The Reds have been outscored 61-20 in the 7-game home stand. They’ve given up 19 home runs. Tomorrow, they welcome Mr. Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins to GABP for a 3-game series. Hiding women and children is nowhere near enough.
Luis Castillo pitched well after his first 11 pitches. Castillo (24) tried back-to-back change-ups against Jake Lamb and that didn’t work out. The D-Backs third baseman blasted a 3-run homer to deep straight centerfield. Castillo’s command of his fastball was off for part of the day, but his only walk was to the game’s first batter. He struck out seven Diamondbacks, including the last four he faced. In the sixth inning, he whiffed Paul Goldschmidt for the second time, the latter occasion on three pitches.
BTW, Castillo’s “get-it-over” first pitch of the game was a 95-mph fastball. He also knocked his first hit of the season, a 10-hop grounder over second base.
Tony Cingrani pitched an inning and gave up a walk and a homer. Any trade value Cingrani might have been building has dissipated during this home stand against good competition.
Ariel Hernandez gave up six runs on four hits and two walks, including a 2-run and 2-run homer. In one inning.
“Walks and home runs don’t usually add up to victory,” opined Jeff Brantley.
Eugenio Suarez drilled a pair of home runs. In the fourth-inning he homered to deep left centerfield. In the 8th, he hit a GABP Special to right. It was Suarez’s second and third solo shots in the home stand. In both games his homers proved to be the only Reds runs in a loss.
Devin Mesoraco returned after 12 days on the DL – four of which were during the All-Star break – moved up to sixth in the lineup. He was 0-for-4.
A Lesson in Sequencing:
- Inning A: Walk, double, home run
- Inning B: Home run, single, single, single
Inning A produces three earned runs. Inning B produces one earned run. Inning A was the Diamondbacks’ first; Inning B was the Reds’ fourth.
Was the second pitcher better than the first? According to their respective ERAs, yes. Three times better. Remember this example when someone suggests the primacy of ERA for evaluating pitchers. Pitchers have less control over the other team’s batting order than you might imagine.
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.