The Reds lost the opening game of their four-city road trip to first-place Cleveland. The loss means a split in the 4-game inter-Ohio series, leaving the Ohio Cup in northern Ohio. Although last year Cleveland swept the four games with the Reds, so there’s that.

The Reds are now 5-10 in interleague games with series left against the Yankees and Red Sox. The Reds next travel to New York for two games against the Bronx Bombers. The Reds split two games with the Yankees in early May.

The Reds are in line for the fourth pick in next summer’s amateur draft.

 

Cincinnati Reds 2 • Cleveland 6 || Box || Play Log || Statcast

Tim Adleman pitched six complete innings and faced two batters in the seventh. He gave up five runs on six hits. At one point, Adleman retired ten Cleveland hitters in a row. His mix of 3 walks and 4 strikeouts isn’t a recipe for success. Adleman’s ERA is now 5.11, FIP is 5. 61 and xFIP 5.00. Enough of this, please.

Blake Wood replaced Adleman and at first poured gasoline on the fire, giving up a single, walk and single before striking out two and getting Edwin Encarnacion on a soft liner. Tony Cingrani continues to make it harder for the Reds to trade him.

The Reds run scoring was provided by solo home runs from Scooter Gennett (18) and Zack Cozart (12), the latter blasted a 73-mph Josh Tomlin curveball over the tall left field wall.

With his 4th inning walk, Joey Votto takes the major league lead with 72. Aaron Judge is second with 71. Jose Peraza is last with 6. Votto and Judge will square off tomorrow night for the Great Base on Balls Battle. Votto singled, drew the walk, got hit by a pitch and lined out sharply to left field.

29 Responses

  1. Jack

    Mondays and Adleman go hand in hand. You know they are coming and you dread both of them. Once you get past them the rest of the week looks decent.

  2. Geoff

    I’m so sick of this losing… rebuilding or not. This team doesn’t get any better. The pitching is god awful.

  3. james garrett

    If Price stays they lose 100 games even if DW said they aren’t losing games in the dugout.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Not a big Price fan but if he goes they still lose 98 games, if your contention of 100 is accurate. Unless he is totally incompetent the manager isn’t going to make that big a difference. Then again, some here would argue that Price is incompetent. Like all managers, some decisions leave us scratching our heads, or banging them against a wall but I doubt “baseball people” see him as any less competent than half to 2/3 of the other managers out there.

  4. james garrett

    I can deal with losing if we continue to sort through players.How we lose is just mind boggling sometimes.We went through the motions tonight and that is unacceptable but our manager did the same thing by sending Aldeman back out for the 7th.It served no purpose to extend him and with Wood warming up he just threw in the towel.Price didn’t even pretend to try and win the game.Aldeman was done and Wood never ever does well in a close game and everybody knows that.I mean he could have brought in anybody else in to start the 7th and made us all believe he was trying to keep it close but he didn’t even bother.He has to go.

  5. Chuck Schick

    I’m genuinely curious…what are you basing that assertion on?

    I think Phil C is involved in baseball decisions to the degree that they impact the budget. I don’t believe he said “move Frazier and Chapman pronto”……he likely did indicate that revenue was expected to drop and they needed to cut payroll by “x” amount in order to offset the revenue decline. He may offer an opinion regarding how a trade may impact PR or ticket sales ….but I doubt he has anything to do with who bats lead off or whether Lorenzen starts. The Williams family seemingly owns about as much of the team as the Castellini’s so I doubt Dick Williams has to defer to Phil.

    I really doubt Jocketty has anything to do with anything…..if he’s still making decisions then why accept the humiliation of his ” retirement”?

    • Chuck Schick

      Good information, Jim. Thanks

    • Jack

      I think you mean the Red Sox were given a gift. Probably no better way to wrap up the AL East than a series against the worst team in the NL.

    • Scott Carter

      Unless a person has been living in Siberia or under a rock, they knew in June the season was over.

