The Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night
Anthony DeSclafani allowed just 2 ER in 6.1 IP for the Louisville Bats on Wednesday, scattering 7 hits in what will most likely be his final rehab start before returning to the big leagues to seize a rotation spot from (/checks notes) pretty much anyone currently there at the moment.
I’m irrationally excited to see Disco return to the Reds. That’s not because I view him as some form of savior, or anything, but more because it’s one of the very, very few interesting storylines on a team that’s just about as boring and lackluster as any in professional sports at the moment, and he’s the best damn new reason to tune in that they’ve got around at the moment. (Also, I’m just damn sick and tired of watching them roll starting pitchers out there to get mauled like they’re up against electric vampires riding tigerdragons every single freakin’ night.)
Congrats, Disco, and here’s to kicking the Reds’ butts into gear pronto.
The Bats fell to a miserable 16-33 on the season, and while that record ultimately doesn’t mean squat in the grand scheme of things in the way that the current Cincinnati Reds record doesn’t mean anything, it’s still yet another iteration of this franchise getting knocked around repeatedly.
As for the game, it was Anthony DeSclafani stating his final case for a return to the Reds with a solid overall outing against a New York Yankees AAA club that featured top prospects Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney as well as former Reds farmhand (and regular Yankee over the last two years) in Ronald Torreyes. Disco’s 6.2 innings of 7 hit, 2 ER ball were solid, but a pair of solo dingers he allowed were enough to thwart a lackluster Louisville offense.
Rosell “Sea Shell” Herrera doubled and scored, Nick “No. 2” Senzel walked and swiped a bag, but that was pretty much all she wrote.
These two clubs will do battle again on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET, and there will be pitchers on the mound, I assure you. Who they’ll be, though, is beyond me.
The Blue Wahoos - 21-31 on the season, by the way - managed to win behind Keury “Numma Numma” Mella on the mound despite the fact that he walked 7 against 6 Ks in his 5 innings of 3 ER ball. That came in part due to his own offense, as he clubbed a solo dinger.
At the plate, C.J. “Roy” McElroy bashed a dinger as part of his 2-hit night, Shed “Ball Don’t Lie” Long went 2 for 4 with a walk and a pair of steals, and all that helped Pensacola overcome facing former teammate Eric Jagielo and his 6th dinger of the season.
Seth “Herzog” Varner will toe the rubber when these two teams face one another on Thursday, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM ET.
The Tortugas had their previous postponed game re-postponed, and then had the doubleheader game they were also scheduled to play outright cancelled.
Daytona hasn’t played in days, which is a complete bummer since they feature the single best crop of talent in the entire Cincinnati system. They may, or may not, ever play another game again.
The Dragons are likely glad they were the home team in this one, as they managed to get a timely rain delay and eventual suspension while getting completely waxed by the Whitecaps just 3-outs before the game could be official, as they and their 1-hit were down a touchdown after 4 and a half innings.
They’ll resume play on Thursday, weather permitting - though the weather hasn’t exactly permitted much of anything of late.