The Short Version: The Reds led 4-1 after three innings — thanks largely to good ol’ Eugenio Suarez — but Sal Romano can’t hang on. Reds lose.
|Cincinnati Reds (18-34)||4||8||0|
|Colorado Rockies (27-24)||5||8||0|
|W: Gray (5-6) L: Romano (2-6) S: Davis (18)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Eugenio Suarez seems to be getting back into a groove; tonight he went 2-3 with a homer, a run scored, and two runs batted in (plus an HBP). On the season, Suarez is now hitting .289/.367/.594, and he leads the National League in RBI, despite missing 16 games. That ain’t bad, friends and neighbors.
–Joey Votto was 2-4 with a double and two runs scored. Tucker Barnhart batted second again and had two more hits, plus a run scored.
–Wandy Peralta, Tanner Rainey, and Michael Lorenzen didn’t permit a single Colorado run in 2.2 innings of relief.
–Once again, Sal Romano was not sharp. Handed a 4-1 lead, Romano surrendered it all. His final line: 5.1 innings, five runs allowed on eight hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.
–Jose Peraza has been (thankfully) dropped to seventh in the lineup, and he was 0-4 tonight. Despite one hot stretch, Peraza is hitting .243/.279/.317 in 2018.
–I love Suarez, but he made a bone-headed play defensively in the third. It wasn’t charged as an error, but it was a mental error, at least. Essentially, he took a cutoff throw from the outfield and, with Colorado runners stuck between both 1st/2nd and 2nd/3rd, Suarez inexplicably didn’t try to get the lead runner. As a result, all hands were safe.
Aaaah, whatever. Suarez has cool hair.
–Reds could have won this one, but they didn’t, because they are the Reds, I guess. Cincinnati is now 13.5 games out of first place.
–The Reds got things started early. In the top of the first, Tucker Barnhart, Joey Votto, and Scooter Gennett singled with one away, with Scooter collecting an RBI. After Suarez was hit by a pitch, Scott Schebler hit into the ever-popular RBI fielder’s choice, giving the Reds a quick 2-0 lead.
–The score was 2-1 when Votto doubled to lead off the third. One out later, Suarez homered to center, his 9th of the season. Reds 4, Rockies 1. Unfortunately, the Redlegs did not score again.
–Barnhart is hitting .271/.352/.417 this season, and I’ll take that, thank you very much.
–I’m really glad to see that Rainey has hit the ground running in his second shot at the big leagues. The kid has a chance to be a good reliever.
–My daughter’s softball team lost in their district tournament tonight, ending a disappointing season.
–Eight more games on this road trip after tonight. Tyler Mahle will return to the hill tomorrow night in another late-night affair. We’ll be following it with you, same bat time, same bat channel.
Suarez has homered in consecutive games. He now has 40 RBI after entering tonight's game tied for the National League lead despite missing 16 games.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) May 26, 2018
Coming into tonight, Romano had thrown his changeup less than 5% of the time. Really hard to succeed with just a fastball/slider combo as a starter.
— Nick Carrington (@ncarrington14) May 26, 2018
Colorado's Mike Dunn is the second-best pitcher named Dunn in baseball history. pic.twitter.com/cFgp6R2pXZ
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) May 26, 2018
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