The Cincinnati Reds (50-57) fell to the Atlanta Braves (65-45), in a rain-shortened game, by a score of 4-1.

At the moment the game was called, it was in the top of the seventh inning, with Phillip Ervin at the plate. There were no outs, no one on base, and the count was 0-and-1.

Not long before the rain delay began, former-Red Adam Duvall hit a solo home run to push the Braves lead to three. They got their first three runs on a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman, in the first inning.

The Reds lone run came when Ervin scored on a single by Jose Peraza, in the top of the second.

Anthony DeSclafani (6-6, 4.07 ERA) started for the Redlegs and pitched five innings, allowing three earned runs on the Freeman homer, but did manage to fan five Braves. Wandy Peralta was brought in to pitch the sixth and allowed the homer to Duvall. His ERA now sits at 5.12. David Hernandez, in his first action since being brought off the IL, got Ronald Acuna, Jr, to line out to centerfield.

Cincinnati had managed just four hits off Atlanta starter Max Fried (12-4, 4.07), who was still pitching at the time the delay began. Three of the four hits were singles, with the other being a double from Joey Votto, his 22nd on the year.

Aristedes Aquino got his first Major League start, but did not record a hit in a pair of at-bats.

Game two is set for Friday at 7:20 p.m. The Reds will pit Alex Wood (0-0, 3.86) against the Braves’ Kevin Gausman (3-6, 5.97). The season series is now tied at two, apiece, between these two sides.

25 Responses

  1. RedNat

    I hope this season doesn’t wind up like 2006. we traded two of our best offensive players at the all star break in Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns for 2 relief pitchers Bray and Majowski who were awful. the offense really stalled in the second half and we ended the year with a losing record even though we had a very strong first half.

    • Sliotar

      On June 4th, Castillo pitched in St. Louis, got the Reds a 4-1 win and up to 28-32 record.

      Next day, rain out.

      Since then, on road, kicking out Coors Field and Miller Park, obvious hitter-friendly places, like GABP….

      Runs by game – 1,2,1,3,1,2,3,3,2,1
      3-7 record

      The point? The Reds had better figure out their road woes (haven’t been league average in wRC+ on road since 2010) … or they can add Mario Soto, Mariano Rivera as closer, whoever else and 2020 will be a replay of a lot of this season.

      wRC+ at home – 95 (tied for 19th)
      wRC+ on road – 84 (tied for 24th) (before tonight)

      The ultimate troll would be the lead owner or team president saying this winter, “We know the kids are raw, and might have growing pains in 2020, but the money to upgrade was spent on Bauer.”

      • Sliotar

        Since June 4th, the Reds have played 20 road games, including 3 in Colorado and 7 in Milwaukee.

        Getting 10 in GABP-like conditions has masked how bad the road offense is.

      • Reaganspad

        Well, Van Meeter versus scooter raises obp by a buck an a half.

        I am standing alone on an island saying Joey will go on a great second half like we have seen from him before inspired by the Bauer trade. It would be great to see Tucker return to form.

        We are kids in RF and LF (Senzel is no kid for a rookie). In fact Senzel is more complete than Winker.

        Wink needs to also step up in the 2nd half.

        It would be great if as a team they would take a pass on challenging the umps strike zone and just play.

        If the do that, they will make a run at this thing and the fo will look brilliant

    • ToBeDetermined

      Mary Beth Ellis
      Well that came out of nowhere

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        Who calls a game nowadays? The tremulant Braves, that’s who.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Mary Beth Ellis
        Are you seriously going to make me look up ” tremulant ” ?
        I wasn’t going to. But, apparently I’m obsessive-compulsive.
        So thanks for feeding the problem.

        So, yes I looked it up.
        So now I know what it means.
        But, now I can’t get it out of my head, because I don’t understand it in the context you wrote.
        TBD is a grown man boohooing.
        It’s not a pretty sight.

  2. Michael lieb

    If your bullpen had been as bad as the Braves you would call the game early as well…

  3. CFD3000

    I don’t know what the rules are on calling games versus suspending them. But the Reds are here in Atlanta for three more games, two of them night games. And our weather is in that classic summer cycle of clear all day with evening thunderstorms. It would have been easy, and predictably safe, to suspend that game and finish it this afternoon. Plenty of time with reliable weather. No need to steal the Reds chances of a comeback. Disappointing. I’ll be at the games tonight and tomorrow – no rainouts please. I’m excited to see Wood, Bauer, Aquino and VanMeter for the first time. Go Reds!

    • Matt WI

      Agree. While I’m sure there are many difficult logistics with opening up a stadium early in an unexpected turnaround, you’d think the mlb stance would be to finish games through as the rule whenever possible. If this had been the Sunday game and nobody’s coming back to town, then fine, so be it.

    • VaRedsFan

      Once the game starts, it’s in the hand of the umpires on whether to call it or not. They will only suspend it if it is tied after the last completed inning (5th or later).

      Bring the Reds home a few winners behind enemy lines.

  4. Pete

    The Bauer trade seems to have exposed some wounds in the base. I watched the game on FOX-Ohio last night. A couple of observations:
    1 – He is as serious as it comes
    2 – He does everything he knows to do to improve his craft – Joey Votto-like
    3 – Clevenger, a former teammate, raves about how Bauer was always helping the other pitchers in Cleveland if they wanted it. Open door to all of them
    4 – When the players in the Reds clubhouse learned Bauer would soon be a teammate, he received accolades – heartfelt and excited
    5 – He is 100% obsessed with baseball and the art of pitching – not obsessed with himself. He wants to talk pitching, he doesn’t seem to like to talk “Trevor”

    Sorry, I’m impressed with the young fellow so far.

