It’s Friday night, Disco is back, John Lamb sported a hipster man bun and the Reds beat an American League team. So here’s an hour of 70’s dance music if you want to get up and shake your groove thing.
The Reds are kinda, sorta sneaking up on a decent starting five. Anthony DeSclafani joins Brandon Finnegan, Dan Straily and John Lamb. With the welcome news from Bryan Price that the Reds have demoted Alfredo Simon to the bullpen, the team is one call-up away from a solid rotation.
Cody Reed in Atlanta on Monday anyone? /raises hand like Tracy Flick/
Disco Revival It was a successful first start for Anthony DeSclafani. He threw 101 pitches over six innings, giving up just one run. He struck out two and walked three. His adrenalin-fueled first inning fastball velocity was 94-95. After that, he settled down to 92-93 mph which is at his career level. This was the first time DeSclafani has spent time on the DL, including his minor league career. He pitched 184.2 innings last year. Great to see #28 on the field. Welcome back, Disco.
No No-No Tucker Barnhart broke up Sonny Gray’s no hitter with one out in the sixth inning on a line drive single to left field.
That’ll Du-vall Part XVI The Reds struck for two runs in the seventh inning. Brandon Phillips lined a single to left field and went to second base on a Gray wild pitch. Adam Duvall lined a ground-ball double down the third base line scoring DatDude. An infield single by Eugenio Suarez moved Duvall to third where he scored on another wild pitch by Gray. #VoteAdam
Bullpen Artists Blake Wood pitched the seventh and gave up a walk and nothing else. Wood returned for the eighth and powered through it 1-2-3. Tony Cingrani came in to pitch the ninth in an attempt to earn his sixth save of the season. After a lead-off hit, Cingrani retired the next batter and then induced a game-ending double play on Coco Crisp.
Impossible to Believe The Reds Media Relations department tweeted out this fact about Reds reliever Blake Wood: Wood hadn’t allowed a home run for 58.2 innings, the longest active homer-free streak by innings in the major leagues. That dates back to August 2011 when Wood pitched for the Royals. The streak now stands at 60.2 innings.
Interleague Win! Going into tonight’s game the Reds all-time record in interleague play was 104-131, third-poorest in the major leagues. Only the Padres and Pirates have been worse. The Reds were swept by the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland over seven games earlier this season.
More Good News Michael Lorenzen is in Cincinnati tonight, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled to make a few rehab starts before joining the Reds bullpen. Reminder that Lorenzen was a closer in college.