At one point during this four-hour game, George Grande, without the slightest bit of irony, uttered the cliché “never a dull moment in a baseball game.” Turns out that clichés, in addition to being dull, are also usually wrong.
The Reds are 15-22. They head to Cleveland to start a four game series, two away then two at home.
Solid Start Dan Straily worked around ten base runners in five innings. Throwing 109 pitches, he recorded a season-high six strikeouts and walked three. He also drew a bases-loaded walk. Straily won’t be one of the Reds five best starters by the trade deadline. His FIP is 4.58. But if Straily keeps this up, he could provide value in the bullpen as a classic swingman or in a trade.
Offense Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back doubles producing the Reds first run. Tucker Barnhart singled, driving in Duvall. Eugenio Suarez had two singles and a three-run blast to deep centerfield. Bruce had three hits and two walks. Duvall was 7-11 in this series. The Phillies resorted to catcher’s interference. Zack Cozart (Vote Zack) came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit, two-run single in the ninth.
That’ll Duvall Duvall has 30 hits, 18 for extra bases. Coming into today’s game, Duvall’s isolated power (.287) was the same as Giancarlo Stanton’s and better than Todd Frazier’s. He has 12 doubles, on pace for 52. That would be an all-time Cincinnati Reds record. Frank Robinson (1962) and Pete Rose (1978) had 51.
Bullpen Artists Steve Delabar pitched the sixth. He struck out one but walked two. Both runners eventually scored. Control has been Delabar’s downfall with other clubs. If he’s is going to help the Reds, he has to do better. Blake Wood produced an easy 1-2-3 seventh, with a fastball hitting 97-98 and topping out at 99 mph. Ross Ohlendorf gave up two hits, a walk and a run in the eighth. Drew Hayes gave up three hits and walked in a run while retiring just one Philly. Tony Cingrani retired the two batters he faced to close out the game.
E-ugenio Suarez committed his seventh error of the season at third base. Last year, he had 19 at shortstop in 97 games. He’s on pace for 30 in 2016. Worth remembering that Suarez had never played 3B in professional baseball. Have to wonder where the Reds see Suarez long term.
Jose, We Can’t See Bryan Price decided to start Tyler Holt and Ivan DeJesus ahead of Jose Peraza. Peraza was called up from Louisville for three games and mostly sat on the bench for two of them. Peraza did get to pinch hit today, grounding out to third base. Maybe Price needs a copy of the Rebuild Binder or see the power point presentation again.