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The Reds game in St. Louis has been cancelled due to severe weather. No date for a makeup yet.
Reds Fall to Cards
The Reds lost their Friday night game, 7-5, to the Cardinals. Tim Adelman had his struggles in this start.
Adelman went 5 1/3 innings. He had given up a three-run third, and was removed in a three-run sixth. He allowed eight runs, two homers, and a walk while striking out three. Blake Wood got the last two outs of the sixth but gave up one hits and two walks while doing so. Wandy Peralta gave up one run in the 7th then Raisel Iglesias pitched a scoreless 8th.
Scott Schebler hit a solo homer in the 2nd and Joey Votto a two-run shot in the 8th. Schebler, Votto, and Scooter Gennett had two hits each. Devin Mesoraco was 1-for-3 in his return from the disabled list.
Barrett Astin returned to the minors to make roster room for Mesoraco. The series continues Saturday.
Mesoraco to Return
Devin Mesoraco has been activated, and Barrett Astin sent back to the minors. The team plans to keep Stuart Turner around as a third catcher for now.
Reds Swept by Brewers
The Brewers completed the sweep this afternoon, as the Reds went down to defeat by a 9-4 score. It was a tough series for the pitching staff.
Rookie Davis came off the disabled list and got the start, but lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs on 11 hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Barrett Astin got the last out of the third, Cody Reed gave up one run in two innings, then Drew Storen got five outs, Wandy Peralta three, and Michael Lorenzen one.
Joey Votto, Adam Duvall, and Scott Schebler each crashed a solo homer. Schebler actually hit two. Arismendy Alcantara hit a double. Zack Cozart walked twice.
Phillip Ervin was sent back to the minors to make roster room for Davis. Cincinnati now stands at 10-12. The Reds will take a day off to recover, then play three this weekend in St. Louis.
More Roster Shenanigans
In today's roster news, the Reds have sent back Ariel Hernandez after his strong debut outing, and recalled Barrett Astin, all in the name of keeping a fresh arm around.
Reds Lose Slugfest
The Reds lost a high-scoring game to Milwaukee Monday night. The final score was 11-7.
Amir Garrett, so good in his first three starts, did not have it this time. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up 10 runs on eight hits and four walks with just one strikeout. The Brewers hit three homers off him, two by Eric Thames. On the bright side, Ariel Hernandez made his debut and went 2 2/3 scoreless, flashing his 100 mph fastball and giving up nothing while striking out five. Drew Storen pitched a scoreless inning, then Michael Lorenzen gave up one run in his frame.
Scott Schebler, Zack Cozart, and Stuart Turner had two hits each. Schebler hit a three-run homer in the third that kept the Reds in the game. Turner doubled twice, Schebler, Cozart, and Joey Votto each also hit a double. Votto and Cozart walked twice.
The series continues Tuesday night.
Reds Break Loss Streak
The Reds salvaged the final game of their weekend series by beating the Cubs Sunday afternoon. The final score was 7-5.
Bronson Arroyo, age 40 and with two years out of the majors, has been working to get his groove back and found it on Sunday. He went six innings and gave up two runs on three hits with no walks. They came on a two-run homer, of course. Arroyo struck out seven. The soft-tossingest guy in the majors who doesn't throw a knuckler lasted just 66 pitches, but hey, six good innings. Blake Wood got the call for the 7th but gave up hits to the first two he faced and was yanked for Wandy Peralta. Peralta got four outs while letting one run in, then gave way to Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias wasn't sharp, giving up three hits while getting five outs, and letting two runs (one earned) score, but it got the job done.
Scott Schebler had two hits, including a solo homer in the 6th. Eugenio Suarez and Patrick Kivlehan hit doubles. Suarez also walked twice. Cincinnati got their seven runs on just six hits and three walks so they were very efficient.
The Reds are 10-9 and in second place. They will spend the next week on the road to Milwaukee and St. Louis, with Thursday off.
The Reds sent down Lisalverto Bonilla after his five-inning outing, and brought up Ariel Hernandez from Pensacola to get a fresh arm. Just in case, you know?
Reds Lose Slugfest
A chilly day in Cincinnati quickly turned into a slugfest. Both teams hit three home runs. But while the Reds had 14 hits to 9 for the Cubs, the Reds failed to walk while the Cubs drew eight. The final was Cubs 12, Reds 8.
