Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (30-36) 7 9 0
Cleveland Indians (34-33)
2 6 1
W: DeSclafani (3-3) L: Plesac (1-2)
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Back-to-back home runs by Nick Senzel and Joey Votto led off the game and the Reds never looked back as they picked up the win on Wednesday afternoon over Cleveland.

The Offense

Senzel and Votto’s homers put the Reds up 2-0 in the top of the first, but the team went hitless over the next 3 innings. They held the lead though, then began playing add-on in the 5th. Jose Peraza followed up a Jose Iglesias double with his own to make it 3-1. Each of the next 2 innings saw a solo home run for Cincinnati. Eugenio Suarez crushed one to left in the 6th, and Curt Casali hit one out to center in the 7th. With a 5-1 lead they weren’t done, though. Another double by Iglesias brought in 2 more runs, scoring Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig to make it 7-1.

Jose Iglesias was the only Red to have more than 1 hit in the game, finishing 2-4 with 2 doubles. But Nick Senzel, Eugenio Suarez, and Derek Dietrich all had a hit and a walk during the game.

The Pitching

Anthony DeSclafani fell 1 out short of 6.0 innings of 1-run baseball. He walked 2 and struck out 2 during the game. And most importantly for DeSclafani – he avoided the home run ball that’s plagued him since missing all of the 2017 season. Amir Garrett came on to finish the 6th inning. He did. And then he finished out the 7th inning, too – lowering his ERA to 1.55 on the season. Put him in the All-Star game. Michael Lorenzen allowed a long solo home run to Carlos Santana in the 8th, but that made it 7-2 for the Reds and everything was still quite comfortable for Cincinnati.

The 9th inning saw Zach Duke record 2 outs via the strikeout after walking the leadoff batter. But David Bell chose to go to Jared Hughes with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning and a 5-run lead with 1 runner on. Hughes got the job done, but it wasn’t as easy as it could have been. He induced a ground ball to third base, but Eugenio Suarez pulled Derek Dietrich off of the bag to put runners on the corners. The next pitch resulted in a grounder to shortstop and Jose Iglesias made the play to end the game.

Notes Worth Noting

Joey Votto left the game with mid-back stiffness in the top of the 5th inning. His back has been a recurring issue this season. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go on Friday.

There was a scary moment early in the game when Jose Peraza and Nick Senzel collided in the outfield on a ball that Senzel ultimately caught. Peraza appeared to take a forearm to the head, while Senzel seemed to get his legs rolled up a little bit. Senzel remained down for about a minute or two before getting up and testing out his leg. Both stayed in the game.

Lance McAlister had an interesting tweet during the game, noting that the Reds ave 7-1 in Curt Casali’s last 8 starts behind the plate. Not saying to read into it much, but it was interesting and this is the notes worth noting section.

Nick Senzel and Joey Votto’s back-to-back homers to lead off the game was the first occurrence for the Reds since 2001.

  • Nick Senzel’s home run went 385 feet and was 104.1 MPH off of the bat.
  • Joey Votto’s home run went 379 feet and was 103.6 MPH off of the bat.
  • Eugenio Suarez’ home run went 402 feet and was 108.0 MPH off of the bat.
  • Curt Casali’s home run went 398 feet and was 96.7 MPH off of the bat.

Mo Egger seems to be thinking what the rest of us are with regards to David Bell and Jesse Winker…..

If Pittsburgh loses tonight, the Cincinnati Reds will no longer be in last place in the National League Central division. As always, we are rooting for the Pirates to lose. Forever.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Texas Rangers vs Cincinnati Reds

Friday June 14th, 7:10pm ET

TBA vs Tyler Mahle (2-6, 4.21 ERA)

47 Responses

  1. matt hendley

    Good Job by the Reds. Go Braves. Hope the Rangers are flukey

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  2. Scooter Rolen

    It is interesting to see that stat showing the Reds have been winning when Casali starts. Casali does help give the lineup more depth throughout.

    I do still believe in Tucker, but I don’t think it would hurt to have Casali catching about 60% of our games – it might help the Reds. Regardless of Tucker’s current hitting struggles, I would ride the hot bat in Casali until things change.

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  3. RojoBenjy

    Good job, Reds!

    It was nice to see them get the better of a rookie pitcher today. They rallied nicely after the scary collision in CF. Desclafani overcame adversity to get tough outs with runners in scoring position.

