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|W: Trevor Richards (4-9) L: Michael Lorenzen (3-2)|
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Twelve. That’s the number of runs the Reds have scored in their last 10 games.
The club continued its end-of-season spiral on Sunday, dropping its third straight game to a horrendous Marlins team in utterly uninspired fashion.
Here’s how it all went down:
Four hits. Five baserunners. No extra-base hits. No runs. Enough said.
Michael Lorenzen made his second start of the season, and it did not go as well as the first. He threw four innings and 65 pitches, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks. If that isn’t evidence that he didn’t have his best stuff, he also did not strike out a batter and induced only five swings and misses all day. Luck certainly wasn’t on his side as the Marlins had a .444 BABIP and he gave up several weak singles (one that had a hit probability of 10% and came off the bat at 23 mph), but Lorenzen wasn’t exactly limiting hard contact all day either. He gave up singles at 102, 104, 105, and 108 mph as well.
While he limited damage by allowing eight singles, the one extra-base knock he gave up was the big blow. Former Reds catcher Chad Wallach — who was acquired in the Anthony DeSclafani trade in 2014 and claimed on waivers by the Marlins last offseason — hit his first career big-league home run, a three-run shot, in a four-run third inning that was all the Marlins would need.
Sal Romano was next up, and he was not long for the game either. He took over in the fifth inning and recorded only two outs before Jim Riggleman decided he’d seen enough. Romano gave up three singles and threw two wild pitches, though a fielding error by second baseman Scooter Gennett didn’t help matters.
Riggleman turned the keys over to Wandy Peralta with two outs in the fifth. He pitched 1 1/3 innings of no-run baseball. Jesus Reyes and Jared Hughes combined for two perfect innings to close out the game.
- The Reds were shut out five times on the 10-game road trip. FIVE. Five.
- Only one runner reached second base for the Reds on Sunday.
- With Eugenio Suarez slumping so badly, it’s really not a huge surprise that the Reds are struggling to score runs. He’s batting just .200/.304/.275 in the last two weeks.
- Suarez isn’t the only Red having a tough time at the plate. Some notable performances over the last 14 days: Phil Ervin (54 wRC+), Scott Schebler (68 wRC+), Tucker Barnhart (-20 wRC+). At least Billy Hamilton has been as productive as usual (59 wRC+).
- With five games remaining, the Reds need to go at least 3-2 to avoid a third straight 94-loss season. They are 23-37 in the second half. So much for that positive momentum.
- Batting title update: Gennett is now hitting .315 after going 1-for-4 on Sunday. Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 in a Brewers win and is now up to .322. Gennett needs a big final week to become the Reds’ first batting title winner since Pete Rose in 1973.
Mercifully, the Reds will have Monday off after an abysmal road trip. They’ll start their penultimate series of the season on Tuesday when the Royals come to town for an interleague matchup. Matt Harvey (4.92 ERA, 4.27 xFIP) will get the ball for what could be the final time in a Cincinnati uniform. He’ll square off against Eric Skoglund (5.60 ERA, 4.75 xFIP). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET.
Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.