The Reds won their 41st game this afternoon, defeating the Miami Marlins. It was the second glorious win for the club on this home stand. In those two games, they far outscored their opponents 10-6. Combined with Milwaukee’s loss to the Phillies, the Reds sliced another game off the Brewers lead in the NL Central. The Reds are now three games ahead of their 2016 pace.

Are you sick of winning, yet?

The victory gives the club tremendous momentum as they leave on a crucial 10-game road trip, with stops in Cleveland, New York (Yankees), Miami and Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati Reds 6 • Miami Marlins 3 || Box || Play Log || Statcast

Sal Romano had an excellent start, giving up one run over six innings and 98 pitches. Pumping 94-97 mph fastballs, the 23-year-old from Rutgers had 7 strikeouts. He gave up a walk and three hits, including a solo home run in the 4th inning. The start was Romano’s best of the four he has made with the Reds and the first time the rookie has made it past five innings.

Romano has showed steady improvement that started in the second half of last year at AA and continued through spring training. Romano is pitching the in the place of Scott Feldman, who is on the DL.

Isn’t in interesting watching young pitchers like Romano, Robert Stephenson and Luis Castillo? In an unrelated message, Tim Adleman takes the mound for the Reds against Cleveland tomorrow night.

Raisel Iglesias came in for a 2-inning save. This was just the sixth time Iglesias has appeared in back-to-back games. And it was the first time he’d pitched multiple innings after appearing the day before. Sorta, kinda felt like a showcase.

Scooter Gennett drove in two runs, the first on a solo GABP front-row special home run and the second on a line drive single to right.

Eugenio Suarez continued to hit well after the break, with his fourth home run during the home stand. Suarez is also the new star of a hilarious rain delay video the Reds are using at GABP. It features Suarez “dancing” to several styles of music, including salsa and the Ramones.

Tucker Barnhart added a home run, his third of the season. Billy Hamilton had three hits.

Adam Duvall made an outstanding defensive play on a fly ball, sliding in foul territory and slamming up against the wall. Duvall also had a single and got hit by a pitch.

26 Responses

  1. PLAYTOWIN

    Things I thought I would never see. In the 10 games since the All Star break Hamilton is hitting .400 and Votto is hitting .083.

  2. james garrett

    I do like it when they let the young guys pitch.Homer and 4 young guys would be just great to watch.No reason not to do it for the rest of the year.Big Sal was a bad man today.What impressed me most was his last two innings.He had the lead and just mowed em down.I love it when a young guy can rise up at the right time and get it done.Yeah Its one game but lots of good things about his performance.

  3. TR

    A good outing for Sal in 6 innings with 3H, 1BB and 7SO’s. A positive sendoff on the four city/ten game road trip. What’s happened to Votto’s proven eye in taking so many third strikes? Occasional rest seems to be in order. But, Billy is recently getting it done at the plate.

  4. JB WV

    Yeah, maybe a showcase for Iglesias. But the guys really needed a win and he was their best choice to get one.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      In one game earlier this week, the TV announcers made it quite clear that scouts who are “decision-makers” were in town, and they said that when Iglesias was pitching. Seems clear Dick Williams will listen to offers for Iglesias, as he should. He has said he won’t trade any of the young core of players unless someone who can help very soon comes back in return. It would be nice if some other general manager made a crazy offer, but I’m not holding my breath for that. Iglesias still has four years of team control, so there’s absolutely no reason to part with him unless someone makes a literally stupid offer.

      • PLAYTOWIN

        Lorenzen, Iggy, Peralta has the makings of a good bullpen.

      • Big56dog

        Probably a waste a very solid starting rotation

  5. bouwills

    At what point is it acceptable not to play your best at the ML level. Adleman leads the Reds staff with 88 strike outs . He’s 2nd in quality starts with 7 . He’s arguably the 2nd most reliable sp the Reds have this year. Were there a couple guys at Louisville throwing shutouts, it might be a different story.. But that’s not the case. Adleman gives the Reds a better chance to win tomorrow night than giving the start to anyone in Louisville & so Tim belongs in the rotation.

    • Indy Red Man

      Adleman is ok, but they need to learn about their young guys. Adleman is not part of the future….not even in middle relief. He could be on a 90+ loss team like this, but not on a good team. He’s def better then Stephenson but they need to give the young guys a chance. Adleman will be 30 this year. Jackson Stephens is 23 and was throwing 95-96 vs the Cubs. Tyler Mahle is only 22 and he’s been pitching well at AAA. Even Wojo/Bonilla are younger and have much better stuff then Adleman.

      Knowing Price…your opinion will win out anyway. It will Adleman and Feldman thru the end and they’ll be just as confused about their rotation next March as they are now. “Best chance to win” proponents lose (see Arroyo and Rookie Davis) and fans of a “total rebuild” lose as well. The perfect Reds lose/lose scenario that they give their loyal fans.

