Titanic Struggle Recap

Buster strikes at 3:44 AM

The Reds and Giants got involved in a 17 inning marathon this evening. Both teams were held scoreless from innings 6-16. It was Buster Posey who struck again against the Reds, hitting a walk-off home run off Robert Stephenson at 3:44 AM EST in the bottom of the 17th.

Patrick Jeter got us started with the recap, but had to bow out after 15 innings. I dozed off a couple times during this titanic struggle, but was somehow able to see it cross the finish line.

Final/17 innings R H E
Cincinnati Reds (19-16) 2 11 0
San Francisco Giants (13-24) 3 12 0
W: Gearrin (1-1) L: Stephenson (0-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Late night notes

Billy Hamilton appeared to be suffering some cramps late in this one. He toughed it out, but you could tell he was in some serious pain. It was so bad that the Reds, who were out of position players, had Bronson Arroyo getting a glove on about to go out to play in the outfield.

Despite giving up the game winner, Robert Stephenson pitched fairly well. Most importantly he didn’t allow a walk in 2.1 innings. Stephenson also got his first career hit.

The Reds had their chances. They had a runner in scoring position in the 14th, 16th, and 17th innings.

It was a weird game. Joey Votto came up to the plate 8 times and didn’t walk.

Up Next:

It’s a quick turnaround for the Reds. I have a feeling both teams will let several players have the day off.

Reds at Giants
Saturday, 4:05 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Lisalverto Bonilla (7.20 ERA) vs Matt Moore (6.52 ERA)

27 thoughts on “Buster strikes at 3:44 AM

    • I take it you didn’t watch the debacle a starter must be able to pitch more than 2 plus innings, any pitcher can hang a pitch but he sat that on a T for Posey! I am sorry but I have not seen a single appearance to make me think he can pitch at the Big League level, I have seen pitches and even innings from him that make me giddy but the manager has to have some confidence in what he is going to get when he sends a pitcher out there! The Webster dictionary is going to use his picture under inconsistent next printing!

      • Because he gave a HR to Buster Posey, he cannot start?
        everyone gives up HRs, maybe there is sound reasoning but every pitcher could be used in Webster not just Stephenson.

      • Arroyo hung two pitches to Belt and Span but still pitched well. Posey is an All-Star so there’s no shame in hanging one to him. Unfortunately, it was a loss but Stephenson is pitching better. Reds had multiple chances to win the game earlier.

      • Eh, a “hanging” pitch is generally considered one in the zone, up and over the plate. The pitch to Posey was up and out of the zone and outside. Posey guessed correctly where he was going and put a good swing on it. Stephensons command and demeanor have been looking better the last couple times out.

  1. Reds: “We’re going to be creative with the bullpen and use Lorenzen for multiple innings”

    Lorenzen: pitches 1 inning in a game that has extras written all over it

    But Blake Wood got 2 innings in, so I guess that counts for something, right?

  2. I’m thinking Brice looks pretty effective so far & Wood is pitching as well as ever lately. Those 2 are our middle relievers right? After Iglesias, Lorenzen, Storen, Peralta, (& Cingrani when he returns). That’s a great bullpen. Stephenson looked pretty good until that last pitch- a room service fastball at the top of the zone & over the plate. Ouch.

  3. I tapped out after our half of the 8th. Figures it would go another full game’s worth. That makes the other game happening today a bit of an adventure.

    On the bright side, we didn’t pitch Aaron Harang and screw him up for good …

  4. That’s a tough one.
    Essentially a double header and now a 5 game series against the Giants.
    The Reds are showing some physical and mental signs of wear and tear and fatigue. Its only mid May.

    The NBA schedules rest for its players They skip entire road trips to get meaningful rest and rehab. The Reds should be more proactive about this as well. Sit 2 players the day before an off day and 2 more the day after an off day. Go to a 4 man outfield and let Scooter play 3 days a week in the infield. There’s been wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over Turner and 3 catchers. Well, its time to use Turner. Does Mesoraco have a first baseman mitt? Matt Moore is pitching today. Sit Schebler and play Kivlehan in right. Give Saurez the day off tomorrow to come in late, hit off the tee with the hitting coaches and take a mental break until the Cubs series. Use the versatility of Scooter and Alcantara and Peraza the next 48 hours to rest this team.

