Recent trade acquisition Dilson "Pickle" Herrera has been fairly quiet since his arrival with the Reds, mostly because he hasn't started and played a full game since August 8th. That streak finally broke Monday night, as the young infielder went 1-for-4 with a triple out of the second spot in the order, driving in a run in the process. "Uncle" Jesse Winker had the night off, so it was up to Hernan "Wants To Be A Dentist" Iribarren, Carlos "Tinfoil" Triunfel and Seth Mejias-Brean "Burrito" to Votto in his place, each finishing with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
On the mound, Rookie "Jim Morris" Davis wasn't the disaster he was in his first two games as a Bat, but wasn't nearly as dominant as he was in his third. He went five innings and allowed five runs, four run earned, to score on eight hits and one walk while striking out just two. See you next time, Rookie. A.J. "Zack" Morris, Keyvius "King" Sampson and Dayan "Hide Away" Diaz combined to shut out the Hens the rest of the way.
Cody Reed will make his Louisville return on the mound Tuesday, because sad face. Game time is set for 7:05p.m.
The top of the order was terrific for Pensacola here, starting with Alex "The Great" Blandino's 1-2 night at the plate that included a double, stolen base, and three walks. Phillip "Phlava" Ervin followed him with four walks and a stolen base, with Sebastian "Lizard People" Elizalde going 3-for-5 with a double and 2 ribbie's in the 3-hole. Heck yeah. Joe "Swanson" Hudson collected three hits of his own, while Taylor "Jordin" Sparks chipped in with two hits and two driven in.
Tyler "Good Golly, Miss" Mahle got the start on the hill, going five innings and allowing five runs on six hits while striking out five and walking none. Evan "Williams" Mitchell, "Saving" Abel De Los Santos and Alejandro "Jhoulys" Chacin were nails for the remaining four innings out of the pen to seal the win.
Jackson Stephens will look to go back to being immortal when he gets the ball for Pensacola on Tuesday, with game time set for 7:05p.m.
Daytona was off on Monday, but you can check back in with the Heiress and her countrymen on Tuesday at 7:05p.m. Ismael Guillon will get the start.
I very sincerely pity any Reds fan who is not paying attention to what their first round draft pick is doing on the farm right now. Nick "Jesus Christ" Senzel did that Senzel thing again, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, two walks, a stolen base and four RBI's. The Midwest League trembles. Daniel "Sugar" Sweet was solid, going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, his second straight 2-hit effort following four straight hitless games that plummetted his BA more than 50 points. Brantley "Ring My" Bell and "King" James "Bible" Vasquez each collected a pair of hits as well.
I pepper you with good news up top to bring you bad news down here. Tony Santillan was awful again. He retired just two batters in this start, walked four, gave up three hits, and allowed four runs to score. Hopefully he figures things out in time to finish 2016 on a positive note. Lucas Benanati, for his part, tossed five one-hit shutout innings in relief.
Ty Boyles will lead Dayton back onto the field on Tuesday, with first pitch slated for 7:00p.m.
T.J. Friedl's inspired pro debut continued on Monday, knocking three hits, including a double, and driving in a pair. Gabriel "Game" Ovalle had two hits, and that was pretty much it for Billings' offense in this one.
The pitching was even less impressive, with with Moises "Alou" Nova lasting just three innings and yielding six runs, five earned, on four hits, walking five and fanning two. Brian "Crocodile" Hunter and Keenan "Good Burger" Kish shut out the Osprey for the next three innings out of the pen. Whatever. Osprey are probably stupid animals anyway.
Max Wotell will get the start for Billings on Tuesday when they take the stupid Osprey on again, with the game starting at 9:05p.m. EST.
The Baby Reds were off on Monday, but they'll have Mystery Pitcher on the bump when they get back at it against the Baby A's on Tuesday.