It wasn’t an inferno at all, actually, but I’m never not gonna use a pun when I can help it. DeSclafani went 6 1/3 allowing 2 runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts. There were a couple of loud home runs – both solo shots – and a lot of ground balls and weak contact. His fastball sat 93-94, which is right where it should be. I talked to him afterward.
How his start went: “I thought it went good. I felt healthy. I was able to compete. I felt my stuff was better last start than this start, but I had to grind this game out.”
On his breaking pitches, which I said didn’t seem to be working for him early in the game: “I was struggling a little trying to get ahead in the count. I was falling behind trying to throw some breaking balls and off speed stuff… Jeff came up to me after one of the innings and said I was starting to wrap my slider… And that helped from that point on. It was breaking later and they were getting weaker contact.
Do you know the plan? “I do not. I haven’t been told anything yet. Hopefully it’s up to Cincinnati. That’s the goal.”
DeSclafani would be on full rest as of Monday, when the Reds are off and could easily slot into the Tuesday rotation spot right behind Castillo, who is scheduled to start on Sunday.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.