The Reds offense was dominated for a second consecutive night by a mediocre Orioles starting pitcher. The Reds collected just two hits against Wade Miley over eight innings.

The Reds pitching on the other hand was great for a second straight night, despite coming in a losing effort. Scott Feldman allowed just one run over seven innings, and Iglesias was dominant in the 8th and 9th innings. It was however a walk in the top of the 10th inning by Blake Wood that proved to be the difference in this game.

The Reds have now dropped back to back series, and lost 5 of 7. The Reds are still in first place, but they would fall to second place if they lose tomorrow. The Reds are now up 0.5 games on the idle Cubs, and 1.0 on the Brewers as I type this (they lead the Cardinals 5-4 in the 6th inning).

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (9-7) 1 2 0
Baltimore Orioles (10-4) 2 5 0
W: O’Day (1-1) L: Wood (0-2) S: Brach (2)
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 Blake Wood allowing an RBI single to J.J. Hardy with 2 outs in the top of the 10th inning, giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 34.9% (from 53.6% to 18.6%).

Player of the Game

Wade Miley: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K, 2.17 FIP, 0.43 WPA

Positives

Scott Feldman sure has settled into 2017 after a shaky start on Opening Day. He was brilliant tonight: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Feldman now has a 2.38 ERA/4.02 FIP. The 2.38 ERA is not going to stick, but the 4.02 FIP is exactly what the Reds paid for.

You guys still worried about Joey Votto? Me neither. Votto hit his 5th home run of 2017, a 423 foot bomb over the Reds bullpen (VIDEO). Votto’s aggressive approach paid off here, as it came on a 2-0 pitch. Miley had a no-hitter going to that point too. Here is an interesting thought:

Votto through the first 16 games of the season:

2016: 1 HR, .499 OPS
2017: 5 HR, .858 OPS

Raisel Iglesias is just incredible. He struck out five batters in his 2.0 innings. Iglesias now has a 0.93 ERA/2.51 FIP with 13 K and 3 BB in 9.2 IP.

Jose Peraza made a really nice play defensively late in the game (VIDEO). He was playing just to the right of second base, and had to half-dive right behind second base. He threw a bullet to Votto. I’ll say it, for all the wizardry Brandon Phillips could do, he couldn’t make that throw today.

Negatives

Walks will haunt. Blake Wood walked a batter with 1 out in the 10th, and it proved to be the winning run.

The Reds offense was really hot to start the season. Not so much the last two nights. For a second consecutive night, the Reds were dominated by a mediocre Orioles SP.

Scott Schebler went 0 for 3, with 2 strikeouts. Schebler is now hitting .160/.263/.380. Paging Jesse Winker….Winker?

Not so random thoughts……….

Bryan Price using his closer in the 8th inning will never, ever get old. It’s like a breath of fresh air every-time it happens.

Jordan Barhorst hosted the very first edition of the RN 7th Inning Stretch Show! ICYMI, here is a link to the archive of the show. In the future, during the seventh inning of the last game in every series, one of the staff here at the blog will go live on Periscope.

I have to be honest, I really probably shouldn’t have signed up for a recap with a Cavs playoff game on. I didn’t give the Reds game or this recap my 100% effort….but how about the Cavs? 26 comeback on the road? Tied for the largest comeback in NBA Playoff history? That’s fun.

Up Next:

Cubs at Reds
Friday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio; MLB Network (out of market only)
Tim Adleman (2.25 ERA) vs Jon Lester (1.00 ERA)

 

All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and ESPN Stats & Info.