The Cincinnati Reds (37-59) have won 5 of 7 since the all-star break, including a 6-2 win last night over the Arizona Diamondbacks (40-56). The Reds got another terrific start from Dan Straily (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), and Joey Votto hit a big three-run home run. The two teams will square off again tonight at 7:10. The Diamondbacks have lost three straight games, and  are 4-11 in July.

Starting Pitchers


Keyvius Sampson is back in the big leagues, and making his first start of the season. Sampson had made 12 career MLB starts (all coming in 2015 with the Reds), and did appear in 6 games in the Reds bullpen earlier this year. He has a 6.29 ERA/5.51 FIP in 68.2 IP in the MLB.

Sampson has been very good this year for the Reds at AAA. He has a 2.06 ERA/2.84 FIP in 56.2 IP (14 G, 9 GS). He has 58 strikeouts and just 19 walks.

RN Sampson Scouting Report | Reds claim Keyvius Sampson off waivers from the Padres 

LHP, Robbie Ray has been much better than his 4.49 ERA might suggest. He is striking out a ton of batters (10.52 K/9), which is a major improvement from 8.59 K/9 in 2015.

Ray was a 12th round pick of the Nationals back in 2012. He was traded to the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal in 2013, and then traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 in a 3-team deal with the Yankees, which included former Red, Didi Gregorius.

Robbie Ray Brooks Baseball player card | The Second arrival of Robbie Ray – Fangraphs

Starting Lineups

Diamondbacks Reds
1. Jean Segura (2B)
2. Michael Bourn (CF)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
4. Jake Lamb (3B)
5. Chris Owings (SS)
6. Yasmany Tomas (RF)
7. Brandon Drury (LF)
8. Tuffy Gosewisch (C)
9. Robbie Ray (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Keyvius Sampson (P)

Votto 🔥🔥🔥


Joey Votto continue to be really good at baseball. Votto is hitting .351/.505/.649 with 6 HR over the last 30 days. Votto’s 204 wRC+ is the best in the NL over the last 30 days. It’s a good thing that Votto is thinking about getting on-base more.


The Reds are rolling right now! The Diamondbacks are not. I hope that trend continues this evening. Go Reds!

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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50 Responses

  1. Keith

    I’ll be the one to ask the daily question – why is Jose Peraza on this team?

  2. redbonebuck

    Billy the kid looking good lately.

    • msanmoore

      Yes he is. And that grab in CF … wow!

  3. redbonebuck

    Duvall scorched that ball… Bullpen game after 4 innings tonight.

    • msanmoore

      I was hoping 3-4 from Sampson, but I think you’re right.

  4. Old School Fan

    And that’s why Phillips is- and has been for 3 years now- a better hitter than Joey Votto. Votto is comfortable with taking very hittable pitches for walks, Phillips wants to drive in the runs. Love me some BP.

    • Older school fan

      They are all wimps for wearing batting helmets!!! Back in my day, we were real men who weren’t scared of taking a fastball to the noggin. And I will tell you another thing….. Wait a minute those dang kids are on my lawn again. Gotta go chase em off

    • Austin

      I’m assuming this is a joke. If not, consult a dictionary for meanings of the words “better” and “hitter”.

    • VaRedsFan

      Love BP too, but that is not even remotely close to being true

  5. redbonebuck

    Hamilton seems to see the ball so much better, this kid could be a huge weapon down the road.

    • VaRedsFan

      I agree. If a .250 avg and .300 OBP can become his floor it would be great to watch.

  6. redbonebuck

    Thoughts on Disco potential trade to Texas? I say we better get a huge return for the guy or we hold fast.

    • VaRedsFan

      There’s a big article on the site about it. I’m fully against it personally. It would have to be mind blowing prospects heavily in the Reds favor, like you said.

    • preacherj

      I agree. Hes cost controlled for some time and can be here when we are competitive. Color me rosy red, but I think we can be good soon with a couple of moves. I dont think its a 3 or 4 season project.

  7. I-71_Exile

    Sampson has settled in nicely. He’s right around the plate.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Four K’s thru 3 for Sampson.
    Ray has 5 K’s thru 2.
    Plenty of air swirling in the park.

  9. preacherj

    Votto just stayed with that pitch and hit it hard without trying to pull. He knows how to hit.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Bruuuuuceeee!!! 3-run tater….#20

  11. Old School Fan

    to bad Votto couldnt get that *single* when there were runs to be driven in but at least jay bruce is clutch

    • VaRedsFan

      Welllll….they were already leading, so there wasn’t that much pressure. 😉

    • I-71_Exile

      If Jay had swung harder, he could have hit that ball over a mountain.

      —Uncle Rico

  12. I-71_Exile

    Those D-Backs jerseys have built in sweat stains.

  13. DHud

    Suarez is bad at baseballing.

    That is all

  14. redbonebuck

    Disco is a # 2 or 3 starter with control going forward, perfect guy to build around. Sampson is a big strong kid with nice late movement on his breaking stuff.

  15. redbonebuck

    The blonde behind home plate is smoking hot.

  16. preacherj

    This guy has thrown almost 90 pitches in 4 innings in this heat. Yuck

  17. preacherj

    I agree with pulling Sampson here. It would have been nice to get him through 5 for the win, but hes missing badly.

  18. redbonebuck

    Might just be my fandom but our bully could be tough. With Lorenzon,Iglesias and Finnegan figuring into the equation.

  19. Indy RedMan

    Nice job by Sampson tonite! He’s always had a good arm but its just throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters. If I was Baltimore or SF and in contention but running out some terrible starters….I’d try to get Straily or Sampson.

  20. redbonebuck

    No one ever wins the toyota.. I want that truck with Mr. Redlegs on the side..

  21. Indy RedMan

    John Travolta and Kelly Preston at the park tonite. Anyone my age remember the old movie Mischief? Kelly Preston…oh.my.goodness!!!!

  22. VaRedsFan

    2.2 innings of great relief by Lorenzen

    • redbonebuck

      He may well be our closer in waiting. Cingranii throws to many pitches out of the zone.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Great relief effort tonight by the boys…topped off by free pizza.

  24. I-71_Exile

    Wow. So THIS is what a MLB bullpen looks like. What a nice performance by the good guys tonight!