A Joey Votto banger to leadoff the game put the Reds ahead and they never looked back, riding three funkblasts, a strong game from Tanner Roark and solid bullpen work to end a four-game losing streak and take game one of the four game series in San Diego.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (6-12) 4 5 0
San Diego Padres (11-9) 1 6 0
W: Roark (1-0) L: Paddack (0-1) S: Iglesias (3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Statcast

Key Plays

Pitching

Tanner Roark did exactly what the Reds expected him to do when they traded for him. He was hit hard when the Padres made contact but he was able to keep the hits to a minimum. He did not put himself in any jams until the 6th inning when he gave up a walk and a second single of the night to Fernando Tatis Jr.

Roark’s final line was 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB. His swinging strike rate was below average but right where has been so far this year (6.9%). He improved his FIP/xFIP to 3.10/4.30 which is definitely serviceable for a 4/5 starter. Good night of pitching from Tanner.

Defensively, he was helped by some nice diving catches by Matt Kemp and Jesse Winker in the spacious PETCO outfield. The infield turned two double plays tonight as well to get in on the action and Winker had a double play on a fly out when the Padres pulled a hit and run.

Zach Duke somehow still plays for this team and came on in the 6th and stuck out Eric Hosmer. Robert Stephenson followed to face Manny Machado and gave up a ground-rule double that was almost caught by a sliding Derek Dietrich, but just snuck by his glove and got the Padres on the board. Stephenson bounced back nicely and struck out Franmil Reyes on three pitches to end the 6th.

Bob Steve gave up a leadoff double to Hunter Renfroe in the 7th but would buckle down and retire the next three batters in order. Of Stephenson’s 23 pitches on the night, 16 were sliders, which at 69% is even higher than the 55% usage coming into tonight. Despite the two doubles, his stuff was nasty to the tune of a 35% whiff rate. The Reds are continuing to get great stuff from Stephenson this year.

Amir Garrett came on in the 8th and retired the side. Raisel Iglesias got the save and looked like his old, dominant self. He struck out all three batters.

Hitting

The Reds only collected five hits but three of them were home runs, which is a good way win baseball games.

In Joey Votto’s third consecutive game batting leadoff, he crushed a home run to right-center field in the first at-bat of the game. This comes one day after a C. Trent Rosecrans article on The Athletic in which Joey asked Jesse Winker, “can I still bang?”

Winker’s response: “Yes, bro. That’s a terrible question.” Winker was right.

Tucker Barnhart, batting in the 9-spot, drilled a 2-run homer with Scott Schebler on base to extend the Reds lead to 3-0 in the 5th inning. It would prove to be the winning hit.

Jesse Winker mashed another opposite field dinger in the 9th inning to give the Reds some insurance. For the season, 5 of Winker’s 10 hits are home runs, and all 5 have come in his last 9 plate appearances. After a dreadful start to the year, his wRC+ is up to 78. If he can regain his elite on-base ability and maintain this power, this guy will be dangerous.

Game Notes:

  • Doug Gray predicted the Reds would score 22 runs tonight. Not quite, but I think we will all take 4 and a win.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr.’s first career at-bat against Cincinnati was a 105mph single. That guy might be good at baseball
  • Machado’s double off Stephenson had a 3% hit expectancy according to Statcast. The large outfield and sub-par defense played a huge factor in that hit/run.
  • I had the TV on mute with Thom being back in the booth, but according to C. Trent, Matt Kemp was booed by the fans at PETCO Park
  • Roark got three outs on 3 pitches in the 4th inning, one of which was a hit. You don’t see that everyday.

Random Thoughts:

Oh yeah, Votto’s celebration was pretty #banging as well

Good night for former Red Homer Bailey. Wishing him all the best in Kansas City.

Up Next:

The Reds look for their second road win of the year in Game 2 against the Padres. 10:10 EST. Probable pitchers are Anthony Desclafani and Matt Strahm.

30 Responses

  1. Old-school

    Welcome back Raisel Iglesias. Great interview with Votto. Go reds.

