Strange night. The game was tied 2-2 at the start of the 6th inning and 9-2 at the end. Cleveland notched 18 hits and 2 intentional walks. In the 9th inning, relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen played right field and singled; and right fielder Brandon Dixon played relief pitcher and retired the top of the Cleveland lineup in order.
Cincinnati 3 (52-67) • Cleveland 10 (67-51)
Cleveland scored its first two runs on an improbable home run. Homer Bailey jammed Jose Ramirez on a pitch inside off the plate that Ramirez was able to pull down the right field line, just over the fence in the Reds bullpen. Ramirez’s fly ball had a 3% hit probability.
The Reds scored early on two solo home runs – Tucker Barnhart in the 2nd inning, to the opposite field on a 94-mph fastball, and Scooter Gennett pulled a bomb high up into the right field bleachers. Gennett’s homer tied the game 2-2.
The Reds loaded the bases in the 3rd and 4th inning with no runs. Mason Williams struck out in the 3rd and Eugenio Suarez tapped back to the pitcher in the 4th.
Homer Bailey started the fateful 6th inning with the score tied 2-2. After recording an out, Greg Allen lined a single and scored second. In the 8th pitch of the at bat, Bailey grooved a slider to Yandi Diaz who smacked it off the left field wall, scoring Allen. Bailey was lifted with the score 3-2 and one out in the 6th. Manager Jim Riggleman ordered Francisco Lindor walked, which was credited to Bailey as he left the field.
Amir Garrett relieved Bailey and proceeded to give up a double, intentional walk, single, double and double, making the score 9-2. Garrett did strike out Yonder Alonso on three good sliders. Wandy Peralta gave up three hits leading to a run in the 7th, making the score 10-2.
Cody Reed (he’s back, yay, see below) came in for the 8th inning and gave up a just a broken-bat bloop single. He also struck out a batter. Brandon Dixon pitched the 9th and retired Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley and struck out Jose Ramirez. And people say Raisel Iglesias is irreplaceable. 🙂
Brandon Dixon retired the top of the Cleveland order in order — needed just 10 pitches. 7 were strikes. None faster than 74 — MLB At-Bat classified all 10 pitches as curveballs. Michael Lorenzen didn't get a chance
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 14, 2018
Curt Casali, who entered the game to relieve Votto, produced the Reds final run with a solo homer (13% hit probability) in the 8th. Tucker Barnhart drew two walks to go with the homer.
Joey Votto is still feeling the effects of being hit by a Ryan Madson pitch in Washington. In the 3rd, he doubled over the head of the centerfielder and was in obvious pain and hindrance trying to get to second. The Reds have given him a couple days off.
Tucker Barnhart threw out Francisco Lindor trying to steal 2B in the 1st inning. On the other side of the defensive ledger, Jose Peraza booted an **easy** double play ground ball in the 4th. Bailey worked around runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs, allowing no runs.
Sadly, no balls were hit to Michael Lorenzen in right field in the 9th inning. Glad the Reds were willing to entertain this and it’s a good way to ease Lorenzen back to the outfield, where he starred for a big-time college baseball program. The real test of the organization’s open-mindedness to position flexibility is if they start Lorenzen in a game. Lorenzen singled sharply to center in the 9th.
Reed Up, Mella Down Before tonight’s game, the Reds called up LHP Cody Reed and optioned RHP Keury Mella back to Louisville. Reed, who will still be 25 on Opening Day 2019, started 10 games for the Reds in 2016, 1 game in 2017 and 1 game (April 9) this season. He’s made 14 other appearances in the bullpen. In his 50 starts at Louisville over the past three seasons, he’s struck out 272 and walked 112 in 285 innings. He’s raised his K% and cut his BB% in half from last year. Since May 29, he’s struck out 81 and walked 16 in 77 IP. In his last four starts, he’s struck out 33 and walked just 3 batters. He’ll begin in the bullpen for the Reds. Question is, will the Reds create opportunity for Reed to start games?
Schebler on the Way Scott Schebler has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since running into the right field wall on July 14. Schebler made 40 pain-free throws to Billy Hatcher today and said he didn’t feel any discomfort. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com has an interview with the Reds’ RF:
“I could actually throw it down at his waist, I could throw it down at his knees,” Schebler said. “That’s a good indication. It’s just like pitching, when people get tired or you’re hurt, you’re throwing the ball up in the zone. Being able to finish throws and throw it down, kind of at his waist level, that was good, that was really good for a first day.”
Canadian Iron Man With tonight’s game, Joey Votto passed Justin Morneau into 4th place on the all-time games played list among players from Canada. The three ahead of Votto (1,546) are Larry Walker (1988), Matt Stairs (1895) and Russell Martin (1,597). Votto can’t quite pass Martin this year, but he has a decent shot of ending up first or second on this list. He’s played in 162 games twice in his career, including last year. Five other times he’s played in at least 150.
[Garrett photo: Joe Robbins, Getty Images]
[Bailey photo: Rob Tringali, Getty Images]
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.