The Arizona Diamondbacks sluggish offense, last in many hitting categories, was no match for the Reds poor pitching and awful defense. The Reds outhit Arizona 16-11 and only struck out once.
Cincinnati Reds 5 (19-36) • Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (27-26)
Struggling Homer Bailey lasted 4+ innings and gave up six earned runs, mostly on a couple homers. Bailey recorded 1-2-3 innings in the 1st and 3rd. Jackson Stephens gave up a three run homer (two runs scored to Bailey). Wandy Peralta faced two batters surrendering a triple and walk. Jim Day said on the TV broadcast that Peralta hasn’t been the same this year as he was last year. The fact is, Peralta hasn’t been the same since April of last year. It took Tanner Rainey 37 pitches to get three outs in the 8th inning. He gave up two hits, two walks and the Diamondbacks’ final run.
Michael Lorenzen pitched two shutout innings, giving up a walk and striking out one.
If Bailey could dial up the MPH on his fastball pitching out of the bullpen, it might be worth trying him there, especially if the Reds trade Raisel Iglesias, which they absolutely should.
The ineptitude of the Reds pitching was more than matched by the team’s porous defense and woeful throws. Bailey would have been out of the 2nd inning giving up NO runs instead of FOUR if Jose Peraza had fielded a chest-high tailor-made ground ball. With the easy double play, the Reds would have led 1-0 instead of trailed 4-1. Two innings later, the Diamondbacks second run was unearned after an error by Eugenio Suarez on a ground ball.
The Reds really miss the strong, accurate throwing arms of Zack Cozart and Brandon Phillips on plays at the plate. Scooter Gennett bounced a ball to the plate in the 4th inning, allowing a run to score. Gennett was charged with his 7th error of the season. Peraza threw a ball ten feet outside of home plate on a throw from the outfield in the 6th. In contrast, Nick Ahmed threw out Adam Duvall in the 5th with a strike at the plate.
The Reds had a nice offensive inning in the 5th. Jose Peraza led off with a single, followed by a Joey Votto hit. With two outs, Eugenio Suarez lined a double to centerfield, scoring Peraza. Scott Schebler walked to load the bases. Then Adam Duvall, who had a 4-RBI day, doubled to deep left center, clearing the bases and pulling the Reds to within one run.
Eugenio Suarez got four hits. He should be batting higher in the order than 5th. Peraza and Duvall each had two hits. Gennett had three.
Twice with runners at first and third and one out, manager Jim Riggleman had Homer Bailey give up his out with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter is Billy Hamilton, who popped up and hit a soft ground ball to first base. Hamilton is batting .200 while Bailey is a career .162 hitter. Bailey just needs a fly ball to score runners in either of those circumstances. In his third plate appearance, Bailey swinging away grounded a single off the third baseman’s glove.
Billy Hamilton is now hitting .200/.286/.297 and has been in a prolonged slump (arguably since 2014).
Sounds Promising for Raisel Iglesias Reds closer Raisel Iglesias says he feels no pain in his left bicep muscle (not his pitching arm). He was placed on the DL dating back to May 20. Sounds like he’s on track to be reactivated on Wednesday when he’s eligible to return. It’s important to get Iglesias back healthy and pitching with trade winds swirling and teams in contention needing relief pitching. Iglesias for Mike Clevinger or Bradley Zimmer?
Same for Austin Brice Reliever Austin Brice went on the DL the same day as Iglesias (mid-back strain) and also might be reactivated on Wednesday. Brice threw a side bullpen session today.
Progress for Nick Senzel Still wondering where the Reds would play Senzel if they call him up. As of today, they’re a step closer to that decision.
Reds top-ranked prospect Nick Senzel was cleared to return to Triple-A Louisville on Monday after he’s missed nearly a month because of symptoms from vertigo. Senzel, 22, had been at the team’s player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz., since May 16 — after his symptoms subsided. He’s spent the past few days playing games with players at the extended spring camp. “He went through the protocol and had a quick workout [Monday morning]. Everything felt good,” Reds senior director of player development Jeff Graupe said. “He played well and saw the ball well. He looked back to normal. Now it’s about him going back to game action at his level again and re-progressing again.” (Mark Sheldon)
Back and ready #gotime
— Nick Senzel (@LilSenzii) May 28, 2018
Featured image photo of Homer Bailey by Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer
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.