Titanic Struggle Recap

Big comeback helps Reds end 7-game losing streak!

The Colorado Rockies scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning to take an 8-3 lead. It was looking like the Reds were well on their way to their eighth consecutive loss.

The Reds very easily could have mailed it in today, and no one would have blamed them. However, they came up with a 6-run bottom of the sixth inning, capped off by a three-run home run by Scott Schebler.

The big comeback wasn’t even the biggest story of the day.

Asher Wojciechowski came into pitch in the top of the sixth. Many Reds fans, myself included, had never heard of Asher prior to today. He was a former first round pick who was out of baseball in April when the Reds picked him up. Wojciechowski retired the first 11 batters he faced, and left with two outs in the ninth inning to a standing ovation.

Raisel Iglesias retired the only batter he faced to finish off a well-earned 12-8 win for the Reds. The seven game losing streak is over!

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (20-22) 12 12 1
Colorado Rockies (27-17) 8 11 1
W: Wojciechowski (1-0) L: Dunn (2-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Scott Schebler’s 3-run home run in the 6th inning with 2 outs, giving the Reds a 10-8 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 38.5% (from 42.9% to 82.2%).

Player of the Game

 

Positives

Asher Wojciechowski made his Reds debut in the 6th inning while the Reds were down 8-4. The Reds scored 8 runs while he was in the game, and Wojciechowski retired the first 11 batters he faced to preserve the comeback. He was actually a first round draft pick back in 2010 from the Blue Jays, but was out of baseball in April when the Reds picked him up. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Wojciechowski’s story earlier today, including this cool way Louisville Bats manager Delino DeShields told him he was called up.

Devin Mesoraco made his first start since last Sunday (he had been dealing with a sore hamstring), and he didn’t disappoint. Mesoraco hit a solo home run, and also walked and drove in another run earlier in the day (he was also robbed of an extra base hit by a ridiculous play by Nolan Arenado). It sure is good to Devin back!

Scott Schebler had the big hit today, hitting a 3-run bomb to give the Reds a 10-8 lead. It just might have been the biggest hit by a Red so far this season. It was his 11th home run of 2017. Schebler also juuuuuuust missed a grand slam in the 3rd inning. He had to settle for a sac fly.

Billy Hamilton had a big day, and increased his on-base streak to 20 games with a walk in the first inning. Billy then stole second base, and despite a pitch-out, the throw wasn’t even close. Hamilton now has 22 stolen bases, which is 10 more than anyone else in the MLB entering today. Billy later walked again, and then later turned a sac bunt attempt into a single. I don’t know if there is anyone else who could have turned that bunt into a single. Hamilton’s speed is simply unbelievable.

Joey Votto extended his on-base streak to 22 games. Votto reached base three times (1 regular walk, 1 intentional walk, 1 single).

Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run, and also walked twice.

Jose Peraza hit an 0-2 slider out of the strike zone for an RBI single in the third inning, which gave the Reds a 3-1 lead at the time.

Scooter Gennett had two hits off the bench.

Negatives

Tim Adleman couldn’t make it through five innings today. He was able to pitch around a lot of traffic for the most part today (7 hits, 3 walks), but it all fell apart in the 5th inning. Adleman is a nice guy to have in your system to fill the rotation when a guy gets hurt, but that is about it.

Adam Duvall is normally really good defensively, but he lost a fly ball in the sun in the 5th inning that would have been the final out of the inning. Instead, the Rockies ended up scoring four additional runs.

Drew Storen has been pretty good this year, but he gave up a 2-RBI single to the opposing pitcher. Storen also hit his MLB most sixth batter.

Not so random thoughts…….

The Reds got a major benefit from a replay overturn in the 5th inning. Nolan Arendao over-slid third base, and Eugenio Suarez wisely kept the tag on him. I really hate replay being used for over-slides. That isn’t why replay was put into existence. I think the MLB should make a rule that replay can’t be used against a runner for over-sliding, but that an over-slide can only be called live by the umpire. Now, if the umpire calls a runner out for over-sliding, but the manager thinks he shouldn’t have been, that should be review-able.

Up Next:

Rockies at Reds
Sunday, 1:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Bronson Arroyo (6.31 ERA) vs Kyle Freeland (3.13 ERA)

 

All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference. 

36 thoughts on “Big comeback helps Reds end 7-game losing streak!

  1. Speaking of Scooter, what is the Reds long term plan for him? Is he on the “next” good Reds team as a utility bench guy or is he dangled at the trade deadline? Does what we could possibly get for him outweigh the idea of having him play off the bench for a few years?

    • I do like Scooter. He has a few years of team control so he could be an asset for the Reds or someone else if they are willing to pay for him.

      • I personally prefer him over Peraza but ehh I’m not complaining or second guessing ownership on anything. I”ll wait to be critical after the year is over.

    • I’d prefer to keep him for the bench. Good bench players are an oft-overlooked component of competitive teams.

  2. I noticed Wojo’s numbers 3 weeks ago since we have nobody else that can do the job except maybe Amir! Next one on tap should be Austin Ross at AA. 1 something era and Zero Hrs in 48 ip. Get him to Lville for a few games and then to the Reds!

    • OK Mr. Bench GM who you gonna DFA to make room on the 40 and 25 man roster?

      • Bench GM’s live in a world of unlimited rosters and unlimited money.

        Other teams are run by the drunk brothers in law of the owners and they can be easily swindled. All situations are completely black and white. There are never secondary objectives, ancillary factors and mitigating circumstances. A perfectly linear world demands perfectly linear actions.

