The Chattanooga Lookouts had 1 hit in 14 innings and somehow split a doubleheader, Nick Senzel had a strong day on rehab with Louisville, Dayton picked up their first win of the season with a late-game rally boosted by a 3-run homer from Blake Dunn, and Leo Balcazar had another big day for Daytona in the Tortugas win.

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The Louisville Bats lost 5-4. Box Score

Game Notes

Louisville grabbed an early 1-0 lead on Alex McGarry’s 1st home run of the season – a 377-foot homer into right field. It would last until the 4th inning when Indianapolis put up four runs – two of which were unearned. In the bottom of the 5th inning Louisville loaded up the bases and on the 1st pitch to Joey Votto he laced a 2-run double into right field at 107 MPH to make it 4-3. Indianapolis padded their lead in the 7th with a single run, and the Bats got that run back in the bottom of the inning but that’s where the scoring ended for the day as Louisville dropped their 4th straight game to fall to 2-6.

Joey Votto’s now hitting .167/.259/.333 with a double, home run, 3 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 27 plate appearances while on his rehab assignment.

Nick Senzel is hitting .357/.500/.500 with two doubles, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and a steal in his 18 plate appearances on his rehab assignment.

Ryan Nutof has allowed just one baserunner through his first four outings of the year.

Top Pitch Velocity: Daniel Duarte – 95.6 MPH (ball)

Top Exit Velocity: Nick Senzel – 109.0 MPH (single)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Alex McGarry – 377 feet (home run)

The Chattanooga Lookouts split a doubleheader

Game 1: 7-5 win. Box Score

Game Notes

*****  The Lookouts were no-hit *****

Yes, you are reading that correctly. The Chattanooga Lookouts were no-hit in the first game of their doubleheader and WON 7-5. After starting pitcher Coleman Crow threw 6.0 hitless innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts, Rocket City’s bullpen put together one of the more epic collapses you’ll see and that’s even true if you’re a Reds fan and have had to watch that disaster of late.

So what happened? Ben Joyce entered to start the 7th and held a 3-0 lead. He then proceeded to walk two batters before getting a pop up. Then another walk followed to load the bases. A strikeout followed, leaving the Trash Pandas an out away from a 3-0 no-hit win. Another walk came and the shutout was gone. Then Jose Torres hit a fly ball just short of the warning track and center fielder Jeremiah Jackson flat out dropped the ball, clearing the bases and giving the Lookouts a 4-3 lead.

That led to a pitching change. Eric Torres came into the game and proceeded to hit the next three batters, then walk Allan Cerda. He then threw a wild pitch to make it 7-3. Then Nick Quintana was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, but a strikeout followed to end the top of the inning. Seven runs, no hits, five walks, four hit batters, and a 3-run error. The game wasn’t over there as Stevie Branche struggled and Rocket City scored two runs off of him and had the tying run on base when he was removed with one out and replaced by Pedro Garcia who came in and struck out the two hitters he faced to lock up the save.

Baseball Reference has a list of nearly 4600 minor league no-hitters in their database dating back to 1900. A few of them don’t have scores listed, but most of them do. Among the 4600 only one game were won by a team that was no-hit and scored 7 runs. This game now makes two.

  1. 4/8/2023: Chattanooga 7 – Rocket City 5
  2. 8/31/1948: Lockport 7 – Wellsville 3

The game in 1948 that also finished 7-3 for the win by a team that had no hits was also a victory by a Cincinnati Reds affiliated club, the Lockport Reds. That team did not feature a single future big leaguer. The 2023 Lookouts don’t have to worry about that as Mac Sceroler – who pitched in the no-hitter on Saturday – has spent time in the big leagues. Chances are very low that he’ll be the only big leaguer from this team.

Game 2: 3-0 loss. Box Score

Game Notes

Rece Hinds led off the 2nd inning with a double. It was the only hit in the 14 innings on the day for the Lookouts.

Sam Benschoter continues to rack up the strikeouts. In his 92.0 innings since being drafted he’s struck out 146 batters.

