Anthony DeSclafani allowed only one hit through seven innings, but it wasn’t enough as Merrill Kelly and the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen shut out the Reds offense 1-0 on Saturday night.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (69-80)
0 3 0
Arizona Dbacks (76-73)
1 1 1
W: Kelly (11-14) L: DeSclafani (9-9) SV: Bradley (14)
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The Good

Anthony DeSclafani pitched a GEM. He gave up just one hit and one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA below four, to 3.93. He ended his start by retiring the last 15 batters he faced. Unfortunately, he was the victim of a bloop hit down the left field line and zero run support from his offense.

Joel Kuhnel pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with a strikeout.

The Bad

-The Reds lineup. All nine batters.

-The Diamondbacks scored the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly by Jarrod Dyson in the third. However, the reason Dyson was able to get home the run by way of a sacrifice was due to the triple Nick Ahmed hit in the at-bat before him. Josh VanMeter had trouble picking up the ball in the left corner, enabling Ahmed to get to third base. If he gets that ball back into the infield with relative ease, Ahmed would have only been at second and the sacrifice likely doesn’t happen.

Freddy Galvis had to leave the game in the middle of an at-bat in the 7th after swinging and missing at strike two.

Not So Random Thoughts

Michael Lorenzen’s exit velocity on each of his outs were 97.9 mph, 90.0 mph, and 89.1 mph. That’s not something you usually see from a pitcher. But as you know, Lorenzen is not your typical pitcher. He is one strong guy, even if the contact he makes doesn’t result in a hit.

-Your 2019 Reds:

-It was the Reds’ 32nd one run loss of the season. That leads all of MLB.

-This was one of the faster games I’ve watched this season, finishing in a tidy two hours, 15 minutes. Rob Manfred would be proud.

Up Next:

Reds at Diamondbacks, 4:10 EDT

Trevor Bauer (10-12, 4.55 ERA) vs. Zac Gallen (3-5, 2.66 ERA)

18 Responses

  1. Ryan

    Same old story: Pitching does everything humanly possible but our offense barely gets out of the dugout. I can’t even wrap my head around losing 1-0 while allowing only one base runner. I know we’ve been out of it for a while now but this is no way to end the season. I feel like there’s still a real possibility that we lose 90 again this year which would be demoralizing. The front office better get serious about improving the bats like they did at improving the arms. And for God’s sake, get we get back to the fundamentals like other teams seem to do: steal, sacrifice, walk, bunt, manufacture some freakin’ runs!!!

    • gusnwally

      Oh My God, did you say bunt and sacrifice. Blasphemy Blasphemy

    • Broseph

      Three of your manufacturing run suggestions are surefire ways to add more outs to a team that already gives up too many.

      Steals across MLB are down. It’s just not worth the risk of an out. Look at the NL leader for several of the past 5 seasons – Dee Gordon. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Miami wasn’t a much better with him swiping 60 bags a year.

      Reds were 90+ losses every year with Hamilton stealing 40-50 bags.

      They just need better hitters and plate discipline. That’s it.

      • greenmtred

        No argument about sac bunts and steals generally. In a 1 to nothing loss, though, one or two runs matter a lot, and the offense has otherwise shown that it can’t be counted on. Stealing, as a strategy, isn’t without complication. Would you disagree that doubles are better than singles? Triples better than doubles? Better to have a guy on second than on first? Stealing by a guy with a high success rate has value. Gorden and Billy were stealing bases on teams that were lousy, so the value wasn’t evident. But hitting a single on a lousy team often makes no difference, and nobody is doubting that hitting is important.

  2. Sliotar

    Ashley, very nice recap of yet another unusual 2019 Reds game.

  3. Ed

    Let the kids play, but JVM slips up again in the outfield.

    When you plug Senzel and Winker back into this lineup, minus Galvis and Iglesias, I just cannot be convinced sparks will magically fly. This team has no one in the roster who can dominate in the one, two, or five, spot. Everyone bats like they belong in the 8 hole. At least Iglesias makes contact with the ball more often than the others. One or two guys taking walks sure seems futile when no one puts the ball in play.

    • Sliotar

      2 “fun” facts on how the Reds don’t have an offensive core… but, rather, have Suarez and the rest, some of whom have hit a little for a few weeks, here and there.

