Game Thread

Reds at Diamondbacks – August 27, 2016

Blake Wood

The Cincinnati Reds (54-73) have lost four of their last five games (they had won five straight prior to that). They lost a heart-breaker on a walk-off wild pitch in the 11th inning to the Arizona Diamondbacks (54-75) last night. The Reds had fought back earlier in the night, and tied the game with two outs in the 9th inning on a Jose Peraza single. The two teams will meet again tonight at 8:10.

Starting Pitchers

DiscoGodley

Anthony DeSclafani is coming off his worse start of the season, but it really wasn’t that bad: 8/21 vs Dodgers: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Disco has overall been very good since joining the Reds rotation in June. He has a solid 75 strikeouts with just 10 walks in 85.1 innings.

Zack Godley was a 10th round draft pick of the Cubs back in 2013. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 in the Miguel Montero deal. Godley has never been high on any prospect lists, but quickly made his big league debut last season.

Godley has been up and down this year (AA, AAA, MLB). He has really struggled overall this season. His last start came against the Braves, and he got beat up allowing 7 ER. However, the two starts before that were pretty good (at BOS, vs NYM): 12.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.

Starting Lineups

Reds Diamondbacks
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
1. Jean Segura (2B)
2. Michael Bourn (LF)
3. A.J. Pollock (CF)
4. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
5. Jake Lamb (3B)
6. Yasmany Tomas (RF)
7. Chris Owings (SS)
8. Tuffy Gosewisch (C)
9. Zack Godley (P)

Barnhart hurt, Reds call up catcher

Tucker Barnhart will be out of the lineup for a few more days because of a right hand bruise. Tony Renda got optioned back to AAA, and catcher Raffy Lopez was called up. Lopez is a 28 year old LHB catcher. He was a 16th round draft pick of the Cubs in 2011. He was hitting just .213/.262/.297 in 47 games at Louisville. He began 2016 in an independent league.

Other news and notes

Conclusion

The Reds are on a little bit of a skid this week. They’ve lost 4 of 5. Let’s get back to that winning baseball that was a lot of fun to begin the second half. Go Reds!

27 thoughts on “Reds at Diamondbacks – August 27, 2016

  1. Barnhart still hurting too much to play….
    From multiple sources on Twitter:
    “purchase catcher Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Louisville, option INF Tony Renda to Triple-A”.

    No corresponding 40 man roster move required as there was already an open spot..

    • Having Barnhart go down could possibly be the biggest drop off in any position sans 1B, especially if Lopez gets any playing time.

  2. The bats performed as expected last night in Arizona and against a generously average pitcher. It just took them a while to get warmed up. So how about we start knocking the heck out of the baseball coming out of the chute tonight?

  3. How’s everyone feeling about BHam leading off now? Since he’s upped his offensive production, seems he’s not a horrible choice any more.

    • Small sample, but he looks more patient. Working with Votto appears to have helped tremendously. Still has work, but he’s showing he’ll put in the time. I’m not seeing him as a liability anymore.

  4. A 2-run HR & a 2B for Votto! A 2-run HR & a 3-run HR for Schebs! Reds up 9-0 heading into the bottom of the 2nd.

    • This is why the hitting production for any player should be discounted 20% if they play their home games in Arizona or Colorado.

  5. I remember last spring and in the summer when we’d still wonder if the bullpen was able to hold the lead……

    • I would like that too. I have a hard time believing it’s going to be in the playoffs anytime soon.

      Mr. LaRussa has messed that team up big time

    • Just think if you were a D’backs fan? They had expectations of competing this year and spent a ton of money with that in mind. Wow did that backfire!! At least we didn’t have very great expectations for the Reds this year.

  6. 49 pitches thru 4, off top of my head do not think any Reds pitcher thrown a 9 inning CG much less a CG Shutout-I think Finnegan had an 8 inning CG loss, does anybody know the Reds last CG Shut out?
    I suspect they inevitably try to get some guys some work and Disco sits the last few innings

  7. I get the feeling Schebler is a hot/cold Jay Bruce Jr. type but the guy has some bat speed and can do some damage when he’s on! I guess Peraza is back on the bench but the kid has some talent too!
    Disco/Lorenzen/Straily/Finnegan/Homer and sign one top notch late inning guy that’s an improvement over Wood/Cingrani and keep the #1/#2 punch out of the pen for Price next year and this team could possibly compete for a wildcard in 2017.

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