The Louisville Bats kicked off their first road series of the season on Tuesday night in Gwinnett. They would pull out a victory to start the road trip and move to 3-1 on the season.

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The Louisville Bats won 2-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Jacob Hurtubise left the game on Sunday after diving for a ball. On Tuesday he was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain.

The Bats tailed 1-0 after the 1st inning. They would get two solo home runs in the 4th to take the lead and neither team would score again.

One of those home runs in the 4th inning came off of the bat of Conner Capel. He’s hitting .375/.615/.875 with four walks and two steals through the first four games of the season.

Blake Dunn made multiple highlight reel catches in the game. See the highlights below.

Top Pitch Velocity: Connor Phillips – 98.0 MPH (groundout)

Top Exit Velocity: P.J. Higgins – 102.5 MPH (groundout)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Conner Capel – 411 feet (home run)


Organizational Notes

The Dayton Dragons roster was released on Tuesday. It’s got eight of the Reds Top 25 prospects. There were two bigger surprises on the roster, at least to me. Rhett Lowder will be in the Dayton rotation and Leo Balcazar will be moving up after just three weeks in Daytona last season before tearing his ACL. You can see the entire roster here.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

With just Cincinnati and Louisville playing the rundown is going to be a bit empty with information for the next few days until other teams begin to play.

4/3 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 3-1 7:05pm Kennedy Here Here Here
Chattanooga 0-0 Friday TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 0-0 Friday TBA Here Here Here
Daytona 0-0 Friday TBA Here Here N/A

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14 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    I was really impressed with Phillips’ fastball command. He was painting. He was very effective through five innings, with just 52 pitches, 4 hits and a 1 walk. Seems like he pushed though issuing a couple walks in the sixth inning and got out of it without giving you a run. Legumina looked very good as well. I didn’t see Santillan but I love that he is closing. In the silver linings department, only having three prospects in the lineup means I only had to tune in every other inning or so when they were batting.

  2. Doc

    Lowder, as I recall, got lit up in spring training. Since he likely was not facing MLB level hitting in ST, it is not surprising to start him at a level where he has the most chance for success.

    • MK

      Two very different philosophies in developing two top draft pick college starting pithers from a year ago. The Pirates have Paul Skenes pitching at AAA Indianapolis while the Reds have Rhett starting at High A. Skenes pitched a couple times at AA last year.

  3. SultanofSwaff

    I really like Phillips as a late inning weapon, but he’s got a long runway to sink/swim with starting given the pitching depth on the big club.

    • MK

      Little different team mindset this season, at least we hope so. The Reds might be the team trading some of their minor league depth for major league talent at the deadline. Meaning Phillips coud go somewhere or some of the depth standing in his way could go.

  4. MBS

    Dunn looked awesome in the field. I couldn’t tell if he robbed a HR, or just made an excellent catch high up on the wall. That OF camera feed is pretty bad. He’s not looking so good at the plate. I suspect that will turn around quickly.

    Phillips was very efficient, 12.83 pitches per inning.

    Santillan better be getting his bus ticked punched soon. On the not a prospect list, I’m glad we got Ford back. I think he’ll be hitting some dingers at GABP soon enough.

    • MK

      When I was involved with high school athletics you could typically watch the football players come on the field, watch them stand on the sideline and tell who the best athlete(s) were by looking. Watching the Bats game feed last night as the players lined up on the foul line before the game Santillan just stood out as the quality athlete.

      • Indy Red Man

        What? When I’ve seen Tony before he looked more like Golden Corral’s Customer of the Month

      • Doug Gray

        You haven’t seen him this year. He looks like he’s dropped like 40-50 pounds from where he was at least season.

      • DaveCT

        He’s looking and acting like his back is healthy.

  5. DaveCT

    I will say, the Bats team seems like its going to be boring, especially as regarding prospects, with 5-6 starters per night are AAAA, and Hinds, Dunn, Hurtubise when he returns, the better prospects. I don’t mind lower level filler. I just find older AAAA far less exciting. Personal opinion.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s incredibly rare to have more than a few young prospects on a Triple-A roster. The good ones don’t stick around at that level very long.


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