati batted around and then some. This time he settled for an RBI single, giving him five runs batted in for the frame. That run extended the lead for the home team to four runs, putting them up 14-10 and capping off a 10-run inning.
Jay Allen II gets in on the action
As you’d imagine in a game that saw 28 runs scored over a 9-inning game, there were plenty of offensive displays. Jay Allen II got the opportunity to come over to Goodyear Ballpark on Wednesday from minor league camp and he took full advantage. The 20-year-old picked up two hits off of the bench, including a double.
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Allan Cerda has a big game
Unfortunately there was no video broadcast of the game on Wednesday, and it seems that the social media crew didn’t have their camera rolling for Allan Cerda’s home run in the 7th. The outfielder homered, walked twice, and he scored two runs.