Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (36-40)
5 10 0
Milwaukee Brewers (42-36)
7 11 0
W: Woodruff (9-2) L: DeSclafani (4-4)
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After a 6-game winning streak the Reds are moving in the wrong direction, having lost 2 in a row to the Brewers to end the series.

The Offense

Well, Joey Votto did his job on the day. He went 3-3, walked, and hit a 3-run home run in the 6th inning. The rumors of his demise seem to have been slightly exaggerated. Yasiel Puig wen 2-3 with a walk, double, and a late RBI as he drove in Nick Senzel from first base after he singled in the 9th to make it a 7-4 game. The Reds made things interesting late as Curt Casali singled in Puig to make it 7-5 and bring the tying run to the plate. But Jose Peraza flew out to the edge of the warning track on the next pitch to end the game.

The Pitching

Anthony DeSclafani started out well, striking out the first six batters of the game. But then the 3rd inning began with a Travis Shaw solo home run and the Brewers just went to work after that. They would score 4 more runs in the inning and jump ahead 5-0. DeSclafani would get the first out of the 5th inning, but then allow a double to Ryan Braun before being replaced by Zach Duke. He would allow that run to score, then another of his own on a 2-run homer.

Robert Stephenson and Matt Bowman came on for the 7th and 8th innings, both allowing 2 base runners in their inning, but both innings were scoreless with a strikeout.

Notes Worth Noting

While the 3rd inning didn’t go well for Anthony DeSclafani, in the end he did strike out the side – giving him 9 strikeouts through the first 3 innings of the game today. He’s only the second pitcher this year to do that.

The 6 strikeouts to begin a game for Anthony DeSclafani also tied a Cincinnati Reds record held by Robert Stephenson (2017).

Joey Votto is now hitting .260/.356/.407 on the season.

Depending on the outcome of the Mets vs Cubs game, the Reds will either be 5 or 5.5 games back of 1st place. A win keeps the Cubs in first place, but a loss would drop them a half-game behind the Brewers.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Los Angeles Angels

Tuesday June 25th, 10:07pm

Tyler Mahle (2-7, 4.17 ERA) vs Andrew Heaney (0-1, 5.68 ERA)

32 Responses

  1. Burtgummer

    You won’t win many games when your starting pitching is awful 2 days in a row
    Will Disco be the odd guy out when Wood returns?

    • Burtgummer

      Oops make that 3 awful starts in a row including Gray which the offense came thru

  2. Doc

    In the era of all or none hitting, Disco appears to be giving up too many all while achieving his none. Wood not back for 3-4 weeks per Doug’s projection. All starters have time to make their cases. The Brewer series was not marked by solid starting pitching, after the opener, but it was a split on the road with a division (near) leader.

    • Jim Walker

      Yes a split which is better than less but it could as easily been 3/4 But that’s behind them. The thing they have to do is to make sure they get and stay on even keel then at a later point maybe they can knock off another 5-6 in a row,

  3. Klugo

    Truly stinks that we didn’t gain one game in that series, as well as we had been playing and hitting.

    We really need better LH pitching and at least one LH starter. Anyone know of one?

    The Joey we have now is a pretty darn good 2 batter.

  4. matthew hendley

    Doc is right, this was a split, and the reds are not in horrible positioning. 2 against the Angels, As long as trout is dealt with, the reds can rebound.

    • RojoBenjy

      I was about to say, win 2 against the Angels and the feels are good again before the AS break.

  5. CFD3000

    Yesterday was a lot more disappointing, but it’s too bad the Reds couldn’t take one this weekend to win the series. Suarez looks lost lately, but Votto looks better the last few weeks and Puig is suddenly smoking the ball. Add in a productive Senzel, Winker, Iglesias, Casali, and a returning Gennett and the offense is slowly waking up. I’m not sure what the take away is on Disco. 9 strikeouts on 3 innings is, literally, as good as it gets (don’t start with batters reaching on dropped third strikes) but he was giving up lasers in the 3rd inning. So I remain optimistic. Bring on Mike Trout and the Angels.

    On a side note, shout out to Bill Lack for the shout out from Chris Welsh for Bill and RLN. Knuckle curve indeed!

  6. Sliotar

    The Angels are 5th as a team in wRC+ at 109, ahead of the Yankees, Braves, Red Sox and all of the NL Central.

    Tommy LaStella, former Cubs benchwarmer, has 2.0 WAR….same as Dietrich and double what every other Reds player has.

    Offense beyond Trout isn’t the problem. Signing Matt Harvey is a prime example of what is.

  7. CFD3000

    One other odd note. I was just looking at Votto’s updated stats. His walk in the 8th was the 1000th unintentional walk of his career. 1140 total. The milestones keep piling up.

    • RojoBenjy

      That is special. Tremendous player.

      Anyone that thinks otherwise? Well, I just don’t agree with them.

  8. Old-school

    The Reds are 4 under… 12-19 against the NL central. Split with the pirates memorial day + and split with Brewers after up 2-0 and Castillo pitching. This is who they are 79-83 or 80-82 or 78-84.

    Nothing new since they swept the Marlins in early April.

    • Optimist

      Going to be very interesting coming to the trade deadline. I think they’re now a bit better than .500, say 83-79, but do they buy or sell? If they sell, only one win streak keeps them in an outside scramble for a wild card. If they buy, they’d be gunning for it, but just hope they don’t sacrifice prospects or prospects Sept. call-ups. Either way, a very fine line for the front office.