    And–I’ll say it–a 2 out clutch hit from #9.

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  4. docproc

    If David Bell lives by stats, would someone please show him that one about Casali?

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  5. Sliotar

    The near-calamity between Peraza and Senzel reminds me of last season, when Peraza and Gennett seemed to sometimes have communication/positioning issues between 2B and SS.

    Not picking on Peraza at all, but if it’s a voice level projection thing on his end, or anything else, needs to get fixed.

    Nice win.

    Feels like plenty of leadoff HRs are in Senzel’s future, if he stays in leadoff spot.

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    • WVRedlegs

      I like Senzel in the #3 hole for the rest of the season. But definitely for next year.
      1. Unk.
      2. Votto
      3. Senzel
      4. Unk.
      5. Suarez
      6. Winker
      7. Iglesias
      8. Casali
      I think Senzel better serves the team and himself batting 3rd. He can get to 100 RBI’s and 100 Runs Scored batting 3rd. Maybe just 100 Runs Scored from leadoff spot.

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    • ToBeDetermined

      Sliotar
      Peraza doesn’t call that ball. He just keeps going until he is called off by the outfielder.

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      • Sliotar

        @ToBeDetermined,

        In theory, for sure.

        If Andrew McCutchen was in center field, instead of Senzel, that collision most likely doesn’t occur.

        But…guys have to know who they are playing with.

        You can find a situation every day on the MLBTV package where an infielder bosses a play immediately, through gestures and words, that they are taking charge of things, even over OFs.

        Probably not a coincidence that the camera caught Iglesias talking to Peraza before action resumed.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Slio

        Agreed “In theory”.
        It’s a process of learning to trust each other and the way one guy calls off another guy. Each player is unique in how they do it. Once you get the trust (after successfully executing) every time. You can go full bore after the ball.
        At this point I’m sure both Senzel and Peraza will be a little tentative the next few times it happens.

  6. rex aultman

    I think Joey may have hurt his back during his “USA Women’s Soccer Team” try-out celebration after his 6th home run of the year.

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  7. Reddawg12

    Great game. I can’t emphasize enough how much more enjoyable the broadcast was for me the last two days without Thom’s constant whining and moaning throughout the game. I wish he wasn’t the main guy.

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    • RojoBenjy

      It’s like when you have a popcorn hull stuck in your gum line and once it’s taken out, nothing but relief.

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      • Matt WI

        Rojo… that is the BEST analogy for THOM! ever!

    • vegastypo

      May I just say, A-MEN !!! … I usually switch over to the audio feed, but it was nice to hear Welsh without having to deal with Thom.

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      • docproc

        My take is that Welsh was still snarly, but Jim Day doesn’t take the bait.

      • Broseph

        They do have a broadcast problem. Welsh is ok, but Thom is just horrendous.

        And it’s not his bad attitude either. Even his praise on good plays is awful. You can summarize Thom’s excitement in three phrases:
        – “Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me. Are you kidding me”
        – “Unbelievable”
        – Some form of annoying tonal andborderline mocking pronunciation of player names “Diiiiiilson. Diiiiiilson Diiilillllson.” I can’t remember who he’s doing this to this year (maybe Castillo, or Dietrich) but I’ve heard it several times and it’s cringe worthy every time.

  8. Broseph

    Good win, bit cool about Votto but the day off should help hopefully.

    Note: anyone else feel like the Reds are off more than they play? Tomorrow is like 5 days off since the last week of May. Just venting because days I get to watch they’ve been off lately

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    • Reddawg12

      They have definitely had a lot of days off lately. There was a super long stretch earlier in the season where they played 20 games in a row without a day off, so things may just be evening out now.

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  9. Steven Ross

    Reds ave 7-1 in Curt Casali’s last 8 starts behind the plate. Not saying to read into it much..

    Many are reading a lot into it. Casali deserves to start for many reasons.

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  10. Indy Red Man

    Following up the stats a little bit. Reds are 4-0 in Casali’s last 4 starts. They’ve dropped 7 straight Barnhart starts. What else does Bell need to know?

    Going into today Disco had a 0.89 era in 5 starts. The others were not very good obviously. When he’s breaking off the slider then he’s pretty good!

