It has been a rough stretch for the Reds. When they score runs, their pitching can’t hold up their end of the deal. When they get good pitching, like tonight, they can’t score runs.
The Reds faced Alex Wood for the second time in a week, and he cruised through the first seven innings tonight. Wood did allow a solo home run to Devin Mesoraco in the 8th inning, but that would be the extent of the Reds offense on this evening.
Tim Adleman did hold up his end of the bargain. He held the Dodgers to just two runs over six innings. It was Adleman’s fifth straight start of allowing less than three earned runs. It still wouldn’t be enough though, as the Reds lost their seventh consecutive game 3-1.
|Cincinnati Reds (29-37)||1||5||0|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (42-26)||3||7||0|
|W: Wood (7-0) L: Adleman (4-3) S: Jansen (14)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Devin Mesoraco grounding into an ending inning double play the 5th inning (two runners were on base). That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 12.5% (from 34.6% to 22.1%).
Devin Mesoraco hit his 6th home run of the season.
Tim Adleman pitched fairly well once again: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. The 4 walks were pretty surprising, as Adleman doesn’t typically struggle with command.
Billy Hamilton hit a ball over the fence against the immortal Kenley Jensen. It was a ground-rule double, but still….
Eugenio Suarez made a couple nice defensive plays. It was good timing too, as our own Ashley Davis wrote about Suarez’ improved defense earlier today.
The Reds had a rough 2nd inning on the basepaths. Eugenio Suarez was thrown out at home on a “contact play.” A few seconds later, Jose Peraza got in a run down by taking off first base early.
The Reds offense is having a rough stretch. They have scored just 8 runs over the last 4 games.
Not so random thoughts………..
Thom Brennaman talking about Moneyball was quite comical.
Scotter Gennett got honored before the game for his historic 4 HR performance. Scooter was given a scooter that was rode in by the only Red ever to throw a perfect game, Tom Browning. Pretty fitting.
Dodgers at Reds
Saturday, 4:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Asher Wojciechowski (5.21 ERA) vs Hyun-Jin Ryu (4.42 ERA)
All photos are used courtesy of Sam Greene and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference.