2017 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Giants — May 12, 2017

Thanks to Zack Cozart’s late inning heroics Thursday night, the Reds won the first game of the series, 3-2. Tonight, the Reds try to continue their dominance against the Giants and keep pace in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, who have won six straight.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Scott Feldman 40.2 3.76 4.26 19.4% 9.7%
Johnny Cueto 44.0 4.50 3.87 21.3% 6.4%

It’s disappointing we don’t get the match-up of Amir Garrett vs. Johnny Cueto, as originally scheduled before Garrett was sent down to Triple-A on Sunday.

Instead we get a rematch from last Sunday’s game in which everyone thought Cueto would be the one to shut out the Reds. It was Feldman, however, who threw the complete game shutout, only the third of his career.  It came as a pleasant surprise, since his previous two starts were not good. On Sunday, he lowered his ERA by more than a point after it had ballooned to almost 5.00 in giving up seven runs through four innings against the Pirates on May 2.

Cueto has faced the Reds twice since being traded, and has surrendered 13 hits and eight earned runs, for a 6.00 ERA. He has struck out 18 Reds batters in only 12 innings against his former team.

Bullpens

Both teams’ bullpens are in relatively good shape for tonight, which is exactly what they want for a four game series. Drew Storen, Wandy Peralta, and Raisel Iglesias combined for three innings of work, and none threw more than 20 pitches. For the Giants, two relievers pitched one inning each.

Lineups

Reds                                                      Giants

1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Scooter Gennett (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Scott Feldman (P)
1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Brandon Belt (1B)
3. Christian Arroyo (3B)
4. Buster Posey (C)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Joe Panik (2B)
7. Eduardo Nunez (LF)
8. Justin Ruggiano (RF)
9. Johnny Cueto (P)


News and Notes

Final Thoughts

As I was watching FS Ohio/listening to WLW last night, I realized that even when I’m half watching a game because I’m doing something else or looking at my phone, I still make full effort to watch Joey Votto when he is up to bat. His at-bats are must-watch TV, especially right now.

And yet, he’s not talked about more among national media. It’s the downside of being on some bad teams the past couple of years and playing in a smaller market like Cincinnati. It’s a shame because he’s probably the best hitter I’ve ever watched play in a Reds uniform in my lifetime, and the country deserves to know about him. So, appreciate Votto at-bats because hitters like him don’t come along very often.

116 thoughts on “Reds vs. Giants — May 12, 2017

  1. Escaped that one.

    But this is really not the kind of outing the team needed before Bonilla goes tomorrow, if he only lasts a few innings like we’re expecting. Bullpen is gonna be spent if this keeps up.

    • You worry to much my friend. Let’s worry about who pitches when tomorrow comes. This game is winnable for our Reds.

  2. Clint Fagan needs to improve his conditioning if he intends to hang with the big boys.

  3. Gee, I come home expecting to watch a replay of the game, and it’s still ‘the game.’ Get some runs here, fellas !!!

    • Welch at least tries to explain commonly accepted, modern baseball strategy. Thom has no clue, and refuses to accept anything contrary to old, disproven ideas. The bunt was a waste of an out in all instances. A decreasing run expectancy is not a “wash”. It’s a decrease resulting from flawed strategy. Thom is not a particularly insightful commentator. If his last name was Brennan instead of Brennamen he’d be selling cars.

  4. Set up by one of my faves, the contact play with the runner at third. The fielder bobbled the ball and still threw the guy out at the plate. Awful.

  5. Raise your hand if you liked the idea of bunting runners over for a guy who rarely hits the ball 200 feet.

    • And also a guy who has zero selectivity. Perhaps needs to find the bench. His plate approach is flat out terrible.

  6. Not a big fan of Bob Steve but he could turn me into one with a solid performance tonight.

  7. Regardless of the outcome, is it safe to say the best move Dick Williams made this offseason was to get rid Branon Phillips? There is just a different feel watching these guys.

    • If I was manager no way Billy plays for a week. Instead 4 hours a day of batting practice

  8. Win or lose, staying up has convinced me that Welsh and Thom are not comfortable or well versed on advanced baseball statistics.

    Welsh actually defended Schebler not bunting by saying “you don’t know if 1 run is going to hold up.”

    In the 16th inning.
    When the Reds haven’t scored since the 2nd inning.
    And the Giants haven’t scored since the 5th.

    Not to mention the “he’s had 3 hits tonight.”

  9. Bob Steve sure likes to throw a fastball right down the meat of the plate. I guess that is what you do when you have no clue where your other offerings will go.

  10. IF the Reds ever get a run and win, this game will stand out for a while. TOOTBLANS, bullpen, umpire down, seagulls flying in front of the camera like a Hitchcock film.

    Billy Hamilton 0 for 7 (so far), but playing hurt because there’s no one else left.

    6 hours plus and counting. It really has had a little bit of everything.

  11. If Joe Nuxhall (RIP) was broadcasting this, he would end it by saying,

    “This is the old left-hander, rounding third and heading back up to the broadcast booth to get ready for today’s game.”

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