The Cincinnati Reds (26-31) look to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies (22-38) and push their winning streak to four games in this afternoon’s business day special.

STARTING PITCHERS
2015 stats (Moscot’s stats are for AAA and MLB combined) for today’s starters:

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Jerome Williams 5.68 5.32 1.7 5.5% 13.1%
Jon Moscot 3.49 4.60 1.1 8.9% 15.0%

After allowing just one run over six innings in his 2015 debut, Jerome Williams hasn’t allowed less than three runs in any of his other 11 starts. He’s only pitched more than five innings once in his last eight starts, dating back to April 26th.

Jon Moscot is making just his second Major League start. He gave up four hits (including two homeruns), four runs and three walks in his five inning debut.

STARTING LINEUPS
Among the changes to the Phillies lineup, Ryan Howard was dropped to 5th in the batting order with rookie Maikel Franco taking the cleanup spot. The Phillies have backups playing in right field, shortstop, and catcher:

  1. Ben Revere (L) LF
  2. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
  3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
  4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
  5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
  6. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
  7. Cesar Hernandez (S) SS
  8. Cameron Rupp (R) C
  9. Jerome Williams (R) P

The Reds starting lineup:

  1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
  2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  5. Brayan Pena (S) C
  6. Ivan De Jesus (R) 2B
  7. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
  8. Kristopher Negron (R) CF
  9. Jon Moscot (R) P

INJURY UPDATE
As of publishing time, there is no new update on the injuries to Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips, both of whom remain out of the lineup. Hamilton is dealing with a left hand/wrist injury, while Phillips suffered what is described as a “mild groin strain” during last night’s game.

VOTE REDS ALL-STARS
While you’re checking out today’s game online, take the time to vote for your favorite Reds in the 2015 All-Star Game. Follow this link for a ballot with Reds player highlighted for your convenience. You can cast 35 votes per e-mail address. Currently, Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart are the only Reds in the top five at their respective positions. It would be great to see the entire Reds infield play in the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark!

VOTTO TIES BENCH
Yesterday’s three homerun game from Joey Votto was the third three homerun game of his career. Johnny Bench is the only other Reds player to hit three homeruns in three separate games.

2015 DRAFT UPDATES
A list of all the Reds players drafted this year can be found on the MLB.com website. Doug Gray has all the Reds draft information that you could ask for and more here at Redleg Nation and at RedsMinorLeagues.com

NUXHALL DEBUT ON THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY

SWITCH-PITCHING
I’ve been a fan of Pat Venditte since his early days in the Yankees organization. He can pitch upper 80’s MPH left-handed and right-handed and has succeeded throughout his minor league career. He wears a unique six-fingered glove so that he can switch arms from batter to batter while using the same glove. The Oakland A’s signed him to a minor league deal in the offseason after the Yankees let him go without a single call-up. Now, two months into 2015, he’s made been promoted by the A’s to the major league club and has pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in three big league appearances. The only baserunner that he’s allowed is a single that was quickly erased on a groundball double play.

Just remember, the correct spelling of the word is “ambidextrous”.

Now, there’s draft-eligible college pitcher Ryan Perez, who might have been taken in yesterday’s rounds had he not hurt his left triceps earlier this season and been limited to pitching just right-handed most of this season. When healthy, Perez throws 91-93 MPH with each arm.

Until the 2015 season, there had only been one pitcher to throw ambidextrously in a major league ball game since the late 1800’s. Former Reds reliever Greg Harris did it once in his career in 1995 as a member of the Montreal Expos against his former Redlegs. In the top of the 9th inning, of a ballgame that the Expos were losing 9-3, the club finally relented to Harris’s requests and let him pitch with his left arm in one appearance of what would be his final season. Harris started out right-handed to Reggie Sanders and induced a groundout. He threw left-handed to Hal Morris and Eddie Taubensee (walk and groundout) before switching back to his right arm to retire Bret Boone on another groundout.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The injuries continue to pile onto the Reds, but hopefully the most recent injuries to Hamilton and Phillips are truly short-term. Still, certain players would have likely had a day off today anyways, so, the lineup probably isn’t too different that what we might have seen had everyone been healthy.

With a win today, the Reds will match their longest winning streak of the season. Go REDS!

138 Responses

  1. Tom Gray

    1 through 5 are Reds lineup. 6 through 9 are Bats lineup but playing for Reds.