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  11. PhP

    Is it possible to see what Winker’s pinch hitters are slashing in his place? His pinch hitters are usually lesser hitters (Peraza, Farmer, etc.), so I’m curious if they have enough success to warrant constantly pinch hitting for him. Wonder what that is doing to his confidence.

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    • VaRedsFan

      I saw some comments in the game thread about Farmer. Nobody said a word when Farmer got a PH single for Winker the night before.

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      • PhP

        I’m out of market so I usually can only check box scores, but I wouldn’t have been happy about it probably. I feel it is too premature to relegate Winker to a platoon player already. I understand sitting aligning his off days against lefties and limiting him, but the way it’s been currently is too excessive in my opinion. Farmer ended up facing a righty in his 2nd Ab too, missed opportunities for a future cornerstone player

    • Jack

      I agree, it is still early in the game and you are already being yanked for a .220 hitter? I know, stats and all, but it seems a bit early in his career to be giving up on his development in what is likely a lost year anyway. Bell knows his stats allegedly but can he manage people?

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  12. Seat101

    In the last five years the Reds have lost more games than they have won on days ending in Y.

    Correlation is not causation.

    Broseph, I share your feelings. A day game today followed by a day off really feels like two days without a game to me.

    Once again, I’d like to point out that Casali had hip surgery over the winter and may be limited in the total numbers of games he can play for the season and how much rest he needs between starts.

    It will be interesting to see if in the rest of the season if Casali has more e starts with Certain pitchers more than others.

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    • ToBeDetermined

      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      Wednesday
      Thursday
      Friday
      Saturday

      mmmm, doesn’t everyday end in a Y ?

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  13. old-school

    Winker is 25 and needs 1500 at bats. Just like Suarez got. The Brewers didn’t give Gennett 1500 at bats and the Reds got better because the quit on him . Bell removing a pitcher in the 9th inning with 2 outs in a 7-2 game is embarrassing. David Bell plays players always who have accomplished more in their careers than him. David Bell benches players who have accomplished less than he did. David Bell enables players who throw temper tantrums – Raisel Iglesias.

    Jesse Winker needs to throw a temper tantrum and go to the media about his role. It worked for Raisel Iglesias,

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    • Slicc50

      I thought the same thing about bringing in Hughes…….until I heard the Cowboy explain how he hadn’t pitched since June 8. If David Bell hadn’t brought him in to pitch, that would have left 5 days in between the last time he pitched. Assuming he would pitch on the 14th obviously. He also had a nice break between May 31 to June 7. It seems David Bell leaves noone forgotten on his 25 man roster. I do see where you are coming from though with all of the pitching changes constantly!

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  14. matt hendley

    Pirates playing like last place is on the line 6-5 BTM 6th

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    • Rich H

      They surely made a hard run at it. Bless Ozzie Albies!

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  15. vegastypo

    In those last eight games when Casali has started, the Reds’ pitcher has been Gray 3 times, Disco 2 times (including the one loss in the bunch), and Mahle, Castillo and Roark once each. …

    The Reds have faced a few nobodies and a few established pitchers. I was expecting to be most all lefties, but three times, he faced a right-hander:

    –the Indians’ Zach Plesac (2.92 ERA after the start), a right-hander
    –the Phils’ Aaron Nola (4.58), a right-hander
    –the Cards’ Genesis Cabrera (6.48)
    –the Nats’ Patrick Corbin (3.46)
    –the Pirates’ Steven Brault (5.87), the one loss in the strand
    –the Pirates’ Mitch Keller (13.50), a right-hander
    –the Cubs’ Jose Quintana (3.73)
    –the Brewers’ Gio Gonzalez (2.39)

    In games the right-handers started, Casali went 3-10 (.300) with 1 HR,
    In games the left-handers started, Casali went 6-15 (.400) with 2 HR

    And I’m not sure if any of this means anything (or even if I got it all right) … Neither am I sure whether the defensive value Barnhart brings is significant to count Casali’s offensive advantage.

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    • RedsFan11

      Nice stats. Someone above mentioned Casali is coming off an injury last year and maybe that’s why he isn’t playing so much. At this point, this would be only reason I would buy, and still I would be skeptical

      If you look at barharts offensive numbers they are extremely similar in 2015 v 2019 and 2016 v 2018 with 2017 being his apex. It’s almsot a perfect bell curve or whatever you call t with him being on the wrong side.

