Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/7/19 Doug Gray May 8, 2019 27 Comments If you are interested in getting emailed every day during the season with additional game notes and a rundown on how the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects performed (along with other perks) you can sign up to support the site through Patreon and get all of that for as low as $1 a month. If that’s something that sounds interesting you can get more information here. The Louisville Bats won 3-1. Box Score Brian O’Grady went 1-4. Phil Ervin went 2-3 with a double, run, and he had an RBI. Rob Refsnyder went 2-3 with a double, run scored, and he had an RBI. Juan Graterol went 1-3 with a triple and an RBI. Lucas Sims allowed 1 earned run in 7.0 innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Sal Romano threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Anthony Bass threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. The Chattanooga Lookouts won 8-5. Box Score Alfredo Rodriguez went 1-5 with a run scored. Jose Siri went 2-4 with a run scored. Taylor Trammell went 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Ibandel Isabel went 2-4 with a double, run scored, and he had 3 RBI. Mitch Nay went 2-4 with a double, home run (1), and he had 4 RBI. Chris Okey went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Calten Daal went 2-4. Ty Boyles threw 2.0 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Alex Powers threw a shutout inning with 3 strikeouts. The Daytona Tortugas won 4-3. Box Score Alejo Lopez went 1-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and he had an RBI. Jonathan India went 1-4 with a double, run scored, and he had an RBI. Hendrik Clementina went 2-3 with a walk, double, and he had an RBI. Stuart Fairchild went 1-3 and was hit by a pitch. Andy Sugilio went 2-4. Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-4 with a steal. Mark Kolozsvary went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Reiver Sanmartin allowed 2 earned in 5.0 innings with a walk and 7 strikeouts. John Ghyzel threw 2.0 shutout innings with a strikeout. Aneurys Zabala was charged with an unearned run in 1.1 innings with a walk and a strikeout. The Dayton Dragons lost 4-0. Box Score Jonathan Willems went 1-4. Mariel Bautista went 2-4. Juan Martinez went 1-4. Pabel Manzanero went 1-4. Shard Munroe went 1-3. Jared Solomon allowed an earned run in 4.2 innings with 7 strikeouts. Eddy Demurias allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 2 strikeouts. Matt Pidich threw a perfect inning. 5/8 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 14-18 N/A 11:00am Mella Here Here Here Chattanooga 17-13 N/A 7:15pm Jiminian Here Here Here Daytona 15-16 N/A 7:05pm Lillie Here Here N/A Dayton 11-20 N/A 7:00pm Salinas Here Here Here Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 27 Responses RobL May 8, 2019 MK, when are you going to apologize to Pidich? You ripped him a new one and questioned why he was in the organization. Outside of that one game, he has pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, with 8 Ks. donny May 8, 2019 MK don’t need to apologize to anyone . ChiRedsFan May 8, 2019 Concur. MK is Most valuable commenter on this site. Has been for years. Ryan May 8, 2019 I appreciate the first-hand anecdotes that MK has provided throughout the years. I cant imagine that he said that lightly and given the guy signed way under-slot as an 8th rounder he may be onto something. A quick look at the Dragons record and the frustration is more than understandable. RojoBenjy May 8, 2019 RobL- I would expect MK to have to go back on his words if Piddich makes an MLB 25 man roster. MK May 8, 2019 Probably not, figure at my age I will be either dead by that time or on a liquid non-word diet. As a 23-year-old in Low A pitching against 20/21 year olds there is a long climb a head. I will say he had more velocity last night that I have seen before. But it is still straight as an arrow and curve is rather flat. For some reason there was a large number of scouts at the game last night, and none were the couple of regulars who are there a lot. This is rather unusual the month prior to the draft. Tom May 8, 2019 Are they evaluating last year’s draft perhaps? MK May 8, 2019 Just thought there might be a local amateur they looked at earlier in the day. Wes May 8, 2019 That major league game was bs last night! Reds haven’t had a day off in 2 weeks and u bring cross country then make em sit in dugout for two hours while u tinker w lights- no wonder they couldn’t hit- they all wanted to be in bed and I don’t blame em. That game should have been called and rescheduled Cguy May 8, 2019 The delay didn’t seem to affect Mahle as he had his 2nd best effort this season. Fiers threw a great game and the Reds don’t play small ball. wes May 8, 2019 When you sit around and don’t play for 2 hours (5 hours after the start of