    Jesse Winker homered and doubled last night.

    • You make sense, Old-School, but prepare yourself for the wailing and gnashing of teeth if your idea were implemented. Remember the scorn heaped upon Dusty’s “Sunday line-ups?”

      • Yes…but this bench is better. Scooter is arguably a starting player so it’s not a drop-off. I’m not sure schebler can hit lefty pitching….his righty lefty pitcher splits are becoming a trend.

        Catchers have to rest. Just like relievers can’t pitch on some days.

        Winker in the outfield and Scooter in the infield and the catching tandem of Mesoraco/Barnhart gives you a deep 11 for 8 positions. …..with no drop off. Then it’s pitching matchups…a tough lefty and schebler sits …..or the crazy 18 inning west coast 3 am games and the flex guys and depth guys like Alcantara and kivlehan and Peraza and Turner gotta step up. If they can’t, replace them. Find a way to split these next 2 games and move on to Chicago.

        The Yankees and cubs used there depth to overcome this crazy game.

  5. Bob Steve was terribly lucky. He was not very good despite the stat line. The only pitch he could locate was his fastball which is of course what was knocked out. His curveball the one I observed was head level…. at end of its break. If all he can do is throw a fastball for strikes then goodness sake keep him in the bullpen. I can’t believe he has made it this far to be honest.

    Not sure who to give credit to the Giants pitching or whatever it was that had the Reds up there with an attitude of indifference. Looks to me like the whole team is slumping at once. Is that the Giants tuning in pitching wise or something distracting the Reds hitters?

    Curious to see how we bounce back after this loss.

    • That’s absolutely true about Stephenson. He gave up at least two other fly balls that went to the track in center field or the alleys. Balls were crushed but stayed in the park. He wasn’t fooling a lot of hitters.

  6. A lot of us were hoping to see Bob Steve as a starter in a close to prime time game. Instead, his time slot was opposite Coast to Coast in syndication. Hopes =/= reality.

  7. Looked like the Giants finally wised up and asked somebody from their farm system what it was that got Duvall out all those years he was in their org. Give Duvall credit for bearing down and taking two walks before he was double switched out.

  8. Stephenson was pitching like a reliever. He was bringing heat, consistently above 95, topping out at 98 several times and going at batters. By design or luck, he was pitching to the park. It figured that working into his 3rd inning and facing the heart of the Giants order that he might lose a little heat or miss a spot enough to be in trouble. Such is the fate of the last man up in a mrarthon game.

  9. It was a very very winnable game and one where we wasted a great effort by our starter and pen.It happens and you move on but it did appear we were kind of sleep walking throughout the same which I guess would be appropriate in an 17 inning game.Too many times and too many guys that didn’t get it done when we had the chance to score.Hard to get down on Peraza because of his youth but he is so much better as a hitter then he has shown.A slow roller with the infield in and it looked as if he swung flat footed with no stride at all

  10. If the Reds hang around in the Central Division (-0.5 games) and wildcard standings (1st team out; -1 game) to Memorial Day, they are going to have some big decisions to make as to whether they will give preference to long term or short term results.

    One of the biggest might be at 2B; but an extension for Scooter Gennett might serve the present and the future well. .Gennett just turned 27 and is under team control for two years; a 4 year deal might be very doable. On the back end of it, at worst they’d appear to a 30ish version of Ben Zobrist.

  11. I agree Jim. Scooter looks like a solid hitter from the left side with some versatility. The Reds need depth to add to their core players.

    • Gennett can play multiple positions, so versatility is a plus, but he is a defensive liability at every position he plays. I like Gennett as a role player, a primary LH pinch hitter and an occasional utility player to spell a starter as needed, but not as a starter at any position.

  12. If our MLB players knew how and when to lay down a damn bunt we would have won in 9 innings. Disgusting.

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