The Reds lost the opening game of their four-city road trip to first-place Cleveland. The loss means a split in the 4-game inter-Ohio series, leaving the Ohio Cup in northern Ohio. Although last year Cleveland swept the four games with the Reds, so there’s that.
The Reds are now 5-10 in interleague games with series left against the Yankees and Red Sox. The Reds next travel to New York for two games against the Bronx Bombers. The Reds split two games with the Yankees in early May.
The Reds are in line for the fourth pick in next summer’s amateur draft.
Tim Adleman pitched six complete innings and faced two batters in the seventh. He gave up five runs on six hits. At one point, Adleman retired ten Cleveland hitters in a row. His mix of 3 walks and 4 strikeouts isn’t a recipe for success. Adleman’s ERA is now 5.11, FIP is 5. 61 and xFIP 5.00. Enough of this, please.
Blake Wood replaced Adleman and at first poured gasoline on the fire, giving up a single, walk and single before striking out two and getting Edwin Encarnacion on a soft liner. Tony Cingrani continues to make it harder for the Reds to trade him.
The Reds run scoring was provided by solo home runs from Scooter Gennett (18) and Zack Cozart (12), the latter blasted a 73-mph Josh Tomlin curveball over the tall left field wall.
With his 4th inning walk, Joey Votto takes the major league lead with 72. Aaron Judge is second with 71. Jose Peraza is last with 6. Votto and Judge will square off tomorrow night for the Great Base on Balls Battle. Votto singled, drew the walk, got hit by a pitch and lined out sharply to left field.
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.