      It’s time to stop playing favorites by management, and put the best guys on the field, let’s win some games

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  16. RedsFan11

    A lot of people seem excited about the Reds getting out of the cellar, but it frustrates me more, because it hides the fact this team still isn’t improving. FO and management will act like they are doing better since they won’t be in last the place.

    The reality is the Pirates have just fallen off a cliff. Since May 19th the 24-20 PirAtes have gone 6-16 and the Reds have gone 8-10 in that same span. Hardly great baseball, not even average.

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    • vegastypo

      That’s exactly right. If it makes the brass feel better to have a few more wins than last season, or perhaps stay out of the cellar by the end of the season, that’s one thing. … But if they take it as ‘we don’t have much left to do now that we’re competitive,’ that’s a problem … Isn’t most of the Pirates’ starting rotation on the disabled list? (Yeah, haven’t gotten used to calling it the injures list yet.)

      Get a right-fielder who actually scares somebody at the plate, figure out second base, maybe re-sign Jose Iglesias.

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      • Indy Red Man

        I’m a guy that sticks up for the Reds front office about 5% of the time, but they did pick up a RF that had a .833 ops in 2017 with 64 walks/100 Ks. In theory Puig would be scarier in GABP and his big arm plays bigger in a smaller park as well. This year Puig has 13 walks/61 Ks. Thats not cutting it? Add to that Votto’s struggles + Barnhart, Peraza, and Schebler?

        It is a bummer because the pitching is 100x better. The bench no contains a bunch of Skip Schumakers, Negron’s, Pennington, etc. If the starters hit like their baseball cards then they’d be over .500 and in the thick of it. Now you can still blame the Reds FO for all the rotten draft picks, but they took a low risk gamble on this team and it should’ve paid off better then this?

      • Jefferson Green

        Excellent points, Indy. I would have bet a lot of money that Puig would have a good – or even banner – year in GABP (and in a contract walk year after a solid season and postseason in LA – and with his favorite pitching coach here).

  17. CFD3000

    A nice team win for the Reds, but thank goodness Senzel and Peraza are okay. And here’s hoping 2 1/2 days befor the next game is plenty of time for Votto to rest that back. The Rangers have been playing well, especially on offense, and the Reds should not look past the, this weekend. Fortunately everyone will be available if Votto is fine. I’ll actually be at GABP for all three games – the annual pilgrimage from Atlanta – so how about a sweep? Can’t wait – Go Reds!

    Also, of course I want the Reds out of the cellar. It’s the next stop on the way to third place, .500, playoff contention…

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    • Jefferson Green

      Have a great weekend in town, CFD! May the Reds feel your vibe and reward you with a sweep – and permanent departure from the Central cellar. Any chance you can bring Yasiel’s old swing back to him? it should fit in your suitcase.

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    • Cincyborn2012

      The starting pitching is 2nd in the NL in K/9. I think they’re doing alright in that regard.

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  18. Indy Red Man

    Blandino came back hitting in his return to Lville. He can make the routine plays defensively unlike Mr Mystery Double Clutch today. All they have to do is send Jose over to Blandino’s apartment and change the lease!

    They get 5 days off a month now so no real reason for 13 pitchers, but when Scooter returns that would make your bench DD, Blandino, Farmer, and Barnhart. I’d add Ervin and dump the last pitcher. Thats atleast a .500 roster if they ever start hitting a little bit.

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  19. ctcwxman

    Nice win for the Reds yesterday and very happy to seem them escape last place by passing the Pirates! Now to stay there. The Pirates have an afternoon game today with the Braves, so hopefully another loss is on tap for them, and then hopefully the Reds can follow with at least 2 out of 3 from the Rangers this weekend. I was looking at the Reds record 66-games in from the past 4 years (2015-2018) and this years team is ahead of all but the 2015 team at this point. While I scratch my head at some of David Bell’s moves, overall I am excited and happy with the team’s direction in 2019. There have been some tough losses, especially blowing the 8-0 lead against the Giants a few weeks back, and a couple of others that were super frustrating, but this team has shown more competitiveness and fire than the recent teams, and of course the pitching has been a plus. I never expected a playoff run this year, or even a .500 record. My initial prediction was 75-87 with some strong signs of improvement for the future. Those signs are there and I wouldn’t be surprised at anywhere from a 76-86 to a 79-83 record this season, and would call the year a success, especially if all systems look to be go for a run at a plus .500 year in 2020.

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