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.
|Cincinnati Reds (69-80)
|Arizona Dbacks (76-73)
|W: Kelly (11-14) L: DeSclafani (9-9) SV: Bradley (14)
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–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.
The lone baserunner DeSclafani has allowed through seven innings was a .070 xBA triple to begin the third inning.#Reds SP has been outstanding this week.
— OnBaseMachine (@RedsFan_Brandon) September 15, 2019
–Joel Kuhnel pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with a strikeout.
-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:
Reds allowed only 1 base runner and lost. Only other time that has happened since 1908 was 7/30/1971 when the Royals lost 1-0 to the Orioles.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 15, 2019
-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.
Reds at Diamondbacks, 4:10 EDT
Trevor Bauer (10-12, 4.55 ERA) vs. Zac Gallen (3-5, 2.66 ERA)