Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (30-40) 5 13 0
Tampa Bay Rays (38-36) 6 8 0
W: Cobb (6-5) L: Garrett (3-6) S: Colome (20)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Tucker Barnhart had three hits in four at-bats, including a double and a triple, and an RBI. Devin Mesoraco had two hits, one of which was a double, and he scored two runs. Jose Peraza went 2-4 and collected an RBI. Adam Duvall had two hits, one a double. Eugenio Suarez had two hits and two RBI.

–Ariel Hernandez returned to the Reds and picked up where he left off back in April. He pitched a perfect eighth inning, and his stuff was flat-out filthy. I love this kid.

–Pretty good outing by Lisalverto Bonilla, who came on in relief of Amir Garrett in the fourth inning. Bonilla pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Tony Cingrani followed that up by tossing a scoreless inning and a third.

–Joey Votto hit a long solo home run in the ninth inning. That’s his 20th bomb of the season. Having a great season.

–The Reds were down 6-3 going into the ninth inning, but they rallied with two outs. Votto’s homer cut the lead to two. Duvall followed with a double, and Suarez singled him home. Scott Schebler approached the plate, representing the tying run. A home run would not only give the Reds the lead, it would permit Schebler to tie Votto for 2nd place in the National League home run race.

Alas, he struck out swinging. Game over.

The Bad
–Another tough outing for Amir Garrett tonight: 3.2 innings pitched, 6 runs allowed on 5 hits and 4 walks. 83 pitches in less than 4 innings. Garrett is now 3-6 with a 7.41 ERA on the season. That is not ideal.

I don’t know what to make of Garrett. He’s looked pretty bad for most of the last six weeks.

–First six hitters in the Reds lineup went a collective 6 for 28 (and it was only that good because of three hits in the ninth).

–Billy Hamilton was 0-5 in the leadoff spot. Hamilton’s on-base percentage is down to .291. That is not good, if you were wondering.

Yes, I’m disappointed in Billy. I’ll have more to say about this in the coming weeks.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–That one-game winning streak was fun while it lasted. That’s ten losses in the last eleven games for the ol’ Redlegs.

As Lance noted, Hernandez has faced 11 big league hitters and retired them all, looking dominant along the way.

–Joey Votto’s home run tonight tied him with Jay Bruce for 2nd on the NL homer list. I like those guys.

–As usual, the Reds kept fighting, but the starting pitching put them too far behind to catch up. This story is getting old. On the other hand, perhaps it’s a reason to be optimistic (you know I’m always looking for those reasons). Once the Reds get some pitchers healthy and once the young guys start to perform like they’re capable, the Reds will get a lot better in a hurry, right?


–A lot of Reds fans in the stands at Tropicana Field tonight, I noticed. Of course, it was easy to notice since there were very few Rays fans in the crowd.

–Rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon. Tim Adleman will take the hill for the good guys.

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27 Responses

  1. Mg2

    Hypothetical Lineup:

    Winker RF
    Cozart SS
    Votto 1B
    Duvall RF
    Schebler CF
    Suarez 3B
    Mesoraco C
    Peraza/Scooter 2B

    Duvall was a third baseman coming from the Giants, no? Any chance we can shift Suarez back to short and insert Duvall there next year? Is Duvall at third worse than Schebler in CF? I don’t know if it’s possible at all, but that would make for a scary lineup. Unless Senzel is ready. Got to love hypotheticals.

  2. ROKland

    The Gennett at-bat directly preceding Votto’s monster shot. Strike 2 and strike 3 looked like ball 4 and 5 to my eyes. Anybody know how I can check that, just out of curiosity. That would have tied the game if things had played out the same.

    • ROKland

      Thank you very much. Great umpiring I guess. Scooter was on his way to 1st on the strike 2 call, may have thrown me off a bit. The angle of the broadcast made it look 100% like a ball, but when it’s on the outer-half to a left-hander, and the camera is off-set to the right, it’s a little more difficult to tell, which is why I wanted confirmation before I started complaining. Thanks again!

      • David

        I was watching the game, and yes, those looked liked they were outside too. The umpire wanted to get the game over. Bad umpire. Berry, berry bad.

  3. TR

    The Reds go for the series win in an early game tomorrow before heading to D.C. for an off-day with Dusty.

  4. DavidTurner49

    What is the issue with Garrett? Not the same guy since the L-ville stint and hip injury. Control is much worse. Is he still hurt?

    • J

      He looked pretty sharp for a while. I think his problem is more mental than physical. Loses concentration, then gets flustered when things start going bad. Or something.

      • Bill

        I think Garrett’s problem is when the “wise men” sent him to Louisville caused him to lose confidence in himself. Imo it was a stupid move by the front office, rated last in baseball last year. Now I wonder how long the 3 relievers from last night will stay up.

      • I-71_Exile

        How did being sent down hurt his confidence? The Reds basically said it wasn’t performance based. He went down and struck out six out of six guys if I recall correctly. That’s a confidence booster.

        I think his hip injury has impacted his delivery and he’s not finishing hie pitches properly. Plus, film. It’s what major leaguer hitters eat for breakfast. He will adjust.

    • Reaganspad

      I think that happens when he whiplashes his neck to watch the ball sail over the wall.

      Time to swap Cody and Amir. Sounds like Cody might have cured his in game whiplash.

