|Cincinnati Reds (41-63)||3||6||0|
|Miami Marlins (49-53)||7||9||0|
|W: Adam Conley (4-3) L: Tim Adleman (5-9)|
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Once again, a Reds starting pitcher couldn’t even make it through the fifth inning. Once again, the Reds offense couldn’t get anything going. Once again, the Reds lost. Rinse, repeat.
The team has now lost six games in a row and is 2-14 since the all-star break. Here’s how tonight’s contest went down:
Not much to see here. Joey Votto gave the Reds an early lead with a solo home run in the first inning, his 27th of the season. It marked his first extra-base hit since the all-star break. Per Cincinnati Enquirer beat reporter Zach Buchanan, it was Votto’s 10th long ball on the first pitch of an at-bat, a season-high for the first baseman. Adam Duvall added a solo shot in the fourth, his 23rd.
Those were the only runs the Reds could muster on the night against Marlins starter Adam Conley. The lefty shut them down otherwise, allowing only five hits and striking out seven in 7.2 innings.
Patrick Kivlehan supplied the only other extra-base hit of the night with a double in the top of the ninth inning. He scored after back-to-back ground-outs.
Also of note: Jose Peraza drew a walk (!) in the ninth inning, his eighth of the season. He’s drawn three free passes since the break.
Tim Adleman had yet another poor outing, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks in only 4.1 innings. He has a 7.36 ERA over his last eight starts. At this point in the season, it’s probably well past time to stop running him out there every five days and let a young pitcher gain more major-league experience.
The home run ball was once again a problem for the right-hander. He got through the first two frames without issue but surrendered an opposite-field, three-run bomb to Christian Yelich in the third. What made the homer hurt even worse was that it came in an 0-2 count with two outs.
The Marlins struck for two more in the fifth when Adleman led the inning off by walking the opposing pitcher. Following a Dee Gordon single, Giancarlo Stanton cleared the bases with a two-run double. Stanton came around to score two hitters later on a double by Marcell Ozuna, making it a 6-2 game and ending Adleman’s night.
Asher Wojciechowski once again did a nice job in mop-up duty. He pounded the strike zone on 19 of his 27 pitches, punching out two batters and allowing only one hit in 1.2 innings.
Kevin Shackelford was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day and made his second big-league appearance in the seventh inning. He retired his first two batters but gave up a double and a single to let the Marlins score another run. He threw a scoreless eighth, striking out two.
— Devin Mesoraco was replaced behind the plate by Stuart Turner in the sixth inning. Mesoraco took a foul ball off his catcher’s mask the previous inning. There hasn’t been an update on whether he was removed for injury reasons, however.
Devin Mesoraco left the game because he tweaked his knee. Reds don't think it's serious, but took him out as a precaution.
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) July 30, 2017
— The Reds picked up another outfield assist tonight when right fielder Kivlehan threw out Marlins leadoff hitter Gordon trying to stretch a single into a double. It was the team’s 25th outfield assist of the season, tying them for the most in baseball with the White Sox and Indians. Billy Hamilton is tied with White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera for the MLB lead with nine assists, while Duvall is second with eight.
— Reds outfield prospect Jose Siri extended his hitting streak to 34 games for the Low-A Dayton Dragons tonight. The Midwest League record is 35 games.
— Anthony DeSclafani had an outstanding rehab appearance with Dayton tonight: four innings, no runs, one hit, six strikeouts. The Dragons announced Disco is expected to make another rehab start with them.
— Adleman has now given up a homer in 12 straight starts. Yikes.
— Reds starters have only combined for 12.1 innings in this series. Double yikes.
The Reds will look to salvage one game of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. In a matchup of pitchers who were traded for each other in January, Luis Castillo (4.05 ERA, 3.70 xFIP) is scheduled to take on Dan Straily (3.84 ERA, 4.65 xFIP). That’s subject to change, however, as SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo is reporting the Marlins and Brewers are talking about a trade involving Straily.
Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.