Final — 12 innings R H E
Atlanta Braves (23-30) 6 12 1
Cincinnati Reds (25-29) 5 8 1
W: Johnson (3-1) L: Wood (0-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Joey Votto had two hits, including a double, a walk, and 2 RBI. Adam Duvall had a hit and a career-high three walks. Jose Peraza hit a home run.

–Austin Brice, Michael Lorenzen, Raisel Iglesias, Drew Storen, and Wandy Peralta tossed six and two thirds shutout innings after Scott Feldman vomited all over the mound (and before Blake Wood entered the game to do whatever it is that Blake Wood does.)

The Bad
–Feldman started and couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning. He collected the first out of the inning on a quick groundout, but never retired another hitter. First came an error by third baseman Eugenio Suarez, which was followed by a walk and a single. Bases loaded, and you know what comes next: Matt Adams hit a grand slam that gave the Braves a 4-1 lead. After surrendering a double to the next hitter, Feldman was sent to the showers and replaced by Austin Brice. Brice hit a batter and gave up a single that scored Atlanta’s fifth run, but got out of the inning (and went on to pitch a perfect sixth, as well).

Feldman’s final line: 4.1 innings, 5 runs allowed (4 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks.

–The Reds fought back to tie the game at 5-5 in the sixth inning, and that’s where the game stood in the bottom of the ninth, when the Reds decided they wanted to create some opportunities just to squander them. In both the ninth and tenth, the Reds got the winning run to third base with just one out, but were unable to score. In the eleventh, the winning run was on second with one out, and on third with two outs. Still, the Reds couldn’t score.

–Blake Wood came in to pitch the twelfth inning, and he surrendered what turned out to be the game-winning home run to Matt Adams, Adams’ second dinger of the game.

–Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler (see the video below) each suffered injuries. From the ESPN recap:

CF Billy Hamilton tried unsuccessfully to make two diving catches early in the game, and left in the top of the sixth with a strained left shoulder. RF Scott Schebler also strained his left shoulder when he landed hard while making a diving catch in the sixth, and he left the game.

“My shoulder went numb,” Schebler said. “But I came in here and I had full range of motion and strength. It won’t be a long-term thing.”

No word on Hamilton.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Reds look to win the series tomorrow afternoon against the Bravos. Amir Garrett will make his first start after a stint on the disabled list.

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13 Responses

  1. james garrett

    Feldman is just not good but 3-17 with RISP did us in.Lots of blame to go around offensively.

  2. TR

    A number of chances to put it away but Blake let it get away. Go for the series win tomorrow with Garrett.

  3. kmartin

    It has reached the unfortunate point that I feel in order to win a game the bullpen cannot give up a run. Not one.

  4. [email protected]

    In order for us to push across a winning run, I feel its best we not attempt to bunt. Except for Arroyo, everyone else should swing away.

  5. DHud

    It’s pretty taxing on the bullpen when the starter only goes 4.1 anyways, but then extra innings just exacerbates everything. You could tell early that the Reds needed to win this game before they burned through all the better options in the bullpen, and sure enough, as soon as we got down to Blake Wood it was over. Maybe Price could’ve tried to stretch Lorenzen and Iglesias another inning each, but at the end of the day the Reds had every opportunity to win

  6. james garrett

    Its who this team is and who we will remain until our starters go deeper in games.It won’t happen with this current group and we aren’t interested in giving younger pitchers 10-15 starts a piece for the rest of the year to see what they can do.Its taxing on the pen as DHUD said and its taxing on the offense and the defense.They see and live with the same things we do.We are not always going to hit and our pen is getting used up almost every other day so we will slowly fade away.I never expected us to challenge the Cubs or the Cards but I did expect us to sort some more and along the way after 25 -30 starts find out about a couple of young pitchers.We did that with Disco and Finny with good results.I guess the front office has a better plan.

  7. Earl Nash

    Unless they go get a starter out of AA or lower, not sure who the Reds could be pushing up to take the rotation load. Sal Ramano and Rookie Davis are both hurt. Cody Reed has walked 20 in 30 innings since heading back to Louisville. Adleman, Bonilla and Wojciechowski are now in the rotation and Stephenson just got sent down.

    Sad to say, I think the Reds are kinda just stuck until a couple guys get healthy or one of the others gets their mojo and can throw strikes until they get close to the trade deadline.

  8. Geoff

    See that’s what I don’t get. If this is a rebuilding year why is Feldman, Wojo, Bonilla, Arroyo in the rotation?! I would much rather see Reed, Stephenson, Castillo and Mahle than these bums.

  9. Scott Carter

    Wood is not going to be DFA’d they have Stevens and Buchanan they can send down. (Although I’m not sure about Buchanan’s options. I would say that they want to get a little closer to trade deadline and hopefully flip Wood for some kind of minor leaguer.

  10. jdwestrick

    Someone once said: “This is a Simple Game”! “You Throw the Ball, you Hit the Ball and you Catch the Ball”! And in yesterday’s game you are occasionally asked to bunt the ball. Scooter’s inability to lay down a simple bunt was critical at the point in the game where it was obvious that only one (1) run was needed to win. Kudos to Bronson for doing what the other 24 roster players can’t seem to do.

  11. Chuck Schick

    Reading the bunt discussion triggered a thought. i believe the book Moneyball had a very positive influence on baseball. However,there were 4 themes derived from that book….all 4 were in part misunderstood……..that at times, negatively impact the game:

    1. Bunting is bad. In general this is true, but seemingly every player who has learned to play the game since 2002 doesn’t know how to bunt. Eating hot fudge sundaes is generally bad as well, but sometimes a hot fudge sundae is just what you need. Same with a bunt.

    2/3. Stealing bases is bad and defense doesn’t matter: Two commonly misunderstood lesson from that book. In reality, stealing bases is great; guy that get caught 50% of the time are the problem. In reality, Great defense isn’t necessary to win…….if you have a great offense.

    Most of America’s best athletes don’t play baseball anymore. We love watching Billy Hamilton……but think of how much of an outlier he is at this point. Has the stealing bases is bad, defense is irrelevant narrative discouraged many great athletes from playing baseball? Probably.

    Anytime you reduce your universe of possible participants you’re lowering the long term quality of the game.

    4. OBP is all that matters; It matters tremendously….but even that lesson was misunderstood. At the time, OBP was an important component to winning, but wasn’t economically valued as much as other things (BA/RBI/HR) that weren’t as essential to winning. Now, OBP is borderline sacrosanct…..so much so that a guy like Billy Hamilton is often maligned for his low OBP, despite the other things he does that contribute to victory.

    • jdwestrick

      Agree, can’t believe that Billy Hamilton, with his God-given speed, wasn’t taught to drag bunt.