Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (24-28) 10 17 1
Chicago Cubs (30-21)
2 8 2
W: Roark (4-3) L: Quintana (4-4)
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The Reds got started early, scoring twice in the 1st inning. And then they just kept playing add-on as they took the game, and the series from the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley. Fly that L, Chicago. Fly. That. L.

The Offense

Nick Senzel was the spark plug in the game today for the Reds. He went 3-5 with a walk, a double, and he scored 4 runs. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Yasiel Puig, Jose Iglesias, and Curt Casali all had 2 hits on the day – with Casali adding a walk to his 2 hits and he had a 2-run homer off of backup catcher Victor Caratini in the 9th inning. For Eugenio Suarez he drove in 3 runs, in part, thanks to 2 sac flies.

The team had 17 hits on the day and walked 3 more times – putting them on base 20 times. The offense is coming around, and it’s looking good of late.

The Pitching

Another day with Tanner Roark on the mound, and another good start for Tanner Roark. He came out and shut out the Chicago Cubs for 5.0 innings. That in itself is good to see. The fact that he walked just 1 batter and struck out 9 made it even better. The 32-year-old righty now has 59 strikeouts on the season in 56.1 innings. Raise you hand if you saw that coming. Why is no one’s hand raised? I guess you’re all honest people. That’s appreciated. For his efforts, Roark watched his ERA on the season drop to 3.20 through 11 starts. With many underrated pick ups this offseason (Jose Iglesias, Derek Dietrich, Kyle Farmer, DEREK JOHNSON), Roark gets overlooked some, but he probably shouldn’t.

The bullpen took over in the 6th inning with a 7-0 lead. Michael Lorenzen allowed a solo home run to Willson Contreras, but that was all that the Cubs got off of the righty. Jared Hughes came on for the 7th and kept Chicago off of the board…. in that inning. He returned for the 8th and gave up an oppo-taco to Javier Baez that made it 8-2. Robert Stephenson came out for the 9th and worked around an error with 2 strikeouts to seal the win on Sunday, as well as seal the series victory.

Notes Worth Noting

The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly acquired Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Nick Senzel picked up his first outfield assist, gunning out Anthony Rizzo at home.

Since starting 1-8, the Cincinnati Reds have gone 23-20.

The pitching staff has allowed 191 runs this season. Only two other teams have allowed fewer than 200 runs in baseball this year. Tampa Bay with an incredible 159 runs allowed, and Houston with 190 runs allowed.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Monday May 27th, 1:10pm and 7:10pm

Reds Starters: Luis Castillo (5-1, 2.38 ERA) and Sonny Gray (1-4, 3.78 ERA)

Pirates Starters: Nick Kingham (1-1, 8.76 ERA) and Mitch Keller (MLB Debut)

51 Responses

  1. redsfan06

    Hard to believe the Cubs record is as good as it is with that bullpen.

  2. Roger Garrett

    Great win.Could have won them all.Went toe to toe with one of the top teams in the league on their field against 3 starters that are pretty good.Shows what can happen if this team hits.Winker with two hits as well I believe.Farmer with a big pinch hit in the 4 run sixth.

  3. matt hendley

    All but one Reds batter gets a hit. Awsome game. Take it back home. INterested to see the Roster Moves

    • RojoBenjy

      As Shchi notes below, guess who that one player is?

      Is that why you reference roster moves?

      • matt hendley

        Actually, for once no, Tuesdays TBA is very interesting it could be that they bring a reliever up for tomorrow and then a new pitcher up Tuesday. I am genuinely interested in that at this time.
        Of course if he were to go down i wouldnt complain.

  4. Klugo

    Never thought I’d be so excited to see so many SINGLES. Bats are warming up.
    We’ve had the Cubbies’#. The Pirates have had ours. Here’s to flipping the script.

  5. DavidTurner49

    Is there any word on Senzel’s left arm? I just saw the vid replay on mlb and it looked like he bumped it pretty hard coming into 2b on the blown rundown play.

    • Shchi Cossack

      He came back out after the collision with a sleeve on his arm but he showed no ill effects during the rest of the game.

  6. TR

    How sweet it is: a series win at Wrigley. It could be sweeter tomorrow with a double win against the Pirates.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    Starting 8 (sans Peraza):
    15-31 w/ 2-BB, 1-HR, 1-2B (.483/.528/.613)

    0-5 (.000/.000/.000)

    Just sayin…

    • RojoBenjy

      I was just about to say something. The LouisvilleBats need a second baseman from what I saw on Friday night. I nominate JP for the job.

