Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (38-45) 0 7 0
Miami Marlins (36-50) 2 5 0
W: Fernandez (2-0) L: Lorenzen (3-4) S: Ramos (14)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Not much to say here. Marlon Byrd had a couple of hits, including a double, and he’s now hit in 12 consecutive games. Burke Badenhop pitched a perfect inning in relief.

The Bad
–The Redlegs were shut out. That’s bad.

–Jay Bruce was 0-4, striking out three times. That’s bad.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I like when the Reds win. Shutout losses…not so much. That’s bad.

–Michael Lorenzen started and pitched okay. Not great, but it should have been enough to win: six innings, two runs on five hits and four walks.

–The Marlins have this pitcher named Jared Fernandez. He’s good. Really good.

EDIT: They also have a pitcher named Jose Fernandez. Oops.

–Byrd’s 12-game hitting streak is the longest streak for a Red this season.

–I really think this is the first game all year for which I’ve written the recap that didn’t ultimately go into extra innings or have a long rain delay.

I don’t like staying up late, necessarily. But next time I write the recap, I’d really appreciate it if the Reds could make the game interesting. They were never really in this one.

22 Responses

  1. Vicferrari

    Encouraging Lorenzen had amother decent start, showing some consistency and that he can bounce back from a poor showing

  2. msanmoore

    Dee Gordon beat us and we beat ourselves … that pretty much sums it up from my perspective.

    • big5ed

      They did an excellent job of using Gordon’s speed. The Reds didn’t move Hamilton at all when he got on, part of which was because Fernandez looked to have a great move to first.

      Fernandez was fantastic. I hope he stays healthy. When he throws his breaking pitch for strikes, the hitters are hopeless. This is one where we just tip our hat to Fernandez and play tomorrow.

      • lwblogger2

        He’s got a very good move AND he’s very quick to the plate. That’s a tough combo to run on. Cueto is similar in that regard.

    • lwblogger2

      The play where Gordon went to 3B when he was hung out to dry at 2B was the product of a young catcher. Hopefully Tucker learns from that one and decides to take an extra step or two before making that throw. You have to make the runner commit as your first priority with throwing him out being your second.

  3. vegastypo

    I’m choosing to see the positive in the improvement of Lorenzen. The hitting hasn’t been there all year. I’ll take 2 runs over 6 innings. Surely hate to see those walks elevating the pitch count, of course. …… The hitting has been MIA so often that I tire of complaining about it.

  4. Eric the Red

    1) Jared Fernandez is distantly related to THOM!’s favorite Nationals player, David Espinosa.

    2) Speaking of THOM!, he made one of his funniest mistakes ever: he couldn’t figure out what the Marlins call that huge thing in center field, and after talking about it forever I guess he found what he thought was the answer in the media guide and confidently pronounced: “it’s called Red Grooms.” Red Grooms is actually the artist, and he’s a major figure in modern art.

    3) Fernandez is just incredible. And he was pitching like that when he was 21. If he stays healthy, he’s going to dominate for a long time. (We’d have turned him into a very exciting Closer.)

    4) The game turned on Tucker’s AB against Fernandez in the 7th. Swings at a 3-2 pitch that was way way way out of the strike zone, turning what would have been bases loaded with one out into an inning ending DP.

    (Incidentally, the Marlins only had a LHP warming up. They almost certainly had to pull Fernandez given situation/pitch count/return from injury. Skip was in the on deck circle. I really wanted to see if Price was going to let Skip hit against the LHP, or send someone else up. I sure hope he was going to pull Skip back, but I’ve got a feeling Skip’s handful of hits as a PH and handful of hits against LH pitchers this season was going to outweigh his career of futility against leftys.)

    • greenmtred

      Thom also called one of Fernandez’s sliders “venemous,” (or was it “poisonous?”): A rare foray into creativity. The slider in question was, by the way.

      • lwblogger2

        The guy’s breaking ball is filthy. I’m not sure if it’s a slider or a curve. Fangraphs says he has a slider and a curve. Pitchf/x says it’s a curve. I think it’s the same pitch and he just throws it at different speeds. No matter what, it’s filthy.

      • big5ed

        He was touching 97 with his fastball and throwing wiffle-ball breaking pitches, and he doesn’t walk anybody. He was great.

    • Big56dog

      Too bad that Tucker did not take that pitch, could have been the difference and would have been interesting to see what Price would do. I have lost track of who is on the team, Gameday sometimes shows Mesoraco and Cozart still on the bench, I guess Dominquez was sent down at some point. Probably would have sent Dejesus up.
      Saw some highlights, looks like there some exciting moments Gordon should have not gotten to third-looked like Barnart threw to 2nd trying to nab him- then he scores on a DP play- so he might have been stranded at 3rd since no one else got on base. Votto looked like he turned a tough DP. It looked like Frazier hit a HR that died at the warning track- I assume that was the 9th.

  5. Matt WI

    Nation: Just got an ESPN update that Cueto has been passed by Carlos Martinez of the dirty, dirty, birds of St. Louis. This cannot stand.

    • Matt WI

      Can we get a hacking check on the Cardinal front office regarding this voting, by the way?

    • Eric the Red

      Losing to Kershaw would be one thing. But Martinez? No way. Come on, let’s vote vote vote vote. (Cueto being denied by LaRussa a few years ago still sticks in my craw.)

    • tgarretson82

      Awwwwwww! Stupid dirty, dirty Cardinals!

  6. msanmoore

    Borrowing the words from Brad Pitt’s character in “A River Runs Through It” … let’s come back tomorrow (which is now today) and wipe this day off the books.