The Reds have managed 4 runs in the past 32 innings. They’ve scored 3 or fewer in 8 of their last 9 games. Francisco Liriano had walked 17 batters in 21 innings this year, but the Reds failed to draw one in 6.2 innings. Meanwhile, Pirate batters drew five. The Reds have lost six in a row.
We’ve rightfully been wringing our hands over the pitching. But at least there are a handful of major league pitchers working their way back from injury. No such cavalry is on the horizon for the offense. TOS. The Reds front office has done an excellent job acquiring and developing a deep pitching system, but they have a long, long way to go in putting together the position player lineup of the future.
Failure to Perform Clause? Innings eater Alfredo Simon made it through 4 tonight. It was his second longest start out of five this year. Simon gave up six hits, 4 walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter, throwing 98 pitches before he was pulled with two runners on base. He also committed a bone-headed base-running mistake. Signing him for $2 million looks great. Gotta believe the $1.5 million in “performance bonuses” are out of reach, though.
Run, Billy Ran The Reds tied the game in the fifth inning when Billy Hamilton singled and scored on a double by Zack Cozart (Reds MVP) down the left field line. Hamilton’s slide evaded the tag at home.
Bullpen Report J.C. Ramirez gave up only one base runner in two innings. Tony Cingrani gave up two singles but that was the best control he’s had in a while. Cingrani’s fastball was measured at 95-96 mph throughout the inning, hitting 97 mph twice. Caleb Cotham hadn’t given up a home run until the 2-run blast he surrendered to pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez in the 8th.
Bad News on Pitchers From C. Trent Rosecrans: Raisel Iglesias felt a “pinch” in his right shoulder on Friday and was examined on Saturday. Anthony DeSclafani felt discomfort in his side during Friday night’s rehab start in Dayton. Bryan Price said he’s talked to DeSclafani, who said his side wasn’t painful, there was just an awareness of the muscle. “(It’s) probably a healed injury, but sometimes the scar tissue creates irritability, and that’s where we are with both those guys,” Price said.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.