Aristides Aquino had another big night for Billings, going 3-4 with a double, homer, steal, two runs and three runs batted in. The outfielder now has 14 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers and 10 steals on the season to go along with a .314/.357/.635 line. Aquino is the first Billings Mustang player to have double digit doubles, home runs and steals since Stephen Smitherman did it way back in 2000.

100 RBI in a minor league season doesn’t happen often, but Marquez Smith hit that mark last night as he jumped from 96 RBI to 100 with one swing, swatting a grand slam for his 22nd homer of the season. It’s still July. The last time a Reds minor leaguer had 100 RBI in a season was back in 2002 when Kevin Witt drove in 107 runs for Louisville.

In Mississippi Kyle Waldrop had two hits, including a double for Pensacola. He’s been heating up lately after a bit of a slump. He has hits in nine of his last 10 games, hitting .325 over that span with a double, triple, home run and six RBI.

It isn’t the easiest thing in the world to pitch in Bakersfield, but last night saw Mike Dennhardt toss seven innings with a just one run allowed. It was his second outing in a row where he threw seven innings, with the previous one coming in Lake Elsinore. Over the two starts he has allowed just three total runs with a walk and seven strikeouts.

The Arizona League Reds had a long night, eventually coming out on top in 12 innings with a 3-2 win. Starter Ty Boyles threw the first five innings of the game, giving up just one run with two walks and five strikeouts. The left hander has now thrown 29.0 innings pitched on the season with a 3.41 ERA, 10 walks and has 34 strikeouts.

5 Responses

  1. MK

    Dennhardt has quietly put himself into the discussion.

  2. The Duke

    Aquino’s slugging is over 300 points higher than his average, and over half his hits are for extra bases. He’s just been crushing it.

  3. Dale Pearl

    Reds need to trade a few of their outfielders for some infielders. I can’t recall a time when a franchise was lacking in any depth at so many infield positions at once.

  4. MountainLover

    It is fun to watch Marquez Smith’s numbers go up and up and up. I hope they leave him there to help the Blaze in the playoffs.

    Aquino is impressive so far. Does he project anything like Eric Davis?

    • Doug Gray

      Hardly anyone projects like Eric Davis. That guy was Willie Mays level talent.