Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/12/19 Doug Gray May 12, 2019 25 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 lost 7-6, Game 1: 7-6 loss. Box Score Christian Colon went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with a walk. Phillip Ervin went 1-4 with a walk and a solo home run (1). Rob Refsnyder went 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs, and a solo home run (3). Nick Longhi went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored. Luis Gonzalez went 1-3 with a walk, run scored, and he had an RBI. Stuart Turner went 1-3 with an RBI. Jesus Reyes was charged with an unearned run in an inning with a walk and a strikeout. Sal Romano was charged with an unearned run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Game 2: 5-4 win in 10 innings. Box Score Narciso Crook went 2-5 with a double, steal, run, and he had an RBI. Christian Colon went 3-4 with a double, walk, steal, run, and he had an RBI. Brian O’Grady went 1-4 with a double and a walk. Rob Refsnyder went 1-4 with a walk. Nick Longhi went 2-5. Luis Gonzalez went 1-4 with a walk. Juan Graterol went 1-3. Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a double, steal, and 2 runs scored. Lucas Sims allowed 2 earned in 6.0 innings with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. Jimmy Herget threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Cody Reed threw 1.1 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. The Chattanooga Lookouts were postponed. Double header on Monday beginning at 5:15pm. The Daytona Tortugas had the day off. The Dayton Dragons had the day off. 5/13 Game Preview Team 1st half 2nd half Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Live Watch Live Louisville 16-21 N/A OFF OFF Here Here Here Chattanooga 20-14 N/A 5:15pm Johnson Here Here Here Daytona 18-17 N/A 6:30pm Sanmartin Here Here N/A Dayton 12-23 N/A 6:05pm Solomon Here Here Here Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 25 Responses Bernie May 12, 2019 and another Reds loss due in large part to David Bell :( Bob Anderson May 12, 2019 Man, Buddy’s kid is a bad bad manager. Just no feel for the game. You really need a 95+ talent squad for this gut to succeed. He would turn a 85+ potential into a average squad and this team probably has 80+ talent. Simon Cowell May 12, 2019 I thought everyone wanted a sabermetrics anti old school manager? Changing your minds on such a sample size and bad luck? Patrick May 12, 2019 He is not using Sabermetrics or he is real bad at it. Using sabermetrics as a manager is not a good thing. It more ment to be used in building teams and not using it ab to ab or pitch to pitch. Lots of times decision should be made because of the situation. It is like playing black jack. The way to play a certain deal is universal when you start playing but as you count cards the odds changes on what is the smart play is the same goes with managing. In game you can see how players are actually playing and feeling which changes things. Ryan May 12, 2019 Leaving Mahle in to face Brandon Belt makes me seriously question the competence of David Bell. Lifting Casali for a guy hitting .170…Leaving Dietrich on the pine…David Hernandez pitching a day game after a night game in which he pitched 2 innings just further adds to the doubt. I will never give up following this team but sometimes they make it really hard to not freak the heck out. Good news is Puig has gone Super-Saiyan. Bad news, Votto looks lost and Winker is slumping, neither looking good at all at the plate last week. RojoBenjy May 12, 2019 @Ryan You hit the nail on the head. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 12, 2019 Off topic from the previous posts. 1. Is Romano working on anything new for his repertoire or focusing on one thing in particular? Will there really be a place for him in the next year? 2. Should they be changing course and stretching out Reed? jbonireland May 13, 2019 If Romano is working on something new it isn’t working, his ERA is nearly6 and Reed is pitching better at Louisville in relief why change that. Our starters are doing fine, if they get handled properly. Stock May 13, 2019 Agree with jbonireland. Reed is one of the best RP in the system right now. I think he is as good as Garrett. Come mid-June they will call him up and release Duke or send Peralta to Louisville. Shamrock May 12, 2019 In 1993, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Tony Perez (in his inaugural managerial season) had a record of 20-24 before he was “relieved of his managerial duties” by the Reds team. I will be literally sick to my stomach if some absolute nobody “Buddy’s kid” is given a longer rope. It’s time to bring in Barry Larkin and at least try to salvage this season. Oldtimer May 13, 2019 Tony deserved longer BUT Reds have fired other managers mid season over the years. Oldtimer May 13, 2019 Others include Vern Rapp (1984), Don