This game was over when Joey Votto blasted a grand slam in the third inning. The Reds have won 5 out of the last 7 and are 20-and-23 since May 1. The Reds are 5-1 in inter-league games this year. They go for a sweep against Detroit in this short series tomorrow afternoon (12:35 ET). Tyler Mahle will start for the Reds. He pitched 6.1 shutout innings in his last start against the Royals.
Cincinnati Reds 9 (27-45) • Detroit Tigers 5 (36-38)
Sal Romano followed up his best start of the 2018 season (8 IP, 1 ER, 4H, 1BB) with another great start. He threw 7 shutout innings in 107 pitches. Romano walked four and struck out six. The strikeouts were a notable improvement, while the walks are a concern. Romano will move up in class from the Royals and Tigers in his next start when he faces the Cubs offense on Sunday. Nick Carrington: “Romano had an encouraging outing. Better than KC start. Missed more bats and lots of ground balls.”
David Hernandez pitched a shutout 8th. Wandy Peralta came in for mop-up duty in the 9th and gave up three hits, a bases-loaded walk and a 2-run single before being lifted without retiring a Tigers’ batter. At some point the Reds have to try something different, don’t they? Peralta has been living off a great month and lazy false narrative. Dylan Floro gave up two sacrifice flies and a walk before recording the third out.
Votto’s home run was his first since May 13. It barely cleared the right-center fence. That evens out for a couple long blasts he’s had recently – like the 401-foot double in Pittsburgh – that didn’t end up as home runs. Votto also walked twice. Billy Hamilton had his second consecutive multi-hit game, including knocking his 3rd home run. Hamilton also walked once. Adam Duvall had three hits, including a 2-run double, another double, and a walk. Tucker Barnhart had three hits, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Barnhart’s OBP is .350.
Robert Stephenson went 5 innings for Louisville tonight. He gave up 5 hits, 5 walks and 3 earned runs. He struck out four. Walks, as always, are the issue with Stephenson.
Day One of the Rebuild With the Tigers in town, it’s worth remembering Day One (12/11/14) of the Reds rebuild included trading Alfredo Simon to Detroit for Eugenio Suarez. I think we can safely put that one in the win column. At the time, Nick Kirby called Alfredo Simon Walt Jocketty’s Finest Work based on picking up Simon from the waiver wire and cashing in for a decent return. The other player in the deal was the Tigers’ 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Crawford. Crawford pitched in the Reds farm system for three years, never making it above high-A.
Kudos to the Pirates Terrific story about the sustained Hurricane Maria relief effort in Puerto Rico by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were inspired by the late Roberto Clemente. Clemente died in a plane crash off the coast of Puerto Rico on his way to Nicaragua on an earthquake-relief mission.
What’s The Plan? Nick Senzel extended his hitting streak at Louisville to 9 games. Senzel remains hitless for the Reds.
Be Still My Heart Reds first-round draft pick Jonathan India did this today in the College World Series. I’m ready to see that in GABP right now. India can’t sign with the Reds until his University of Florida team is done in the tournament. It’s expected India will start with the Reds new affiliate, the Greeneville Reds (advanced rookie), who opened tonight in the Appalachian League. Greeneville is about an hour east of Knoxville.
This dude is going to murder baseballs at GABP https://t.co/stQWR02DBm
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) June 19, 2018
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.