Cam Collier hit a clutch home run and Rhett Lowder pitched well in a Dayton Dragons win, Zach Maxwell continued his strong start to the year in Chattanooga, Dominic Pitelli remained red hot in Daytona, and Louisville got strong pitching in game two as they picked up a win and split a doubleheader.

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The Louisville Bats split a doubleheader

Game 1: 5-4 loss. Box Score

Game 2: won 2-0. Box Score

Gameday Notes

Louisville managed just seven total hits between the two games, but it was enough to earn a split. In game two, neither team had a hit through three innings. The Bats broke through with a rally in the 6th of that game, getting a walk, two singles, and a sacrifice fly to scrape together two runs.

In game two only one batted ball went over 300 feet for either team and it was a 308 foot line out. Columbus pitchers didn’t throw a single pitch over 93.5 MPH in the game.

Lyon Richardson started game one for Louisville, but he once again struggled to throw strikes. His last time out he walked three batters and hit another one in just 1.2 innings. On Friday night he walked five batters in just 2.0 innings. In both games he threw more balls than he threw strikes.

Blake Dunn, who exited Wednesday’s game in the 7th inning in favor of a pinch hitter, did not start either game, but in game two he did come off of the bench to pinch run.

Top Pitch Velocity: Tony Santillan – 98.2 MPH (strike)

Top Exit Velocity: Conner Capel – 108.8 MPH (home run)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Conner Capel – 364 feet (home run)

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 4-1. Box Score

Game Notes

Zach Maxwell has struck out six of the eight batters he’s faced this season. He’s yet to walk a batter. Last season he walked 38 batters in 61.1 innings pitched. In 34 appearances he only went back-to-back outings without a walk three times.

Mat Nelson is hitting .333 with three walks in four games played so far this season.

Daniel Vellojin started the game at first base. That was his first start at the position with the Reds. Back in 2019 he played three innings there while with the Dominican Summer League Reds. Two winters ago he did play 12 games at first base with the Vaqueros in the Colombian Winter League.

The Lookouts remain winless. They are just one of two teams in minor league baseball this season, along with the 0-7 Delmarva Shorebirds.

The Dayton Dragons won 5-3. Box Score

Game Notes

T.J. Sikkema exited the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. When he was visited on the mound after the trainer and manager got out there he kind of grabbed at the back of his left shoulder. After a bit of a conversation he exited the game and was replaced on the mound.

Cam Collier helped fuel a comeback win. He was 0-3 with a walk entering the 9th inning and Dayton trailed 3-2. But Ethan O’Donnell and Sal Stewart both singled to start the inning before Collier unloaded on a 421-foot go-ahead home run on the first pitch he saw and put it over the wall in center.

Collier’s home run extended his hitting streak to nine games, dating back to 2023. He’s hitting .367/.387/.600 this year. His walk on Friday night was his first of the season.

Hector Rodriguez went hitless on Thursday, but he made up for it on Friday night by picking up three hits. He’s out to a torrid start and is hitting .440/.481/.720 on the season. In his 27 plate appearances he’s struck out just two times.

Rhett Lowder gave up his first run as a professional in the game. Through his two starts he’s thrown 9.0 innings and walked one batter and struck out five in each of his games. In those two starts he gotten 16 ground balls on 24 balls put in play. That’s a 67% ground ball rate for those who didn’t want to do that math. During his start on Friday night he topped out at 97 MPH and sat in the 93-96 range.

The Daytona Tortugas lost 4-0. Box Score

Game Notes

The Tortugas offense never could get going. They struck out 13 times on the night with just one walk and just three hits.

Two of those hits came off of the bat of Dominic Pitelli. That extended his hitting streak to eight games dating back to last season. Through six games this year he’s hitting .500/.519/.923 with four steals.

Gabriel Aguilera rebounded well from his first outing of the season where he walked five batters in just 2.2 innings. He threw eight fewer pitches and three more strikes on Friday night in 5.0 innings than he had in his first outing of the season.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

4/13 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 6-7 7:15pm Gilbert Here Here Here
Chattanooga 0-5 5:15pm TBA/TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 4-3 2:05pm Lyons Here Here Here
Daytona 3-4 6:35pm Serwinowski Here Here N/A

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10 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      It’s early, but the fact that he’s only struck out twice this season is real eye-catching.

  1. MK

    Going into ST I had pegged Maxwell as the surprise player who would make the big league opening day roster. Any word on where Jake Wong is?

    • camisadelgolf

      Although Jake Wong was eligible for free agency at the end of last season, he was still mentioned in the Bats’ media guide this year. However he has yet to be assigned to an affiliate.

  2. Michael Wilson

    Capel kind of has my attention. Five homers, hitting lefties a tad better for average than righties, walking more than striking out. Didn’t hit much for Oakland last year but so far this year he seems to have found his stroke.

    • LarkinPhillips

      For outfield depth he may be much more important than we thought going into the year. Hurtubuise is hurt, dunn is hurt, and Hinds is striking out over 50% of time. An injury at the big league level would require an addition at this point from AAA.

      • Optimist

        Yes – Dunn/Hinds/Hurtubise missing their chances for reasons cited. Dunn looked to be coming around after the first few games. Still very early, and still expect all 3 to debut sometime this season, but every game passing now pushes cup-off-coffee-defensive/short-IL callups back into September.

  3. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Not used to seeing 5 innings of relief.