The Short Version: Sal Romano’s strong start, along with solid work from the Reds bullpen, is paired with another miserable night from the Reds “offense.” Reds drop their ninth game in the last ten. The “rebuild” is stalled.
|Cincinnati Reds (3-14)||0||3||1|
|Milwaukee Brewers (9-9)||2||8||0|
|W: Jennings (2-0) L: Romano (0-2) S: Hader (2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Tucker Barnhart had two doubles in two plate appearances after entering the game in the sixth inning. Joey Votto had a hit and a walk. Jesse Winker walked twice in his return to the Cincinnati lineup.
–Sal Romano was cruising into the sixth inning before things kinda fell apart. But I’m still going to put this in the “good” section, because I saw a lot of good things from Big Sal tonight. He had allowed no runs on two hits before the sixth, but gave up a walk (then tossed a pickoff throw into right field), and surrendered a two-run homer to Eric Thames. When the next hitter reached on an infield single, manager Bryan Price came out to get him.
Final line: five innings, two runs allowed on four hits and two walks; four strikeouts.
–Amir Garrett relieved Romano and gave up a quick single, but induced a double play and got a strikeout to end the inning. Of course he was removed in favor of this Dylan Floro character (aka: Not Ariel Hernandez). That might be understandable, except that Phil Gosselin pinch-hit for Garrett. I think I would have rather seen Garrett hit and then pitch another inning.
–Cody Reed pitched on consecutive nights for the first time in his career, and he was brilliant. Entering with no outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the eight, Reed issued a steady diet of sliders and got three straight outs. That might’ve been the best he’s ever looked on the big league level. Small victories…
–Cliff Pennington started at third base again. Pennington and Phil Gosselin have started six of the nine games for the Reds at 3B since the Eugenio Suarez injury. #FreeBlandino
In the seventh inning, with the Reds down 2-0, Tucker Barnhart led off with a double. With one away, Cliff Pennington batted. After he inevitably made an out, your intrepid manager Bryan Price sent Phil Gosselin up to pinch-hit. Yeah, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Reds didn’t score.
Why in the world those guys are playing in crucial situations while Alex Blandino can’t even get into the stupid game makes no sense whatsoever. It’s the reason why I’m losing faith in this organization’s management on a daily basis. Is this a rebuild or isn’t it?
–Devin Mesoraco left the game in the sixth inning after being hit by a pitch in his last at-bat. Bruised right wrist. Ugh. With Mesoraco’s luck, he’ll probably be out for the season.
–Leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton was 0-4 with three strikeouts.
–That’s nine losses in their last ten games for the ol’ Redlegs. This is getting pretty old, eh?
–The Reds have lost every single game for which I have written the recap. I don’t think I’m alone there, however.
–One night after collecting his 1600th career hit, Joey Votto worked the 1000th walk of his career. Raise your hand if you are surprised that he has more hits than walks.
Related: Joey Votto is really good.
–In seventeen games, the Reds have had three different players injured on HBPs.
It's a joy to watch Joey Votto and Jesse Winker work pitchers to death. If you aren't throwing them strikes, it ain't gonna work, guys.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) April 17, 2018
Votto's 1,446 career apps are the fourth-fewest to 1,000 walks in National League history.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) April 18, 2018
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) April 18, 2018
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 18, 2018
Bryan Price just let Cliff Pennington and Phil Gosselin hit with a runner in scoring position. You won't be surprised to learn that the Reds are still losing 2-0. pic.twitter.com/woYjdHWNsu
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 18, 2018
— Coop® (@ItMeCoop) April 18, 2018
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