Good news. The road trip is half over.
Sal Romano labored through 3.2 innings. He struck out five, but walked six. He also gave up two hits. Romano showed flashes of good stuff, but his lack of control kept him in trouble.
Things unraveled for Romano (and the Reds?) in the bottom of the 4th. With the bases loaded, one out and the Reds ahead 3-0, Romano induced a tapper back to the mound – a sure double play ball – but the Reds pitcher threw it FAR over the head of catcher Tucker Barnhart. A run scored on that play. Following a sacrifice fly and a walk, Bryan Price pulled Romano with bases loaded and two outs. Michael Lorenzen induced Christian Yelich to pop-out, ending the threat.
Chris Welsh made a good point, that last night’s starter, Robert Stephenson walked seven batters, and tonight’s starter walked six.
Michael Lorenzen finished the 4th and pitched the 5th and 6th innings, throwing 35 pitches. He gave up a run, striking out three and walking one. This isn’t the first time recently Price has used Lorenzen in an early inning. That’s probably Price bringing in one of his best arms in a high leverage situation. But can’t a guy dream that Price is giving Lorenzen a little more run, building toward a starting assignment?
Wandy Peralta served up a home run and two doubles in the 7th inning, giving the Marlins a 5-3 lead. Drew Storen hung a breaking ball for a 2-run homer. Maybe they’re tired. Maybe they just aren’t that good. Reminder that relievers are highly variable. That’s why: Always Be Trading Relievers, whenever possible. Make other teams chase consistency that just isn’t there for the vast majority of bullpen guys.
Joey Votto and Adam Duvall got the Reds on the scoreboard in the first inning. Votto’s single drove in Billy Hamilton, who had walked. Duvall blasted a home run, his 22nd of the season, into the left field bleachers. After the first four batters, the good guys led 3-0. Scooter Gennett had a couple more hits.
Scott Schebler did obliterate a baseball in the 9th, his 23rd homer. 432 feet.
Jose Siri doubled at Dayton tonight. His hitting streak of 33 games is the longest in his league for 40 years.
Good news from the future. Nick Senzel is blitzing through AA.
Nick Senzel is 2-2 with a triple and a home run tonight. He's hitting .319 in Pensacola and now slugging .513 in 130 PA in AA. #Reds
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 29, 2017
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.