every game they have played in 2 weeks)- You are going to see a big boost in pitching due to hitters getting ramped up for game and both starters pitched well above their expectation. Fiers is a worse pitcher than reds are hitters and WAY past his prime. Complete BS! Shoulda called the game after an hour when you can’t get lights to work. Someone in reds organization should have stepped up and said they’ll play 2 on thursday. MK May 8, 2019 Wes, that is not the Reds call, and other than taking a forfeit they had no recourse but to play. For all your reasons why the Reds were hampered by the delay, schedule and travel it seems like the A’s played the home field advantage card very well. Think Reds would have done the same given the opportunity. Cguy May 8, 2019 So if the bee invasion lasted another half hour the other night, then SF should have been able to postpone the game? Sending all the GABP faithful home without baseball? Say it ain’t so. In any event the last part of my comment stands. With to date the best ERA in the NL, Reds in low scoring ballgames are absolutely useless in manufacturing runs. Reds have a very one-dimensional offense. Repeat the mantra “A cookie will come. A cookie will come”. Ryan May 8, 2019 Pretty good night on the farm. Really encouraging to Lucas Sims bounce back. I have been downplaying Mahle’s success so far b/c I didnt think he had a good enough breaking ball, but that’s starting to change. His curve-ball is looking better and better everytime he takes the mound. He still needs his splitter or change-up to improve to help him get lefties out, but overall im really impressed with his progression the last 2 seasons. Looking like he’s a small bit of improvement from breaking out in a big way. Doc May 8, 2019 It took Castillo two full seasons in the majors to put it all together. Mahle is ahead of schedule. Doug Gray May 8, 2019 Did it? He had a bad March/April of 2018. Outside of that 1-month stretch, prior to this season, he had 230.1 innings with a 3.40 ERA, 68 walks, and 239 strikeouts. wes May 8, 2019 Yeah doubt there’s too many red fans that thought Castillo met expectations or really even came close to them in 2018; he may have only had two bad months, but most of the rest of em were not great- not top of rotation performance by any means. And he wasn’t nearly as good as he was in 2017. But he’s bounced back and looks better than ever this season. A top of the rotation piece and the most valuable asset reds have had in a very very long time. Doug Gray May 8, 2019 He didn’t have 2 bad months. He has 1, plus one start in March. Was he a true #1? No. Was he one of the 30 best starters in baseball from May through the end of the season last year? Yeah, he was. This year he’s arguably the best pitcher on the planet so far. But that step forward doesn’t mean he took 2 years to get it all together. He’s gone from borderline #1 to something else for a 6 weeks this year. Let’s hope he keeps it all going, but the idea that Castillo didn’t meet expectations in 2018 is simply looking at his ERA and saying “no”. When the reality is, for 80% of 2018, he was one of the best 30 starters in baseball – he just had a pretty bad 6-start stretch to begin the season and his ERA never recovered. Oldtimer May 8, 2019 Good trade in exchange for Dan Straily. Kudos to GM at the time. wes May 8, 2019 I give it the eye test- how deep you go into games and how you looked; Castillo had some 10 quality starts last season(6 already this year)- that’s not impressive for your “ace”. I also don’t see 30 #1 starts and 30 #2 starters in mlb. Maybe 30 1’s and 2’s in whole league combinedwhile most teams don’t have a true ace and many have neither a 1 or 2. Great to see Cincy have one again! Now go get Greinke. You’ll have him for 3 seasons at top of rotation with Castillo- that’ll go long way if you make playoffs. Bromleyjake May 8, 2019 What are the chances Trammell and Siri both get promoted to the Big Leagues next year? That would be quite a boon to the Reds defense. Siri in center with Trammell and Winker in the corners; provided Senzel moves back to 2b. Doc May 8, 2019 Defense isn’t their biggest problem this year. Oldtimer May 8, 2019 Slim. 2021 more likely. Senzel Reds CF for next decade. Trammell can play LF. MK May 8, 2019 I think Senzel will work his way back to infield, probably 2nd bas next year. Oldtimer May 8, 2019 Possible. But Iglesias at SS and Peraza at 2B is another possibility. Senzel brings things to CF that Reds haven’t had since 1990s. Hitting, power hitting, speed, etc. Ryan May 8, 2019 I think Senzel stays put in CF. 2nd base is more crowded than OF, short and long term. Not a huge fan of exposing Winker to RF but Trammel, Senzel, Winker is a really nice potential OF. Eric May 9, 2019 +1 Ryan i couldn’t say it any better. Senzel is more valuable in center than at 2nd. Now if he is adequate at ss then i would be all for the switch.