      • george

        Trade deadline??? Don’t you think picking up (activating) WOOD and Scooter is the same as getting two new players at no cost.

      • RojoBenjy

        If they buy and get into the playoffs as a result, I don’t anticipate them going to the WS. So I would rather they try to sell and get some good pieces for the future.

        Do I expect this front office to do that? Or if they do it, to do it well?

        No. No I don’t.

        Prove me wrong, DW. And kick Wally J out and change the locks, for goodness’ sake!

      • RojoBenjy

        @george

        Only if they both come out performing at high levels. I wouldn’t realistically count on that.

        Plus, Scooter’s return makes at least one player trade bait—maybe DD. And if Scooter does come out red hot, he may have the most trade value of all. Next year is his walk year anyway.

  9. Old-school

    On April 11, the Reds swept the Marlins .. since then…. They are 32-32. And still 4 under. This is who they are .. take away the 1-8 start…. Take away the Marlins sweep … And it’s a .500 team.

    • RojoBenjy

      If Ervin plays outfield from the beginning instead of Matt Kemp or even Scott Schebler (who he outplayed in ST)?…..

      Would they have gone 1-8?

    • Jim Walker

      Baseball is a game of up and down cycles throughout the season.

      We can’t take away the 1-8 start unless we agree to let every team drop their worse 9 game stretch. 🙂

      The only way to take it away is to gather themselves, get on even keel then at some point put up one or two more winning streaks of 5 games (or more).

  10. Hanawi

    The best team in the NL, the Dodgers, just swept a series with walk-off home runs from 3 rookies. Why haven’t the Reds been able to embrace young players that way over this rebuilding period?

    • Mason Red

      Because they didn’t and still don’t have the talent like the Dodgers. Just because you do a rebuild doesn’t mean those young players are going to be really good. Some work. Some don’t. What the Dodgers and Yankees have done with the development of outstanding young players is amazing. Both franchises have the money to sign virtually any free agent but yet the backbone of their success is in scouting and development of young players. The Reds are light years behind in those areas.

      • RojoBenjy

        Speaking of rebuild, the Reds didn’t do theirs correctly, which is another reason they are behind.

        Owner sentiment from 2013-2016 handcuffed and hamstrung the effort.

    • VaRedsFan

      Because in an effort to stay competitive, they traded their best players for near ready AAAA talent, instead of going for a better player that was a few years away.

  11. Curt

    Meanwhile, here in L.A., three rookie walk-off home runs in a row for the Dodgers. Will Smith just flew in today. Surreal? yes. Surprising? Not really. Amazing what can happen when you give ‘em the chance. Hard being a Reds fan out here. It can feel like watching a glacier moving. Is it? I think, maybe, no, yes…I give up. Well, not really, I’ll drop down to Anaheim for a game, I bleed Cincinnati Red but I don’t blame my kids for bleeding Dodger Blue. Would you? Go Reds!

    • greenmtred

      I hate to send the wrong message, but glaciers are melting. If this is an accurate metaphor for the Reds, the playoffs and rebuilding become moot.

  12. B-town fan

    You kinda knew Disco wouldn’t be able stand up to the Brewers offense today. The game to win was yesterday, Castillo was given a gift with the 3 run lead in the first inning, but he let in slip through his hands. He’s not an Ace yet, he’s still an Ace in training until he gets his walks under control and has more of a bulldog attitude on the mound.

    • Jim Walker

      We hear he has the bulldog attitude. I think he needs somebody to mentor him about using it more effectively.

  13. Jreis

    A couple of thoughts from the series.

    1. If we get a roof we can draw 120k in a weekend series too and be a buyer every year like Milwaukee has become.

    2. When Wood returns what about a scenario where Disco pitches inning 1-3 and Mahle pitches inning 4-6. Bullpen day with starters?

    3. I was hoping Suarez had grown out of his 2 month offensive Luls that he had his first few years but I guess not. You got to think he moves down in the line up once Scooter returns. Maybe he will snap out of it then.

    • Big Ed

      J, you need to get oof the roof/dome thing, because there is no way on earth that it is going to happen.

      It would cost $200+ million to do have added it, plus it would have killed the aesthetics of the river view. (Milwaukee’s roof also cost three workers their lives.)

      This is public money, money that by definition was raised by many people’s paying taxes out of their hard-earned money. It is absurd to spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars to help a private enterprise (owned by very wealthy families) to avoid maybe 2 rainouts each year, plus a handful of rain delays.

      I would guess that about 90% of the voters, of whatever political stripe, would agree that money is better spent on education, infrastructure and emergency services, than on helping Bob F. Castellini avoid weather hassles.

      There is not going to be a dome/roof. Ever. I doubt Bob Castellini even wants one.

      • Jim Walker

        I agree there will never be a roof on GABP. I share much of your sentiment on the financing schemes that have been used in the past.

        I also agree Cincinnati is a climate zone where a roof is more nearly a luxury than a requirement for doing MLB business.

        And it goes without saying that safety needs to be a paramount concern in all construction projects. Any life lost or drastically altered by injury on any project is one too many.

        However I would not be that surprised if the next MLB facility in Cincinnati has a roof. The technology has changed in recent years. Roofs are now more feasible financially (when building from scratch), and technically not nearly as difficult to build and maintain. The question remains, who pays the bills.