Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (60-83) 3 7 2
San Francisco Giants (76-68) 5 7 0
W: Kontos (3-2) L: Sampson (2-5) S: Casilla (33)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Ramon Cabrera was 4-4 tonight with a double. Good for that kid.

–In the seventh inning, Jay Bruce absolutely destroyed a homer to right-center, his 21st of the season. It pulled the Reds within a run, at 4-3. It was also the first hit of the game from a Red who wasn’t named Ramon Cabrera or Jason Bourgeois.

–Is the nice season enjoyed by Pedro Villareal the biggest surprise of the 2015 season? I dunno, maybe. Tonight, Villareal pitched a shutout fourth inning at a time when the Reds needed to keep the game within shouting distance.

–Pretty good work by the bullpen as a whole tonight; they didn’t permit a single earned run in five innings of work. Kudos, Villareal, Collin Balester, Jumbo Diaz, Manny Parra, and Burke Badenhop.

The Bad
–Keyvius Sampson has not exactly distinguished himself in this, his rookie season. He only survived three innings tonight, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. No, his defense didn’t particularly help him tonight, but he wasn’t very good.

–Eugenio Suarez made a couple of very nice plays at shortstop tonight. He also made two errors, both in crucial situations. I am sure this kid is a decent defensive player, but every time he makes a defensive miscue, he’s playing Zack Cozart back into the 2016 starting lineup. (Not that this is a bad thing, necessarily.)

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–When you get down 4-0 early, it makes things difficult. What are you going to do? You can’t win them all.

–With a first-inning walk, Joey Votto reached base for the 34th consecutive game. That’s a season-high for him. Have we mentioned that he’s good?

–Bruce’s home run in the seventh inning was the 54th homer he has hit versus a left-handed pitcher since 2010. No one else in baseball has more during that time. That’s always a cool stat.

–Most important thing about this baseball season is that I’ve learned how to spell Jason Bourgeois’ name quickly. It’s “J-A-S-O-N.”

–It’s late. I’m going to bed. Go Reds.

25 Responses

  1. jdx19

    You forgot to mention how awesome it is to have a lineup that includes Brennan Boesch batting 6th!! 😉

    Thanks for the recap, Chad.

    • jessecuster44

      Now I feel bad for not staying up to see the game. Boesch fever! Catch it.

      • Morgan Mayham

        Duvall should be starting in san fran. Not boesch

  2. jessecuster44

    I haven’t studied the numbers, but it sure seems like Jay Bruce enjoys hitting @ San Francisco. If the Reds decide to deal Bruce, would the Giants be a good trading partner?

    • sultanofswaff

      I think Hunter Pence has right field locked down for the foreseeable future. Maybe LF?

    • WVRedlegs

      They said on TV last night that Bruce has a career .364 BA at AT&T Park. The Giants shoud at least be near the top of that list.

  3. lwblogger2

    I’m very disappointed with how Sampson has done. When the Reds got him for basically nothing, I thought it was a solid move. He’s always had some issues with command but I thought there was a good chance he could get that worked out with the Reds’ instructors and I really liked the arm. I thought he was probably more suited to the pen though. Right now I’m wondering if he’s an MLB pitcher at all though; be it in the pen or in the rotation. He’s still pretty young but I’ve really not liked what I’ve seen so far. It shows that maybe I’m not the best at evaluating baseball talent despite thinking I would have made a good scout.

    • Morgan Mayham

      He is a bullpen arm maybe a long man. Give his next start to finnegan.

    • ed koverman

      I don’t see him as a starting pitcher hopefully he can improve

  4. ohiojimw

    Some news about the Reds media coverage emerged on Twitter last night. In what seemed to be a prearranged “leak”, Mark Sheldon wished John Fay the best and a happy ever after as Fay leaves the Reds beat at the end of the season. Fay acknowledged he was “retiring for now”. Somebody had tweeted Fay last week as to whether he had been offered a buyout for early retirement. He acknowledged that he had without specifically saying he had taken it (that I saw).

    No word I’ve seen as to whether Fay will be replaced or whether C.Trent will be soldiering on as a one man band.

    • ChrisInVenice

      I bet C. Trent goes solo & that sucks for us. Nice to have 2 guys gathering the news.

      • ohiojimw

        Somebody or a number of somebodies will have to fill in gaps at the least; but, like you I hope that is done by one person who gets to spend enough time on the beat to make a contribution besides a game day story and a few lines of notes.

        I’m also wondering if Fay will be bound by any sort of noncompete terms which will keep him from showing up at least from time to time on Fox (online and/or TV) since it seems like Hal McCoy is back to writing strictly for the Dayton Daily/ Cox.

      • lwblogger2

        Yeah, John Fay isn’t my favorite but I do like him. I’ll miss him when he’s gone. C. Trent Rosecrans will be fine but I’m hoping they get someone else assigned to help out and I hope CTR can devote enough time to the post that he becomes an excellent beat reporter.

    • RFM

      John Fay reported days ago on Twitter that he was retiring after the season, it wasn’t a leak. That question about being offered a buyout was asked in response to his announcement that he was retiring.

      They better replace John Fay, the Enquirer’s focus on sports coverage is about the only thing it still has going for it. Cutting Reds coverage, or pushing entirely on C.Trent, who doesn’t cover 162 games, would be a terrible idea.

  5. sultanofswaff

    I can’t believe the Reds thought it was more important to waste September starts on Sampson than to give Robert Stephenson a few starts so he could get a taste of the big leagues in order to know how to prepare for next season. Sampson is a middle reliever at best. Gheesh!

    I think it’s high time the coaching staff kicked Suarez in the butt about his defense. If you notice, most of his mistakes are because he’s not using his feet to put himself in a better position. Specifically last night on the first play he didn’t stutter step before reaching second to time his arrival at the bag with BP’s toss. On the second, he didn’t set his feet to give his body a better base to throw from. Instead, he ends up throwing awkwardly on the run. Good infielders have good feet, and Eugenio doesn’t. Not that it can’t be fixed, but until then, his too cool for school routine on defense is not credible.

    • big5ed

      I suspect that they are going to bring up Stephenson next year in the same manner the Cubs did with Kris Bryant. (And as they may do with Jesse Winker, as well.) I don’t see much upside to exposing either of them to a major league play-out-the-string atmosphere, especially at the cost of a year of control.

      They are at least learning what they don’t have in Sampson, who may ultimately be a decent bullpen option.

      • ohiojimw

        I don’t see much upside to exposing either of them to a major league play-out-the-string atmosphere…….

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        Yes, and it also could be part that of the reason they aren’t up is that a total changing of the guard is anticipated at the managment/ coaching level.

    • RFM

      I think the decision not to promote Stephenson comes down to two factors, of which Sampson is not one. First, they want to delay the start of Stephenson’s service time into 2016, after he has more experience in AAA. Second, Stephenson went on the DL and didn’t pitch great in the short time after he returned. With all the hype Stephenson has got they want him to be 100% when he does make his debut, they don’t want another Homer Bailey-esq call-up. Even if he is ready for the majors, if he’s not fully recovered he might not pitch like it, and would face great scrutiny all winter.

      Sampson is the beneficiary, as far as getting starts out of it, rather than the cause.

      • lwblogger2

        Makes as much sense as anything else I’ve heard.

    • lwblogger2

      Good catch on Suarez’ foot-work.

  6. Matt WI

    I think Villareal’s season has certainly been a pleasant surprise, but the best surprise for me is just how good Iglasias can be. I know it was hoped he’d be good… but dang, he’s got another level of good in him that most guys don’t. We’re that much closer to closing the top end gap in the rotation with him around.

    Close second in best surprises is the very solid, making every start, on pace to finish below 4.00 ERA season from Disco. I like him a lot.

  7. WVRedlegs

    Chad, nice article at the Cincinnati magizine. It isn’t a ringing endorsement as you say, but it lays out the pros and cons of keeping Bryan Price on as manager. Many of my same thoughts. Price is probably the right person with the young rotation and with a rebuild of the bullpen ahead.
    i just have this feeling that Castellini and Jocketty have told Price he is safe for 2016. I think they’ve instructed him to “manage for development” and not necessarily “manage for wins” in the second half of this season.

    • sultanofswaff

      I don’t sense that. If so, then why does he trot Schumaker out every other night while spouting off to the media about how we need to play our best guys because we owe it to the teams vying for the playoffs. Another indication of the disconnect between the front office and the manager.

      • WVRedlegs

        I understand what you are saying. But once ownership decided to “re-boot” and trade Cueto and Leake, they just couldn’t hang Price out to dry. I think they struck an accord where Price won’t be solely evaluated on wins and losses at the end of the season. When you think about it, what really is the difference between 68-70 wins and 75-76 wins? Besides the spot you draft in next spring. I think he will be evaluated on the progress of the young pitchers, and young position players, from the begining of the season to season’s end. And especially from the trade deadline to the end of the season. I think in that respect, Price has excelled. DeSclafani and Iglesias have responded well and have exceeded expectations, since April and August 1. Lorenzen has been up and down, hit a bump in the carpet, but has smoothed over some and is doing better. And now they have John Lamb in the fold and looks very promising. Suarez and Barnhart have developed nicely offensively.
        The base running in general has improved over last year as have the SB %’s. And just look at the 3rd base coaches box and the improvement there. There have been no calls this year for torch and pitch-fork posse’s to go hunt down ole what’s-his-name.