A little over twelve hours after Friday’s game ended with a walk-off home run from Buster Posey in the 17th inning, the Reds and Giants are at it again at 4:05 ET for the third game of this four game series.

Kudos to you if you watched all 17 innings last night/this morning. I did not, but in my defense, I ran the Redlegs Run 5K at Great American Ball Park this morning and needed some sleep last night to function.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Lisalverto Bonilla 5.0 7.20 4.99 27.3% 13.6%
Matt Moore 38.2 6.52 4.80 18.6% 8.5%

Lisalverto Bonilla gets his first MLB start since 2014 when he was with the Texas Rangers. The 26-year-old took Rookie Davis’ spot in the rotation after Davis was optioned to Triple-A Louisville earlier this week. Bonilla was up with the Reds for a short stint in April, and pitched five innings in relief against the Cubs on April 22. He gave up four runs, including a home run, and walked three. He wasn’t much better in Louisville, going 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA in five games. He did strike out 27 batters in 25.2 innings.

Matt Moore has never faced the Reds in his career. He was traded to San Francisco from Tampa Bay mid-season last year, and pitched 68 innings for the Giants in 2016. Moore has struggled of late, giving up twelve runs in his last two appearances.


It will be interesting to see how both managers use their bullpen today. Because of the long game, both teams went deep into their bullpens and used a lot of pitchers. Expect to see Raisel Iglesias and Barrett Astin in the game today, as they were the only relievers not to pitch yesterday.


Reds                                                               Giants

1. Jose Peraza (2B)
2. Arismendy Alcantara (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (CF)
7. Patrick Kivlehan (RF)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Lisalverto Bonilla (P)
1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Joe Panik (2B)
3. Brandon Belt (LF)
4. Michael Morse (1B)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Nick Hundley (C)
7. Kelby Tomlinson (3B)
8. Justin Ruggiano (RF)
9. Matt Moore (P)

News and Notes

Final Thoughts

One positive thing about last night’s game was the Reds defense. It was stellar from a number of players, including Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett. The Reds have the best defensive efficiency in MLB and the top UZR in MLB. According to Fangraphs, UZR uses data to estimate a fielder’s defensive contribution in theoretical runs above or below an average fielder at his position. The higher a player’s UZR, the better he is defensively.

Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs recently wrote an article about the Reds defense and it’s an interesting read.  Of the Reds position players, only Jose Peraza is lower than average in UZR, and he’s barely below average. The infielders, in particular, are playing defense extremely well, as the Reds are the best at ground ball prevention.

It’s fun to watch great defensive plays, and right now the Reds are putting on a show.

48 Responses

  1. vegastypo

    Saw a tweet from Jim Day that Billy has a strained calf and won’t be in the lineup today….. To those who didn’t see the latter innings of the marathon last night, Billy appeared to hurt his right leg as he struck out in a brutal at-bat. And he was limping noticeably as he went to the outfield, and even more so when he had to track down a long fly ball. The Reds had no more position players available so he stayed in the game … Jim Day said in the tweet that Billy was trying to talk his way into the starting lineup but is being held out.

    • vegastypo

      Rosecrans said today was going to be day an off day for Hamilton anyway but that Price said he is fine. Not sure I trust the Reds with their take on injuries, but I’m hoping they’re playing it straight this time.

      • Jim Walker

        Jim Day hears the talk the rest of the boyz hear. Bryan Price announces the party line. Day is the fly on the Oval Office wall and Price is Sean Spicer so to speak.

  2. vegastypo

    Good luck, Mr. Bonilla, you get the patchwork lineup:

    Peraza 4
    Alcantara 6
    Votto 3
    Duvall 7
    Suarez 5
    Schebler 8
    Kivlehan 9
    Mesoraco 2
    Bonilla 1

  3. Kevin Michell

    Reds lineup is up:

    Alcantara (3B)
    Schebler (CF)
    Kivlehan (RF)

      • vegastypo

        Brantley said during spring training, as Alcantara was struggling defensively, that he recalled Alcantara doing OK at second base and in the outfield, but had difficulties at shortstop. The Reds could just as easily have switched Alcantara and Pereza today, but they must be OK with him at short. Or they want to minimize the number of times they move Peraza to short.

      • Old-school

        Why Peraza not SS and Alcantara 2b? I get Zach needing a day with his knee and 17 innings…but I’d like to see Peraza SS.

  4. vegastypo

    That C. Trent, he is such a kidder. He tweets out the lineup card, and it has Saturday’s date on it, but it’s the lineup from last night.

  5. J

    If Usain Bolt ever decides to give baseball a try, he’s pretty well guaranteed to wind up as the Reds’ leadoff hitter.