Heffner (1966), and Mayo Smith (1959). IndyRedsFan May 13, 2019 Shamrock, The irony in your post forces me to reply. You decry the fact that “Buddy’s kid” has a job, and then turn around and suggest that Barry Larkin be made manager. Bell has 1) been a player, 2) managed in the minors, 3) coached in the bigs, 4) worked in a front office, and 5) was on several other teams list of candidates to interview for manager. Larkin has been a player. Period. The ONLY other thing that qualifies him to be the Reds manager is that he is a part of the “Reds Family”. If that’s not “organizational nepotism”, I don’t know what is. I’m not here to defend Bell, but I sure don’t get those of you who think Larkin should be manager just because he once played for the Reds. Greenfield Red May 13, 2019 This I completely agree with. I have no problem with Barry Larkin as Manager. But, he needs to manage in the minor leagues first and show he can do it. Wes May 13, 2019 Reds are only team in majors w a positive run differential and a loosing record. And they are +30 runs. That’s yuge! Compare that to pirates who are -35 yet 3 games over 500. Plus reds have been terrible all season in close games. Reds did a lot of things right in offseason except the most important thing- hire the right manager. When your track record of winning is as bad as anyone in majors- you needed to hire a winner and not your friends kid. Right the ship or watch it sink, but can reds ownership set their pride aside ?? Oldtimer May 13, 2019 https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CIN/1970.shtml good example of Reds team that “overachieved” based on Pythagorean W-L record predicted. 91-71 based on numbers but 102-60 based on results. Neil May 13, 2019 I rarely post — but I do agree with those questioning David Bell’s managerial acumen, and the decisions he’s made thus far. Baseball isn’t a board game that submits to pre-planned strategic moves that are dictated by set circumstances and/or data. There is an element of that, but by and large managing/coaching is situational, with data informing decisions, but not be the sole basis. Managers must have a feel for their players, the field conditions, the match-ups, the opposing manager, the mindset and emotional health of his players, etc. Additionally, baseball players are creatures of habit. I can’t help but believe the constantly fluctuating lineups and days off have affected some players’ rhythm. There is got to be some logical explanation why almost the entire team is hitting below their normal production levels. I will say I do think David Bell does a reasonably good job with the bullpen… Stock May 13, 2019 I think he does a terrible job with the bullpen. 1. Iglesias was spot on when he was critical of Bell’s use of him in tie ball games. 2. A man should be rested the day after going two innings. Especially when others are fresh. 3. Amir Garrett is not a LOOGY. He can actually get right handed hitters out. 4. When SP are as good as the Reds have been thus far you should not have as many appearances as Reds RP. It is not just innings but times up and down in the bullpen. I get the logic behind pitching Garrett to one batter and then Stephenson to 2 and then Duke to a batter. But by season’s end the bullpen will be gassed. terry m May 13, 2019 Stock you are right on !! Drives me crazy to see AG throw to a couple of batters and those warm ups are going to add up… Reaganspad May 13, 2019 My issue is his use of Stephenson who should be a multi inning pitcher. He gets 13-20 pitches and maybe 4 hitters in 1+ innings He should be going 2 innings routinely Tom May 13, 2019 The goal is to win. A manager should steer his team toward victory. He has to have vision. David Bell has never won as a manager and has in fact always underwhelmed. I think there may be some vision lacking. At this point the front office has every right to be upset, if they are, with where he has steered this team. If he isn’t on notice by now, he should be. Cguy May 13, 2019 Yeah 6-7 weeks into their first season let’s dump this Bell/ Johnson regime & their lousy team 3.36 ERA (NL best) & go back to the good ol’ days of Price/ Jenkins or Riggelman’s “fill-in” bunch with 4.6- 5.2 ERAs, shall we? RedsKoolAidDrinker May 13, 2019 Who has said to dump Johnson? Cguy May 14, 2019 What established, respected ML manager would even consider signing with the Cincinnati Reds & not naming their own coaching staff (including pitching coach)? I mentioned Derek Johnson because most of the criticisms were about pitching decisions. He’s in on those decisions. I don’t understand how people don’t see the dramatic improvement in Reds pitching. They’ve only had 7 weeks, Price had years. RedsKoolAidDrinker May 14, 2019 I’m VERY certain there would be plenty of candidates who would have no problem keeping Johnson; and more often than not the interim guy is always in-house (bench coach) anyways.