  2. Sliotar

    Home runs cure a lot of ills.

    Last season, the team that hit more HRs in a game won like 70% of the time, regardless if it was the Red Sox or the Marlins.

    I see all the bullpen moves, the moving of guys around the diamond, etc. … and it feels like Bell is really pushing things, trying to squeeze out some wins, until the offense (hopefully) clicks and there are some blowouts.

    Surely all the moves can’t be a regular feature for 162 games. Stuff like that Dietrich FIELDBLAN will start cropping up and biting the Reds.

      • VaRedsFan

        They might have used 60 games worth of quota already….lol Kemp has had several, as well as Schebler

      • vegastypo

        And I wonder if that 5.5 came about with expectation that Dietrich might be in the mix. He is pretty awful out there.

    • ohiojimw

      All the shuffling reminded me of the latest World Series. It wore me down then; so, I’m sure it will be a grind if it starts happening almost every day. As I’ve said here or other places before, I don’t watch games to see managers manage. I want to see the best athletes in the world at the game they play the playing the game.

      I like the thought behind FIELDBLAN. Maybe we could invent a full acronym for it? FABLAN sort of popped into my mind> Fielding Allowed Base(s) Like A Nincompoop. Fire away with alternatives.

      • ToBeDetermined

        HA 🙂 🙂 “Nincompoop”

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen that word written out before. Is that the actual spelling or is it phonetically correct?

  3. jreis

    yes, I am happy for Homer and Billy. KC Will definitely be my second favorite team to watch this year. still thought we should have kept Billy one more year. he would have been a valuable asset in these close games we have had. I think we would have had at least 2 more wins this year so far if he was our everyday cf.

    • Reaganspad

      Well, if Billy was on this team, his batting average and obp would be the norm instead of standing out. 205 would have put him in the middle last night. Lorenzen had the second highest average on the PETCO board when he was in CF

  4. Scott Gennett

    Tonight’s game result is proof that the Padres are not the Dodgers…

  5. Scott Gennett

    Kudos for our old friend Homer Bailey, I wish he’ll endure a full healthy and excellent season, at last.

  6. matt hendley

    Indeed good job Homer Bailey. GOod job for Votto, Barnhart and winker putting the critics to rest for a bit. Good job on the pitching choice. I was nervous when they brought in DUke but then I realized he was facing Eric Hosmer so i knew nothing was wrong. Solid outing by Roark. Robert and Garret getting legit setup opertunites. Rasiel righting the ship. Repeat tonight

  7. VaRedsFan

    I caught the last 3+ innings, and Stephenson, Garrett, and Iggy were outstanding. Iggy looked like his former self, spotting the fastball nicely…touching 98 on the gun

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Stephenson and Garrett have been lights-out so far. Methinks they have moved into the roles of seventh- and eighth-inning setup relievers in tight games or when the Reds have a lead. If their performance level continues, and if Iglesias returns to his peak form, you don’t have to squint too hard to see a 2019 version of the Nasty Boys (in terms of bullpen effectiveness).

      • daytonnati

        If Bob Steve really and truly has turned the corner, wouldn’t the smart move be to start stretching him out and getting him in the rotation? Disco seems wobbly to me.

      • Reaganspad

        I would have liked to see Stephenson in the game longer last night. The first 2 guys that Amir faced were right handed. And nobody was really catching up with Robert’s stuff. Through 6 batters, he still had a low pitch count. He easily could have pitched to 2 more hitters in the 8th, or the whole inning.

        It was great to see all 3 at the end dealing, but I really hate bringing in another reliever when your current one is going so well. Now Stephenson probably will not be used until Saturday

  8. Big Ed

    Any win is a good win, but . . .

    The Reds went 5-for-31 last night, with one walk, against a rookie who had thrown 14 innings in MLB before the game. The HRs are good, but Puig, Winker, Dietrich, Schebler and Peraza are all well below the Mendoza Line. They have to be able to scratch some runs without hitting homers. The pitching was excellent last night.