  2. IndyRedMan

    The Phils B team should be a good matchup for Moscot today!! Lets do it! DL BP already and bring up Suarez because too much of True Grit turns into something that rhymes with that

  3. George Mirones

    Here is the Fantastic part about Baseball.
    I know I am out of my mind but a quick glance at the schedule and an abundance of “What ifs” The Reds win today and sweep the Cubs, the record is at .500 on 6/15/15.
    Yeah I know, too many drugs and bottles of Jim Beam, no statistical support for such a fantasy.
    BUT!!!

  4. WVRedlegs

    Looking for a much better outing from Moscot today. Give BP two weeks on the DL to heal up.

    • VaRedsFan

      If he doesn’t walk too many he will succeed. I thought he looked OK for his debut.

  5. jdx19

    Don’t ya just love when work gets in the way of baseball? Gosh!

    • VaRedsFan

      Should be some kind of rule about that.

  6. Jeremy Conley

    The Reds really need to help Billy Hamilton build strength and learn how to play smart. I’m worried that if he keeps getting so many little injuries now, he’s going to have some more serious injuries or nagging injuries later.

  7. Jeremy Conley

    Moscot’s first inning last time was really unlucky with those two slow grounders that went for singles. I think if he gets out of the first ok, he’ll be fine.

    • VaRedsFan

      1-2-3 on 14 pitches works for me.

    • David

      Yeah the replay didn’t look good at all. Knee just crumpled when it hit the bag.

    • David

      Perhaps Billy will see some time at SS when his hand isn’t sore.

      • msanmoore

        Billy was a bad SS early in his career. Big arm but very wild.

  8. Vanessa Galagnara

    How fast can Suarez get here? Yikes! Negron to SS? Boesch back out there?

  9. PhoenixPhil

    For those not able to watch or listen, Cozart is probably out for the day.

    • David

      As bad as it looked it might be a few days…. let’s hope not.

    • earmbrister

      Was on the phone with a client. What happened?

  10. Vanessa Galagnara

    Are you kidding me? Wow!

  11. Dr. K

    I’m not able to watch the game. Can someone explain the play where Cozart got hurt?

    • PhoenixPhil

      Cozart trying to beat the throw to first, stretched his last step and hit the back of first base with his foot, the foot slipped, hyper extending his knee and rolling his ankle.

    • David

      Hit first base at a bad angle and knee buckled and possibly ankle too.

  12. BigRedSaguaro

    He stretched out to step on first and his ankle and knee buckled

    • Dr. K

      Thank you. That does not sound good. Front office needs to quit relying on a solid year of health in order to contend. It’s 162 game season, and to quote from Major League “even tough guys get injuries.”

      • BigRedSaguaro

        Always good when someone quote Major League though lol

  13. earmbrister

    Thanks for the info. That really blows for both the player and the team.

  14. cincystyle

    Does anyone have an update on Jason Bourgeois. His injury was supposed to be 6-8 weeks from March 14th?

  15. Jeremy Conley

    I think it’s possible that Cozart got his ACL or MCL and is done for the season. He did not react like he just jammed it.

    • cincystyle

      As I understand, he didn’t walk off the field, he was carried. Never a good sign.

    • robcheshire

      With the Reds medical staff handling his rehab, he may never play again….!

    • lwblogger2

      Unfortunately I know WAY too much for a non-orthopedic doctor about knee injuries. Sometimes a hyper extension can be horribly painful and would require him to be assisted off the field. If that’s the case then as much as it hurts, there is a good chance we’ll see Cozart sooner rather than later. If however it is an ACL, MCL, or even a serious meniscus tear, he could be out for a long while. Let us hope for him and for the Reds, that he only hyper-extended it and he’ll be ok.

    • earmbrister

      That replay was gruesome looking. Don’t think we’re going to see him any time soon.

      • Big56dog

        What I thought looks like a football injury when guys break their leg, hope it is just one of those not as bad as it looks

      • liptonian

        That looks season ending to me. The way his knee turned out like that, that’s not supposed to happen.

  16. Big56dog

    Meanwhile Moscot pitching out of trouble, hopefully can get 6 innings from him today and about 6 more runs. Lucky enough to get the TOOTBLAN at end of 2nd, got the pitcher leading off the 3rd or that could have gotten ugly.

  17. wildwestlv

    Hoping for the best, but not expecting it, given everything else this season. I DO think if Cozart is lost for the season, Bob & Walt will NOT blow the team up, after the ASB. That will be just the nail needed to chalk the lost season up to injuries and unfortunate, unforeseen circumstances. Losing Homer, Devon and Zack will give WJ another pass for another wasted season.