      Amir needs time at AAA

  5. Sliotar

    Regarding Garrett, his fourth start in Milwaukee, the one where he gave up 3 home runs, seems to have “broken” him in a way he has yet to recover from. His game log, not including tonight:

    First 3 starts: 1 HR allowed
    Since then (at MIL and after), 9 starts: 18 HR allowed

    Is the solution sending him back to Louisville?

    Should more heat be placed on either Bryan Price or Mack Jenkins? Who are they developing/improving in the Reds league-worst (and worsening) 0.7 WAR as a pitching staff?

    Even if Bailey and DeSclafani get back to their best (murky at the moment), the rest of the starting pitching is a grab bag of not proven (Finnegan), really not proven (everyone else) and a dream that shows no signs of becoming real (Lorenzen).

    I would have never thought this in April, but re-signing Feldman for 1 more year may be a necessity.

  6. J

    Fun fact: In 1990, at least 7 different Reds hit leadoff more than once. Anyone remember who did it the most? I bet Bryan Price doesn’t.

  7. Mark Lang

    The only problem with the “Gif form” is that, in the gif – the woman finished 2nd. If it was true to form, it’d be the person trying to keep from coming in last who falls on their face.

  8. kmartin

    Chad, minor correction, Joey Votto has 20 home runs and Jay Bruce has 19. They are not tied.

    • Reaganspad

      I knew Jay would have a 40 HR year. Hard to say you miss him when Schebler is doing so well. But Jay Bruce does not ring Met yet

      • Jack

        Jay is having his Jay year. Good in April, horrendous in May and good in June.

  9. IndyRedMan

    Garrett wasn’t as bad as the numbers imo last night. Scooter should’ve/could’ve got that one ball which would’ve saved the first 3 runs and Dickerson’s HR was down and away…couldn’t believe that ball went out? That looked like a roid era hr. I guess it depends on how confident Amir is but if he’s a tough minded kid then let him try to work his issues out. It could get ugly in Washington this weekend though?

    Hernandez needs to stay! He should be part of the setup crew w/Peralta and Cingrani. That allows Lorenzen to start. I don’t see what other choices they have? Everyone else is either not ready or hurt all the time. That being said….Hernandez and Winker will be back down next week and wasting more time in the minors because these guys don’t understand how a rebuild is supposed to work?

  10. james garrett

    Amir and all of our pitchers struggle to throw strikes and I don’t know why.It is a common problem and gets them and every other pitcher in baseball in trouble.He still needs to pitch though.Not sure if returning to the minors helps to learn to throw strikes and how that will help him throw strikes to big league hitters.Reed seems to have got better but he dominated in AAA before so because he did it again he now will throw strikes when he comes back up.Guys chase more in the minors,hitters aren’t as good,I would expect that umpires call more strikes down there but that’s just an opinion.It this year of sorting I would prefer guys work it out up here or not.

  11. Still a Red

    Those two home runs Garrett gave up were low, very low in the zone, and not even over the middle of the plate…not sure how they got out of the park…but they were hit very hard (maybe no movement on the ball?). Also, early in the season he was credited with not getting flustered…that has seemed to have changed. Final observation…he seemed very manic on the mound, not taking a deep breath and like he was trying to force his pitches into their location. Its beginning to look like the Reds don’t know how to develop young pitchers any more.

  12. big5ed

    I know that it is strictly verboten here to criticize Joey Votto, but he has made two lapses running the bases in the last two games, both of which likely cost the Reds a run in what turned out to be 1-run games.

    On Sunday, in the fourth inning and Votto on third with 1 out, Suarez hit a sinking ball in front of Puig, who dove and made a catch. Votto did not tag and score, despite Puig’s being on the ground. I was taught that a runner on third should instinctively head back to tag-up (except with 2 out) when the ball is in the air, because if it isn’t caught, then the runner can still score fairly easily. Puig has a great arm, and I suppose Votto was concerned about being forced at home if Puig got it on one-hop and fired, but I think it was timid base-running, and Votto should have scored. The next guy made an out and the Reds didn’t score.

    Last night, he simply didn’t run out of the box in the third inning after hitting a chopper toward the second baseman’s left. Instead, he only started running hard after about 15 feet up the line. The throw was bad, and Votto likely would have been safe had he ran strongly the entire way, as he could have avoided the tag if he had been another 2-3 feet further down the line. Duvall’s ‘triple” was the next play. I do not advocate Votto or any hitter going 100% out of the box on a semi-routine grounder in an ordinary game in June. I do suggest that they should always run as hard on these plays as feasible without risking a hamstring pull, which Votto did not do for his first handful of strides.

    I know it’s a grind. But.

  13. bouwills

    Problem with your narrative of the game is that Garrett & the Reds were the beneficiaries of even more horrid defense played by the Rays. But after that extended, demoralizing 3rd inning by Garrett, who actually expected a different outcome by Amir in the 4th inning? And if so, based on what ? Some managers/pitching coaches don’t seem to learn.

  14. da bear

    As great a hitter as Votto is, his base running has devolved from being decent to horrible, and his defense while better this year probably cost the reds a couple games in April and May from not moving his feet and getting in front of the ball. As long as the good outweighs the bad I guess we live with it. Hopefully he gets his head in the game more while on the basepaths going forward.