      -Suarez has 45 HRs…. the Reds no. 2 guy has 22 HRs, that is Puig, traded weeks ago.

      -Suarez has more WAR than Votto, Winker, Aquino and Senzel….combined.

      Winker, Senzel and Aquino have to return healthy and make the leap into above-average, 2.5 to 3 WAR each, players for this team to have a meaningful September in 2020.

      Feels like a stretch at the moment, but it is what it is. Let’s hope for full recoveries.

  4. RedNat

    I like the Diamondbacks approach. Huge field, artificial turf. Good speed in the outfield and at the top of the lineup. Arizona is a tough place for the visitors to win

  5. Davy13

    Both team and pitcher lose a 1-hitter. Baseball is a very strange game.
    Offseason objective: offense, offense, offense. If the they would have won just 50% of those 1-run games, the Reds would be leading the division. Tired of the rebuilding.

  6. TR

    A real positive performance by DeSclafani. Here’s hoping Trevor Bauer gets it together today. We need him strong in the starting staff next season. The Reds do not need both Galvis and J. Iglesias. It just upsets the idea of playing the young guys. Jose Iglesias is one of the smoothest shortstops I’ve ever seen. Let Galvis go. Peraza is not a regular, but he’s more than adequate as a backup.

    • Doc

      After watching Galvis take off for second while the pitcher was still holding the ball in the stretch, I keep Iglesius and do not pick up Galvis option. What a bush league play.

  7. Steven Ross

    Not so Random Thought: Tucker batting 5th makes zero sense. Always good for a DP. 4 for 28 in September? Yeah, let’s bat him 5th. In the words of David Bell: it doesn’t matter where you bat in the lineup. Lord help us.

    • James Walker

      Do you think Bell sometimes plans the batting order below 4th in the order based on how he sees the platoon and double switches turning out as the game progresses? That thought has crossed my mind.

      About the only reason I can think of for batting Barnhart 5th last night was that he wanted a LH bat in that spot. Why TB ahead of Galvis who would have also fit the LH need? Who knows?

      Also with 3 active catchers again (Graterol is back), Barnhart was probably a lock to be pulled for a pinch hitter if a lefty was brought in to face him in a leverage situation. Maybe that also played into things?

    • Jim Walker

      I also don’t discount the possibility that with Lorenzen starting in CF, there could have been something of an ego protection motive in regards to not wanting a regular position player to bat lower in the order than ML.

      By way of comparison, on September 5th, ML started in CF and batted 7th ahead of VanMeter, a LH hitter against a LH starting pitcher. Casali caught and batted 6th.

  8. centerfield

    I’ll say it again, Van Meter is not an outfielder, nor is Peraza. If they played it for a year at Louisville, maybe they would be adequate. I understand Bell’s dilemma, he just doesn’t have anyone else to play in those positions (O’Grady, Ervin). AD seems to have solidified his role as the 4th starter. Jose Iglesias should be at SS, JVM at 2nd and I would be fine with Ervin and O’Grady in the OF for the remainder of the year. However, I’ll bet Peraza is at 2nd today. If O’Grady plays he’ll be hitting 8th. Mr. Red needs to make out the line up card if we’re going to avoid 90 loses.

    OR

    Let Marty decide the lineups as a farewell gift.

    • Jim Walker

      The Reds were mathematically eliminated from the Central Division race yesterday and are within 2 or 3 days of being officially out of the wildcard (magic number 3). The DBacks have all but played their way out of the Wild Card in the last week (-4.5; four teams to get over).

      Why not let Marty make out the lineups.

  9. AirborneJayJay

    DeSclafani could be setting himself up for a contract extension. The silver lining of his injuries in non winning years might help out the team in the next few years. He made $2MM this year and next years arbitration figure most likely isn’t going north of $6.5-$7MM for 2020, his lady season of arbitration. If DeSclafani finishes off the season like this the Reds might be able to work out a deal that includes his last arb. year and 2 free agent years that could even include a 4th year option. Maybe along the lines of Sonny Gray’s deal. $6.5 MM next year, $9MM in 2021 and $12MM in 2022. That is 3 years and $27.5MM total. I wouldn’t look to sign Alex Wood and Trevor Bauer is going to be a mystery this winter on what the Reds decide on him and his expected $18MM to $20MM he is expected to earn next year.