    • mtkal

      I’m afraid you may be right. Just too many injuries to deal with. With some of the contract situations however, we just have to hope they’re not that dumb. It’s a lot to hope for though.

      • i71_Exile

        I think we are going to see Cueto and Leake traded regardless. It’s not a complete blow-up, but it’s not exactly standing pat either. Walt’s not going anywhere unless he wants to. Regardless, GO REDS!

    • VaRedsFan

      I share your concern, but at season’s end Cueto/Leake will be free agents, so them leaving is not our decision.

    • PARedsfan

      Agreed! Another miserable year of Walt…. *Sigh*

  18. PARedsfan

    Catching up on the past 3 games on DVR. Great to see the Reds playing well. and good to see rookies performing well. DeJesus making the most of his opportunity. Sad for Cozart, been a very good year for him and could’ve been his first real shot at All Star game. Injuries really starting to mount. Hoping Saurez might get his chance. Go Redlegs!!

  19. Shchi Cossack

    Now we are seeing the result of playing with a short bench rather than using the DL to give players time to recover without shorting the bench. Phillips is unavailable. Hamilton is unavailable. Now Cozart is unavailable. If someone else goes down, then the pitchers start playing the field.

      • Big56dog

        Why exactly is Adcock on the team, Badenhop could have pitched his innings and Pedro Villareal still on the roster?

  20. Jeremy Conley

    The only small silver lining is that SS is the one position where the Reds have a legitimate option in AAA. Still, having the entire up the middle defense down at the same time is crippling.

  21. Vanessa Galagnara

    Moscot is starting to remind me of Leake. Every batter turns out to get 3-2 counts.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Light hitting catcher strikes again

    • Big56dog

      2 2 out hits for RBI’s- hopefully Moscot can squeeze 2 more out of him before turning it over. I would think Cingrani gets his shot today

  23. Whoa Bundy!

    I’ve heard of something called the DL. Something about hurt players getting replaced temporarily as to not be short handed. Can anyone explain it to me?

  24. IndyRedMan

    Wasn’t Price walking the 8th hitter in those situations earlier in the year? That’s too bad about Cozart….that about finishes off 2015 if he’s done for the year? I guess they could hope that DeJesus morphs into Jerry Hairston Jr. and turns into a monster offensively for a while but that’s not likely. Lets see what Suarez can do too….enough of true grit and BB who is completely worthless

    • Vanessa Galagnara

      You use that true grit reference quite a bit…. a John Wayne fan?

      • IndyRedMan

        I liked John Wayne but making fun of how someone like Jocketty would describe the attributes of someone without speed, power, or youth like Schumaker

      • George Mirones

        Not to get too far off topic but as I remember a comment you made about 3-4 games ago about Bruce being done for the month was met with some divisive responses. Kind of looks like a prophecy now. 🙂

  25. Big56dog

    Letting this bum off the hook, thank you Dejesus for getting the lead. True test for Moscot to at least get through 5 without a score

    • Big56dog

      I know everyone is worried about Cozart or at least bummed, but this is such a winnable game. No one is focused on a possible solid start for Moscot if he can get through the 6th unscathed, c’mon clean inning

  26. Jake

    Cozart was having a great season too, that’s terrible.

  27. liptonian

    They are talking stats on the radio and the Cowboy is actually sounding like he’s making sense. If only he would say that when Marty were around.

  28. George Mirones

    Moscot; 6innings, 95 pitches, 5 hits, 2ER. Not bad, not bad at all.

    • lwblogger2

      I’ll take that from the kid anytime out!

    • Big56dog

      It is the Phillies but outside of that annoying Rupp- he got the job done and this is definitely something to build off. I say Cingrani for 2 or at least warming up for the lefties, I do not trust Parra 3 days in a row doing too much of a good thing

    • Big56dog

      So did he pinch hit because only Tucker is left to bat or are they messing with fire bring him out for the 7th?

      • Big56dog

        A batter too late- there is no reason to not put Cingrani vs. Lefty Herrara…what were they saving him for? Surely he can pitch back to back innings to come in to face Uteley and Howard a batter later should he got out of it

  29. lwblogger2

    And Negron, normally fairly competent in the field, makes an error. Missing Cozart already.

    • renbutler

      I’d say that it’s the one thing he’s doing well this year, but this was his fourth error in limited playing time.

      • Big56dog

        Got them in a bind, but we got Cingrani what could go wrong?

      • renbutler

        Okay, I’m at work now and can’t see it. Good to know he didn’t just choke.

        We’ll miss Cozart though.

      • PhoenixPhil

        He tried to barehand a ball that he may not had to.

    • Big56dog

      So they have Hoover who has not allowed a run in 20 + appearences and they are going with Badenhop. I will give Price some leeway as I suspect if Cingrani failed with Utley he would go righty one batter and then Parra for Howard…but that would have been dissected for days had any of that not worked out.

  30. msanmoore

    Tony could start if Tony could throw strikes consistently. Seems that’s been an issue far too often when we’ve seen him. Hope he works out of this jam.

    • Big56dog

      If you need a guy to go 5 and 1/3 and get injured about once a month, then Cingani’s your fifth starter. To me, the guy needs to become an effective pitcher and not let his manager turn him into a head case, screams closer if he can put it all together

      • msanmoore

        Yep … him or Hoover in the closer role.

      • Big56dog

        I have seen Hoover give up enough Grand slams to think he is fine just developing as a set-up guy

      • msanmoore

        I for one would revert to the “fireman” days anyway and get away from the whole closer mystique entirely.

    • Jeremy Conley

      It’s not just his ability to throw strikes, it’s the fact that he only has one major league pitch right now. Without a change up he’d never be able to survive against RH hitters over and over and over.

      • lwblogger2

        Without a change, a slow curve, a good cutter, or a split. Those pitches are all often effective against opposite handed hitters. He really doesn’t have anything but the good fastball, very mediocre slider, and miserable change. I think you’re right in that unless he comes up with something else, his role will be in the pen.

    • Big56dog

      I suspect Cingrani is on to face Howard a better in to the inning, if Price is smart….

      • Big56dog

        I have seen Hoover give up enough Grand slams to think he is fine just developing as a set-up guy

      • Big56dog

        Would have liked to seen Cingrani pitch back to back innings

    • Big56dog

      Hopefully they are just waiting for swelling to go down before they can tell anything, A few weeks back The Hawks DeMare Carroll had a awful looking injury against the Cavs and he was carried off the court and then he ended up playing in game 2- one can hope

  31. PhoenixPhil

    The Canadian color guy for the Phils is aboot to drive me crazy.

    • Big56dog

      What aboot , eh? Is he being a hoser?

      • msanmoore

        Oh take off, Big56Dog … you’re the hoser, eh?

  32. renbutler

    Pena and Posey should be the NL all-stars.

    Screw Molina.

    • lwblogger2

      All your comments are extra awesome to me because I “hear” them in Fry’s voice.

  33. VaRedsFan

    Doesn’t matter who pitches the 8th inning.

    • Big56dog

      Hoover got it done, was the Howard DP a great play or bad base running?

      • mtkal

        I don’t think there was much Howard could do. It was just nailed right at the fielder who just quick flipped it to first.

  34. PhoenixPhil

    Leak to pinch hit for Hoover? I would think they’d leave Lorenzen back, just in case they need another outfielder.

    • lwblogger2

      Yes, it isn’t like it’s the 14th inning and we’re out of people. It’s the 8th!

  35. docmike

    We would assume that Cozart gets DL’d tomorrow and Suarez gets called up. They also need to send out Villareal and bring up another position player.

    Hopefully the fact we have played the majority of this game with only Barnhart as a healthy backup will make the front office realize this roster setup doesn’t work.

    • Big56dog

      If Bp is out for a few, I vote Villareal sent out as I think he knows the way blindfolded by now, DFA Boesch, call up Suarez to play every day- assuming Cozart is DL’d- bring up Satin and Selsky (platoon in Left with Schu)

  36. seat101

    We really should’ve sent a picture down to Louisville and brought up a position player until we get the word on Brandon.

    • seat101

      It might’ve been even better if we send a pitcher
      rather than a picture

    • Big56dog

      Maybe a picture of what MLB hitters look like with the pitcher they send down- hopefully the reference as they need more than Suarez

  37. Jeremy Conley

    Let it be noted that Mike Leake is pinch hitting and Pedro Villareal is on the roster as the 8th reliever, at the same time.

  38. seat101

    I have to remind myself that this was the Phillies.

    But I’m still happy!

  39. Jeremy Conley

    With this win, since the 9 game losing streak, the Reds are 9-4 with three terrible blown saves. It’s weird, but if they keep playing like this, they’ll be back in it soon.

    • lwblogger2

      Figure one meltdown instead of three and it would be 11-2 over the last 13 games. That would have been a really nice run.

  40. Jeremy Conley

    Oh, and congratulations to Moscot on his first big league win and first big league hit. He looked like a totally passable major league starter today, and that’s just what the Reds needed.