  8. Shchi Cossack

    I’m glad that Hughes pitched again today, after his brief, forgettable outing yesterday. I’m not sure about running Lorenzen back out to the mound today with a double header scheduled for tomorrow.

    • RojoBenjy

      I was wondering if the high wind yesterday jacked around with Jared’s cutter?

  9. Shchi Cossack

    We witnessed Votto deliberately and easily fouling off a borderline 2-strike pitch today. He has not been able to do that effectively this season and that is a classic Votto plate approach…just another good sign of good things to come.

    • Seat101

      I noticed that too. He looked completely different today, didn’t he?

    • greenmtred

      I noticed that, three. He’s seemed better able to spoil pitches the last few games. Good sign.

  10. Shchi Cossack

    How sweet was it to see the Cubbies throw in the towel after 8 innings and only trailing 8-2?

    I don’t recall ever seeing the official scorer deem an error on an OF collision, especially on the OF involved that never made a play on the ball or contact with the ball. That call helped limit the earned runs charged to Edwards and cost Suarez a triple and RBI.

    • RojoBenjy

      Can’t they appeal and get it changed later? No need to rob the visiting players like that.

      • Mike

        Marty said during Saturday’s broadcast that the Cubs home cook the scoring decisions more than any other mlb team.

  11. Bdh

    Votto was 7-13 with a walk and a sac fly this series. If he is heating up then look out

  12. Reddawg12

    Great win and series overall. Two things stuck out to me this weekend. One, Robert Stephenson definitely seems to have been relegated to mop up duty only. Chris Welsh mentioned that he is going 3-4 days between appearances and how tough that probably makes it to be consistent when he finally gets into a game.

    Two, Joey Votto finally seems to be heating up. It was really good to see him looking like his normal self the last few games.

    Go Reds!

    • RojoBenjy

      I don’t understand why RS is relegated to that? He had a rough time a couple games ago during a steady rain, so I gave him a bit of a pass on that one.

    • Roger Garrett

      Not for sure why but Welsh is right about how long he sets between starts.He has shown he can get people out so I am not sure why he doesn’t pitch more.He was out some in spring training so maybe that has something to do with it.His last pitch today was 95 at the knees to end it with a strikeout.That plays along with his almost unhittable slider.Maybe he will get more action as we go forward.

      • Reddawg12

        I agree that he should get more opportunities in higher leverage situations. I’d rather give RS a shot in a close game than go to Hernandez or Lorenzen a second or third day in a row, which seems to be the preference at the moment. Maybe he hasn’t been completely healthy.

      • greenmtred

        I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re moving RS along very slowly to rebuild his confidence, which must have pretty much evaporated over the past several years.

  13. Don A

    First win on a Sunday! Now it is time to break the curse of making to three games under!

    • RojoBenjy

      Hope they keep their concentration and do to this Pirates makeshift pitching staff what they should. Not time to take games off and let the pitcher in his MLB debut look like Dwight Gooden. (Which sometimes the Reds have been known to do.)

      • Seat101

        That was my thought, too. I wonder if it’s selection bias or if it’s really true that we tend to do poorly against new pitchers.

    • Scotly50

      If we sweep the Pirates, the areas will be two under .500.

      • RojoBenjy

        If the Reds sweep four games, won’t they be even at 28-28?

  14. Seat101

    Which pitchers do you think are the “next man up”? What is our pitching depth?

    Asking for a friend

    • Indy Red Man

      Sims & Cody Reed. I just looked at stats for AA. They have a lefty named Devin Smeltzer! He’s pitching for our AA and also AAA Rochester this year. 54 ip combined with 39 hits (.199 allowed) and a 1.15 era. I’d put him sight unseen over Zack Duke:)

      • Indy Red Man

        Never mind. Smeltzer is a Twin. No wonder he pitched for Rochester. Pensacola is with Minnesota now? I didn’t know that.

      • RojoBenjy

        The Reds’ AA team is once again the Chattanooga Lookouts. Pensacola didn’t renew their contract with the Reds.

  15. Indy Red Man

    The schedule is so weird this season? They play @ Milw again from June 20-23 then all the way to Anaheim for June 25-26 & then all the way back home for 7 straight at home with the Cubs for 4 and Milw for 3. Why go all the way to California for 2 games? No Cards or Rockies on the way or Arizona on the way back? They should have a shot at 3 of 4 from Cleveland this year. They’re not hitting at all. No losing teams thru July 7 though except 3 with the Nats and the 2 in Anaheim. They just have to get on a roll and play with confidence like they did today! Roark threw a ton of pitches, but he was making them foul stuff off. He wasn’t nibbling.

