The 4th inning was a struggle for Tyler Mahle, as the San Diego Padres touched him up for a 4-run inning. That was all he’d give up in a 6-inning performance that included nine strikeouts. Unfortunately that was all the Friars would need on the day to come out victorious.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (8-13) 3 9 0
San Diego Padres (12-11) 4 9 0
W: Lucchesi (3-2) L: Mahle (0-2) S: Yates (10)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Big Play of the Game

Wil Myers double in the 3rd inning took a tie game to a 3-1 lead for the Padres. They would tack on another run that inning, but that big blow took their chances of winning up significantly more than any other play in the game.

The Positives

Eugenio Suarez smacked his 5th home run (372 feet) of the season. Kyle Farmer went 1-2 with a walk and his 3rd home run (393 feet) of the season. Jose Iglesias racked up three hits, and the out that he made was a laser hit right at the center fielder. Tyler Mahle punched out nine batters without a walk. Michael Lorenzen threw 1.2 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.74 on the year. Yasiel Puig made an outstanding catch.

The Negatives

Matt Kemp had to exit the game after running into the wall. He had been 1-2 with a double at that point. Jesse Winker’s slump to start the year continued as he went 0-4. The same can be said for Yasiel Puig, who struck out three times. They are hitting .172 and .164, respectively. The loss puts an end to the small 3-game winning streak that the team was on. They finish up their west coast trip by going 4-5 if we include the two games in Mexico. Cincinnati is now 8-13 and 5 games behind the Pirates and in last place in the National League Central Division.

Up Next:

Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, 6:40pm

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.75 ERA) vs Sonny Gray (0-3, 2.79 ERA)

44 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    MLB has become a 3-outcome game…K/BB/HR.

    The Reds have the K part down, unfortunately (top 10 in K%) and are climbing up the HR total ladder (middle of the pack entering today)…. but the lack of walks really showed today (bottom 5 in BB% rate).

    Tough to finish off a comeback, one solo home run at a time.

    The Reds finished last season 11th in BB%. Is what we are seeing a Turner Ward thing, a David Bell thing, guys still pressing thing…or all just a coincidence?

    • Klugo

      If that’s the direction the sport is headed, then I’m not looking forward to it. Boring.

      • Sliotar

        No disrespect intended, but “direction the sport is headed”?

        It’s here. Now.

        2018 was the season in MLB history where there were more K’s than hits.

        And, so far in 2019, the trend is even higher, more K’s than hits.

        https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/2019.shtml

        The Dodgers are one of the leaders of this trend. If you like the pitch, uppercut and try for the HR. If you don’t see it, take a walk and let the guy behind you try and get a hold of a pitch.

        The Reds need to take more walks, when the weather heats up and basic flyballs to RF become HRs at GABP. Otherwise, they may out-homer the other team and still lose 6-4.

    • KDJ

      It reminds me of college basketball: 3-pointer, dunk, or foul shot. The sports are losing some dimensionality. Though I’ll admit, I enjoy watching a good pitcher work. Pitch selection, location, change of speed, change of arm angle, change of timing, variation each time through the lineup . . . interesting stuff. Poor pitchers . . . not so much.

      • Klugo

        Yes. I love the battles each at-bat presents. I just don’t like the HR-or-bust- mentality of the batters.

    • greenmtred

      Yesterday’s game: Reds had 27 outs, 9 of which came on K’s, 18 on fielding plays. 2 walks. 2 homers. Pads had 24 outs. 9 on K’s, 15 on fielding plays. 0 walks. 1 homer.

  2. FreeHouse

    I think Schebler needs to get sent down and bring up Ervin. Scheb just stinks right now. As for Peraza his starting job is slipping away by the day especially if Iglesias keeps playing like the way he has.

    • Reddawg12

      Agreed. I’m also really tired of watching Matt Kemp play and hit cleanup (despite the double today) but I don’t think that’s changing anytime soon.

    • jon

      The great Ervin is hitting .224 at louisvile.

  3. Mark Moore

    Bats asleep for most of the trip. Jobu nowhere to be found.

    BLARGH!!! One mistake by Mahle against 9 K’s

  4. Coachgates

    In other news, I had the misfortune of having to listen to the Padres radio feed on Sirus radio in my car today and at the end of the game the Padres announcer (Ted Leitner I believe) said, “And this one belongs to My Padres”. I swear I’ve heard something similar to that before…

  5. Doc

    Even though nine hits looks promising, something like four of them never left the infield. This is a big time slump. It’s a testament to the pitching staff that the Reds have eight wins.

