At various times during the game the Mariners seemed to have one foot already out the door heading back to coffee-addled Seattle. But they paid enough attention to complete a sweep of the Reds. The home team, which was shut out yesterday, did score four runs. But that’s not enough when your starting pitcher is Alfredo Simon.
Bean There, Done That The offense spotted Alfredo Simon three early runs, but the struggling starter gave up two runs in the third and three more in the fifth. The fact that giving up five runs in five innings lowered his ERA tells you what kind of awful season Simon is having for the Reds. His turns in the rotation can’t end soon enough.
Brewed Awakening The Reds jumped on Mariner starter Wade Miley for three runs in the first. Zack Cozart (Vote Zack) doubled leading off the inning. Billy Hamilton was hit by a pitch and Joey Votto lined a single into right field to load the bases. Brandon Phillips smashed a double into the right-center gap, scoring Cozart and Hamilton. Jay Bruce lined out to centerfield, allowing Votto to score.
Whole Latte Power Adam Duvall creamed a 457-foot solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. It was Duvall’s eighth homer of the year and raised his isolated power (ISO) to .283 – top ten in the NL. Duvall also contributed with his arm, gunning down a Mariners runner at the plate in the fifth. In the ninth inning, Duvall swung at two pitches in the left-hand hitter batter’s box.
Bullpen’s Best Shot The bullpen was replenished with reinforcements. Dayan Diaz pitched the sixth. He gave up a hit but also induced two ground balls, one of which was turned into a nifty double play by Votto. Blake Wood pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and a shutout eighth.
Italian Roast Tony Cingrani pitched the top of the ninth. After giving up an infield single that turned into an extra base when Brandon Phillips’ familiar behind-the-back throw went into the Reds dugout. Cingrani retired Isao Aoki, and with the runner on third, struck out the dangerous Robinson Cano and got a ground ball out from Kyle Seager.
Drip, Drip, Drip Don’t look now, but the bullpen has pitched six scoreless innings in a row.
Jamaican Him Crazy Eugenio Suarez has struck out in 10 of his last 11 at bats. After his second K today, after he swung at a pitch that almost hit his foot, Suarez slammed his bat to the ground. According to Joel Luckhaupt, 10 strikeouts in 3 games is an all-time Reds record. Suarez is understandably frustrated. Good time to give him a day or two off.
Instant Help? The Reds are hoping that bullpen help will percolate up from the minors as they called up Dayan Diaz, Josh Smith and A.J. Morris. To find out more about them, check out what Doug GrayÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Matt WilkesÃ‚Â have to say. C Trent Rosecrans on Diaz and SmithÃ‚Â and on Morris.Ã‚Â Mark Sheldon with Bryan Price’s thoughts on the changes.