Louisville swept a doubleheader, Chattanooga gave up eight runs in the 9th inning to blow a 6-run lead, Yan Contreras hit his first career home run in Dayton’s win, and Ichiro Cano had another big day at the plate for the Dominican Summer League Rojos in a victory.

We’re also trying something new – including one set of game notes each day as a little bit of a “free teaser” for the Patreon stuff, which has seen new subscriptions essentially stop. Maybe we’ve just reached the limit of Reds fans who are interested…. but I figured it was worth a shot.

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The Louisville Bats swept a doubleheader

Game 1: 3-1 win. Box Score

Game 2: 6-5 win. Box Score

  • Jacob Hurtubise went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI.
  • Rece Hinds went 1-4.
  • P.J. Higgins went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
  • Conner Capel went 1-3 with a walk, triple, run, and an RBI.
  • Hernan Perez went 1-3 with a walk, triple, run, and an RBI.
  • Alex Young threw a perfect inning.
  • Zach Maxwell threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 10-8. Box Score

The Dayton Dragons won 4-3. Box Score

The Daytona Tortugas were postponed

Doubleheader scheduled for Saturday.

The ACL Reds had the day off

They’ll return to the field on Saturday afternoon.

The DSL Reds lost 4-3. Box Score

The DSL Rojos won 13-7. Box Score

Game Notes

While the Reds played a 9-inning game and had just one hit, the Rojos played a 7-inning game and wound up with 16 hits.

Diorland Zambrano extended his hitting streak to seven and his on-base streak to 11 games (which makes up the entirety of his career). He’s now hitting .400/.511/.543 with 14 runs batted in, nine walks, and four strikeouts.

Naibel Mariano has had back-to-back multi-hit games. His two doubles on the day wound up tripling the number of doubles he had on the season as he had one through the first 15 games of his career.

Jirvin Morillo continues to be a walk machine. He drew his 18th walk of the season in just his 14th game. His two hits on the day pushed his line to .295/.500/.523 on the season. He now has seven doubles and a homer in 44 at-bats.

Ichiro Cano is on a heater. After starting the season 3-21, he’s gone out and picked up 16 hits in his last 31 at-bats. Cano is now hitting .365/.478/.500 on the year with 12 walks and five steals.

Pablo Nunez began the season 2-22, but he’s turned things around. He went 3-5 on June 17th and hasn’t looked back. Since that day he’s hitting .440 and has five walks with just one strikeout. He’s only struck out twice this season in 56 plate appearances.

6/29 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 40-38 7:05pm Richardson Here Here Here
Chattanooga 21-52 7:15pm Petty Here Here Here
Dayton 38-35 6:35pm Sikkema Here Here Here
Daytona 33-38 5:00pm TBA/TBA Here Here Here
ACL Reds
22-19 2:00pm TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds
11-8 10:00am TBA Here N/A N/A
DSL Rojos
9-9 10:00am TBA Here N/A N/A

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18 Responses

  1. MBS

    Who’s this Alex Young player in AAA? He seems to be doing pretty well.

    Seriously we why do we have Wilson pitching for the Reds when we have one of our better relievers wasting his time in AAA?

      • Jefferson Green

        Santillan has a better case than Young because of his ability to miss bats. But his walk rate is high, giving a free pass to 1 of every 8 guys he faces. Because MLB hitters are obviously better and more selective than in AAA, he would be in danger of coming to Cincinnati and having his K rate drop and his BB increase, which would lead to ineffectiveness. Santillan burned through his options already, while failing to master his command in MLB. Once he comes up, he needs to be ready to stay. I am hoping that is soon.

    • Jefferson Green

      MBS, I’ll take a crack at a answer:
      Wilson has been pitching solidly, with his velocity back up to where he was in his prime, and his (high) K rate is showing it. Combined with a low walk rate, Wilson is a better option, especially with runners on base. If you look through ERA to more predictive metrics (xERA, xFIP, SIERA), Wilson has been pitching more like a guy with an ERA between 2.50 – 3.50.
      The predictive stats that are available for AAA (FIP, xFIP) are worse for Young in AAA than they are for Wilson at the MLB level. Young is 30 years old and has a negative career WAR, while Wilson has had a productive career (over 6 WAR). Young has options and is nice depth to have.

      • MBS

        2022 Young 171 ERA+
        2023 Young 119 ERA+
        2024 Wilson 82 ERA+

        Young is an above average MLB pitcher. Better than average MLB pitchers are not supposed to be used as “nice depth” in the minors. Wilson has had a nice career, but he is not that same pitcher that he was.

