The Short Version: One day after collecting 20 hits and 15 runs, the Reds return to form with a one run outing, and the Twins snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Cincinnati Reds: Good For What Ails Ya’.
|Cincinnati Reds (6-21)||1||6||2|
|Minnesota Twins (9-13)||3||8||0|
|W: Odorizzi (2-2) L: Romano (1-3) S: Rodney (3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Scott Schebler once again destroyed a baseball, a solo home run — his third of the season — in the top of the second that gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. Schebler finished the day 1-3 with a walk. He only has 45 plate appearances thanks to a stint on the disabled list (after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow), but in those 45 times to the plate, he has posted a strong .317/.378/.585 line.
–Devin Mesoraco collected two of the Reds’ six hits, including his first double of the season, and he also added a walk.
–Austin Brice and Dylan Floro combined for 3.1 innings of shutout relief.
–Scooter Gennett makes his daily appearance here, with his fourth error of the season. Jesse Winker also committed an error, his first of the year.
–I like it better when the Reds win, like yesterday. Unfortunately, the Reds unwisely scored their weekly allotment of runs last night, and had only one left over for today.
–Starter Sal Romano had a shutout going into the fourth inning, but surrendered two runs. A leadoff single led to an Eduardo Escobar RBI double. Winker bobbled the ball, permitting Escobar to advance to third base, where he later scored on a sac fly.
The score was still 2-1 Twins in the fifth, but Romano was unable to escape the inning. Big Sal gave up a leadoff homer to Mitch Garver, which was followed by a double from Ehire Adrianza. Brian Dozier then lined into a double play, but Joe Mauer walked and Eddie Rosario singled, and Romano’s day was done at that point. (Fortunately, Brice entered and shut down the rally.)
Final line for Romano: 4.2 innings, 3 runs allowed (2 earned) on 6 hits and two walks, striking out 1. Sal threw 89 pitches.
–The Reds threatened twice after that. In the seventh, Adam Duvall led off with a ground-rule double, knocking Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi out of the game. After a Mesoraco single, the Reds had runners on the corners with no outs. What followed was predictable (if you’ve ever watched the Reds before): Billy Hamilton popped out, Jesse Winker struck out, Jose Peraza flew out to right field.
Then, down 3-1 in the top of the ninth, the Reds tried to get something going thanks to characteristic wildness from Minnesota closer Fernando Rodney. Schebler walked to lead off the inning. After a Duvall fly out, Mesoraco also drew a walk, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. What followed was predictable (if you’ve ever watched the Reds before): Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker popped out.
–There is no question in my mind that Schebler is going to be more valuable than Adam Duvall in every season going forward. At least until Duvall hits age 50, and gets to play on the senior tour.
–Tyler Mahle will head to the hill tomorrow to see if the Reds can actually win a series!
This is from yesterday, but it’s too good not to share:
Another classic from Joey Votto. I’ll never understand how people don’t like this man.
“Shout out to Canada.” pic.twitter.com/TNQ2j4zv7L
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