The Reds tried to get their their first series sweep since they swept the Phillies to begin the season. It simply wasn’t in the cards today.

John Lamb

Reds starter John Lamb got off to a rough start, as he allowed two home runs in the second inning. Lamb would only last four innings today.

The Reds offense struggled once again, only scoring one run. The Reds scored a total of just five runs in the three game series against Oakland. The Reds had to settle for a series win against the A’s, as they fell 6-1.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (24-39) 1 7 0
Oakland A’s (26-36) 6 15 0
W: Rodriguez (2-0) L: Lamb (1-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was John Lamb allowing a 2-run home run with 0 outs in the 2nd inning, giving the A’s a 2-0 lead . That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 16.5% (from 46.2% to 29.7%).

Positives

Eugenio Suarez made a couple solid defensive plays today at 3B. Suarez defense at the hot corner has certainly been shaky this season, but he has at least looked better of late. Let’s hope that Suarez is starting to adjust better to his new position, and he won’t be a liability in the future. Suarez entered play today with -4 Defensive Runs Saved, and -18.9 UZR/150 (his UZR/150 ranks 20th out the 22 qualifying 3B in the MLB).

Ramon Cabrera

Ramon Cabrera had two hits today, and drove in the Reds lone run. Cabrera has really been a nice surprise so far for the Reds. Cabrera has a .333 OBP on the season.

Joey Votto had a hit today, and has now reached base in 13 consecutive games.

Tyler Holt made a really nice play in the 7th inning. Holt threw out Jed Lowrie trying to extend a hit to a double.

Negatives

John Lamb was not able to keep his recent run of success going this afternoon. He only lasted four innings, and had a line of: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Both of the home runs that Lamb allowed today just barely made it over the wall (360 feet and 395 feet). The concerning thing with Lamb continues to be his lack of strikeouts. Lamb now only has 22 K in 42.0 IP this season. That is only 4.71 K/9, which is way down from his 10.51 K/9 last season, and his 9.13 K/9 ZiPS projection.

The Reds offense really didn’t do much of anything this entire series. The Reds scored a grand total of 5 runs in the three games. The Reds were pretty fortunate to win 2 of 3 with that production.

Adam Duvall went 0 for 4, with 2 strikeouts. Duvall also went 0 for 4 yesterday. Duvall has not homered in 5 days, which shouldn’t be surprising, but yet it is. I guess that is a good thing.

Not so random thoughts…….

While I was looking through the 3B defensive numbers above for Suarez, it looks like Todd Frazier is not doing much better defensively this season. Frazier has -5 Defensive Runs Saved and a -10.0 UZR/150. Take all defensive numbers with a grain of salt though, as half season sample sizes can often be skewed.

Up Next:

The Reds start a 9-game road trip tomorrow. They’ll kick it off with four games in Atlanta against the Braves. The Braves have the worst record in the MLB.

Reds at Braves
Monday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Daniel Wright (7.20 ERA) vs Aaron Blair (7.13 ERA)

 

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