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A day-to-day record of the mind of a Cincinnati Reds fan.

Updated: 2017-12-13T09:19:36.608-05:00


Roster Moves


The Reds have activated Brandon Finnegan and Anthony DeSclafani from the 60-day disabled list, outrighted Patrick Kivlehan and Deck McGuire to Louisville, and lost Chad Wallach and Zach Vincej on waivers.

The 40-man roster stands at 33.

Yeah, I don't know if I'm actually back or not.  This post is sort of a test.



Homer Bailey is back!  He has been activated to make today's start.  Best wishes to him!

Book Review: Big League Dream


I recently received a review copy of the new book Big League Dream by Roy Berger.  It's a book about the adult fantasy camps many teams now hold in the offseason, but it's also about more than that.  I really enjoyed this book.

It's a book of family, and memories, and the many things we all love about baseball.  The author is a veteran businessman whose wife bought him a trip to a Pirates fantasy camp several years ago, and he got the bug and has kept going ever since to the camps of several different teams.  Those camps have allowed him to meet many big league veterans, who staff such camps, and Berger tells stories of them from camps and from their baseball careers.

The book is fun when Berger writes about the camps, a bit slow when he recounts the careers of ex-players like Maury Wills, Ron Swoboda, and Gary Bell, but wonderful when he recounts the tales spun by these athletes from their careers.  My personal favorites were the stories of Kent Tekulve, both from his original signing, his mound exploits (there is a laugh-out-loud story of Teke and Willie Stargell during the 1979 World Series) and the touching moments of his recent heart transplant.

It's a gentle story of the hopes and dreams of some people who made it to the major leagues, and of those who didn't but do get to hang out with them for a week in the winter.  You'll meet some nice people and hear some great stories in this book.  I recommend it.

It's a Draft


With the #2 pick in the 2017 draft, the Reds have selected Hunter Greene from Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, CA, the alma mater of the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton.  Greene is a pitcher and shortstop.  He has major league potential in the infield, but is projected as a future star on the mound and will concentrate on that.  The Reds may let him play shortstop this year, then work on stretching him out as a starter in 2018.

With the 32nd pick in the draft, the Reds select Jeter Downs, a shortstop from Pace HS in Miami Gardens, FL.

With the 38th pick in the draft, the Reds select Stuart Fairchild, and outfielder from Wake Forest.  I refuse to believe this is a real person's name.

Roster Update


The Reds claimed P Jake Buchanan off waivers from the Cubs.  He's a 27-year old right-hander with 50 innings of big-league experience, with a 3.75 ERA in that space.  He has mostly started in the minors, with a 4.15 ERA.

To make room the Reds put Amir Garrett on the disabled list and designated for assignment Peter O'Brien, who had been picked up off waivers a couple weeks ago.  Easy come, easy go.

Feldman Gets It Done


Scott Feldman gave the Reds their first strong start in a while, and the Reds came up with a win Monday night.  The final was Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 1.

Feldman gave up one run in six innings, on a solo homer.  He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out nine.  Wandy Peralta, Michael Lorenzen, and Raisel Iglesias each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Billy Hamilton and Tucker Barnhart had two hits each; Scott Schebler hit a solo homer, Barnhart and Joey Votto hit doubles.

The series continues Tuesday night.

Reds Lose


Reds lost today.  Bronson Arroyo gave up four home runs.  Cleveland next.

Reds End Winning Streak


The Reds took an early lead, then fell behind, and came back to win and end their seven-game losing streak.  The final was 12-8.

Cincinnati gave up a run to Colorado in the first to go behind 1-0, then in the bottom of the second Eugenio Suarez walked, Jose Peraza reached on an error, and Devin Mesoraco singled to score Suarez.  Then in the third Joey Votto singled with one out, Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch, Suarez walked to load the bases, Scott Schebler hit a sacrifice fly, and Peraza singled to score Duvall.  The Reds lead 3-1.

A run in the 4th and six more in the 5th put the Rockies up by an 8-3 score and knocked out starter Tim Adelman.  Suarez homered in the bottom of the 5th to make it 8-4.  Then came the bottom of the 6th.

Devin Mesoraco started things off with a long home run.  Then Scooter Gennett singled, Zack Cozart walked, Votto walked, Duvall singled to score Gennett, Suarez hit a sacrifice fly to score Cozart, and with the score at 8-7 Schebler hit a home run for three runs and the lead.

Two more scored in the 7th on two walks and two singles with an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly.  That created the final score.

Adelman gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts.  Drew Storen was charged with two runs in 1/3 of an inning.  Then Asher Wojciechowski made his major league debut (the 20th pitcher and 11th rookie pitcher of the year for the Reds) and went 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  Raisel Iglesias got the last out.

The series concludes tomorrow.

Roster Shenanigans


The Reds promoted Asher Wojciechowski from Louisville, put catcher Stuart Turner on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, and moved pitcher Nefi Ogando to the 60-day disabled list after his recurrent shoulder injury.  This provides an extra arm for the hard-working bullpen.