    The guy is treated like a heretic, primarily because he tends to be a little “different”. In 2019, you better go along with the common wisdom being preached or you will be scorned and isolated.

    Anyone who would like to detail his offenses, list them – don’t link them because the stories linked yesterday were garbage. Have a nice day to the haters and look forward to the many lists we can all read through.

    • Ed

      People complain when actors get political- some people like it. Bauer puts it all out there, in a way that a more mature version of himself would likely keep quiet. We don’t need to know what Jesse Winker or Luis Castillo think about global warming, and they know it. I love baseball, and the Reds do a pretty great job of keeping positive on social media. If Joey Votto scoured the social media pages of some woman who said she didn’t like his playing, and shared awkward pictures of her to bully her, people would be repulsed. Just like if Suarez worked a bunch of 420 and 69 into his salary. It’s supposed to be edgy I guess, but it takes focus away from the game. Contrastingly, Puig for the most part keeps his crazy in the game, on the base path, whatever. The bullying stuff is a bad look and it would be much cooler if the first thing people heard about him was that he has a Trackman system in his house and works to analyze and mimic other players’ pitches and deliveries- that he works to invent new pitches. But he draws focus on to personal stuff that obfuscates the qualities that are actually interesting, I think.

      • Pete

        Ed, good points. My brother is a big Facebook guy and he turns into someone else when he’s participating and it’ not a positive change. The way I see people treat others in social media is appalling, things they would never say face-to-face or even over the phone. If the incident with the woman was a single case of stupid is as stupid does, I’m giving him a pass. If it’s a pattern, it’s a problem

        I don’t get the 420 and 69 Suarez comparison because I don’t know what that is. I don’t know about the politics, when I see this word I immediately bail out. Three things I don’t want to know about you: your politics, your religion and your sexual orientation. Again, I don’t know if this is Facebook comments run a muck or something else. Some people can’t soft shoe it, like Zack Greinke. If you ask them a question you are going to get a direct and unequivocal answer. Can be very awkward to say the least but I don’t believe Zack is a bad guy, just a little “different”. Maybe this is the same with Bauer, we will find out. Or the guy has a dark heart and soul , again we’ll probably find out.

        Yasiel Puig is about as lovable and interesting character in the game and Cincinnati was fortunate to be exposed to him up close. Guy’s heart is as big as the whole outdoors and face it, he brings joy. This is not Trevor Bauer, he’s not warm and fuzzy but from what I heard/seen so far; I can’t say he’s a bad guy. He’s a little different, I’m okay with different because I’m a little different sometimes.

      • Ed

        I think we’re on the same page with all this. His team mates seem to like him, and he comes across much more thoughtfully on TV than he does on social media. I’m hoping for the best.

        Regarding the 420 and 69 comment – it’s just silliness. I believe Bauer wanted $7 million, was looking to avoid arbitration, but the Indians refused, so Bauer submitted his salary request just slightly lower, $6.420,969.69. 420 referring to marijuana, and 69 in reference to the adult connotations of the number… Bauer then started a “69 days of giving” charity campaign, where he gives a charity a hundred bucks for each strike out he makes. Just the kinda stuff that makes it tough to get your kids deeper into the game and the stuff around the game. He should totally express himself however he wants- but the juvenilia wears thin and distracts from his talent. I can’t wait to see him pitch though.

  5. Pete

    The rookie had about as bad a night as one can in his very first start. Two at bats, strikeout looking and hit into a double play. The only thing that did go right for him is the ball wasn’t hit to right field.

    • Ed

      He struggled, but then all the Reds were hitting the ball into the ground. I wish I could see him play tonight, and I’m hoping he gets the ball up and in the air, but I’m going to be driving. Have to listen instead

      • Pete

        Me too, as with any young kid especially one that has spent ~10 years in MiLB. Good news for AA is there is only one way to go from here so maybe he can relax a little and let his talent take over.

  6. Roger Garrett

    I can lose with the young guys and they may never get better but it sure beats watching older guys who I know won’t get better.Reds have struggled all year with lefties and must figure that out but I can live with every loss because we are actually looking at younger guys.Its smart it can be exciting for the fans and its the right thing to do.Just one more thing to do and that’s put Peraza at short every day and JVM at second every day along with the platoon of Winker/Ervin and Acquino every day in right.Lets play ball.

    • CFD3000

      There are some who want to see Peraza get another extended look. I’m fine with that as long as it’s at shortstop, where the opportunity cost is low. But I don’t want to see him ever taking at bats from Ervin, Aquino or especially JVM. I’m looking forward to seeing at least the latter two in person tonight against a righty, along with Winker, Senzel, and the new approach Votto. Can’t wait. Go Reds!

      • Ed

        Speaking of new Votto- the Athletic has a really cool side-by-side gif showing exactly how Votto, Suarez, Peraza, Winker, have changed their stance/swing since May. They’re all like a foot taller! Really neat to see. Hope it keeps working.

  7. Pete

    Okay, we all (most) want to see the kids, the kids you will get tonight:

    Winker – lf
    Votto -1b
    Suarez – 3b
    VanMeter-2b
    Senzel – cf
    Aquino – rf
    Peraza – ss
    Farmer4 – c
    Wood – p

    If these guys perform for the rest of the season, this could be the Opening Day lineup, 2020. Farmer, the noted exception. I hope the tear the cover off the ball.

    • Jefferson Green

      Excellent to see. I imagine that they wanted Tucker to catch Bauer’s first start tomorrow, so Farmer plays while Tucker and Trevor converse about each Atlanta hitter and game plan for Saturday.