    Bottom line….if they get thru this stretch at .500 then they might make some noise?

  16. Seat101

    From what I can tell, David Bell has not decided his strategy on Tuesday. If the bullpen gets whacked tomorrow, it looks like Lucas Sims will be the starter on Tuesday. Otherwise, they might go for what is now called a “bullpen day“.

  17. CFD3000

    This was a really satisfying win. Roark, a righties without a devastating pitch, against a really potent lineup including a couple of very strong left handed bats. And yet – zero runs allowed. And everybody hit (excluding Peraza of course). A series win in Chicago that wasn’t that far off a sweep. I feel like the Reds are playing with ever increasing confidence. Bring on the Pirates!

  18. rex e aultman

    great win today the nationals should be be worried

  19. DocProc

    Great win. Like our chances today with Castillo and Gray on the mound.
    How in the world is our top OPS guy sitting while Peraza plays?

  20. Rob Cheshire

    Over/under on how many Reds batters are hit by Clint and his evil Pirates in the double-header at GABP today?!

    I’ll set the line at 3.5….

  21. Cincyborn2012

    The Reds are now 9th in all of MLB and 4th in the NL in team OBP. That sure did happen quickly. Votto, Puig, and Winker are all still likely to improve in that regard too based on their lower than normal BABIP. The offense is finally coming around!

    • Cincyborn2012

      Ok, I knew that seemed too good to be true. I was looking at 2018 stats on Fangraphs, my bad. The offense is still clearly improving though.

  22. Pete

    Could this be the week the Reds make a big move? 6-1/2 games behind the Cubs. The Cubs next 3 games are against the Astros then a weekend 3-game series in St. Louis. Hopefully the team will not let up on the pedal and maybe by a week from today we are neck-and-neck with the Cubs/Brewers.

    Reds are 5 games back of the Brewers. Brewers have a quick two-game series in Minnesota and start a 4-gamer in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

    Reds can’t make up all the ground this week but they can put themselves in the thick of it. Playing their best ball right now and a few of the recent losses were very winnable.

    • WVRedlegs

      If David Bell was not such a terrible manager they would already be up there with the Cubs and Brewers. His over management style has already cost this team about 8 games.
      With Rocco Baldelli as manager the Reds would be sailing along in first place, much like he has the Twins.

      • Pete

        Luckily it’s not how you start but how you finish.

        WV, I’m going to focus on the positive when this team is looking so good. I’ll submit if Puig and Votto would have been pulling their weight, the Reds would be a .500 team – so there’s that. I like Bell, particularly as a rookie. DD batting clean up, I see this as adapting to the current trends and extremely positive.

  23. Roger Garrett

    One game at a time.Things looking up if they continue to hit but its a long season.Baby steps but they are competing and its been so long since that has happened its hard not to get excited.I would love to see us get to 500 just to see what happens.We have lost for so long and it would be great to develop the culture that this team can win.Saying it and believing you can is one thing but the record speaks for itself and right now we are last in the Central.Still trying to get to 3 under on our what 7th try with our best on the mound just like his last start.Maybe today is the day.Need to jump out early and lets see.

    • Pete

      Good point but I will say if you’re red hot then it’s time to make up ground. Winning series is fine, sweeping them gets you where you want to go. I will be honest if we don’t sweep today, it will be very disappointing. The pitching match ups are decidedly in our favor. Won’t miss a minute of it.

  24. Pete

    Cody Reed called up to be the 26th man for the DH.

    • Pete

      The lineup for game 1:
      Senzel – cf
      Votto- 1B
      Suarez – 3B
      “Dietrich – 2B”
      Winker – lf
      Puig – rf
      Iglesias – ss
      Barnhart – c
      Castillo – p

      • Indy Red Man

        The lineup looks good! The guys were spraying the ball around in Wrigley and should be able to keep that going vs a guy with a 8.76 era!

        The Pirates are going with a top prospect Mitch Keller in game 2. A 3.45 era in AAA with 47 ip, 47 hits, 56 ks, 20 walks, and a 1.43 whip. Good, but not overwhelming. I’d like to see JVM get a start in that one? Need a sweep, but have to get the first one first!!