After last night’s 5-1 loss, the Reds (9-15) have now lost six straight ballgames and have sunk below a .400 winning percentage. On the bright side, somehow they still aren’t last in the NL Central. On the not so bright side, ace and today’s starter Raisel Iglesias has been scratched with shoulder inflammation.

Starting Pitchers
Following stats are 2016

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In Iglesias’ place will be righty Tim Adleman making his major-league debut and becoming the third Reds player to do so this season. Adleman’s long road to the big leagues included being cut by the Florence Freedom and multiple independent league stops. Last season–his first starting–Adleman put up a 2.64 ERA in 150.0 innings pitched for AA Pensacola.

For the Pirates will be Jeff Locke, their mid-rotation innings eater. Locke has had two strong starts and two pretty terrible starts so far in 2016 but is coming off of a 6.0 inning, eight strikeout blanking of the Rockies. Locke’s other strong start came against the Reds to start the year, as he scattered seven hits to allow only one run in 6.0 innings.

Starting Lineups

Reds Pirates
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Tim Adleman (P)
1. John Jaso (1B)
2. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
3. Josh Harrison (2B)
4. Starling Marte (LF)
5. Gregory Polanco (RF)
6. Sean Rodriguez (3B)
7. Jordy Mercer (SS)
8. Chris Stewart (C)
9. Jeff Locke (P)

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Waiting Game
The Reds are still hesitant to pull the trigger on bringing Anthony DeSclafani back up to the major league team, as he felt some sensation in the last inning of his rehab start a couple days ago. Manager Bryan Price called the situation a “wait and see,” hoping not to re-injur DeSclafani’s arm by pushing him too hard.

DatDude still at it
Brandon Phillips pulled off another one of his signature behind-the-back flips last night, beating the runner by a step and a half.

Concluding Thoughts
The Reds just need to win again. All of this losing is tiresome, and it’s not too fun to write about. Maybe the club just needs to go on the apple-a-day policy–it’s different, it could work.

Go Reds!

220 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    Sunday pitching bad news…….
    Iggy to 15 day DL; “shoulder impingement”
    Adelman up to take Iggy spot; for those keeping track, Kyle Skipworth (C) to 60 day DL to make run for Adelman on the 40 man.

    B.Price told the media that Homer Bailey has experienced a “slight setback” and is “on hold”. Reds do not believe it is serious……

    All this courtesy C.Trent (@ctrent) via Twitter.

    • ohiojimw

      At this rate, how long are they going to be able to dance around bringing up Stephenson and perhaps Cody Reed and moving Garrett and probably Rookie Davis to AAA to be the next men up?

    • vegastypo

      Bailey too? So the only starter the Reds really have coming back is John Lamb. Or is there bad news about him that I just haven’t heard about ? …..

      • ohiojimw

        Well Lamb is supposed to pitch for Louisville Monday night after going 8 innings and having arguably his best ever professional outing for Louisville last week. Originally they said he would make at least 3 rehab starts. The next one will be his fourth. Jump to your own conclusions 🙂

      • vegastypo

        Maybe they meant three reasonable starts, since Price was none too happy with one of them, from a work ethic as much as the numbers, even though the numbers were pretty pathetic too. … But if Lamb is ready, he should be with the big club.

      • ohiojimw

        I think you may be right; and, I also agree that with what has happened with Bailey, Disco, and Iglesias, if Lamb is ready, they should pull him from the 4th rehab and drop him into MLB rotation sometime this week.

    • David

      C. Trent is twittering valuable baseball team intelligence? How soon until Price yells at him again? This is why we are losing!!! (snark)

  2. DHud

    This is becoming a joke, right? One team can’t actually have all these pitchers getting hurt and then suffering setbacks this frequently, right??

    • ohiojimw

      Bailey actually has been (well) ahead of the curve for pitchers coming back from TJ surgery. As long as his issue doesn’t turn out to be serious, I think it will be seen as just a part of the process. Frustrating for sure given the Reds overall pitching situation but part of the TJ recovery process nonetheless.

      • vegastypo

        You know, during spring training, I heard Price say on more than one occasion that Bailey was doing so well that they conceivably could have had him ready for opening day, but they were going to be cautious. …. All of these injuries and all of these setbacks make me wonder about the Reds precautions.

  3. vegastypo

    On Brandon’s behind-the-back flip, it also took a nice reaction from Votto. He couldn’t have expected that kind of toss, and when it came, he really had to react fast and still keep his foot on the bag. … I won’t praise Joey for his defense too often, but that was a nice play.

  4. vegastypo

    Apparently, today’s Tim Adleman debut will be the free game of the day on mlb.com.

  5. Patrick Jeter

    Interesting lineup… never thought I’d see Billy bat 2nd…

    • ohiojimw

      And a guy who has arguably been their most consistent (I hesitate to say best) hitter of late, Barnhart gets dropped to #8.