  6. Jim Walker

    And of course Peraza leads off because he is fast the not quite 28% of the time he gets on base. Why not put Schebs up there in 1or 2?

    • Patrick Jeter

      It is maddening. “Professionals” who ignore all the data. Actively making their team worse. It’s really a shame.

      • Jack

        Peraza has no confidence at the plate. He swung at 2 pitches last night that were so far outside that he couldn’t have hit with a flag pole. How he got the count to full then got plunked is just as amazing. I just dont think playing him right now is helping his confidence. On that note he will rip the cover off the ball today.

  7. J

    You know you’re doing something wrong when it’s the 8th inning of a tie game, the bases are loaded with two outs, your leadoff man is up next, and you find yourself thinking “maybe the backup catcher should pinch hit.”

  8. james garrett

    Anxious to see if we show up today.Its a long season and games like last night happen but it does stink when we should have won.Hard to imagine sometimes how we hit so well then everybody just goes in the tank for a few games.Normally some guys are hot and others aren’t but we seem to be an all or nothing offense.Bonilla may fool some folks today so lets see what he has got.Our starter ERA is the worst in the league so he won’t hurt it too much if he can give us 4 or 5 innings with the same number of runs.

  9. james garrett

    Peraza won’t get any better at the plate unless he changes his approach.He never saw a pitch he didn’t like and he slaps at it rather then coming out of his shoes.Last year he hit some rockets and so far this year he is a center to right field slap hitter.I don’t what he is doing cause he swung at everything last year but he did smoke some balls.He hit an upper deck shot at San Diego and a long long homer to left center at home that were just monster shots.If your going to swing then swing.

  10. james garrett

    Well we showed up in the first inning doing exactly what we did all last night.Two on and 1 out and nothing.Good thing is if you continue to put pressure on you will break through.Keep grinding men it will get better.

    • Broseph

      Who? Bonilla? He’ll just leave non-breaking cutters coming in at 90-92 sit in the center of the zone. He’s got HR derby type stuff

      • Jack

        So far only solo shots. Trying to spin some positivity out of this.

  11. Jack

    5 LOB in first 2 innings . Could be a long day.

  12. james garrett

    Already 0-5 with RISP after two innings.Yes the beat continues.However the pitcher drew a walk and so did Peraza.We will break through.

  13. james garrett

    That’s 0-15 with RISP over the last 19 innings.Got to change.

  14. james garrett

    Of course Reed or Stephensen could have given up two homers as well but we will never know.

    • redsfan4life

      They probably would have walked the bases loaded first, then give up a slam.

  15. james garrett

    Well lets see that makes 0-7 with RISP and 0-17 over the last 20 innings.Got to go now.Keep the pressure on guys.One big hit and we are off and running.

  16. Jack

    Bonilla pitching well. To bad the offense is MIA.

      • CI3J

        I see he’s only given up 3 hits though. That’s encouraging!

        Looking forward to see what kind of stuff he has this inning.

  17. CI3J

    So basically, in watching 1 inning of Bonilla pitch, would it be accurate to say his stuff is comparable to Feldman’s?

    • Jack

      Nothing special but he is throwing strikes. Basically 93-94 tops.

      • CI3J

        Nothing special but he is throwing strikes.

        Hallelujah! With this team, that’s no small feat.

  18. james garrett

    What a waste of another good pitching performance.We made Moore with his 6+ era look like Kershaw.

    • Jack

      It’s a shame. Bonilla is pitching A great game. Maybe the offense can come through.

  19. james garrett

    Won’t happen this game.We did just as yesterday wasting chance after chance against a staff that is average at best after Cueto.

  20. Jack

    I love Schebler. I ripped him a few weeks ago but he has come on big time. He is aggressive at the plate and swings hard but will have patience when he gets a couple of strikes. He don’t chase bad balls like Peraza.

  21. james garrett

    Great job by the pitchers last night and even better job by Bonilla today.In all 3 games we have stunk up the place on offense.

    • Jack

      Yeah one hit away in last night’s game and this game from possibly sweeping tomorrow. Bummer.

  22. james garrett

    Good time as any to say it again-Pitching won’t be our problem going forward but lack of hitting will be our biggest issue.Can’t expect any better pitching from our starters then what we have seen these last 4 games regardless of who they are.The offense let them down in a big way.Giants gave last night’s game to us then set Pence and Posey today and threw a guy with a + 6 ERA and he throws 120 pitches in 7+ innings and we score 1 run on a homer.Maybe it would have been better to have lost 13-1 so we could talk about how bad Bonilla was.Great job by the young man.