Not a surprise the Reds offense would be held in check without Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler, Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel out of the lineup. Votto and Suarez are in the top 12 in the NL in run production.
The Reds head down to Chicago for a 4-game series against the Cubs.
Cincinnati Reds 0 (56-71) • Milwaukee Brewers 4 (71-58)
Robert Stephenson made his third start since his call-up from the minor leagues. Christian Yelich welcomed a Stephenson slider with a 414-foot blast to center field. Stephenson faced two batters in the sixth inning, both who singled, before he was relieved after throwing 94 pitches. The score was 2-0 with runners at first and second. Stephenson struck out four Brewers.
About those walks. Stephenson gave up three. One was ordered by the dugout to get to the pitcher’s spot in the lineup. The second was a pitch-around in the fourth inning of Christian Yelich who had homered and doubled off Stephenson. That loaded the bases for Lorenzo Cain who Stephenson struck out. The third walk was with 2 outs in the fifth inning.
Wandy Peralta took over for Stephenson and gave up two really, really bad luck singles, scoring two runs. They were both charged to Stephenson. Peralta walked a batter before getting out of the sixth.
Amir Garrett pitched the 8th and loaded the bases with no out before escaping with a strikeout and double play.
The Reds loaded the bases in the 8th inning with one out. Dilson Herrera and Billy Hamilton sandwiched bloop singles around a Preston Tucker pinch-hit walk. (Herrera and Hamilton’s hits had exit velocities of 64 and 67 mph respectively.) Jose Peraza popped out and Scooter Gennett flew out.
Votto Aiming for Sunday Return The Reds are slowly getting a bit healthier. Scott Schebler is expected to join the club Thursday in Chicago. New reporting suggests Joey Votto will be ready on Sunday. Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel remain out for the season. Still haven’t seen the thing where Gennett plays 1B and Herrera plays his natural 2B while Votto is out.
End of the 6-Man Rotation? Not sure if this got mentioned here yet, but on Monday, manager Jim Riggleman told the press that the Reds were about to end the 6-man rotation. “We’ll get out of this as soon as possible. At most one more time and it might not even be that much.” The Reds have used the 6-man rotation for about a month. It began when Homer Bailey returned from the disabled list and locked in when the Reds failed to move Matt Harvey at the trade deadline. We’ll see if this really comes to pass. Remember that Riggleman was also the guy who said Jesse Winker was the odd man out of the outfield rotation and Bailey would be moving to the bullpen.
2019 Schedule Released The Reds released their 2019 schedule. Opening Day is Thursday, March 28 against the Pirates. The Findlay Market parade will take place on Opening Day, breaking tradition of it always being on Monday when the market is otherwise closed. The Reds schedule includes a 2-game series against the Cardinals in Monterrey, Mexico. The Reds inter-league match-ups are against the AL West next year. GABP will receive visits by the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Mike Trout. The Reds travel to Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim.
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