|San Diego Padres (31-43)||7||8||2|
|Cincinnati Reds (28-45)||4||7||1|
|W: Friedrich (4-2) L: Ramirez (1-3) S: Rodney (16)|
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–Adam Duvall continues to murder baseballs on a regular basis. Tonight, Duvall was 2-4 with his 21st homer and two RBI. Those 21 home runs are tied with Nolan Arenado, Todd Frazier (remember him?), and Mark Trumbo for the major league lead, and he’s hitting .263/.297/.600. It’s Adam Duvall’s world, we’re just living in it.
–First time in his career that Eugenio Suarez collected three walks in a single game.
–Josh Smith pitched two scoreless innings of relief. That’s a rare commodity with this bullpen.
–Brandon Phillips had two hits and an RBI.
–With the Reds clinging to a 4-3 lead, Bryan Price removed John Lamb from the game and brought in the vaunted Reds bullpen, in the form of JC Ramirez. With one on, Ramirez surrendered a single to the first hitter he faced. He gave up a three-run home run to the second hitter. Within minutes, the Reds were down 6-4 and the bullpen had vomited all over the game once again.
–You know, Price is not as horrible at setting a lineup as some managers. But I’ll never understand why in the world he’d want to hit two of his worst hitters — Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips — second and third in the lineup. BP had a couple of hits tonight, but with the Reds down to their last two outs and a runner on base, Hamilton struck out and BP grounded out weakly to shortstop to end the game.
–Joey Votto, out of the starting lineup for the third straight day, pinch hit in the ninth. He struck out.
–John Lamb was just okay: 5.1 IP, 3 earned runs, 4 hits allowed, 4 walks. But for the third time in his last four starts, the bullpen blew a save after he left the game.
–Someone’s going to have to explain to me why JC Ramirez is still in the big leagues. I mean, I know he throws hard. But his ERA is now up to 6.61. He’s not good enough right now.
I guess I can believe that there’s no one else in AAA that is better right now, but I grow weary of watching this nonsense.
—As noted by our friend Wick Terrell, the last time Brandon Phillips walked three times in a game was August 14, 2012. That’s a long time ago.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.