        Their mighty band of submissive, agent-less players only care about winning and pleasing the fans. The players are so happy they don’t listen to the union and so eager to please they spend hours reading the suggestions of civilians to learn how to improve.

        The Reds are all aware that they simply just need to emulate Joey Votto to be successful. They understand the true secret that anyone can just go out there and determine that a small, round, curving object…..traveling at over 90 MPH….will land an inch outside the strike zone.

        Yet, despite being in control of the universe, the bench GM actually has no power since the manager….who is your employee and reports to you….doesn’t have to do anything you want since MLB managers seem to live in their own fantasy in which they are immune from direction, pressure and influence.

    • Seems like an over the top reaction from you two to a pretty innocuous comment. You can disagree with the premise without name calling or super long snarky posts. Everyone on this site discusses moves they think or wish the Reds would do at some point in time, including every single writer on this blog. It’s part of the nature of the blog and being a fan at this level. No one needs board police.

      • Yes, agreed, Hotto. I don’t know whether Austin Ross, the player mentioned by Indy above, is worthy of consideration at this point or not. But I also don’t see a problem with making a suggestion. ….

        The subtractions that would have to be made to the 40 and 25 man rosters to accommodate Ross make it difficult to see happening, but given that Arroyo and Adleman can’t seem to go beyond 5 innings, I don’t blame anybody for looking around within the organization for alternatives…. I wonder how secure Blake Wood’s spot on the 40-man is. I was hoping he would pitch better and be trade bait at the deadline.

  3. What a great comeback! The Reds never quit! Now let’s hope they turn this game into a hot streak!

    • If trends continues expect one, like 7 of 9 or 6 in a row….what tends to happen get blown out early have a nice come back win, entire line up hits for about a week, get solid SP, bullpen gives up no runs, then lineup goes cold after a few solid starts and lose a couple close games, then starting pitching is terrible for a week offense starts coming back but too big a hole has been dug and they still consecutive games, then a comeback. The hot streak usually coincide with playing the Pirates, so that is troublesome to the theory

  4. Finally one of these late comebacks came far enough back. We have to be leading the league in late-inning runs in recent days.

    Now to solve the constant need for late comebacks…

  5. Not sure I understand the logic behind the idea of not reviewing overslides. What’s different about that kind of play compared to any other tag play that should make it unreviewable?

    • And you don’t want to review an overslide that was safe but it’s ok for an out. Odd to say the least.

      • Oversliding is one thing, but I have a problem with them reviewing split second loss off contact of the base in the act of sliding. This is different than oversliding a bag.

        • This is what I meant, and what I would like to be changed. Obviously, you have to stay on the bag, that’s a fundamental of baseball. But changing these calls where a runner barely comes off the bag and it is only discovered because of a slow-mo zoomed in camera is silly. If the ump sees it and calls it live great, but the review is just going too far IMO.

    • The play in question was not an overslide. The base runner maintained contact on the base with his hand through the entire slide until all forward momentum was stopped. It was more of a TOOTBLAN when the runner removed his hand from the base, thinking his leg had contact with the base. His leg had contact with Suarez glove which was between his leg and the base.

      • So he was tagged while not touching the base, before time was called.

        It’s a good thing he was called out then!

  6. I guess they have to find a way to upgrade the rotation, it’s clear Arroyo, Adleman and Bonilla can no longer continue starting games.

    • Wojciechowski was a starter in the minors. Maybe he can be moved into the rotation in the next week.

    • ok like I said above. Who you gonna DFA when you start flipping folkers from AA to the pros? These guys aren’t even on the 40 man roster. So who do you DFA to make room on the 40 man. Who do you DFA to put him on the 25? I’m not willing to risk losing anyone for this time period.

      • I think that you can dfa Arroyo and Adleman. Adleman will be claimed by someone, maybe Arroyo would take a job with the reds to help out young pitchers in the system. That would open up two spots on both the 25 and 40 man rosters. I think Bonilla deserves more chances as a starter. Remember, he got hit in the hand in the fifth inning before that terrible sixth inning in his last game.

        • His numbers do not suggest he will be better than Arroyo and considering he is AA yout expect him to have pitch counts and inning limits. Both Arroyo and Adleman do not have those restrictions both can throw 130 pitches a game and pitch 300 innings. I don’t think Arroyo will be on the roster at the end year not at his current pace but there is no reason to DFA Adleman, he is just 28. In the very least you let him hold down the fort until Bailey comes back. Maybe Arroyo’s fate is the same. Again I don’t see the Reds getting rid of a 28 year old pitcher who has at least some value. Arroyo is a place holder for Bailey, Finnegan, or Disco. Whichever is ready first.

    • To my recollection, Bonilla had a bad relief outing against the Cubs a few weeks ago, a really good start against the Giants more recently, and then the disaster against the Rockies immediately after he got hit on the hand with a pitch while bunting. … Maybe he’s no better in the long run than Arroyo or Adleman, but it might be worth a few more starts to find out.

      I really hope the Reds are preparing Stephenson to get some starts.

  7. The offense is fine and the bullpen is usually reliable but our SP is atrocious. Nice comeback but down by five then finding a way to win are few and far between. Gotta address the SP. I know, easier said than done but I mean, come on.

  8. Last night I actually had a dream that I was Billy Hamilton and I went from 1st to 3rd on a ground ball to the right side of the infield. Basically caught ’em napping. That’s all I remember, but pretty funny, and not out of the Billy realm.

    • I once had a dream I was Johnny Bench and woke up to Bench hitting a line drive single off of the Wrigley wall. Who didn’t dream of Bench especially after reading “Catch you later Johnny Bench.”

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