  6. Coachgates

    And what if Kemp makes the catch on that ball where he hit the wall? Just sayin’

    • jessecuster44

      Most OFs catch that, I’m thinking.

      • matt hendley

        Most…No 50/50 at best and as far as the Reds. Puig makes it, Schebler maybe, Winker no. Deitrich……haha Im’m Kidding. He saved a run on that play actually cause if he had not gotten to it at all it would have been a Homer

      • da bear

        You’re right. Kemp is a bottom 10% fielder at this point in his career. Most LFers catch that ball, and it’s still a 1-1 game. Defense matters, runs saved are just as important as runs scored.

  7. Old-school

    Disappointing final game but 3/4 ok.
    Need Senzel and Wood and Gennett.
    Puig and Winker and Schebler need to hit better. 20 games in 20 days starting Tuesday will go a long way to defining this season.

  8. matt hendley

    GOod effort on the Comeback, The Farmer Homerun was one AB too late. Need more walks, need more singles doubles, etc. Umpireing was off before he was removed due to injury Kemp should have been 1-1 with a BB and a double. Good effort on the catch. If he is hurt then all you ervin supporters will get your wish.

    3-1 is not bad for a series. and we recovered from the LAD sweep making the road trip not a total loss.

    Marlins fired their hitting coach yesterday. J/S

    • matt hendley

      ANd it seems Ervin lovers will get their wish. Matt Kemp reported having Chest Contusion after running into the way. Is an IL trip in his future

      • ToBeDetermined

        What is a Chest Contusion ?

      • ohiojimw

        @TBD> A contusion is a bruise by any other name.

        Guessing the fact they called it a chest wall contusion indicates it is deeper than a typical skin layer bruise. So probably involves muscle or possibly even bone structures such rib per what I found on line.
        One article said even a mild chest wall contusion could take a while to heal; and, it wasn’t specifically talking about the level healing a professional athlete would need to perform.

      • matt hendley

        Indeed, It is also possible that if the bruise was deep enough we could be talking about a cracked rib or some other muscle ailment that they haven’t been able to determine yet. Needless to say he may be sitting a couple of games. A shame, because he really looked like he was about to turn a corner

  9. steve stevens

    It’s not just the losing, it’s the way these hackers go on their approach. 90% of the time they swing at first pitch, good or not. They don’t work the count, everybody swings for the fences.
    Tough luck for Mahle because that ball was catchable. Kemp must go ASAP. But the kid must work on his secondary pitches. Cannot live on fastaballs at mlb level.

  10. KDJ

    The highest BAs in the lineup belonged to the backup SS and backup C (.269 and .267) . . . yikes.

  11. Indy Red Man

    Puig, Votto, Winker, and Kemp have combined for 14 walks with 71 Ks. Joey only has 7 walks (20 Ks) so far? I think he’s try to lift and separate which is all the rage….probably hit 20 hrs, but his strength has always been to drive the ball to left and left-center? Now he’s rolling over into the shift all the time? Advance scouting picks that up and they act accordingly. Why nibble and walk him when he’s not going to hurt you away like he used to. Puig is at 2 walks/20 Ks? He just drew 64 walks (.346 obp) 2 years ago? Hopefully he’s just trying to do too much for his new team. Basically these guys are just hacking away? Peraza is the worst. I’d play Farmer at 2B before I’d play Mr. Soft F9! That should be his new identity SF9!
    Atleast Winker is really showing his potential. Its not that common to see a guy unloading the opposite way on an outside breaking ball. A ball he hit today goes off/over the LF wall in gabp. I’d keep running him out there vs lefties.

    Overall they’re going to hit better and score more runs, but the pitching will struggle with gabp as well. It will be interesting to see if Bell keeps riding with Garrett and Stephenson (and Peralta?) over the old-timers in high leverage situations. Atlanta put up 11 tonite. They have some weapons and will be a great test.

  12. ToBeDetermined

    Just saw the replay.
    Kemp hit that wall hard.

  13. ohiojimw

    Missed the game but see according to the box score Votto did not appear at all. In a game lost 4-3. Got to believe if JV was close to healthy he would have taken that AB which Barnhart took in the 9th (K’ed on 3 pitches. Votto’s back could be as they say “a developing situation which bears watching”.

