2016 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Cody Reed good, blown lead bad

Final — 11 innings R H E
Atlanta Braves (33-61) 5 10 1
Cincinnati Reds (35-59) 4 12 2
W: Cabrera (1-0) L: Cingrani (2-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Strong start by Cody Reed, finally. Reed allowed two runs — though neither of those runs were earned — on five hits over six innings. There were some hard-hit balls, but Reed escaped, and yeah, it was just the Braves, but I feel like it was an important outing for the kid. Glad to see him have some success after a rough start to his big league career.

–Joey Votto was 2-2 with three walks. He has reached base in eight straight plate appearances. Votto is red hot again, his on-base percentage finally back above .400. (And he even made a couple of very nice defensive plays, if you can believe it.)

–Down 4-2 as they entered the bottom of the ninth, the Reds put together a nice little rally to tie the game. Eugenio Suarez led off with a single, and Ramon Cabrera moved him to third with a double. Tucker Barnhart grounded out, and Suarez scored to cut the deficit to one run. Zack Cozart followed that up with a run-scoring single that tied the game and sent it to extra innings.

The Reds had a chance to win it at that point, actually. Cozart was inexplicably thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double. With two outs, Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single, bringing Votto to the plate…whereupon Billy was picked off. TOOTBLAN!

–Suarez had three hits, including a double, and a run scored (and another error, his 16th of the season). Jay Bruce had a two-run homer in the first that put the Reds up 2-0 (he also had an error).

–Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani pitched three innings of scoreless baseball. (Though Cingrani did allow a leadoff hit in the 11th that came around to score the go-ahead run after he was replaced by Blake Wood — who didn’t pitch poorly himself.)

–Adam Duvall singled and … wait for it … walked!

The Bad
–Michael Lorenzen surrendered a two-run homer — and the lead — in his one inning of work.

–With one out and the winning run on second base in the 10th, Adam Duvall swung at two awful pitches in the dirt, then watched strike three go right past him down the middle. Not a good at-bat.

–The first two Braves runs scored thanks primarily to the aforementioned errors by Suarez and Bruce.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I’m still not willing to concede that the Reds aren’t going to get back into the Wild Card race, but it’s getting more difficult by the day.

–Once again: how about Cody Reed? The kid has to be feeling good tonight, and we’re feeling good for him.

–Not much else to say here. These aren’t two great teams, and the game wasn’t particularly well-played. But the Reds have a chance to win the series tomorrow.

go reds

22 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Cody Reed good, blown lead bad

  1. It has been nice watching the Reds play other basement-dwellers. With the number of mistakes they made today they should have been blown off the field but the fans were treated to a pretty dramatic game.

    Nice to see CR pitch well, and hopefully our trade chips keep up the good work.

  2. Another loss due to bad defense and base running. It’s really a shame that Votto didn’t get to bat with a chance to win it in the 9th. For example, with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, they would have pretty much had to pitch to him.

    After his big single, Cozart is easily thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Low IQ base running, something encouraged by Price.

    • Yep it was a night of bad deuces for the home team. Two errors in the 2nd manufacture two gift wrapped unearned runs; and, the TOOTBLAN twofer in the 9th went a long way toward sealing the deal, not to mention a first pitch (to the batter) two run HR in the 7th.

      We are supposed to be paying attention to process over the result but these sort of happenings make it a real test of mental discipline to do so 🙂

      • Cozart’s wasn’t really a TOOTBLAN, though. He hit a ground ball right down the line, over the third base bag. That is almost always a double. The ball took an unfortunate bounce right to Francouer, and most left fielders don’t have an arm like Francouer. Cozart should have been thinking double right out of the box.

        Francouer just made a good play. Not every out made on the basepaths is a TOOTBLAN. Billy’s certainly was, though. As good as Votto has been lately, you have to give him a chance to win it. Even if he stole second it would have made it possible to win it with a single, but it would probably have taken the bat out of Votto’s hands as they would probably just walked him and pitched to Bruce.

        • I agree with this. Just because a guy get thrown out on the bases doesn’t mean it was a bad play. This team isn’t good enough to play station to station. If you aren’t getting thrown out every now and then, you aren’t being aggressive enough. Making an out being aggressive is different than making one because of stupidity. There is a difference.

  3. Cody Reed was the big news of course, but too bad he didn’t get his first major league win, he should have.

    • My view of Reed’s game is not as positive as everyone else’s. “There were some hard hit balls…” There sure were. Brantley pointed out frequently that he wasn’t getting on top of the ball and was over-throwing. I certainly have hope that he will refine his mechanics and become a great pitcher, but this outing only looked good by comparison to his immediately preceding ones.

      • I thought the same thing. His overall results were inarguably good, but he didn’t seem particularly sharp. To be honest, though, he’s been so unfortunate in his first few starts with batted ball luck (particularly fly balls leaving the yard) that he was due a game like this.

      • I kept having the recurring thought, was Reed really throwing that much better or had he just found a team on his (4A) level.

      • The particular thing I was finding worrisome was that Braves no name reputedly low power RH hitters were pushing a lot of Reed’s outside pitches to the warning track in RF. I figured this was indicative of him being high in the zone (under the ball); and, a more representative MLB lineup most likely would have sent at least one or two into the seats.

      • Price said the same thing about Reed not getting on top of his pitches after his last start, or maybe the one before that, resulting in his slider flattening out and being very hittable.

  4. so… please tell me that the reds (and other mlb teams) require their players to have their eyesight checked and corrected. based upon the chatter about reed and his specs that gets repeated every start, it feels like they don’t do this, and this boggles my mind (as someone whose work does not require precise vision–like seeing a 100mph ball flying at their head–yet whose union pays for yearly optometrist visits and glasses).

  5. We actually gave this game away because of errors and pathetic base running in the ninth.Votto was on 5 times and never came to the plate with anybody on.Cosart then Hamilton give away two outs in the ninth with your best hitter standing there wondering what he did to deserve all of this.How many times does these things need to happen before somebody gets benched or sent down to the minors?

    • Very poor base running, indeed. I wonder if it was directed from the dugout or player’s choice, how easy a game can be given away. I really look for a solution for Suarez in the field as his bat is really good, but his defense skills in 3B are killing the team.

  6. You’d see how Reed was able to settle down as game was progressing, putting the ball lower in the strike zone and mixing pitches. As long as he starts to do it earlier in the game he’ll last longer.

  7. So great having Chad around more often!

    Too bad they dropped this one, but always fun to have a comeback attempt and keep things interesting. It seems just about right for this team… good enoughto be in it, bad enough to make some head smacking plays. But baseball is always a little more fun when Votto is being Votto.

  8. From Twitter for those who might not have seen. Per the Reds official Twitter feed (@Reds):

    “Today’s #Reds-Braves game will be available on @MLBNetwork in the Cincinnati television market live at 12:30 p.m”.

    • I’m in the NE suburbs/ exurbs of Dayton where we sometimes get a mix of Cincy and Columbus feeds on cable/ satellite channels; and, our online guide says we will get the game.

      • This is a national game with no blackouts. Everybody who gets MLB Network should get the game today. The only exception is Braves territory, which gets the game on the normal regional sports net.

    • Doug Gray usually has the game updates for all Reds minor league affiliates at http://redsminorleagues.com but I didn’t see any updates for the 07/19/16 games for some reason.

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