No four-game sweep for the Reds this series. The back part of the Brewers bullpen is tough and the Reds didn’t even face Josh Hader. Eric Thames hits a lot of home runs against the Reds. The Reds are 1-6 against Milwaukee this year.
Worth noting: The Reds have played 81 games. They’ve reached the half-way point of the season. If you double their record, it would be 68-94, identical to the last two seasons. The front office must not lose its nerve at the trade deadline. They have to stay focused on next year(s), not this one.
Cincinnati Reds 4 (34-47) • Milwaukee Brewers 6 (47-33)
Anthony DeSclafani made his fifth start of the season tonight. He pitched pretty well overall. Jim Riggleman left DeSclafani in to pitch the seventh inning, which was a mistake. Entering the 7th, the Reds were ahead 4-2. After recording an out, DeSclafani gave up his only walk of the game and a line drive single to center before being pulled by Riggleman. Amir Garrett, making his first appearance since getting hit on the leg by a line drive, retired the first batter but then surrendered a long home run to Reds Killer Eric Thames. It was the third home run in four at bats Thames has against Garrett.
The score was 5-4 and DeSclafani was charged with the two runs that scored with Garrett pitching. DeSclafani struck out six in 6.1 innings.
Dylan Floro was called to pitch the 8th and 9th. Floro has been surprisingly good. You have to wonder about Riggleman using him in such a close game against the first-place Brewers for two innings. In the 9th, Floro gave up a double, balked the runner to third, and allowed a sacrifice fly scoring a big insurance run for the Brewers. I can’t understand why old-school managers use the bottom of the bullpen in games where the club is behind by just one run and the best part of the bullpen in games the team is ahead by three runs.
Jose Peraza greeted Brewers starter Junior Guerra with a 419-foot home run on the third pitch of the first inning. Peraza had another hit and a walk. Eugenio Suarez had two doubles. Jesse Winker had an opposite field home run, single and walk. Pretty good for the odd-man out, no-power rookie. Billy Hamilton had two singles.
The outfield rotation produced a game where Scott Schebler, who has been ultra hot since batting leadoff, sat the bench in the first game of a big series. Winker and Schebler should play every game. Schebler pinch hit to lead off the 9th and struck out on an 8-pitch at bat.
It’s like Riggleman gets paid by the stupid sacrifice bunt.
Early in the game, Joey Votto was showing his displeasure with a called strike by the home plate umpire. For some reason, Brewers catcher Erik Kratz decided to get in Votto’s face over it. Benches and bullpens cleared. It was much ado about nothing. The dust up did provoke a little Redleg Nation author commentary.
If every hit of Votto's was a single, he'd still have a higher OPS than Kratz. By a lot.
— Patrick Jeter (@prjeter) June 29, 2018
Matt Harvey Trade Market At least one person with a keyboard thinks Matt Harvey has done enough with the Reds to become a viable trade chip. I hope that’s right. Harvey’s two most recent starts have been good. They follow several that were not. His FIP with the Reds is still 4.58. My feeling is he still has work to do before the deadline to be an attractive target.
Nick Senzel Surgery Result Nick Senzel had surgery on his fractured finger today in New York. The non-injury to the tendon sounds like good news.
Nick Senzel today had surgery to reduce the fracture in his right index finger. There was no damage to the tendon in that finger. There is no timetable yet for his return to baseball activity. He suffered the injury in last Friday’s game for Louisville. #RedsMiLB
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 28, 2018
Homer Bailey Rehab Start Bailey pitched for AAA Louisville against the Mud Hens of Toledo. He completed 7 innings and threw 100 pitches, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and no walks. Bailey struck out 3.
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.