  6. Still a Red

    Well, I think it is safe to say that Price is not a miracle worker. But who do you think could manage this team to .500? And what would they be doing differently? Hamilton batting 9th, Lorenzen starting. Would that really do it? Now if the team starts playing with their heads down, expecting to lose, minds elsewhere…then he isn’t doing his job. I’m not sure I see that, at least not yet. Not saying he should keep his job, and sometimes a new face can have a beneficial impact, but he hasn’t had the best horses to run with.

    • Indy Red Man

      Lets compare Price to Clint Hurdle with the Pirates (49-50). Their ace Gerrit Cole has only been so-so (4.18 era). Taillon missed time with his cancer treatments/surgery and only has 73 ip. Phenom Tyler Glasnow was bad and got sent down. Tony Watson failed as a closer. Offensively…one of their big dogs, Starling Marte missed half the season and just came back. He found a way to hang around? They’re not that good….can’t even beat the Reds head to head, but Hurdle finds a way. Price needs to go….make no mistake!

      • CP

        Starting pitching, basically. Can’t out manage a starting rotation like the Reds.

      • Chuck Schick

        One could easily compare Price to Hurdle and say:

        Price was without his 3 best starters for most of the year. Unlike the Pirates, the Reds are still rebuilding so Price’s ability to win is suppressed by the greater organizational need to sort and experiment. Despite this, Price has won 1 fewer game every 2 weeks than Clint Hurdle.

      • PLAYTOWIN

        Price is not the problem. The Reds don’t have enough good players. The Reds pitching staff is the worst in baseball. Those who try to blame managers for losses are looking for simple answers. As I recall the same group was always finding fault with Dusty Baker who is on his way to another fine season.

    • Still a Red

      These are excellent questions…and yes the answers are subjective…but also we are on the outside looking in….and can only get glimpses of evidence on how to answer them. For instance, how would we ever know if Price effectively communicates his insights and direction…or even what insights and directions he’s communicating. I guess you could say that what we hear him say in clips doesn’t sound like he has much insight, but we don’t know what he says to his players, as a group or one-on-one. I have read things where he seems to know what his pitcher’s problems are (mechanical and mental), but he can’t seem to get them to fix those problems. Is he demanding execution from them…you can demand all you want, but if the talent isn’t there or is still too raw, you still have to put a starter on the mound. All I can say it doesn’t seem like anyone on the team is saying “get me the h–ll out of here!”

      I guess it is evident that there isn’t a lot of flexibility and creativity being shown, since line ups, rotations, relief strategies seem pretty fixed, but you can’t piece together an inside straight if the cards aren’t there.

  7. RedAlert

    Reds need an enema of the managerial position at both AAA and the big league levels.

  8. Satchmo

    To me, it looks like we have something of a backlog of guys who have either on the big club or working stuff out at AAA. Many don’t have a spot on the MLB roster, but they can’t stay in AAA forever. Something has gotta give. Some of these young pitchers are going to have to:

    a) Join the Reds rotation

    b) Join the Reds bullpen

    c) Join another organization

    The Reds need to start making the hard choices on this matter. Putting off the sorting process not only stalls the rebuild, but it also negates the value of prospects your not going to keep.

    • IndyRedMan

      If they can’t make this rotation then they have no real value! Their control is so spotty that I don’t know how they’d make it in the pen? Garrett doesn’t have a big breaking ball for lefties so loogy looks unlikely? The one guy that looks good is Wojo! He seems to be able to get them out one time thru, which could make him ok for the pen. The 2 guys I want to see are Mahle and Jackson Stephens. I think the time is fast approaching to call BobSteve and Reed busts. Garrett is an unknown, but most likely a back of the rotation guy at best.

  9. james garrett

    The ability to get on base with some pop and then speed enough to score from first base on a double in the gap has been the model for some time in baseball.Price and Deshields take line up construction to a new level.They don’t value getting on base at all and the left then right then left lineup is just nutty.

  10. PLAYTOWIN

    And we commentators are so smart. It is amazing baseball has not discovered us.

    • IndyRedMan

      Arroyo hasn’t pitched in 3 years and his fastball tops out at 83. I wonder how he’ll do? Jason Marquis has been bad for 5-6 seasons now, but I wonder if he can suddenly turn it around?

      This isn’t rocket science. You could be blind and just listen to the sound of wood meeting ball and know that Reds management is often oblivious to reality.

  11. james garrett

    Indy,I agree 100% but I really fear giving up on Bob Steve and Reed right now.I could see one of them probably Stephenson being given 20 or 25 starts as a last chance by some other team and he finally gets it.Garrett doesn’t have the power arm and unless he does develop that big hook he is as you say he is.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      There is no need to give up on anyone who has options, unless there are five better starters than him at Class AAA. That might be time to say sayonara.

  12. Nick Carrington

    Lorenzen is reportedly competing for a rotation spot next spring. So if he wins that, they will have another spot open. I could see them signing a veteran.

  13. IndyRedMan

    I saw where the Phillies were talking to Detroit about Michael Fulmer. The Reds should throw in whatever it takes to get it done short of Senzel. He’s 24 and a solid #2 type starter (3.35 era) and only allowed 8 hrs this year!