Half of the teams were postponed by rain on Wednesday afternoon. Hector Rodriguez had a big night at the plate for Dayton as he picked up two extra-base hits, and Bubba Thompson picked up his first two hits since being optioned to Chattanooga – including his 1st homer of the year.

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The Louisville Bats were postponed

Doubleheader on Thursday.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 6-5. Box Score

Game Notes

Chattanooga led the game 5-4 entering the 8th inning, but they get up a run in the 8th and a run in the 9th as Birmingham completed the comeback.

Bubba Thompson was 0-13 since being optioned before he homered in the 3rd inning. He added a single in the 5th inning before going 0-2 the rest of the game. He’s now 2-17 since joining the Lookouts.

Tyler Callihan’s hot May just keeps on going. He’s walked in four straight game (six walks in this span) and is now hitting .341/.462/.537 during 13 games in the month. He also stole his farm system leading 13th base of the year.

After having two hits in the first 11 games of May, Austin Hendrick now has hits in back-to-back games, going 3-6 with 2 walks to begin the series against Birmingham.

Nick Northcut extended his hit streak to four games. All four of his hits in the streak have been for extra-bases. He’s hitting just .200 on the season in 21 games, but he’s slugging .520 thanks to the fact that 11 of his 15 hits this season are extra-base hits.

The Dayton Dragons lost 8-5. Box Score

Game Notes

Sal Stewart was pinch hit for in the 7th inning. No clear reason as to why he left the game. Just something to keep note of heading into Thursday.

Hector Rodriguez has struggled some in May and was 10-46 (.217) entering the game on Wednesday before picking up three hits on the evening.

Ruben Ibarra extended his hitting streak to six games and put together his third straight 2-hit game. After posting a .527 OPS in April, Ibarra has been heating up in May where he’s now hitting .360/.448/.520 through eight games.

The Daytona Tortugas were postponed

Doubleheader on Thursday.

The ACL Reds had the day off

They return to the field Thursday.

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

5/16 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 22-18 12:05pm Kennedy/Wynne Here Here Here
Chattanooga 11-24 8:00pm Farr Here Here Here
Dayton 15-20 7:05pm Harmon Here Here Here
Daytona 18-16 4:00pm Brutti/Franco Here Here Here
ACL Reds
3-4 9:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A

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10 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Hector Rodriguez has 14 strikeouts and 7 bases on balls in 134 at bats this year (10.44% strikeout percentage; 5.2% bb percentage).

    He is slashing .299/.336/.485 (OPS .821). I’m not positive, but I think he’s got a very good contact rate (around 90%).

    What I don’t know how to find (or figure) is how he is doing with swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, that being his most identified area to develop.

    Still, with the slow starts of Jorge and Balcazar, and with Collier and Stewart cooling some, HRod might be the best hitter on the team over the first half and first in line for promotion, if and when it’s deemed appropriate. Very impressive.

    • DaveCT

      Next time, read the article’s details, Dave, re HRod’s recent hitting. lol.

      • DaveCT

        He did. But his slash line in May is down from April.

        April: .300/.424/.471
        May: .238/.340/.333

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    Collier got a hit finally last night… Is he in a slump ? or Is it just a regression?

    • MK

      Think I saw Colliers’s dad at the gam last night. Maybe that can help him out of his recent slide.

  3. Michael Wilson

    I think Allen is deserving of a promotion to AA.

  4. MK

    Rueben Ibarra is hitting .360 in May after barely hitting above.200 in April., and has raised the overall average to .253

  5. PTBNL

    HecRod struggling at .217 would actually be one of the Reds best hitters at the MLB level! LOL

  6. DaveCT

    Watching the Tortugas today and, man, the 3/4/5 hitters in game one are imposing.

    Duno (18)
    Almonte (20)
    Cabrera (19)

    The latter isn’t as massive as Duno and Almonte, but he looks very physically mature.

    Duno also looks like he has really good hands. I’ve noticed it before but what stood out today was catching foul tips. My pet peeve with Tyler Stephenson is that he seems to drop a fair amount of foul tips. I realize it’s not a simple matter of skill, but … it’s a good skill to have.

    I hope Pitelli gets bumped up to Dayton for the second half. It’d be a little crowded in the middle infield with Balcazar and Acosta, but the same might be true in Daytona after the draft. If Faltine keeps hitting, he’d be a good candidate too. Very savvy player.

    I think I’d rather see the core of the team (above, along with Sanchez, Pineda, Confidan, Valdez, Ascanio, Graham, Moss, Burns) stay together and get them through their first full season together.