The Cincinnati Reds now have a one-game winning streak.
Scott Feldman pitched six innings and faced one batter in the 7th. He struck out six and walked one. Solid starting pitching makes a difference. Michael Lorenzen came in to relieve Feldman with a runner on first and surrendered a 2-run homer to Daniel Robertson. That’s all Lorenzen gave up in 2 innings of work, striking out two. Raisel Iglesias pitched a 1-2-3 9th.
Scott Schebler broke the scoreless tie with a 400+ foot blast (Scheblast) to right field. It was Schebler’s 19th of the season. He also had a double and two walks. Schebler was the second of three players the Reds received from the LA Dodgers in the three-way Todd Frazier trade. Jose Peraza was the headliner. IF Brandon Dixon was the third player.
Scooter Gennett smacked a two-run homer in the 6th inning. Billy Hamilton, who had walked, was on first. The nimble Gennett pick up right at the end of spring break has been a success for the front office. He’s hit for average (.293) and power. Gennett is 27 and under team control for two more seasons. He signed with Milwaukee for $2.5 million this season, avoiding arbitration. By the way, Gennett’s given name is Ryan Joseph Gennett.
The Reds broke the 3-3 tie in the top of the 8th. Gennett doubled on a 100-mph fastball from Jose Alvarado to leadoff the 8th inning. He scored when Joey Votto turned around a 99-mph fastball from Alvarado for a single up the middle.
Jesse Winker debuted as a DH tonight. He went 1-5, with two fly outs to left field, a pop-up and ground out. His lone hit, a sharp single into right field, drove in two runs after the Rays intentionally walked Schebler to load the bases in the 8th inning. Winker’s hit moved the Reds ahead 6-3. Jesse Winker may be with the Reds for the duration of Zack Cozart’s time on the disabled list. Bryan Price says that Peraza is the shortstop and Gennett is the second baseman while Cozart is out. More on Cozart below.
Joey Votto tallied the Reds 7th run when he scored from second base on a wild pitch.
Homer Bailey threw 91 pitches for AAA-Louisville tonight over 5.2 innings. The Bats’ radio broadcast said Bailey looked “pretty darn sharp” – better than he did last year. Bailey struck out 6 and walked 2 (both in his last inning). He gave up 7 hits, several of the infield variety. Given that the Reds starting rotation is now missing two pitchers, the odds of Bailey starting in a Cincinnati uniform this Saturday in Washington, D.C. are pretty high.
Zack Cozart expects to return on June 28 when he’s eligible to come off the 10-day DL (sore quad muscle). “I anticipate being ready to play after,” Cozart said. “I’ve been playing with it the whole time for a little while. But it was getting to the point where I was thinking about it too much. It didn’t feel great. We’re going to use these 10 days and be back.” (C. Trent Rosecrans) If that’s the case, he’ll be able to re-establish his trade value quickly.
Speaking of which, Cozart’s trade market improved today. The Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy is headed to the DL with a broken bone in his right wrist that will keep him out at least four weeks but maybe into August. Hardy was having a lousy year anyhow. It won’t be a surprise to see Baltimore look outside for a replacement. The Orioles promoted Paul Janish (!) to take Hardy’s roster slot.
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.