“Stinko” is Spanish for This Offense Stinks. The lifeless Reds have been shutout by Marlins pitching since the first inning of yesterday’s game. That’s 17 innings. A tough left hander will be a challenge for the LH-heavy Reds lineup, especially when Adam Duvall (.167/.248/.380) and Devin Mesoraco (.237/.293/.368) are struggling. The Reds and Marlins meet tomorrow afternoon at 4:10 p.m. to decide the series.
Tyler Mahle entered the game as one of the best young pitchers in baseball. He finished April with an xFIP of 3.51. The 23-year-old, making his seventh start of the season, pitched pretty well. He gave up five hits and no walks in six innings. Unfortunately, two of those hits were home runs. Mahle struck out four.
Austin Brice and Kevin Shackelford each pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief. Unfortunately, for some reason Brice was sent out to throw a second inning and he got into trouble. A combination of not covering first, a hit batter, a legit hit and a bloop single led to three more runs.
The Reds managed only four hits and two walks. One of those was an excellent bunt by Jose Peraza down the first base line. Joey Votto had a single and double. The Reds matched their hit total by hitting into four double plays.
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.