Cody Reed could not find the plate, walking the first two batters quickly then giving up a three-run homer to Anthony Rizzo. He threw 69 pitches in two innings of work, giving up four hits, five walks, and seven runs. Lisalverto Bonilla made his Cincinnati debut to absorb some damage, and gave up four runs in five innings of mop-up work. Robert Stephenson finished up with two innings giving up one run.
Joey Votto hit his own three-run homer in the first, which briefly tied the game, and Eugenio Suarez belted two homers, both solo shots. Votto and Suarez had three hits each, Jose Peraza and Scooter Gennett two hits each, but Gennett also misplayed a fly ball to right field into a triple for Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta.
Reds are down to .500 at 9-9. Final game of the series tomorrow.
Reds Fall in 11
Friday night the Reds lost in 11 innings to the Cubs. It was their third straight loss, and knocked them from first place for the first time in several days.
The Cubs had scored first on a Jason Heyward homer, but the Reds tallied three in the 4th on doubles by Eugenio Suarez and Zack Cozart, an intentional walk to Tucker Barnhart, and a double by pitcher Tim Adelman. The Cubs closed with a homer by Javier Baez, but Adam Duvall homered to make it 4-2 Cincinnati.
The Reds added a run in the 6th on a single and three walks, but 5-2 was their high-water mark. It held up until the 9th, when Michael Lorenzen gave up a three-run homer to Anthony Rizzo. That sent the game into extra innings, and the Cubs scored in the 11th on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly.
Adelman turned in a solid start, giving up two runs in six innings on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Drew Storen pitched a scoreless inning although he gave up a hit and walked a batter. Lorenzen also put a couple runs on but escaped in the 8th, but could not do the same in the 9th. Wandy Peralta pitched a scoreless 10th but Robert Stephenson gave up the winner in the 11th.
Suarez and Barnhart had two hits each, as the Reds hit much more than they had in the previous two games. They banged out 10 safeties and walked six times.
The club record is now 9-8 and the team is a half-game behind the Cubs, so a win on Saturday would put them back into first place.
Cingrani Out, Ervin In
The Reds have placed Tony Cingrani on the disabled list with a strained oblique. OF Phillip Ervin has been recalled to take the roster spot.
Reds Fall by a Run
We all figured the pitching would be the weak spot, again. But this week, it's been the offense coming up short. The Reds lost to the Orioles Thursday night by a 2-1 score in 10 innings.
Scott Feldman worked another fine start, giving up just one run in seven innings and that coming on a homer by Jonathan Schoop. He gave up four hits, didn't walk anybody, struck out four. Jose Iglesias pitched two scoreless frames. Blake Wood gave up a scratch run in the 10th but it was the difference.
Joey Votto's homer plated the only run for the Reds. Zack Cozart doubled for the only other hit, and Eugenio Suarez drew the only walk.
The Cubs now come into town for a three-game weekend series. Reds record is at 9-7 but they still hold first place.
Reds Are Shut Out
The offense couldn't get going on Wednesday night, and a terrific performance by Amir Garrett was for naught. The Reds lost 2-0.
Garrett gave up two runs in seven innings on seven hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts. The young man is looking more and more the picture of a major league pitcher. Michael Lorenzen and Wandy Peralta each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
In the batters' box, though, the Reds could only manage singles by Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart and four walks. Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton, who each walked, also stole bases.
The series wraps up tomorrow night.
Reds Pummel Orioles
The Reds tallied nine runs in the first three innings and coasted in for a big win on Tuesday night. The final was 9-3.
Bronson Arroyo had his best start so far, allowing three runs in five innings on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Blake Wood, Cody Reed, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen each followed with a scoreless inning of relief.
The biggest blow was a grand slam by Adam Duvall in the 2nd. Joey Votto added a two-run shot in the third. Tucker Barnhart, Jose Peraza, and Duvall each doubled. Billy Hamilton, Votto, and Duvall each had two hits. Votto and Zack Cozart each walked twice.
The series continues Wednesday.
Romano Down, Bonilla Up
The Reds sent Sunday starter Sal Romano back down to the minors, as expected. They called up a reliever, Lisalverto Bonilla. Bonilla is not making his major league debut, as he pitched briefly for the Rangers in 2014. He is 26. In two starts for Louisville this year, he is 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA. He will likely be assigned to long relief.
Reds Fall to Brewers, Drop Series
The Reds lost their Sunday afternoon game by a 4-2 score, meaning they lost their weekend series to the Brewers, who took three of four. Even worse, the rotation injuries continued to multiply.
Before the game, Sal Romano and Tim Adelman were called up from Louisville as Jesse Winker was sent back to triple-A and Brandon Finnegan hit the disabled list. Romano got the start but was pulled after throwing 82 pitches in three innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits (two of them homers) and four walks with two strikeouts. He seemed to be a little nervous. Adelman went in next and tossed four solid innings, giving up one run on two hits (actually, on a home run) didn't walk anyone and struck out five. Adelman continues to pitch well whenever the Reds use him. Blake Wood got four outs and Wandy Peralta two.
Arismendy Alcantara got the start at second but it didn't go well, as he went 0-for-3 and made two errors. He'll get better. Joey Votto hit two singles, Eugenio Suarez a two-run homer.
The Reds are 8-5 and still hold the division lead. They have Monday off then welcome in Baltimore for a three-game set.
Cincinnati had run into a hot Brewers team and struggled. They struggled at the start, but recovered to take a win in a Saturday afternoon tilt by a 7-5 score. Everyone was wearing #42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
The Brewers scored first with two runs in the first inning on three walks and a double. Starter Brandon Finnegan also threw a wild pitch. He was removed for the second for what was later announced as a lat strain.
Robert Stephenson came on and pitched the second, then in the bottom of the second Scott Schebler led off with a homer, Eugenio Suarez doubled, and Zack Cozart tripled to score him. A Tucker Barnhart groundout scored Cozart for a 3-2 Reds lead.
Stephenson gave up a homer in the third to tie the score, but otherwise was fine for three innings of one-run ball. Raisel Iglesias came in for the 5th. He gave up a homer in the 6th and the Brewers went back up 4-3. The Reds struck back in the bottom of the 6th. Suarez tripled and Scooter Gennett singled to drive him in. Cozart walked, and Jesse Winker pinch-hit for Iglesias. Winker doubled to score both runners and make the score 6-4.
Tony Cingrani came in to pitch the 7th and got two outs but then gave up a homer and a double, so Drew Storen was called in to quiet things down. He walked a batter and then retired the next to end the inning. The Reds added an insurance run in the 7th when Joey Votto doubled, Schebler singled, and Gennett doubled to score Votto. It was then 7-5, which would be the final.
Storen retired the side in the 8th, and Michael Lorenzen finished up in the 9th. The deed was done and the Reds were back on the winning side, running their record to 8-4.
The last game of the series is tomorrow afternoon.
The Reds took a 3-0 lead Friday night, but ended up losing to the unstoppable hordes of......Milwaukee? The final was 10-4.
For the first time this year, the bullpen blew up. The Brewers scored two in the fourth, then four runs each in the 6th and 7th. Starter Scott Feldman struggled, giving up two runs in five innings on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts. Blake Wood then started the 6th but gave up three hits while getting two outs, so Wandy Peralta entered...and gave up a grand slam. He did get an out. Michael Lorenzen then gave up four in the 7th on four hits. Cody Reed finished up with two scoreless innings as if to say "why am I not starting Sunday?"
Patrick Kivlehan, starting in right field, had two hits. Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Joey Votto a solo shot in the 3rd. Before the game, Jesse Winker was promoted from triple-A and Barrett Astin sent down. Astin, after his two-inning stint Thursday night, was not going to pitch again before the team needed a Sunday starter. Winker added a bat on the bench. He pinch-hit Friday and struck out.
Sal Romano will get the call to start on Sunday.
So, the bad news is the two losses in a row. The good news is the Reds are 7-4 and in first place.
Winning Streak Ends
The Reds' winning streak came to an end Thursday night as they lost to Milwaukee by a 5-1 score. All good things must end.
Bronson Arroyo fared somewhat better in his second start, but still struggled. He went six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, two of them homers. He walked none and struck out two. Drew Storen went one scoreless inning and Barrett Astin two.
Zack Cozart had three of the team's five hits. The only run scored in the first when Billy Hamilton led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on Jose Peraza's fly fall and scored on Joey Votto's.
This was the first of a four-game series.
And Now It's Four
Cincinnati tallied another win Wednesday night for a sweep of the series in Pittsburgh. The final was 9-2. The game was scoreless through four innings before the Reds broke through with four runs in the fifth, and added four more in the 7th.
Amir Garrett made the start and was once again impressive, going 6 2/3 innings giving up five hits and walking nobody with five strikeouts. He was working on a shutout before being removed after giving up a two-run homer. Blake Wood got the last out of the 7th, then Robert Stephenson was called in to get some work. Bob Steve followed his first terrible outing by pitching two scoreless innings this time. He gave up two hits, only walked one, and struck out four.