    The ump’s strike zone last night was awful, although I will concede that it was at least semi-consistently awful. He gave (sometimes) about 2 inches on the outside corner, and some that were low. He was equally bad for both teams.

    • Matt WI

      Didn’t see your comment about the strike zone before I made mine… absolutely correct.

    • Scott C

      I was thinking the same thing. Umpire inconsistency, when he is calling low pitches and outside pitches that aren’t even borderline strikes, does not contribute to helping batting averages.

    • Old-school

      Salient point big Ed. Lance McCalister on his Twitter has a GIF of a strike call against Suarez. It was 6.38 inches off the zone. As mentioned, bad for both teams – so glad the good guys won.

  9. CFD3000

    If Votto starts to rake, will Puig, Schebler, Winker, Suarez and Peraza follow? Here’s hoping. He got rung up on ball 4 (low) in his second at bat but may be turning a corner. Perhaps more importantly he seems to think he’s turning that corner. That would be a huge boost for the offense. Nice win, despite the FIELDBLAN. Two in a row would be the start of a new streak. Go Reds!

  10. Matt WI

    I was able to catch some middle innings. While it seemed fairly applied, the homeplate ump at a HUGE strike zone last night that helped Roark. Anything a few inches off the plate to righties was going for a strike. Kudos to Roark for exploiting it.

  11. WVRedlegs

    I watched the game last night till the end. Winker’s HR was a huge insurance run, but luckily wasn’t needed. I don’t know what happened to Dietrich on that fly ball by Machado that turned into a book rule double. He should have made that catch. It was a bad attempt at a catch. It should have scored 2 runs but luckily it bounced over the wall. Dietrich wasn’t positioned right and must not have had his OF flash cards in his back pocket. Welsh said something about being too far shaded over to left CF.
    Matt was gracious in his description of that play in his recap, “was almost caught by a sliding Derek Dietrich, but just snuck by his glove”. It was farther away from the foul line than I had originally thought, and the replay showed it hit about 20 feet in from the line. It was poor positioning and poor technique or effort. Luckily, it didn’t cost them the game. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Stephenson really buckled down and got the next out.
    Garrett was outstanding. Iglesias came in and wasn’t messing around. He looked outstanding in mowing down 3 in a row.
    Stephenson and Iglesias both made SD’s big man Franmill look Fransill-y at the plate. Especially Stephenson, Franmill took silly swings at Stephenson’s slider. Franmill looked like he was swinging a bat with alligator arms. It was something else.

    • Matthew Habel

      Ha I was watching without the sound on and tending to a sick dog so I did not see that play very well. It was not until I saw the Statcast numbers that I realized it was a bad play by Dietrich. Just forgot the change the wording up top.

      • ohiojimw

        If you are a football fan, Dietrich reminded me of the official who walks up the sideline with his arm extended in the air as they line up the spot on a punt which goes out bound on the fly.

    • ohiojimw

      I’m thinking the Reds may have been crowding the gaps because they didn’t have a true CF in the field. I believe it was the very next inning Lorenzen was inserted to play CF.

      I also wondered about defensive positioning on the lead off double by SD to start the 8th inning. It appeared Suarez was even with the base well off the line and the ball which wasn’t much more than a little dribbler of a line hugger got by him right at the base. With a 2 run lead at that point, I would have thought they might have had the 3B posted in a “no doubles” position behind the base and virtually on the line.

  12. ToBeDetermined

    Matthew

    Very Intelligent. Why put yourself through it, life’s just too short.
    “I had the TV on mute with Thom being back in the booth”

    • Matthew Habel

      It is a great chance to catch up on some good music. Highly recommend.

  13. ToBeDetermined

    My Personal Opinion:

    We shouldn’t get all bent out of shape by this team having bad fielding plays.
    It’s like me going to White Castle tasting the burger and complaining that it’s not up to the par of Jeff Ruby’s. (BTW, I have a reservation at Jeff Ruby’s this weekend, 1st time I’ve ever been there, so looking forward to it)

    On the other hand, this team was designed to hit and score runs. It has not. That’s something to complain about.