|Cincinnati Reds (30-40)||5||13||0|
|Tampa Bay Rays (38-36)||6||8||0|
|W: Cobb (6-5) L: Garrett (3-6) S: Colome (20)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Tucker Barnhart had three hits in four at-bats, including a double and a triple, and an RBI. Devin Mesoraco had two hits, one of which was a double, and he scored two runs. Jose Peraza went 2-4 and collected an RBI. Adam Duvall had two hits, one a double. Eugenio Suarez had two hits and two RBI.
–Ariel Hernandez returned to the Reds and picked up where he left off back in April. He pitched a perfect eighth inning, and his stuff was flat-out filthy. I love this kid.
–Pretty good outing by Lisalverto Bonilla, who came on in relief of Amir Garrett in the fourth inning. Bonilla pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Tony Cingrani followed that up by tossing a scoreless inning and a third.
–Joey Votto hit a long solo home run in the ninth inning. That’s his 20th bomb of the season. Having a great season.
–The Reds were down 6-3 going into the ninth inning, but they rallied with two outs. Votto’s homer cut the lead to two. Duvall followed with a double, and Suarez singled him home. Scott Schebler approached the plate, representing the tying run. A home run would not only give the Reds the lead, it would permit Schebler to tie Votto for 2nd place in the National League home run race.
Alas, he struck out swinging. Game over.
–Another tough outing for Amir Garrett tonight: 3.2 innings pitched, 6 runs allowed on 5 hits and 4 walks. 83 pitches in less than 4 innings. Garrett is now 3-6 with a 7.41 ERA on the season. That is not ideal.
I don’t know what to make of Garrett. He’s looked pretty bad for most of the last six weeks.
–First six hitters in the Reds lineup went a collective 6 for 28 (and it was only that good because of three hits in the ninth).
–Billy Hamilton was 0-5 in the leadoff spot. Hamilton’s on-base percentage is down to .291. That is not good, if you were wondering.
Yes, I’m disappointed in Billy. I’ll have more to say about this in the coming weeks.
–That one-game winning streak was fun while it lasted. That’s ten losses in the last eleven games for the ol’ Redlegs.
—As Lance noted, Hernandez has faced 11 big league hitters and retired them all, looking dominant along the way.
–Joey Votto’s home run tonight tied him with Jay Bruce for 2nd on the NL homer list. I like those guys.
–As usual, the Reds kept fighting, but the starting pitching put them too far behind to catch up. This story is getting old. On the other hand, perhaps it’s a reason to be optimistic (you know I’m always looking for those reasons). Once the Reds get some pitchers healthy and once the young guys start to perform like they’re capable, the Reds will get a lot better in a hurry, right?
–A lot of Reds fans in the stands at Tropicana Field tonight, I noticed. Of course, it was easy to notice since there were very few Rays fans in the crowd.
–Rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon. Tim Adleman will take the hill for the good guys.