  6. Indy RedMan

    Competitive has been pushed back to 2019 due to general soreness and ineptitude but they don’t think he has to go on the DL (decades long) but they’re taking it year to year just to be safe

  7. DHud

    Just roll the ball up there. BP will still swing at it. He’ll swing at anything

  8. james garrett

    Man on third and one out and don’t score.Its doesn’t matter who pitches when we can’t score

  9. seat101

    I’ve been laid up, after back surgery, and the highlight of my recovery time was going to be watching the Reds games……

    I am a big fan of the Reds and always hopeful. Even a nice first inning by the new pitcher doesn’t raise my hopes anymore

    I guess I have Charlie Brown syndrome

  10. VaRedsFan

    Retro uni’s for the Pirates are cool to see despite the being, well you know, the Pirates

  11. VaRedsFan

    Billy guns down Polanco at 2nd…nice throw. Polanco TOOTBLAN for loafing down the 1st base line.

  12. Indy RedMan

    Nice to see a guy trying to hang in the big leagues by busting it down the line Simon style! What is with our lack of effort? I think it was a Met that hit a smash right to Votto and he dropped it and barely beat the guy to the bag because he was running so hard. There might be 3 Reds that would’ve done the same thing?

    • seat101

      Let’s see if he learned his lesson. I agree with you, if this guy really wants to stick in major leagues he needs to take advantage of every opportunity he gets. I can’t blame this one on the manager, because he just joined the team. It might say more about what’s going on down in Louisville.

  13. VaRedsFan

    Ademan has faced the minimum thru 3.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Right down the middle Votto. I’m not sure why he is standing there in disbelief of the call. He did that on Friday also.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Yet anothe web gem by BP, diving to his right to get the bullet hit by Jaso.

  16. seat101

    Help me out here. The picture has some very long strands coming from his club. Wasn’t there a playoff game where the picture had to change gloves because he had so many things hanging from it? It’s a vague memory for me. Or perhaps it’s just all the drugs I’m taking. Either way can you help me out?

  17. DHud

    Cozart walked! He took a walk! A Reds batter DREW A WALK!

  18. VaRedsFan

    No hit for Billy, in the force out at 3rd.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Votto decides to SWING at that strike and delivers the RBI single

  20. VaRedsFan

    2 RBI Double by Bruce give the Reds the lead! Good inning.

    • VaRedsFan

      That’s what you do to inside fastballs!

  21. vegastypo

    If I heard right, Marty was questioning sending Votto, knowing BP would get the intentional walk. But the way BP hits ground balls, it’s a force-out waiting to happen with Votto on first base, plus the chance that maybe the Pirates throw through to try to get Votto stealing, and Hamilton is able to score.

    Nice to see Bruce come through !!

  22. VaRedsFan

    Great jump by Hamilton to flag down McCuthchen’s shot

    • Big56dog

      He has no idea how to pitch at this level, does he not know after getting the lead you walk the first hitter and then run your pitch count up so price is forced to go to the bullpen

  23. VaRedsFan

    88 pitches through 6 for Adleman. 1 earned run

    • David

      Don’t be such a Debbie Downer. 🙂

  24. ohiojimw

    Cody Reed has thrown 6 scoreless innings today for Louisville. Per the team Twitter (@LouisvilleBats), 66 pitches, 45 strikes, I believe only 1 hit.

    • ohiojimw

      So, Adelman was batter to batter in the 7th following Finnegan being left to twist in the wind in a more severe situation and higher pitch count in the 7th versus the Metz in a 3-1 game.

  25. vegastypo

    If Adleman was on THAT SHORT of a leash, why not pinch hit for him in the top of the inning, when a runner was in scoring position? Extra run would have been nice.

    • Big56dog

      Lefty lefty matchup Price cannot resist, probably makes the switch even if he gets an out

  26. DHud

    But I don’t want it to be a bullpen game!

  27. Big56dog

    Odds Cingranni gets thru inning without
    Walk
    Lead

  28. seat101

    Charlie Brown approaches the football… Lucy Van Pelt is holding… And it’s a call to the bullpen

  29. preacherj

    I should just pretend the game is over now before the bullpen mutilates it.

  30. VaRedsFan

    Duvall gave FULL EFFORT going after that ball. Heck of a try.

    • jessecuster44

      A for effort. Until he turned his head away, thereby ruining any chance to catch the ball.

  31. jessecuster44

    Yes – let Cingrani stay in vs a righty. Smart.

    • VaRedsFan

      He does just as good against rightys as he does leftys. equally bad against both

      • jessecuster44

        But why go against the percentages? I mean if you have Cotham, pitch him vs the RH. It’s dumb.

