It was a record setting night for Chattanooga on Thursday, and it was a little bit of payback, too. The Lookouts scored eight runs in the 1st inning against Rocket City and they just kept on going. Before the night was over they had compiled 29 runs and beat the Trash Pandas by 26.

There were plenty of big time personal performances, but let’s talk about some team related stuff first. The 29 runs were a new Southern League record, topping the 26 runs scored by Rocket City two seasons ago…. against the Lookouts. Strangely enough, that game saw the losing team also score just three runs. Two players, Michael Byrne and Quincy McAfee, played in that game in 2021 as well as the game last night.

It took me a while to track it down, but the Lookouts tied the league record with 19 walks in a game. Huntsville walked 19 Columbus hitters back on April 20th of 1989 to set the record. Only one Lookout didn’t walk last night – Nick Northcut – and he had three hits in the game.

How impactful was the game for the team’s stats? Chattanooga entered the night with a .749 OPS. When the game was over the team OPS had jumped u to .761. That kind of bump from one game in July is all kinds of incredible.

When it comes down to individual performances, none were better than the one put on by Andy Yerzy. He struck out in his first at-bat of the game. Apparently he wanted to show signs that he was human before having the best game of his life. Yerzy would double, hit a home run, hit a grand slam, drive in nine runs, score four runs, and walk twice. Oh, he also pitched a shutout 9th inning while striking out two batters. He had more strikeouts than four of the pitchers used by Rocket City in the game.

Alex McGarry walked three times in the game. He also had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored three runs. But it’s the three walks that are most interesting in this case. It was only the second time in his professional career that he had walked more than two times. The other time? It was on Wednesday when he walked four times.  There have been six different full months in his career where he didn’t walk seven times. He’s walked nine times in July in six games. It’s tied for his career high for walks in a month.

Francisco Urbaez extended his hitting streak to seven games. He spent about three weeks with Louisville from mid-May through the first week of June before he returned to the Lookouts lineup. In the 19 games since he’s been back he’s hit .338/.407/.520 with eight extra-base hits.

Quincy McAfee did not have a hit in the game. He scored five runs. If you’re wondering how that happened, well, he walked four times and was hit by a pitch in another plate appearance.

Alfredo Duno homers twice

It’s hard to dream up a better start than the one that Alfredo Duno is having to his professional career. The Reds top international signing in January, Duno is only going to be hitting this season – he won’t catch during the season. And only going to be hitting is exactly the way to describe what he’s done. On Thursday afternoon he hit two home runs for the Dominican Summer League Reds, giving him four on the season. He finished 2-5, which actually lowered his batting average. Duno is now hitting .411/.534/.696 with more walks (13) than strikeouts (12) in 73 plate appearances.

Ricardo Cabrera remains hot

Sticking with big time international signees who are crushing the ball, Ricardo Cabrera picked up two hits of his own on Thursday night. The top international signing by the Reds in 2022, Cabrera is tearing the cover off of the ball out in Arizona for the complex league club. His two hits on Thursday extended his hitting streak to a modest five games. He’s had hits in 17 of the 21 games he’s played in this year. That’s helped him to a .397 average. He’s also walked 16 times, leading to a .525 on-base percentage. His four doubles, three triples, and two home runs have led to a .603 slugging percentage. That all adds up to an OPS of 1.128 from the 18-year-old, who has also gone 11-for-12 in stolen base attempts.

13 Responses

  1. RedBB

    Duno and Cabrera duking it out for #1 INTL prospect for the Reds!

  2. weigarp

    I noticed that the first 4 batters for Chattanooga had 8 plate appearances each. In a 9-inning game, that’s hard to believe. It got me wondering if any other player has ever gone to the plate that many times in a 9-inning game?

  3. Greenfield Red

    The Reds are 10 over, and the rest of tbe system is 20 over. A really good year so far.

  4. Bill

    Another amazing fact about the game to me is that there were 29 runs scored by the winning team, they had 18 hits and 19 walks, and yet the game was over in 2:45.

    • Doug Gray

      That would be amazing. But it’s not accurate. The game took 3 hours and 15 minutes.

  5. MBS

    That’s an absurd amount of runs by our AA team! I’m looking forward to seeing what many of them can do at the next level. They don’t have the “top prospects” in the organization, but they have some guys who could still hit, and clearly walk.

    Duno, and Cabrera seem to fit the part of top international players. I really like that the Reds have made this more of a priority.

    • DaveCT

      Seven or eight of Doug’s top 25 and ten of BA’s Top 30 are international signings (by us or others). And they aren’t including Acuna, Vellojin and several of the kids in AZ and FL playing well. We may have some boku movement on these lists when these kids start to show up on them and push their way up. I’d say Krall, the scouting departments and the development peeps are firing on all cylinders right now, including leveraging the assets we moved in recent years for top shelf talent.