Wojciechowski was a supplemental round pick by the Blue Jays in the 2010 draft.  He pitched 16 1/3 innings for Houston in 2015 with a 7.16 ERA.  He has a 1.40 ERA in five starts for Louisville this year.  So, he gets a chance to spend some time with the big club.

Reds Lose 7th in a Row


The Reds went down to their seventh loss in a row on Friday night, falling 12-6 to the Rockies.  This streak has been a result of poor starting pitching.  The piecemeal rotation has collapsed.  The offense hasn't done badly, though Jose Peraza has been slow to recover from his poor start.  The only starter throwing with anything near consistency is Scott Feldman.  I have high hopes for Amir Garrett, but he's going through his growing pains right now.

Roster shenanigans


I forgot to note yesterday that Amir Garrett had been recalled to make the start, with Barrett Astin returning to Louisville.  It didn't' go well, but such is life.

Reds Swept


The Reds lost their Wednesday and Thursday games to the Cubs, getting swept in the three-game road series.  Their record is down to 19-21 and they are in 4th place in the NL Central, four games back.

It's back home now for three with the Rockies over the weekend, then two with Cleveland, then over to Cleveland for two more.  That will be followed with three in Philadelphia and three in Toronto to finish out the month.

Reds Fall to Cubs


Bronson Arroyo was rather rudely knocked about and the Reds' record fell back to .500.  The Cubs beat Cincinnati on Tuesday night by a 9-5 score.

Arroyo gave up five runs in five innings on eight hits (two of them homers) and two walks with one strikeout.  Blake Wood came in to start the 6th but got just one out while giving up three hits and two walks.  He only got charged with two runs, though.  Robert Stephenson gave up one run in 1 2/3, and Michael Lorenzen a run in his inning.  Both of those were on solo homers.

Billy Hamilton, Zack Cozart, Joey Votto, and Jose Peraza had two hits each.  Cozart hit a solo homer in the first, Tucker Barnhart a solo in the second, and Votto a two-run shot in the 7th.

The series continues Wednesday night.

Reds Claim O'Brien


The Reds have claimed Peter O'Brien off waivers from the Royals and optioned him to Louisville.  Brandon Finnegan was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.

O'Brien is 26 years old, a right-handed hitter who plays left field and first base.  He has 74 major league at bats, all with Arizona.  He has a .176 batting average and 6 home runs in that time.  That provides a decent picture of him as a hitter, a guy with big power but contact issues.  The hope is he becomes another Adam Duvall, but probably without the plus defense.

He's hit .263 with 119 homers in 540 games in the minors, .259 with 53 homers in 263 games of triple-A.  Worst case, he's a power bat for Louisville this year.  Best case, he hits some homers as a bench player for the major league team.

Reds Fall Again to Giants


The Reds trailed 7-0 after two innings, and the deal was sealed.  The final score was 8-3.

Tim Adelman had the start, and lasted just one inning giving up four runs on three hits and two walks.  It was later announced he had a neck strain.  Barrett Astin came in and threw three innings and gave up three runs on three hits and two walks with a strikeout.  Austin Brice gave up one run in two innings.  Blake Wood and Raisel Iglesias tossed a scoreless inning each.  Fortunately the hard-working bullpen had gotten a day off Saturday with Lisaverto Bonilla's complete game.

Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto, and Jose Peraza had two hits each.  Peraza hit a triple, Votto, Tucker Barnhart, and Adam Duvall each hit a double.

The Reds' record is now 19-18 after the three straight losses in San Francisco.  The club has Monday off, then plays three in Chicago against the Cubs.

Reds Open Road Trip with Win


Heading west, the Reds opened their road show with a win in San Francisco.  The final score was 3-2.

Bronson Arroyo often seems to be throwing  barely hard enough for the ball to reach home plate, but he pitched six innings and gave up only two runs, both on solo homers.  He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three.  It's hard to tell how it works, but it does.  Drew Storen got two outs but gave up two hits, Wandy Peralta got four outs, and Raisel Iglesias the final three.

The Reds scored a run in the 4th when Billy Hamilton singled, Zack Cozart doubled, and a Joey Votto groundout brought in Hamilton.  They scored their second run in the 6th mostly on Hamilton's legs, when he singled, moved to second on Cozart's groundout, and scored on Votto's single.  They scored the winner in the 8th when Scooter Gennett, who had just entered the game on a double-switch, tripled and Cozart doubled him in.

Cincinnati is 19-15 and in second place in the NL Central, a half-game behind the Cardinals.

Offense Continues to Struggle


Lisalverto Bonilla came up with a terrific spot start...but the offense couldn't get going again.  The Reds lost Saturday night by a score of 3-1.

Bonilla went the whole way, which was eight innings and 98 pitches, and gave up three runs, mostly on two solo homers.  He allowed six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Scott Schebler had two hits, including a solo homer for the only Cincinnati run.  Jose Peraza walked twice.

The series concludes Sunday.

Reds Lose in 17


This one ended early this morning, or about 3:45, our time.  It was also a loss, 3-2 in 17 innings.  That's a lot of baseball.

