–26 year old 2B Aaron Herr was the hitting star of the evening, going 3-4 with two doubles, a homer, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored. On the season, Herr is hitting .276/.327/.451 with 11 homers and 60 RBI.
–25 y/o Richie Gardner picked up his third win, going 5.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits. A quartet of former and future Reds relievers — Brad Salmon, Eddie Guardado, Gary Majewski, and Ricky Stone — combined to shut out the Knights the rest of the way.
–28 year old SS Caonabo Cosme went 2-4 with a homer, and that about covers it as far as the Lookout offense. Starter Sam Lecure pitched okay, though he took the loss. The 23 year old Lecure went 5.1 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. He walked two and struck out two.
Tampa 3, Sarasota 1 (A+)
–Not much to be excited about here. 24 y/o Robert Manuel took the loss, but pitched fairly effectively, giving up only 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. Manuel struck out 9 while walking only one; his ERA on the season is 2.89.
—Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Logan Parker had the only performance worth noting, as he continued his torrid July with a couple of hits. The 23 year old 1B is now hitting .286/.373/.413; that OPS is steadily climbing toward 800.
Billings 3, Great Falls 1 (Rookie)
–Outstanding pitching performance by 22 year old Luis Montano. Montano went 7 innings, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out four.
GCL Reds (Rookie) did not play.
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