It had been an exciting weekend for many Reds fans……..at least until the Reds took the field. The Reds took the field on Sunday during Pete Rose weekend trying to avoid being swept. The Reds needed a big start from Anthony DeSclafani to avoid a four-game sweep to the Padres. They got just that.

Disco 6-26

DeSclafani dominated the Padres over eight innings. He didn’t allow a run, and limited the Padres to five hits. He struck out five without walking a batter.

Jose Peraza jump started the Reds offense in the second inning. Peraza legged out an infield single on a routine ball to shortstop. Peraza then raced around the bases on a Tucker Barnhart double to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Jay Bruce added solo home run in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 2-0. DeSclafani helped himself out with a RBI single in the sixth inning.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (29-47) 3 9 0
San Diego Padres (33-44) 0 5 0
W: DeSclafani (2-0) L: Perdomo (2-3) S: Cingrani (9)
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 Tucker Barnhart’s RBI double with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead (scoring Jose Peraza from first base). That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 12.1% (from 52.4% to 64.5%).

Player of the Game

Anthony DeSclafani: 8.0 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.26 FIP

You can’t say enough good things about how good Disco has been since returning from the DL. He now has a 1.52 ERA through his first four starts this season. His control today was pinpoint. I think we all kind of forgot how big of a part of the future rotation he is going to be while he was on the DL. Disco made sure we didn’t forget today.

Positives

Jay Bruce hit another homer. Bruce now has 17 on the season.

Jose Peraza showed off his wheels in the second inning with an infield single on a routine ball hit to SS. He then scored on a double by Tucker Barnhart. I tell you what, it would be cool to see Hamilton and Peraza hit back to back if they can ever develop into decent on-base guys. And I’d prefer not the conventional #1 and #2 spots in the lineup, but #9 and #1. Peraza also singled later in the game, and stole a base. He is now 5 for 5 in SB attempts this year.

Tucker Barnhart gunned down Alexei Ramirez trying to steal second base in the first inning. Barnhart has now thrown out 21 base-stealers this season, which is the second most in the MLB (only trailing Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers, who has 24).

Joey Votto got on base twice today. His outs were hard hit balls too. Votto continues to look better and better, and is now hitting .244/.372/.421 on the season.

Negatives

Brandon Phillips went 0 for 4, and is now hitting .253/.289/.381 with a 73 wRC+ on the season. It gets more and more frustrating seeing him bat third in the Reds lineup. Of the Reds regulars (Duvall, Hamilton, Bruce, Suarez, Cozart, Phillips, Votto, Barnhart), Phillips has lowest wRC+, and the only players close to him are Hamilton and Barnhart (who are both at 75). It is ridiculous that he is batting ahead of Jay Bruce and Adam Duvall. Make this madness stop.

Not so random thoughts………….

Reds broadcaster Chris Welsh shared a really cool story about Pete Rose during the pre-game show today. It is a must watch if you missed it.

I was actually flipping between the Reds broadcast and the Padres broadcast today (one of the few joys about living outside of Cincinnati). This year is the final year of Padres play-by-play guy Dick Enberg. There has been much made about this being Vin Scully‘s final year, and rightfully so. Scully is the greatest play-by-play guy of all-time. However, Enberg is pretty great in his own right. I’ve fallen asleep to Scully and Enberg calling games for the last couple years, since their teams usually start after 10PM. Both are terrific, and I will miss both guys.

Here we go…..

So long, J.C. Ramirez. I liked Ramirez and his high-90’s fastball. Oh well.

Up Next:

Cubs at Reds
Monday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Dan Straily (13 GS, 3.86 ERA/4.34 FIP) vs Jake Arrieta (15 GS, 1.74 ERA/2.51 FIP)

 

All statistics used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference (including Baseball-Reference Play Index). All photos used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cara Owsley, and are used by permission.