The Reds are so desperate for starting pitching the team sent Asher Wojciechowski to the mound in an actual major league game. Asher Wojciechowski.
In an unrelated note, Michael Lorenzen pitched three shutout innings, appearing out of the bullpen. He whiffed the side in his first inning, including striking out Ezequiel Carrera on a filthy 98-mph fastball.
If there is ANY circumstance that would make the Reds consider starting Lorenzen, the tsunami of injuries to starting pitchers has to be it. Repeat: Asher Wojciechowski. Seriously, how could the case for giving Lorenzen a shot in the rotation be any stronger? We can dare to dream the three innings tonight were a step toward stretching Lorenzen out.
Asher Wojciechowski shut out the Blue Jays for the first three innings. But the #VoteAsher campaign had to be put on hold as Toronto blasted three long home runs in the fourth.
Blake Wood gave up two runs in the 8th inning for the loss. Wood has been OK this year and Kendrys Morales’ homer was the first bomb Wood had given up in 2017. The Blue Jays can hit.
Two of the Reds All-Star candidates – Zack Cozart and Joey Votto – barreled up pitches in the first inning for solo home runs. That gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the first. #VoteZack #VoteVotto
The Reds had a lead last night, too.
Cozart hit his second homer of the night in the fifth inning, pulling the Reds to within one run, 4-3. Here’s a bittersweet thought: Zack Cozart is building some awesome trade value. It would cause me to shed a few tears, but I’d move him sooner rather than later if there’s a solid match.
Turning point: The Reds tied the game in the 7th on a leadoff single by Jose Peraza, a stolen base and an error on the throw that moved Peraza to third. Billy Hamilton knocked Peraza in with a sharp single to center. Zack Cozart walked, to bring Joseph Daniel Votto up with no outs and runners on first and second. For some reason, Hamilton tried to steal 3B and was thrown out. If the Reds called for that, it was capital-D Dumb. Votto walked and two outs later, the Blue Jays were out of the inning.
The Reds send ace Tim Adleman (ERA 4.95, FIP 4.850) to the mound tomorrow to try to avoid a sweep in the series. Hide the children.
Bryan Price on Robert Stephenson demotion to AAA-Louisville (C. Trent Rosecrans): “The first two months of the season have served him well in that he’s had a small handful of games where he wasn’t very good and a large number of games where he was very good.” That’s premium-grade baloney right there. Unless by “well” Price means “as poorly as possible” or “absolutely awful, terrible, horrible.” Stephenson pitched 24 innings with an 8.03 ERA. On pace for 72 innings. Bad pitching; bad management by the organization. Whatever you think of Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson, the 2017 season has been nothing short of a disaster for their development – so far.
News on Tony Cingrani (Rosecrans): Left-hander Tony Cingrani threw a scoreless inning for low-Class A Dayton on Monday. He’ll make two more rehab appearances in the minors and then evaluated. Cingrani is scheduled to pitch Thursday and Saturday for AAA-Louisville. “We’ll play it by ear and see how he comes out of each outing,” Price said. “At this point, he’s had no post-pitching issues and that’s a good sign.”