It all comes down to tonight’s game. After Wednesday night’s come-from-behind win, the Reds (22-24) try to secure the series win and the Ohio Cup trophy against the Indians (24-21) at 6:10 ET. If the Reds can win tonight, they will win the Ohio Cup for the first time since 2014. If the Indians win, the season series will be tied and Cleveland will retain the trophy for another year.
Tim Adleman will be on the mound for the Reds, as he tries to bounce back from his outing against the Rockies last Saturday when he gave up six run on seven hits and three walks.
Adleman has had somewhat of a roller coaster season. He’s been adequate for some starts and not good for others. He hasn’t gone deep in games (his longest outing has been six innings), but he’s limited the number of runs he’s allowed, with the exception of games against St. Louis and Colorado . Adleman’s ERA has ballooned the past two games to 6.19 because of the start against the Rockies and leaving in the first inning against San Francisco due to neck problems.
Clevinger has been a pleasant surprise for the Indians in 2017, but most people within that organization think he will be the odd man out once Corey Kluber comes off the DL. In his first taste of the big leagues last season, he appeared in 17 games, starting in 10 of those games and pitching to a 5.26 ERA, with 50 strikeouts and 29 walks. This season, his ERA is a sparkling 1.56. He’s struck out 19 in 17.1 innings and has yet to give up a home run. If there’s anything negative to his season, it’s his control, as he has walked 11 batters.
For as bad as the rotation has been, the bullpen keeps chugging along. They were the reason the Reds were able to stay in the game last night and Tuesday night. Against the Indians, the bullpen has combined for one run in 11 innings. The lone run came Tuesday night via a Drew Storen wild pitch that was ultimately the winning run for the Indians.
|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. Devin Mesoraco (C)
8. Scooter Gennett (DH)
9. Jose Peraza (2B)
|1. Jason Kipnis (2B)
2. Francisco Lindor (SS)
3. Michael Brantley (LF)
4. Carlos Santana (1B)
5. Edwin Encarnacion (DH)
6. Jose Ramirez (3B)
7. Yan Gomes (C)
8. Bradley Zimmer (CF)
9. Daniel Robertson (RF)
Jose Peraza extended his 11-game hitting streak Wednesday with a single in the fifth inning. Votto looks to keep his on-base streak alive after walking in the first last night to stretch it to 27.
News and Notes
Let’s watch last night’s game-winning play again, because it’s just so fun to watch Billy Hamilton run the bases.
The list of Reds starting pitchers on the disabled list grows every day. The latest is Amir Garrett.
At least there’s some good news from Triple-A. This might mean that the Reds take it easy with Rookie Davis for the next couple of weeks, but I’m guessing he’ll be back with the big league club at some point this season, especially if Garrett’s injury is worse than the Reds think.
The Reds have scored five runs against the Indians bullpen, one of the best in baseball, in this series. (Except Andrew Miller, but don’t worry, the Cubs couldn’t figure him out either). It seems every night there’s a different player doing something amazing on the field, regardless of win or loss. The Reds won’t make the playoffs, but this team has been entertaining to watch. And it could be worse: you could be a Padres fan.
And lastly, the Indians had some fun with Billy Hamilton on Twitter today: