2017 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds play longball, win 2 of 3 in Philly

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (24-25) 8 12 0
Philadelphia Phillies (17-31) 4 10 0
W: Feldman (4-4) L: Eflin (0-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Jose Peraza and Zack Cozart singled to begin the game and, one out later, Adam Duvall singled Peraza home with the game’s first run.

The following inning, Scott Schebler absolutely destroyed a home run to center field, his 15th of the season, to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Those 15 bombs ties Schebler for the National League lead (with Bryce Harper), and he’s only one behind Mike Trout for the MLB lead.

After Philly took a 4-2 lead off Reds starter Scott Feldman (more on him in a moment), Duvall decided he was sick of Schebler stealing his thunder. Duvall hit two home runs, one in the third — to tie the game — and one in the fifth, which gave the Reds a 7-4 lead.

–For the day, Duvall was 3-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. But he and Schebler weren’t the only Reds playing longball today. No, as you may have predicted before the game, Patrick Kivlehan also hit two home runs, one in the fourth and one in the ninth. Kivlehan’s shot in the fourth gave the Reds a lead they would not relinquish.

–Blake Wood, Wandy Peralta, Drew Storen, and Raisel Iglesias combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief.

–Peraza had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. All of a sudden, he looks like the Peraza we hoped we’d see this season.

The Bad
–Feldman gave up four runs on 8 hits in five innings, and wasn’t particularly sharp today. Kind of a Feldman-esque start in many ways. But he gets the win, thanks to this potent Cincinnati offense.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds take 2 of 3, and move back to within one game of .500. That’s the first series Cincinnati has won in Philadelphia since 2006. How is that possible?

–Kivlehan had two homers in 65 career at-bats coming into the game. Playing in front of a large contingent of family members in Philadelphia (Patty Kivvles is from New Jersey) seemed to do him well.

–The Reds will head up to Toronto tomorrow, where Lisalverto Bonilla will face the Blue Jays.

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22 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds play longball, win 2 of 3 in Philly

  1. Just take a moment to let this ferment…

    Schebler: 121 wRC+
    Duvall: 122 wRC+
    Winker (AAA): 125 wRC+

    While checking up on Winker’s performance yesterday (a 13-1 humiliation by Lehigh Valley), which Winker went 2-4, I noticed a familiar name in the boxscore. Our old friend Ben Lively got the win for Lehigh Valley.

    In 9 games, all starts, at AAA this season, Lively has a 2.40 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 6.43 SO/BB ratio and just 1 HR in 56.1 IP.

    I’m sure glad the Reds were able to talk the Mets out of a useless roid abuser and paid him $4MM to boot for a pitcher who has thrown just 7 BB in 56 innings. After all, the Reds certainly couldn’t use such a pitcher.

    • The Reds were coming off 3 playoff appearances in 5 years and had a year left of Cueto, Leake and Chapman. They rolled the dice on Byrd and lost. It’s all so easy and clear in hindsight.

      Lively is pitching well in AAA….I’m glad we’ve never seen any examples of that not translating to MLB success.

  2. I like the two series wins against the Phillies. Although it’s six years ago, it’s a bit of comeuppance for the Phillies playoff sweep of the Reds. Nice to see some Reds fans at Citizens Bank. With June around the corner, we should see more fans at GABP. And Jay is getting it done tonight for the Mets against the Pirates.

    • I love the Frazier tweets.

      I’m pretty sure about 99% of the immediate post trade posts were filled with anger and despair about the fleecing.

      • Not only the issue with Frazier coming off a decent 2015 season and following it up with 40 HR season for Chicago, I thought a of people felt Dodgers got the better end of the deal. Just curious if anyone knows if the guys they got are having any impact

      • Spot on sir. The same people who were ripping WJ on those trades are the ones touting the trade now. But no apology to WJ? I thought these writers and readers were the real GMs.

  3. How bad has the starting pitching become for the Reds? How about the trickle down effect to AAA? The Bats got thoroughly pummelled the past 2 games, 13-1 & 14-2. The starter didn’t make it out of the 4th inning yesterday and failed to make it out of the 2nd inning today.

    • I don’t think you can blame that on trickle down. The offerings that the Bats pitching has provided isn’t that good. Fortunately there are good things coming from AA very soon I hope.

      • My uneducated guess is there will likely be no wholesale promotions until after the amateur draft, and the Billing’s Mustangs get a roster set up, and maybe play a couple of weeks. There will have to be a whole ripple of promotions all along the minor league system. I wish one singular promotion would be Tyler Mahle to AAA, right now.

  4. Hypothetically, if we get maybe 2/3 of finnegan, bailey, desclafani back before ASG and are still in the mix, do we still ourselves as potential buyers? A lot of bodies in the minors for a middle of the rotation guy.

    I know there’s a lot of time left, but it’s exciting we’re able to think this way at this point in the year. Knock on wood.

  5. Our starter gives up 4 in 5 innings and we get a few more and the pen goes 4 innings to seal the deal.This is our model to stay around 500 but boy we could be better if we had a starter or two that could get us to the 7th consistently.We now head to Toronto where the ball flys and they are getting healthy so expect a beat down or two but we can hit too.

    • No. We wouldn’t be better. This team is currently either defying logic or rewriting how to use pitchers for greatest effect. Save the great guns for high leverage and use retreads for inning filler and mopup work

      • Yes this team would be so much better. You will see that and understand once Finnegan Disco and possibly even Homer return to replace Arroyo, Bonilla & Feldman. The Reds have the worst starters in baseball coupled with a decent slightly above average bullpen plus a top third MLB offense. The starting staff will become average level when those three return, which will spur the Reds to above .500. It’s a tragic shame the Reds haven’t tried some of their AA pitchers doing well in the meantime. The Rockies pitching improved tremendously with guys with minimal AA experience.

  6. JB, I’m not sure what you are referencing, but it seems to be directed at my post. I guess you may be refering to the last series win in Philly by the Reds, but I’m not sure how long that drought has been. The series victory was a wonderful outcome, but it certainly wasn’t the result of the Reds starting pitching. My point was the noticible impact that the injuries and sub-optimal performances by the Reds starting pitching has had on the AAA starting pitching also. I only pointed it out because a lot of RLN followers don’t spend the time to look at the Reds organization as a whole, just the major league club. That’s not a criticism either; everyone has their own specific interests in the Reds. I enjoy checking in on the minor league organization on a daily basis and occasionally share something I found interesting or poignant. I also whole-heartedly agree with with GL’s post regarding the AA pitching staff as it relates to the AAA pitching staff.

    Oh, and I staunchly avoid killing the peasants whenever possible. I much prefer basal torture.

    • Whoops…never mind! It looks like the post was deleted while I was typing.

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