Jose Peraza, Eugenio Suarez, and Tucker Barnhart had three hits each. Those three plus Zack Cozart and Scott Schebler had doubles. Peraza also walked twice.
The Reds are now 7-2 and return home to begin a four-game series with the Brewers. The Orioles and then the Cubs will follow them into town.
The Reds have placed starter Rookie Davis on the disabled list following his encounter with a hit-by-pitch last night. Reliever Barrett Astin has been recalled to take the roster spot. No word on who will take Davis' turn in the rotation when it comes around on Sunday, but smart money is on Cody Reed.
First-Place Reds Win Third in a Row
The Reds took their third win in a row with a 6-2 victory in Pittsburgh Tuesday night. The game followed a rain delay of over an hour.
Rookie Davis was better his second time out, but still struggled with command. He threw 88 pitches in four innings, giving up two hits and four walks while striking out three. He was charged with one run, which came on a steal of home. Davis was removed after being hit on the wrist by a pitch.
It was time for the bullpen again, which came through as usual, 2017 being the opposite of 2016 so far. Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless 5th, Drew Storen gave up one unearned run in the 6th. Wandy Peralta hurled a scoreless 7th, and Blake Wood came on for the 8th but gave up two hits while getting one out. Raisel Iglesias was summoned for a five-out save and did the job.
Adam Duvall got the scoring started with a solo homer in the 2nd, and Scooter Gennett sealed the deal with a three-run shot in the 8th. Gennett had three hits, Duvall and Eugenio Suarez two hits each. Gennett and Jose Peraza hit doubles.
The Reds finish their Pittsburgh series tonight.
The Reds continued their strong play and terrific bullpen work, taking a win over the Pirates to win the series opener on Monday night. The final score was 7-1.
Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow could not find the plate, walking five and giving up four hits before being removed only 1 2/3 innings in. He was charged with five runs. The Reds had a 5-0 lead after two innings, with Brandon Finnegan on the mound and looking to build on his fine first start.
Except Finnegan couldn't, having his own control issues. When he walked in a run in the third inning, manager Bryan Price pulled the trigger, going to the bullpen early. And the bullpen shut the door, giving up exactly nothing over seven innings. It was a thing of beauty.
Finnegan was charged with one run in two innings on four hits and five walks with four strikeouts. The stuff was there, the location was not. Michael Lorenzen got the call with the bases loaded and none out, and got three outs quickly. He pitched a total of three innings, Cody Reed three more, and one for Wandy Peralta. And the bullpen was perfect.
Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez each homered, the second of the season for each. Billy Hamilton had three hits and two steals, Jose Peraza two hits, Suarez walked three times.
The series continues tomorrow night.
Reds Rout Cardinals to Take Series
The Reds took a lead in the second when Adam Duvall led off with a homer, and rode it all the way for an 8-0 win, their third shutout of the season. Scott Feldman and the bullpen delivered.
Feldman went six innings, gave up four hits, walked one and struck out six. He was putting his pitches right where he wanted all day. Blake Wood tossed two scoreless and Tony Cingrani finished in the 9th.
Joey Votto also homered. Zack Cozart tripled, and there were doubles from Stuart Turner, Scott Schebler, and Billy Hamilton. Duvall had three hits, Eugenio Suarez two.
The Reds are 4-2, having won their first two series. They head to Pittsburgh for three games before heading back to Cincinnati for a ten-game homestand.
Reds Drop First Saturday Tilt
The Reds lost their Saturday afternoon game in St. Louis by a 10-4 score. Bronson Arroyo's return to a Reds uniform was unsuccessful, as was Robert Stephenson's first game of 2017.
Arroyo's first major league start after two seasons away showed a mid-80s fastball and difficulty keeping the ball in the park. He went four innings and gave up two homers among six hits and three walks for six runs. He struck out three. Stephenson came on in relief and had trouble finding the plate, though on-screen strike zones showed him getting squeezed a bit. That happens when you have trouble locating. He walked six and gave up three hits in 1 2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing three runs. Wandy Peralta then went 1 1/3 scoreless, but Drew Storen gave up two hits, two walks and a run in his inning.
Eugenio Suarez had two of the Reds' seven hits. Those two knocks were a double and a homer. Scott Schebler also homered, Zack Cozart hit a triple, and Joey Votto doubled.
Several Reds got their first starts of the year, with Arismendy Alcantara getting the call in center field, Patrick Kivlehan in right, and Scooter Gennett getting his second start, this time at second base.
The Reds are now 3-2, and the last game of the St. Louis series is tomorrow.