The Reds offense did their part. They hit four home runs in pitcher friendly AT&T Ballpark. The Reds pitching however did not hold up their end of the bargain.

Cody Reed got hit hard again. He allowed six runs over five innings, including giving up a three-run home run to Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Blake Wood also struggled in relief, and despite the Reds best comeback efforts, they still fell short 9-7.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (39-61) 7 11 2
San Francisco Giants (58-41) 9 13 1
W: Cain (2-6) L: Reed (0-5) S: Casilla (22)
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 Cody Reed allowing a 3-run home run to Matt Cain with 1 out in the 2nd inning, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 16.4% (from 73.5% to 89.8%).

Positives

Joey Votto hit his 18th home run of the season. He also had another hit and a walk. Votto has a hit in every game since the all-star break. His OPS is now at a season high .908.

Adam Duvall hit his 24th and 25th home runs of the season. Duvall’s power has certainly slowed down, as this was just his 2nd and 3rd home runs in the month of July. He does however have 8 walks in July, which are the most of any month this season.

Jay Bruce hit his 24th home run of the season, and continues to be scorching hot. He has an 8-game hitting streak. Over his last 4 games, he has 5 HR and 12 RBI. The Reds have reportedly started “picking up the pace” on Jay Bruce trade talks. He is certainly putting together a strong resume.

Billy Hamilton had another nice night, collecting two hits and a walk.

Michael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless 6th inning. He now has a 3.31 ERA on the season. Lorenzen has certainly been a breath of fresh air for the Reds pen.

Brandon Phillips extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He went 1 for 4.

Zack Cozart also had a two hit night.

Negatives

Cody Reed got hit hard again (5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). The biggest blow of his night was when he allowed a 3-run bomb to Giants pitcher Matt Cain. It’s starting to look more and more like Reed isn’t ready for starting in the majors.

Blake Wood got beat up pretty bad tonight (1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). I wouldn’t be too upset about that. Wood has been very good all year for the Reds, and hadn’t allowed a run in his previous six appearances.

Not so random thoughts…….

I think Cody Reed needs to be a lesson to the Reds. Top prospects should not be called up when they are knocking on the door….they need to be kicking that door down. Reed was good at AAA (3.30 ERA), but he only made a total of 11 starts. It is very important for the Reds to manage their top prospects free agent and arbitration eligibility clocks. I don’t want to see another top prospect here until we are absolutely sure that they are ready. I don’t care how bad it is on the field.

Also, Joe West is trash.

Up Next:

Reds at Giants
Wednesday, 3:45 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Dan Straily (4.01 ERA) vs Madison Bumgarner (2.14 ERA)