The Reds tried more bombs than Dresden. But a rare, bad, awful inning by Raisel Iglesias reversed the score allowing the Dodgers to sweep the series. The Reds now head south to San Diego for three games against the last-placed Padres. The Reds are 29-33.
Tim Adleman pitched five innings, giving up two earned runs. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four. Wandy Peralta and Austin Brice combined for two shutout innings of relief. Then Brice gave up a solo shot to Cody Bellinger in the 8th.
After walking the first three batters he faced, Raisel Iglesias grooved a first-pitch change-up that Corey Seager deposited in the right centerfield bleachers for a grand slam. It was an appearance full of “firsts in a long time” for Iglesias. More on Bryan Price’s use of the bullpen tomorrow.
It’s difficult to write that all relievers have a bad day while watching Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen. In 25 appearances, Jansen has struck out 43 batters without a single walk.
Joey Votto and Scott Schebler each hit home runs and are tied for the lead in that category in the National League with 18. Noteworthy that both were hit off a LH pitcher. Adam Duvall hit his 15th home run on the first pitch he saw from Hyun-Jin Ryu after sitting out two days with a stomach ailment. Schebler doubled later in the game.
Zack Cozart’s streak of 33 consecutive games getting on base came to an end. Ted Williams holds the all-time MLB record at 84 games in 1949.
Devin Mesoraco, starting his second game in a row, launched a massive bomb to left centerfield in the sixth inning for a 2-run homer. It was his fifth home run of the season and back-to-back games in a row he’s gone long. He added a double in the 8th. Mesoraco can hit the fastball. He’s definitely contributing to the offense now.
Jose Peraza had two hits and a sacrifice fly. But he also made an error in the field leading to an unearned run. “You’ve got to catch that pop-up.” (Jeff Brantley)
Billy Hamilton snapped his 0-for-17 hitless streak with an opposite field bloop single. He’s hitting below his career averages in AVG, OBP and ISO. Contrary to the opinion of some, Hamilton is not in scoring position when he’s on the bench.
Eugenio Suarez turned in a defensive gem to end the 5th inning ranging into foul territory to stab a ground ball and fire his cannon to throw CF Chris Taylor out at first base. Suarez made another nice play on a dribbler to end the 6th inning. Don’t know that I’ve ever seen as much improvement in the field from one season to the next as Suarez is demonstrating this year. Suarez also had two hits and a walk.
Brandon Finnegan pitched 3 shutout innings for AA-Pensacola this afternoon, with one walk and one strikeout. Finnegan threw 35 pitches.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.