Solid performance by starting pitcher. Bullpen sets game on fire. Rinse, repeat. In this case, the bats – Brandon Phillips single, Jay Bruce single, Tucker Barnhart game-winning single – came through in the bottom of the ninth of a tied game.
The Reds won the series, despite the bullpen. /waves tiny Reds pennant/
Good Start Raisel Iglesias worked through the first nine Rockies batters without giving up a hit or walk. He ran into trouble in the fourth innings, giving up two runs. Iglesias then worked through the fifth and sixth and retired the first two batters in the seventh. But after giving up a double and the (apparent) game-tying single, Iglesias was lifted after 106 pitches. Key stats: Iglesias struck out eight and walked one.
All The Bullpen Meltdowns Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani gave up three runs in the eighth inning on two hits and three walks. They recorded no strikeouts. Bryan Price simply has no good options. It’s not his fault. The lack of decent arms in the bullpen is the product of Rebuilding Binder and injuries. Ross Ohlendorf pitched a clean ninth inning.
Bruce Hits #4 Jay Bruce started the scoring with a 2-run homer to right center field. Bruce is now two home runs shy of Adam Dunn’s record for long balls hit in GABP.
Duvall Goes Back-to-Back Adam Duvall followed up Bruce’s home run with one of his own to left field. It was Duvall’s first of the year, but he’s a good bet to hit 20 if he gets playing time. Duvall’s seventh-inning double to left field was followed up with a double by Tucker Barnhart, scoring the Reds fourth run.
Seven of Adam Duvall's ten hits this season have been extra-base hits. Six of those were doubles.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 20, 2016
First Hit A Big One Ivan De Jesus had been without a hit in his first 20 plate appearances. That was before his at bat in the bottom of the seventh when he doubled deep to right center, knocking in Tucker Barnhart with the Reds fifth run.
Fact Check I read this claim on Twitter and checked it out myself: Since 2010, Jay Bruce has more RBI in the National League than any other player. He’s ahead of Ryan Braun by 4. There are only eight players ahead of him if you count AL RBI. Remember this accomplishment tells you more about the number of base runners on in front of Bruce (Joey Votto … cough, cough) than anything. Plus power. Only Giancarlo Stanton has more NL home runs over that time.
Successful Appeal With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Rockies pinch hitter Ryan Rayburn lined a single to right. Dustin Garneau, who was on second after doubling, rounded third and scored. Garneau’s run tied the game, 3-3. But the Reds appealed, claiming that Garneau had not touched third base. The umpires agreed and the ruling on the field stood after Colorado appealed. Blake Wood, who had been brought in to replace Raisel Iglesias, threw the appeal to third base and was credited with an out. (That will be the answer to a trivia question sometime.) The score remained 3-2.
Sampson DFAd The Reds called up RHP Drew Hayes to take Robert Stephenson’s spot on the 25-man roster. Hayes had to be added to the 40-man roster so the Reds designated Keyvius Sampson for assignment. That means if no other teams claim Sampson he could stay in the Reds organization.
Pitching Plans Homer Bailey will start tomorrow night in Louisville. John Lamb will pitch on Friday for Louisville. Anthony DeSclafani will pitch on Saturday in AA Pensacola against Jackson. Doubt it’s an accident they are lined up like that.
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