The Reds tried to get their their first series sweep since they swept the Phillies to begin the season. It simply wasn’t in the cards today.

John Lamb

Reds starter John Lamb got off to a rough start, as he allowed two home runs in the second inning. Lamb would only last four innings today.

The Reds offense struggled once again, only scoring one run. The Reds scored a total of just five runs in the three game series against Oakland. The Reds had to settle for a series win against the A’s, as they fell 6-1.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (24-39) 1 7 0
Oakland A’s (26-36) 6 15 0
W: Rodriguez (2-0) L: Lamb (1-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was John Lamb allowing a 2-run home run with 0 outs in the 2nd inning, giving the A’s a 2-0 lead . That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 16.5% (from 46.2% to 29.7%).


Eugenio Suarez made a couple solid defensive plays today at 3B. Suarez defense at the hot corner has certainly been shaky this season, but he has at least looked better of late. Let’s hope that Suarez is starting to adjust better to his new position, and he won’t be a liability in the future. Suarez entered play today with -4 Defensive Runs Saved, and -18.9 UZR/150 (his UZR/150 ranks 20th out the 22 qualifying 3B in the MLB).

Ramon Cabrera

Ramon Cabrera had two hits today, and drove in the Reds lone run. Cabrera has really been a nice surprise so far for the Reds. Cabrera has a .333 OBP on the season.

Joey Votto had a hit today, and has now reached base in 13 consecutive games.

Tyler Holt made a really nice play in the 7th inning. Holt threw out Jed Lowrie trying to extend a hit to a double.


John Lamb was not able to keep his recent run of success going this afternoon. He only lasted four innings, and had a line of: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Both of the home runs that Lamb allowed today just barely made it over the wall (360 feet and 395 feet). The concerning thing with Lamb continues to be his lack of strikeouts. Lamb now only has 22 K in 42.0 IP this season. That is only 4.71 K/9, which is way down from his 10.51 K/9 last season, and his 9.13 K/9 ZiPS projection.

The Reds offense really didn’t do much of anything this entire series. The Reds scored a grand total of 5 runs in the three games. The Reds were pretty fortunate to win 2 of 3 with that production.

Adam Duvall went 0 for 4, with 2 strikeouts. Duvall also went 0 for 4 yesterday. Duvall has not homered in 5 days, which shouldn’t be surprising, but yet it is. I guess that is a good thing.

Not so random thoughts…….

While I was looking through the 3B defensive numbers above for Suarez, it looks like Todd Frazier is not doing much better defensively this season. Frazier has -5 Defensive Runs Saved and a -10.0 UZR/150. Take all defensive numbers with a grain of salt though, as half season sample sizes can often be skewed.

Up Next:

The Reds start a 9-game road trip tomorrow. They’ll kick it off with four games in Atlanta against the Braves. The Braves have the worst record in the MLB.

Reds at Braves
Monday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Daniel Wright (7.20 ERA) vs Aaron Blair (7.13 ERA)


All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference (including Baseball-Reference Play Index). 

About The Author

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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14 Responses

  1. TR

    I like those series wins. Now the Reds need at least three of four in Atlanta. Agree with Brantley on Tyler Holt; a solid player.

  2. ohiojimw

    I guess the good news is that you can’t sweep a 3 games series unless you win the first 2 and the bad news is you can’t sweep a 3 games series unless you win the third game.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Price looked brilliant in the 7th with his double switch after Holt nailed Lowrie at 2B while backing up Bruce in deep Right-Center. That was a spectacular defensive play by Holt. Bruce made a very good effort in trying to cut the ball off, but he just couldn’t get there. I think Holt surprised Lowrie, because the play a 2B wasn’t even close.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Kyle Waldrop had a very nice AB as a pinch hitter in 4th by working a BB with runners on 1B & 2B and 2 outs.

  5. Shchi Cossack

    Winker was pulled for a pinch hitter in the 5th inning of the Bats game today. Anyone know why?

    Speaking of the Bats game, Keyvius Sampson pitch a 6-inning 2-hitter and took the loss. Sampson is now a fixture in the Bats starting rotation, sporting a 1.83 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP with 46 SO, 14 BB & 1 HR in 44.1 IP.

    Sampson and Jumbo Diaz are real head scratchers. Jumbo has a 0.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with 23 SO, 4 BB & 0 HR in 18.0 IP. Both Sampson and Diaz just tanked at the major league level this season.

    Ryan LaMarre is the starting CF and leadoff hitter for Pawtucket (the Bats opponent today) and is finally putting up a healthy, productive season, slashing .310/.377/.462. Good for LaMarre, I just wish he had done that in the Reds organization.

    • David

      There’s a few guys in AAA that are a puzzle. Schebler is hot now, and was batting over 0.400 over the last 10 games.

      • Patrick Jeter

        I believe in Schebler. He’s too athletic and he hits the ball too hard to be relegated to AAAA-status. It might take him the rest of the year in AAA, but I think he’s a solid bench bat to fringe-solid MLB regular in the next year or two. Maybe not with the Reds, but I think his bat will play.

    • ohiojimw

      It wouldn’t be hard to make a case that Sampson is out performing Stephenson and also even Reed except for BB per IP. However, I can’t calculate his per start longevity versus the other two because the data I have includes his 5 relief appearance data with the Bats mixed in with his starting data.

    • ohiojimw

      RE:Winker I saw a tweet which said Winker had “politely declined to comment” when asked why he was PH for. Too bad Fay is off the Reds beat. He always liked to slip into gumshoe detective mode and call the hotel desk to find out if a player was registered.

  6. cfd3000

    I didn’t see the game but the box score says Votto was 2 for 4. Did I miss something?

  7. james garrett

    Holt is a solid player and needs to play more.The offense was terrible in all 3 games especially the last one where we didn’t have a hit or a baserunner after the 4th inning.The front office must change the hitting approach or change the hitters.Taking pitches and grinding out at bats result in winning teams.Regardless of how well we pitch,I feel we will get better and better this year and beyond,our abiltity to compete for the playoffs will rest on the offense

    • Patrick Jeter

      Holt could get 3 starts a week if each of Suarez, Hamilton (once he’s healthy and starting again), and Bruce got 1 day off per week. Or even 2 starts a week if those guys get 2 off days every 3 weeks instead of 1 per week.

      Either way, he’s a nice bench player, IMO. I hope we keep him around for awhile a la Chris Heisey. Still don’t think he’s a regular starter on a playoff contender due to his lack of power. He’s basically Billy Hamilton with a better OBP and worse defense (arguably) and base running.

      • lwblogger2

        Worse defense overall but I think a much better arm.