LOUISVILLE, KY – Cody Reed started for Louisville on Tuesday afternoon and continued his command of International League batters giving the Triple-A affiliate a quality start, but eventually the Bats lost 3-2 to the Columbus Clippers.
The lone run he allowed came in the third inning. After a leadoff double, fly out, and then a hit batter, Reed surrendered a run-scoring single but got the next two batters out to end the threat, leaving runners stranded at first and second. After the run scored in the third inning, he retired seven batters in a row before he gave up back-to-back walks in the fifth.
His final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K, 2 HB. He threw 103 pitches (64 strikes). Reed’s nine strikeouts tied his season-high.
Reed has been solid on the mound in Triple-A. He has pitched at least five innings in each of his nine starts, and he has not given up more than three earned runs per start. In his last five, he has only given up a total of five earned runs.
After Thursday’s off-day, the Reds play 17-straight days before the All-Star Break. One of those games is a quick trip to St. Louis on Monday – after the series in D.C. and before the Brewers/Cubs home stand – to makeup a postponed game from late April. Combine that with Bronson Arroyo on the 10-day disabled list, Asher Wojciechowski clearing waivers and being assigned to the Bats, and the constant struggles of Cincinnati’s starting rotation, it is difficult to see Reed making too many more starts for Louisville.