Scott Feldman gave up two runs in seven innings on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts.  Then it was ten innings of bullpen: One each for Wandy Peralta and Michael Lorenzen, two for Blake Wood, one for Drew Storen, two for Austin Brice, and then 2 1/3 for Robert Stephenson before he gave up the home run to Buster Posey that ended it.

Scott Schebler had three hits, Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett two hits each.  Gennett hit a triple and Tucker Barnhart a double.

The series continues Saturday afternoon.

Roster Shenanigans


Today's roster move involved sending Rookie Davis to the minors and calling up Lisalverto Bonilla for the bullpen.  Not sure who will make the Sunday start at this point.

New Winning Streak?


Cincinnati fell behind early, but a five-run second inning provided all the runs needed for a win over the Yankees Tuesday night.  The final score was 5-3.

The New Yorkers had scored one run in each of the first two innings for the lead going to the bottom of the second.  Scott Schebler led off for the Reds with a single.  Jose Peraza singled, and Devin Mesoraco walked to load the bases.  One out later Billy Hamilton singled to drive in two.  Zack Cozart singled to re-load the bases, and Joey Votto singled to score two more.  Adam Duvall then singled to score the fifth run.  Six singles and a walk made for five runs.

Tim Adelman started and gave up three runs in five innings on five hits (two of them homers) and two walks with six strikeouts.  Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias pitched two scoreless innings each.

Hamilton had two hits and Votto walked twice.  All eight hits by the Reds were singles.

Wednesday is an off day, then the Reds hit the road for a week.  The trip starts with four games in San Francisco, then a day off, then three games in Chicago with the Cubs.

Winning Streak Ends


The Reds' winning streak was stopped at five Monday night when the Yankees came to town.  Damn Yankees.

Rookie Davis struggled as rookie pitchers are wont to do.  He lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts.  Command was a problem.  Austin Brice got two outs, Blake Wood pitched a scoreless inning, Drew Storen gave up one run in his inning,  Barrett Astin gave up three runs in his inning, and finally Wandy Peralta tossed a scoreless frame.

The Reds did manage 11 hits, including two each by Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart.  Votto homered in the 7th and Barnhart managed a double.

The brief series concludes Tuesday night.

Feldman Spins Shutout Victory


Veteran starter Scott Feldman went the distance in Sunday's game, allowing just four hits and no runs to record a 4-0 victory over the Giants.

Feldman walked one and struck out five, throwing 119 pitches.  He lowered his ERA to 3.76.  And it was with Belt, Pence, and Posey in the lineup, so this wasn't the B team he was beating.

Cincinnati scored twice in the first.  Billy Hamilton reached on an error, Joey Votto singled, Eugenio Suarez singled to score Hamilton, and Scooter Gennett singled in Votto.  Then, Scott Schebler homered in the 3rd and Zack Cozart in the 5th for insurance runs.  Only seven hits and one walk after the offensive explosions of Friday and Saturday, but it was plenty on this day.

The Reds are now 17-14 and in first place by themselves pending the results of the Cubs game tonight.  The Yankees come to town for two games Monday and Tuesday.

Garrett Sent Down?


The Reds sent Amir Garrett to the minors and called up Barrett Astin.

In six starts, Garrett is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA, so on that level it is confusing.  The Reds say it is to hold his innings down.  The general consensus is that it is an attempt to keep him from getting a full year of service for contract purposes.

Cincinnati does have two off days in the next ten, but it does seem odd to send the team inning pitched leader to the minors.

Reds Rout Giants Again


Saturday night was very much a replay of the Friday game:  soggy, with lots or Reds making their way around the basepaths.  The final was 14-2.

Amir Garrett went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts.  Robert Stephenson then finished up with three innings of hitless, scoreless relief walking one and striking out two.

This time every position player starter got a hit except Jose Peraza, who at least scored a run and drove in one.  Patrick Kivlehan got the right field start and had four hits, Billy Hamilton had three hits, and Zack Cozart, Joey Votto, Adam Duvall, and Eugenio Suarez had two hits each.  Duvall, Kivlehan, and Suarez homered.  Hamilton had a triple, and Hamilton, Suarez, Votto, Cozart, and Arismendy Alcantara doubled.

Cincinnati is now 16-14 and back into a tie with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central.  The series concludes Sunday.

Reds Rout Giants


San Francisco starter Matt Cain had nothing, and the Reds paraded around the bases in a rain-soaked game Friday night to go back above .500.  The final score was 13-3.

Bronson Arroyo lasted 5 1/3 innings throwing 95 pitches and giving up three runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  Blake Wood followed with 1 2/3 innings and Austin Brice with two innings.

The offense scored in every inning except the 7th, and every position player starter got a hit save for Joey Votto, who walked four times, and Devin Mesoraco, who walked twice.  The Reds had 16 hits and 12 walks.  Billy Hamilton, Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler, and Jose Peraza had three hits each.  Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall had two hits.  Peraza and Hamilton tripled, Duvall and Cozart doubled.

The Reds are 15-14.  The series continues Saturday.