  32. preacherj

    Duvall trying to stay in: “im ok sparky”

  33. VaRedsFan

    I wonder if Cingrani and Hoover sit next to each other on plane rides?

    • jessecuster44

      Probably not allowed to, because of the vacuum of suck it would create.

  34. Mark Lang

    The Pirates announcers are befuddled by seemingly every strategy the Reds have employed this last inning.

  35. vegastypo

    why do i have no trouble believing this?

    from joel luckhaupt on twitter
    #Reds bullpen has allowed a run (theirs or inherited) in 19 straight games.

  36. VaRedsFan

    Another broken bat lame duck falls in for the tie

  37. jessecuster44

    Great CB by Cotham. would have been nice vs Rodriguez.

  38. Mack Ashley Potter

    Bryan Price is just so pathetic. I can’t believe he is a ML manager.
    Other managers think 2-3 moves in advance.
    Price is only about the now.

    Cingrani is likely to get a K more than anyone else in the Pen.
    No matter who is batting. Right or left.
    We only got lucky on the 3-2 pop-up.
    I guess Price just “forgot” about Matt Joyce on the bench.
    Price probably thought the pitcher would hit..lol

  39. vegastypo

    Maybe Adleman will get another start or two. Of course, he doesn’t have the veteran-iness that Simon has.

  40. preacherj

    Oh, no. Pointing toward the knee

  41. Mark Lang

    Oh boy – now Cozart (our team offensive leader) is out of the game…. just great.

  42. TR

    The Reds are in a streak of no-luck. It will change but the question is when?

  43. VaRedsFan

    Completely stole that run…Holt was dead to rights at home

  44. VaRedsFan

    Suarez has become pull happy lately

  45. Mack Ashley Potter

    You can’t assume the error.
    Votto took off for 2nd.
    If the inning continues I don’t see why Votto doesn’t get the SB?

  46. DHud

    Whatever happened, it really has Gameday confused. Been frozen for 5 mins on 2-0 count with BP up

  47. Mark Lang

    Did anyone have ANY doubts this game would be tied or the lead lost before this inning was over?

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Does it really matter when that best bullpen pitcher wouldn’t even make the roster on any other team in baseball?

  48. Mark Lang

    Let’s see if every Reds relief pitcher is going to give up a run…. this worst ever bullpen is truly a team effort.

  49. Indy RedMan

    Starter leaves in the 7th and they have 1 run….by the 8th or 9th they have 5+…same old same old

  50. vegastypo

    Do the Reds have any pinch hitters left? I’m assuming Mesoraco is unavailable. …

    • ohiojimw

      The party line had been that he could bat if need be but then it was also that he would likely start today…….

  51. Mack Ashley Potter

    It’s the end of the 2013 season…..
    The Reds FIRE Dusty Baker because they think we have a team that can compete for a Pennant and World Series and he isn’t getting it done. Despite being in the Playoffs 2/3 of the time and 2 Division Titles. And when the Reds had not sniffed the Playoffs in 15 years.

    And someone Bryan Price & Walt Jockety has ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED this franchise in 2 short years. Someone explain to me HOW THAT HAPPENS?

    Firing Dusty was the worst move made by Cincinnati in 30 years.

    Latos, Cueto, Frazier, Volquez…are all headed for All Star seasons.
    Even Ryan Madson is pitching great, while the Reds paid him Millions for how many years to throw like 2 pitches?
    And Dusty is managing the team with the best record in baseball.

    • docmike

      I hope you honestly don’t think that having Dusty as the Reds manager would make this team any better than it has been.

  52. gusnwally

    My opinion of Mes, I dropped him from my fantasy team this morning. Lets play Tucker every day.

    • Big56dog

      Why do you keep making this argument when it is flat out wrong even if you discount the reds did give the contract when Bailet was injures?

      • Big56dog

        Personally I was crazy about the contract but See Steve’s response last contracts not comparable

      • VaRedsFan

        Right. Bailey got the contract when he was healthy and doing good. Cueto was injured, and injury prone at the time.

    • Big56dog

      even if you discount the reds did not give the contract when Bailet was injured?

    • docmike

      Bailey signed for 6 years, 105 million.

      Cueto just signed with the Giants for 6 years, 130 million.

      Not the same.

  53. VaRedsFan

    Another lead… who closes? I say let let Ross O stay in.

  54. muttonlettucetomato

    Hmmm, Price must have known Schebler had a big hit in him. I still didn’t see the logic of pulling Bruce, but glad it worked out so far.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        Had nothing what so ever to do with Bryan Price.
        It was a typical “By the book” move.
        The pitcher’s spot was due up 2nd in the inning and Schebler is really the only choice he had. And among the outfielders Bruce made the last out.

      • Big56dog

        If Ross o does not finish off its a terrible move

  55. Mack Ashley Potter

    @Big56Dog

    I know its unfortunate that Bailey ended up injured.
    No way the Reds could know that.
    But you also do have to know there is no way you can afford Cueto if you give Homer that money.