    • ohiojimw

      Or maybe taken the AB for Peraza.

  14. kmartin

    Here is a surprising and depressing stat. Billy Hamilton has two more walks this year than Joey Votto.

    • Scott Gennett

      Not to be surprised: Hamilton, 28, still has some upside (0.5 WAR so far) while Votto is already in a downward (0.1 WAR).

  15. Scott Gennett

    Hope they’ll do some roster moves before next 20-game in a row schedule. The eight-man bullpen will still be needed, hence the position players should be refreshed, at least with a Schebler or Winker move in favor of Ervin. Senzel should be promoted in early May to replace the other one left, if everything goes right, leaving Gennett to return in mid-June to replace Peraza.

  16. matt hendley

    With the GBDP to end the game the question really needs to be asked. How much longer are we putting up with the Perazza experiment? He is overmatched at the plate, does not provide plus defense, and most certainly should not be leading off, perhaps not playing at all. I would put him on the short list to be in Jeopardy when the IL players start returning

  17. WVRedlegs

    The Reds sure are not getting what they expected out of that trade with the Dodgers. Farmer has been the only positive. Kemp is done as a MLB player. Puig was tremendously overrated by most Reds fans. And Wood is no where in sight. That was 2 pretty good prospects given up for this hot mess.

    • Pete

      Maybe but would it be overrated to believe Puig would have 4-5 HR’s by now and hovering at a .250 batting average? The Reds have looked a lot better this recent week than the one before, of course, all things are relative. I see a run of W’s coming on,

      IMO, Bell is doing a good job with managing the pen.

    • greenmtred

      Well, WV, the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet, but I’m afraid that when she does, it will be a sad song.

      • WVRedlegs

        Sad indeed. What the Reds do over the next month will tell a lot. They need to feast on the SF Giants and Oakland A’s as the schedule isn’t very kind. By May 20th, they have 3 vs. ATL, 4 vs. NYM, 3 vs. STL, 7 vs. SF, 3 vs. OAK, 3 vs. CHC, and 3 vs. LAD.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Yes, all trades should be judged based on the first three weeks of the season.

      • WVRedlegs

        To date, the Reds have gotten very little for their trade. Very little. I was excited about Alex Wood coming over, but it looks like he will miss the first 2 months of the season. I was ambivalent on Puig. I had no interest in Kemp. And I thought Farmer was a nice add in. Puig is playing himself into a July deadline trade, or sooner. No extension talks are even necessary here.
        To date, they have not given the Reds what the front office had expected. And to date, they are a hot mess.

      • WVRedlegs

        The Reds got 2 of their 4 Outfielders in this trade. According to Fan graphs and Red Reporter:
        “The early valuations of this Reds OF sure matches the eye-test. FanGraphs rates them as the 2nd worst offensive OF (thanks, Marlins!) and 2nd worst defensive OF (thanks, Mariners!). Roll it together, and yep…they’re the worst in all MLB right now. https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx
        So yes, we can make a judgment on this trade even if it is early.
        THE WORST OUTFIELD IN MLB!!!!!! That is what this trade brought the Reds.

  18. TR

    It seemed to me that the ball, where Kemp hit the wall, would have been catchable by a faster more agile outfielder. Kemp has had a good career, but he has nothing to offer the Reds now so they should take a loss to either trade or let him go. At least the Dodger trade was the way to say goodbye to Bailey, which took a while. More time is needed to tell how this big offseason trade ultimately turns out.

    • ohiojimw

      The Reds netted about $14Mm on Bailey versus Kemp, half on paper and half in the $$$ Dodgers sent along.

      Don’t think was Woods, Puig and Farmer were a bad return on Downs and Gray. Downs was near the bottom of Reds top 10, prospects, Gray around 15th. That’s 3 MLB level guys for 2 guys of that rating, neither of which had played above low A.

      Wood projected as a mid rotation starter guy and may still be that. Farmer is a very useable bench upgrade. Let’s, check back in on Puig in a couple of months versus a month.

  19. lost11found

    The biggest positive for me yesterday when the comeback came up short was how Mahle bounced back from a rough 4th inning to give them two more excellent innings. Little things like that add up for a team that has leaned heavily on the BP so recently due to extra innings etc.