Titanic Struggle Recap

Reds lose 7th straight in LA

Amir Garrett toed the rubber tonight against Rich Hill.  Garrett only lasted 1+ inning due to a freak accident on a line drive back to the mound. More on that later.

Coming into this game, the Reds had lost 6 straight in Los Angeles. Following this game, the Reds have lost 7 straight in Los Angeles.

 

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THE GOOD

-Zack Cozart extended his on-base streak to 31 games by working a walk in a great plate appearance in the 3rd inning.

-Jose Peraza had three weakly-hit singles.  This qualifies as “good” for this game.

-Joey Votto hit his 17th home run in the 9th inning.  This ties him with teammate Scott Schebler and the reincarnation of Ryan Zimmerman for the National League lead.

THE BAD

-In the 2nd inning, Austin Barnes hit a 103 mph liner right at Amir Garrett’s head.  Instinct took over, and Garrett brought up his unprotected pitching hand and tried to bare-hand the ball.  As you can imagine, this didn’t go well.  Garrett appeared to lose feeling in part of his hand and left the game.  He was sitting on the bench with a dejected look, but did not appear to be in pain.  Hopefully this is a minor setback

-After “relief pitcher” Jake Buchanan loaded the bases in the 3rd (with the help of  Jose Peraza not being able to grip the ball on a double play turn), he fielded a swinging bunt while cutting off Eugenio Suarez in the process and proceeded to throw the ball up the right field line allowing 2 runs to score.

-Buchanan later (the next inning) would give up a double, walk, hit batsman, and single while retiring only one batter.  His final line was 2.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 4 ER.  That is bad.

-The Reds offense was bad today.  It’s not bad everyday.  Today it was.  They managed only 5 hits, 60% of which came in the 9th inning down.

SOMEWHAT RANDOM-ISH THOUGHTS

-Watching players get hurt sucks.

-Rich Hill has allowed 2 ER or fewer in 5 of his 6 starts, while not going more than 5 IP in any of them.  That is weird.

-I like Jim Day better than Thom Brennaman.  I like Chris Welsh better than Jeff Brantley.  I like Vin Scully better than all of them.  This is the first game I haven’t listed to Vin since I started doing MLB.tv.  A sad night, indeed.

-Kenta Maeda, who pitched 4 innings in relief, earned his first career save.  He was nearly perfect, if not for the meddlesome Votto!

 

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28 thoughts on “Reds lose 7th straight in LA

  1. I guess I missed Cingrani being activated this week

    At least he didn’t walk his first batter…

    • That in itself is cause for celebration. He almost always walks the first batter he faces.

    • I thought about saying something to this effect in the recap, but decided to just be happy that pitchers are starting to come back from the DL! Haha!

    • not a bad 5th/6th option to have, I heard he went to some camp to learn a change-up or something this fall, anybody notice if he uses it or does he still throw 90% fastballs. I still have hope for him being a factor especially with considering how the other young guys struggled and he practically dominated in his first half season

      • He had one average outing against the Braves (2 runs in 5 outings), otherwise he has shown why he is AAAA pitcher, he is the first to go when the veterans get healthy and AAA guys are ready

  2. Duvall and Mesoraco were not in the lineup against the lefty Hill. Anyone know if there was more to it than just giving them a rest and getting someone else a few at bats? Also, Buchanan was bad. Yikes.

    • Duvall was sick. Per TV announcers he had been for a couple of days and it got worse after the flight to LA.

  3. I think Billy needs to drop to #9. He is just not going to be a .700 OPS player this season.

    Showcase Coz at #1 and bump everyone up.

    Let’s call last night a throw away game. Resting starters and lose SP in the 1st. It’s a forget about it and move on.

  4. I agree GRAND with you on everything.Because of a 162 game season teams throw games away before the plane lands in the next city.In this case it was In LA but you could see it coming.Reds were done after the first inning.

  5. Glad the Cards came to town because the Reds are 1 out away from being 0-7 in the rest of the last 11 games:(

    Billy needs some days off! He’s slight of build and he wears down. Why not try Schebler leadoff (Charlie Blackmon-esque) vs righties and maybe Peralta or Kivlehan vs lefties. Slide Billy to 9th and Schebler might get more meatballs when Billy is on.

    Its the 2nd time I’ve seen Brendan McKay pitch for Lville. He’s pretty good! Fastball isn’t overpowering (91-93) but he seems to have good control (far better then Garrett or Reed) and has a nice downward slider. He’s also hitting .356 w/17 hrs although they said he doesn’t hit nearly as well when he’s pitching. I’m thinking he could be a Jon Lester type…the Cubs version that doesn’t throw as hard. Great chance he could be with the Reds in 2019 as he looks pretty polished or maybe even pull a Leake and skip the minors. Hunter Greene is a freak but he may be gone or they may want someone like McKay that can contribute earlier?

  6. Ah, the big 5 continue to be a breath of success…

    Cozart and Votto are 3rd and 4th, respectively, among qualified NL OPS. Votto is making a charge to run down Zimmerman by the all styaer break. Both Cozart and Votto are within .100 of Zimmerman after last night’s results!

    Duvall, Suarez and Schebler are also in the top 30 of qualified NL OPS at 24th, 25th & 26th, respectively.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see those 5 hitters in the lineup, hitting 1-5? The best hitters getting the most PA…please!!!

    • Agree on Hamilton- with the hitters they have, when Mes is in the line-up there is no reason why Hamilton or Perza should be batting before him, It is like a catcher has to hit 8th, Price seem do unconventionally things like bat billy 9th, Joey 2nd, then just stopped

    • That would just make too much sense. Price lacks common sense I am afraid.

  7. Stephenson started last night for the Bats.
    5.0 IP, 6-SO, 5-BB, 1-H, 0-R
    The BB have to come down for Stephension to be successful at the major league level, but he’s pitching now and that’s the only way he will improve, if he improves.

  8. The rule 4 draft goes down on Monday with Billings opening their season the following Monday. We could see some significant (as in impacting the Reds future at the major league level) promotions through the minor league system after next weekend with reenforcements for the starting rotation at the major league level coming soon thereafter. This could be a very exciting month for the Reds. Three months with an effective starting rotation could make the Reds competitive in 2017 and promotions of their impact minor league prospects closer (or to, right Mr Winker?) to the major league level could provide additional weapons as soon as 2018.

  9. Votto isn’t even in the top 5 for AS First base voting!!! What complete joke this system is. There needs to be a different system. Small market clubs just get hosed!!! Votto should be on the darn team! He needs as many AS games as he can get to help his HOF cause. Man if he only didn’t get hurt those 2 seasons!!!

    • I always have thought that it makes more sense for the players to vote, as they used to in the old, old days.

      • I agree 100%. Players know more about the game than regular joes who vote.

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