    • VaRedsFan

      Cueto was injured…Playoffs the year before and also to start the season.

  56. pinson343

    Reds pen gets a chance for 3 blown saves in one game.

    • Big56dog

      Not sure the 8th counts as Cotham cannot blow his own win, I think he actual gets the BS in the 7th and does congrats gets a hold?

  57. preacherj

    We have one save for the month. One.

    • preacherj

      And if i remember correctly it was a three run lead turned into a nail biter

    • TR

      And Ross gives up the lead with a home run. Surprise, surprise.

  58. VaRedsFan

    Sometimes you just have to laugh….and cry

  59. pinson343

    Third blown save of the game, a rare feat.

  60. muttonlettucetomato

    The amount of mistake pitches this bullpen makes is truly amazing. That pitch to Jaso was right down the middle on a tee.

  61. preacherj

    Finnegan leans over to Alderman and whispers knowingly “get used to it.”

  62. seat101

    I wonder if any or how many pictures will be released by midnight tonight

  63. Mack Ashley Potter

    Its time for all of us to give in.
    And hope for as many losses as possible for the draft picks.
    And not for just 1 or 2 years. Probably 4-5 years of losing.
    Walt & Price have this franchise in such a state, there is no quick fix.
    Clean house, lose Price, Walt, Bailey, Bruce, Phillips, and even Votto.
    And start from scratch.

  64. vegastypo

    from C. Trent on Twitter

    Reds bullpen has given up 19 homers over the last 19 games…

  65. Mack Ashley Potter

    Not even sure if I can watch tomorrow’s game.
    Although it’s kinda intriguing Cueto vs the guy he was traded for.

  66. Indy RedMan

    Well its going to be hard to worse than Atlanta but with our pen and our guys that are “day to day” daily we have a shot! Nobody in the AL can hang with our defeatability!! #2 pick here we come!!!

  67. Mack Ashley Potter

    When George was talking about the Reds keep coming back and winning the 2nd road game of the season….I swear I was thinking “Still an out left George” HaHa

  68. james garrett

    No money was spent on the bullpen and with starters on the DL in addition to the same position players doing what they have done for the last 3 years the results can’t be surprising.

  69. Big56dog

    Is Pancheco not on the team anymore or did I miss that, really bad roster management with Holt probably if that is the case

    • ohiojimw

      Pacheco was was in the on deck circle then pulled back for Finnegan. Interpretation: Meso is can’t swing a bat and most likely couldn’t catch either.

  70. Indy RedMan

    Chris Heisey has as many HRs as Votto, Mesoraco, and BP combined. Frazier has more than twice as many

  71. ohiojimw

    After a rain delay in Louisville Cody Reed returned to pitch the 7. His final line for the day was 7ip, 0r, 1h, 1bb, 5k; 79 pitches, 53 strrikes

  72. preacherj

    Got to look over to first young man

  73. ohiojimw

    If wood escapes this it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment of Reds fans

      • vegastypo

        that’s my point, they make an error, we change pitchers. It’s their turn. … And maybe that wasn’t an error right there, but thanks for the dive !

  74. preacherj

    Alright. We have another chance for a save

  75. VaRedsFan

    No tag Barnhardt??? Really??
    No way that comes back to haunt us right?

    • preacherj

      We have been given ample bounty. Amen

  76. Indy RedMan

    Tucker….that’s 2 outs on the bases in 1 game. Unacceptable!! Of course Grande was making excuses for the first one on Hamilton’s hit but you go 1/3 of the way….pickup the ball and when the OF isn’t diving to get the ball then you go? Its not rocket science? What was he doing on that one? You tag up and come home….period????

  77. David

    Nice play by Suarez! Who says he can’t play 3rd base?

    And, the game is over, and the Reds win this Titanic Struggle!!!

  78. pinson343

    Unbelievable. Never saw a game like that.

  79. pinson343

    I thought Jaso was going to tie it up again.

  80. Big56dog

    Was it me or did the pirates let them have that game? That was the easiest last inning ever

    • pinson343

      Easiest last inning ever for the 2016 Reds bullpen.

  81. vegastypo

    It’s one game out of 162, but it’s got to drive Pirates’ fans crazy to lose a game like this — and to a team like the Reds.

    • pinson343

      They did everything the could to lose – 4 errors, and their bullpen wasn’t any better than ours.

  82. pinson343

    So all the bullpen needs is 4 chances to hold a late lead.

  83. preacherj

    Good defense that inning saved that one

    • pinson343

      At least Wood threw strikes and kept it in the park.

  84. jimmaloney46

    The Reds are finally starting to play some really good ball….let’s keep this streak of 1 inning going for 2 or 3 more..