The Dayton Dragons won 7-2. Box Score

Game Notes

Dayton was trailing 2-0 from the 4th inning on until the top of the 7th when the put a run on the board. In the top of the 8th they grabbed the lead on a 3-run homer from Blake Dunn that made it 4-2. They would then pad their lead on a bases loaded walk to Austin Callahan and an RBI single by Mat Nelson. That was all they needed on a day when Julian Aguiar and Jose Acuna’s pitching dominated the Lake County lineup, combining for just 4 hits allowed, 2 walks, and 12 strikeouts.

Not all went the way that the Dragons hoped on the day. In the first inning Jay Allen II dove head first to the first base bag to try and beat a throw for an infield hit. He didn’t. And on top of that he injured himself in the process. He appeared to be favoring his wrist or hand as he eventually came off of the field and when the bottom of the 1st inning began he was replaced in the lineup by Justice Thompson in center. Later in the game it was Edwin Arroyo who left the game early. After reaching first base he seemed to have felt something in his leg. The trainer paid him a visit and after a jog in foul territory to see how he felt, he left the game.

The Daytona Tortugas won 10-3. Box Score

Game Notes

Daytona walked 12 times on Saturday. They walked 11 times on Friday. Two games 23 walks, 19 strikeouts.

Chris McElvain made his professional debut in this game and didn’t give up a hit in his 4.0 shutout innings. Not a bad debut for the 2022 8th round pick out of Vanderbilt. Jacob Heatherly came out of the bullpen in the 8th inning. It was the lefties 1st game since September of 2021. It was his first game outside of rookie ball since April of 2019. Heatherly threw 11 pitches – all fastballs between 94.5 and 96.8 MPH. He walked a batter and struck out a batter in his 0.1 innings he was asked to pitch.

Leo Balcazar had another big day. He’s now 4-8 with four walks, one strikeout, and two extra-base hits. That’s a .500/.667/1.000 line so far.

Carlos Jorge, who left the game with an injury on Friday night, did not play on Saturday. Cam Collier was also out of the lineup.

Top Pitch Velocity: Zach Maxwell – 99.5 MPH (called strike)

Top Exit Velocity: Ariel Almonte – 107.5 MPH (double)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Ariel Almonte – 381 feet (double)

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17 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Zach Maxwell, 8 pitches, 8 strikes. This from a guy who walked about one batter per inning in college.

    • DaveCT

      I only saw Benschoter’s last inning. He looked pretty strong. While the double was smoked, the 3rd run he let in came on a dribbler.

      I liked what I saw of Salazar as a reliever. A successful half year in Chattanooga, then AAA, maybe he gets a look at the end of the year. Fastball looked better than I remember it.

    • Redsvol

      8 pitches, 8 strikes. Call him up to the bullpen right now. Send a message to the whole organization.

    • Ryan

      Pretty wild Jose Serrano skipped low A as a 19 year old. Impressive pitching pretty much all around so far.

    • MBS

      My hope on the catching front is we extend Stephenson, and have Tanner as the backup C. A big arm is going to be more valuable now with the pitchers having less ability to keep runners on, and the base paths shrinking.

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    Keep an eye on Blake Dunn, this year could be very successful for him.
    Daytona scored 10 runs yesterday even Jorge and Collier didn’t play. This team is fun to root at this beginning of the season.

    • DaveCT

      I think Dunn could be a sneaky good type of guy, given reports of him being really athletic. But he’s also only had 138 at bats going into his third pro season, so I’m guessing the club will let him take a slower, methodical path in the near future at least, He looked raw in the few times he was in televised spring training games.

    • DaveCT

      Doug mentioned the other day that Jorge was taken out of the game mid-inning on defense with some possible concern about a leg problem. Haven’t seen any updates.

      • Hunt4RedsOct

        Looks like he’s in the lineup today so he’s apparently okay. So much talent there they have to rotate who gets the day off.

    • DaveCT

      He got hit in the hand today and had to leave the game again.

  3. MBS

    They put Cade Hunter into LF today. Last season I was saying they needed to convert him off of C. It will be interesting to see how they develop him, his bat is solid, I could see him an OF, and emergency C.

  4. Wasted in Seattle

    I saw where Collier was removed from the game in the bottom of the 3rd yesterday or the day before, and he wasn’t in the lineup today. Is he injured?

    • DaveCT

      He was DH in the opener, didn’t play the 2nd game, started at 3B, came up twice, then was replaced by Treana. Seems like he might be nursing an injury if they’re limited his time in general, and in the field especially.