Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: June 4, 2023

Christian Encarnación-Strand had three more hits for Louisville, while Jhonny Pereda extended his hitting streak, José Torres homered inside the park for Chattanooga, Mat Nelson homered twice in a blowout victory for Dayton that put them above . 500, and Héctor Rodríguez homered for the eighth time this year when the Tortugas’ comeback came up short on Sunday.

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The Louisville Bates lost 12-6. score box

game notes

Elly De La Cruz was walked and had a double off his bat at 117.3 MPH. That’s the fourth-highest exit velocity in Triple-A this season. He also has the #1 and #3 spots on that list. Since May 9, De La Cruz has hit .330/.474/.739 with 24 walks and 26 strikeouts in 114 plate appearances.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand had three more hits on the day. That brought his line through 37 games on the season to .342/.397/.690. Since May 26, he has played in nine games and has 10 walks and just five strikeouts. He, too, has gone 11-for-34 with three doubles and three home runs in that time.

Jhonny Pereda has hit a hit in every game he has played since April 19. However, as a backup catcher, he only played in 14 games in that span. But he’s now riding a 14-game hitting streak and is hitting .375/.420/.500 on the year.

Nick Martini hit .155/.305/.196 in the first 29 games of the season. He walked 19 times and struck out just 24 times in that span, but couldn’t buy a life-saving hit from him. However, things have changed in a big way for the outfielder in the last 12 games. He hit .396/.508/.708 in his last 61 plate appearances during that stretch.

If you missed the news, Andrew Abbott has been called up and will make his MLB debut on Monday for the Reds. It was originally scheduled to start in Louisville on Sunday.

Maximum pitch speed: Ricky Karcher – 98.2 MPH (ball)

top output speed: Elly De La Cruz – 117.3 MPH (double)

Farthest Hit Baseball: Henry Ramos – 426 feet (home run)

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 5-4. score box

game notes

Things were going well for Chattanooga until the bottom of the seventh inning. Christian Roa had allowed one run in the first six frames and had allowed just three hits, but allowed two hits and a walk while he recorded just one out. After a run scored on the second hit of the inning, he was replaced on the mound and two singles and three runs scored later it was 5-3 Tennessee. The Lookouts recovered a run in the eighth, but went pretty easy in the ninth with three strikeouts interspersed around a hit batter.

In the score books, Jose Torres will receive credit for an inside-the-park home run. Whether or not it should have been is another question. The cameraman didn’t track the ball well and the left fielder had no idea where he was because he lost it in the sun. The announcers also seemed to disagree on what happened, with one believing the ball hit the top of the wall, then the fence behind it before coming back into play and the other believing the hit landed in play and then it bounced off the wall and back. in Game

The Dayton Dragons won 12-5. score box

game notes

The victory moved Dayton above the .500 mark on the season and they improved to 26-25. It’s the first time this season they’ve been above .500 and only the third day all season they’ve been at least .500 and they’ve all been within the last week.

Mat Nelson’s two home runs now have him second in the league with nine home runs. He is one behind the league leader of 10, but has played in 12 more games than Nelson and has 56 more at-bats.

Edwin Arroyo may be starting to warm up. He was hitting .182/.234/.311 in the first 36 games of the season for Dayton. He has had a hit in each of the last five games, going 11-20 with two doubles, one home run, one walk and just one strikeout. The last five games have resulted in an OPS jump of 96 points for Arroyo.

Judge Thompson also kept his punches hot. As of May 19, the outfielder is hitting .348/.388/.630 for Dayton.

The Daytona Turtles lost 8-7. score box

game notes

Daytona was hitless through the game’s first six innings before Carlos Jorge’s 1-out single broke up the no-hitter. The Turtles trailed 8-0 going into the eighth inning. That’s when things got a little wild: Here’s how the inning played out: single, single, pinch hit, strikeout, single, walk, walk, hit batter, error, hit batter and strike out. Five runs scored and suddenly it was a game. In the top of the ninth, a lead-off walk was followed by a 1-out home run by Héctor Rodríguez that turned the game into a run. Carlos Jorge then doubled and advanced to third on a flyout, but was stranded there when a strikeout ended the inning and the game.

Hector Rodriguez is now tied for the league lead with 8 home runs. He is eighth in the league with a .293 average, second in the league with a .537 slugging percentage and seventh in the league in OPS.

Carlos Jorge, who had been on a 4-26 slump over the last eight games, was eliminated with two hits and a walk. He is now hitting .316/.395/.484 with 18 walks, 15 steals and 38 strikeouts in 177 plate appearances.

Joseph Menefee’s outstanding start to 2023 continued with another shutout inning of relief. The left-handed reliever hasn’t allowed a run since April 18 and now has a 1.62 ERA on the season. In his 16.2 innings this year, he struck out 23 batters with eight walks and eight hits allowed.

Maximum pitch speed: Zach Maxwell – 99.8 MPH (single)

top output speed: Cam Collier – 101.6 MPH (error)

Farthest Hit Baseball: Hector Rodriguez – 377 feet (home run)

general reminder

Complex leagues begin play on Monday. The Dominican Summer League Reds will play at 11 am ET and then 10 hours later the Arizona League Reds will take the field at 9 pm ET. If you’re looking for listings, don’t expect to see them until Monday.

Summary of the top 25 prospects

6/5 Game Preview

Equipment Record Time (ET) Likely score box Hear Look
louisville 30-26 OFF DAY Here Here Here
chattanooga 27-23 OFF DAY Here Here Here
Dayton 26-25 OFF DAY Here Here Here
Daytona 21-30 OFF DAY Here Here N/A
AZL Reds 0-0 21:00 to be confirmed Here N/A N/A
DSL Reds 0-0 11am to be confirmed Here N/A N/A