        Sure I get ERA in general is not the best way to judge a MLB pitcher, but it’s funny that the best pitchers in the game typically have strong ERA’s. Look Wilson is a bad pitcher, and if we didn’t have Santillan, Young, and others in AAA I wouldn’t be upset with carrying him on the roster.

        If Wilson has value, it’s probably best to trade him, and probably another arm to make room for Young, and Santillan.

      • BK

        Using ERA particularly with relief pitchers is not very helpful. @JG laid out a pretty good argument. LHRP that hit 97 mph and miss bats have at least the same if not more value than the guys we have in AAA.

        Now, if you can trade Wilson for a bat, I am on board.

      • MBS

        Traditional stats are results based numbers. The thing that drives me crazy is that analytical stats are typically used by fans to explain why a player with poor results is actual a good player.

        Statistical outliers sound an alarm to the organization to look into this or that more and figure out how to improve, not to validate poor results.

  2. Doc


    You have been running the “We’re also trying something new” ad for weeks now.

    If you want to know why some of the people who frequent the site are not members, perhaps setting up a separate, private email line to uou and inviting non-members to tell you why they don’t join. I doubt the reasons will center around not getting an additional minor league game notes teaser will be high on the list.

    Maybe if you actually knew why people decline to join you would be more successful in charting a path forward.

    • Doug Gray

      I mean I generally know why. Lots of factors in there. 1, people don’t want to pay for *yet another subscription service*. 2, people don’t like me for any number of reasons (when you unsub from patreon it asks why and some people tell me). 3, there simply aren’t that many Reds fans interested in minor league updates (for a paid service, that is).

      I figured if people saw the kind of notes they’d be getting more often (instead of posting the full free version once a week when someone might not show up), maybe they’d decide it was worth $4. It might’ve worked a little bit as it’s brought in five new subscribers.

      I truly think that it’s just a matter of that I’ve essentially tapped out at the number of Reds fans who are willing to pay for minor league coverage. Generally speaking, for the last five years the number of patreon subscribers has been a pretty flat line. The difference between today’s sub count and February of 2019’s sub count is 23 people. Right now the difference between today and the high point of subscribers is 8. The difference between today and the low point of subscribers since February of 2019 is 35 – but that was in April of 2021, when there hadn’t been a minor league baseball game played in 19 months. When May began and guys started playing, the difference from then to today is just 18.

      • DaveCT

        It is (was?) a worthy effort, Doug, and you assuredly know your market quite well.

        This most likely leads to increasing the subscription rate. And I not only would fully support that, i would support you asking for more than one of the very modest increases you have made in the past, ie 1.00. Even a 50% increase 2.00/month, and that isn’t so severe that subscribers would fall away in bunches. That is like one bottle of water at a gas station. You have a really, really good product. If you build it, they will come.

    • Mauired

      Hey Doc how about sticking to useless baseball comments instead of useless comments on how Doug needs to run his site. I don’t recall him soliciting your advice or criticism. Just appreciate the best Reds content on the Internet. Or you could just go read from the mindless schill Mark Sheldon.

      • Doc

        Or you could stick to baseball content instead of criticizing someone whose intent was to try to help Doug with his subscription count, and whose comment was clearly directed to Doug, not to you.

  3. Laredo Slider

    Maxwell with first save in AAA.

    Really disappointed in the years Timpanelli and Gozzo are having in AA. Reds thought enough of both to put them in Arizona Fall League couple of years ago but this year Timpanelli has an ERA well north of 7, Gozzo at 8+. Time for these 2 to crap or get off the pot.

    • MK

      Dragon’s and Lookouts seem to be having a major issue closing out of games this weekend. Two nights in a row the Dragons have blown leads late only to eventually pull out a win.And the ha game in Chattanooga was ridiculous..I thought announcer Larry Ward was going to flip out.

      Not sure having the Major League Pitching Coach be the Minor League Pitching Coordinator is working. Between having no top pitching prospects flourishing to this point and all the pitchers having season ending injuries something isn’t working.

      • Jefferson Green

        Something definitely isn’t working. Collective MiLB pitching in the Reds system has declined over the last two years. Getting it right is critical.

      • Laredo Slider

        Larry Ward, guy’s name I haven’t heard in awhile. Been in Chattanooga for what seems like centuries!

  4. DaveCT

    The AFL assignments of Timpanelli and Gozzo probably reflects how the Reds have used the league for more fringe type guys than anything else (which has puzzled me many times).