Three-game losing streaks have been foreign to the Reds since the first week of June, when they lost four in a row. The home team hopes to avoid three straight losses tonight in the middle game of a three-game weekend series against the Pirates.
Before the game, outfielder Adam Dunn, pitcher Fred Norman and manager Dave Bristol will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in on-field ceremonies.
Earlier today, meet and greets were held at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, affording fans the opportunity to have photos taken with Reds legends Pete Rose, Wayne Granger, Tommy Helms, Jim Maloney, Chris Sabo, Tom Browning, Clay Carroll, Eric Davis, Dan Driessen and Tony Perez, along with Dunn, Bristol and Norman.
More than 20 Hall of Famers are scheduled to be in attendance, including Johnny Bench and Barry Larkin.
Infielder Alex Blandino was seriously injured on a play late in last night’s game …
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticCIN) July 21, 2018
Blandino is on the 10-day disabled list, but that is strictly a procedural matter at this point.
Riggleman confirmed Blandino’s ACL injury is season-ending. “He was down (Friday night). He knew it was serious. Today we learned it was very serious. He’s a good young player. He’ll come back and do good things for us”. #Reds
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) July 21, 2018
Being placed on the 10-day disabled list means Blandino remains on the 40-man roster. If a 40-man roster spot is needed for any reason later in the year, Blandino will be moved to the 60-day DL. When a player is on the 60-day DL, he does not count against the 40-man roster.
Neither Brandon Dixon, who was recalled from Louisville to take Blandino’s roster spot, nor Dilson Herrera, the other backup infielder on the major league roster, is suited for shortstop. While nothing has been announced, it seems likely that Eugenio Suarez will slide over to shortstop at any time that Jose Peraza isn’t there – at least for the time being. Many things can change over the next 10 days as the interleague trading deadline approaches.
Game time is 7:10 p.m. Eastern time.
Kingham made his major league debut against the Cardinals on April 29 by flirting with a perfect game. He completed seven innings while allowing only one hit and striking out nine. He’s given up more than three runs only twice in his nine starts. Today is the Reds’ first look at him, so they’ll probably be taking a lot of pitches the first time or two through the order as they try to gauge Kingham’s stuff.
Three of DeSclafani’s last four starts have been below par, with him surrendering four or more runs in each. Perhaps a slump like this is all part of the recovery process for a pitcher who missed a season and a half with various injuries. He’ll need to turn things around in short order to be considered a sure thing for the 2019 rotation.
Last night was “hammer time” for the bullpen, as Austin Brice and Jackson Stephens showed why they are effectively the last options for Jim Riggleman. Of the bullpenners who might be called upon in key situations, David Hernandez pitched one-third of an inning and Michael Lorenzen retired three batters. They and everyone else should be available for use this evening.
|LF Corey Dickerson||SS Jose Peraza|
|CF Starling Marte||2B Scooter Gennett|
|RF Gregory Polanco||1B Joey Votto|
|C Elias Diaz||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|3b Colin Moran||RF Jesse Winker|
|1B Josh Bell||LF Adam Duvall|
|2B Sean Rodriguez||C Curt Casali|
|SS Jordy Mercer||P Anthony DeSclafani|
|P Nick Kingham||CF Billy Hamilton|
News and Notes
Big night Friday for the Reds’ number 11 minor league prospect (according to MLB.com) …
Cincinnati #Reds Minor League Game Review: 7/20/18
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 21, 2018
You may remember yesterday in this space we posted a claim that Joey Votto has popped up for outs only seven times since 2010. Here’s another claim, which we cannot independently confirm …
— Reds in 2020 (@1soonernut) July 21, 2018
Tough game Friday for former Red Aroldis Chapman …
Aroldis Chapman threw 19 pitches and in that span he:
• Threw 16 balls
• Had only 3 strikes
• Had 3 walks
• Had 1 hit by pitch
• Allowed an infield single
• Had a stretch of 11 straight balls
He was then pulled from the game without recording a single out. pic.twitter.com/qbKFpyOoo7
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 21, 2018
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.