    • PLAYTOWIN

      The season was over on opening day. This team has the worst pitching in baseball.

    • Jack

      Giving up on the season in August? Hell I gave up when Arroyo was still starting. I would go to a game if they had a new manager and they started playing guys that will be here in the future. Who the heck wants to pay to see Adleman or afeldman? They will put more fannies in the seats with younger guys playing.

  6. streamer88

    I’m not sure there’s a mandate to win. Perhaps Price wanted to see what a tired Adelman could do — sorting and what not.

    He’s just not starting material even when fresh so I think that one has clearly sorted itself right out.

    Keeping Adelman in the rotation is the killer – unless they’re trying to get his ERA under 6 before the trade deadline – he would be currently our most productive SP asset – maybe the Dodgers would want him 😛

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Regarding your first sentence, Williams said earlier this year Price wouldn’t be evaluated on wins and losses so much as on development of players. We might argue that he has failed in that regard by continuing to pitch Adleman and others.

  7. Sliotar

    A word on someone we did not see tonight….Adam Duvall.

    Duvall for the season: 20 HR, 65 RBI
    Duvall so far in July: 1 HR, 8 RBI

    Yankee Stadium is no. 1 this season in home runs as a park factor and 4th overall in runs.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor/_/sort/HRFactor

    Here is hoping Duvall plays in New York and starts to get his groove back. No better place to do so, not even good old GABP.

    It has been mentioned on this site before that perhaps Duvall wears down as the season goes on because of having diabetes. If that is true to any extent, maybe he should not have appeared in 95 of 99 games to date.

    It might explain his July swoon, or might have nothing to do with it at all.

    We are in the second half of the “season of sorting”, and I feel like there are more unanswered questions, up and down the ballclub, manager and organization, than when the season began.

    • Sliotar

      Using the splits tool on FanGraphs, Duvall had a similar trend last season:

      2016

      Apr/May/June -22 HR, 55 RBI
      July/Aug/Sept – 11 HR, 48 RBI

      • Geoff

        What sorting are they doing? Other than Alderman blows. This organization has no clue.

      • RedAlert

        I third that motion – sad state of affairs. Totally embarrassing what this proud franchise has become. Tired of hearing all the blah, blah , blah from Williams and Price. Don’t see what the “plan” or “direction” is > operating like a fart floating in the wind

      • Geoff

        Exactly my point. I mean does anyone really ask why this rebuild had to start? It didn’t have to start if they had players to replace Cueto, Leake, Bruce etc. They didn’t hence the rebuild.

      • Geoff

        This rebuilding is just an excuse to lose. If they were serious about winning soon you don’t pick Hunter Greene who is only 17.

    • Chuck Schick

      Geoff,

      No one questioned why the rebuild needed to happen because it was so obvious. Should they have just let Cueto, Leake and Chapman walk?

      As for not having their replacements…that is a fair point. Though, most teams would struggle to replace 3 players of that quality at the same time. Green was drafted because he was the best player available.

      • Still a Red

        In regard to replacing Cueto, Leake, and Chapman…the Reds had supposed high end pitchers in the pipeline, but they have all fallen flat from Cingrani, Stephenson, et al. on.

  8. Geoff

    Price better be gone! Here is my point… the Pirates have a smaller payroll than us yet they aren’t rebuilding. This is their fifth straight season being in playoff contention.

  9. GreatRedLegsFan

    As season goes on, losses can now be categorized as “good” or “bad”. Last night loss may be a “good” one: only 4 careers differential, starting pitcher went 6+ innings and only two relievers were used. GO REDS!

  10. james garrett

    The front office could have brought Winker up to stay and platooned him in the outfield with the other 3 guys and kept them all fresh.If you had a little guy in center that is playing banged up and a diabetic in left who wears down easily what would you do.Just another not paying attention to what is going on by this team.Cluless is a better word.Its a long season players get dinged up but everybody knows Billy and Duvall’s history.Its mentioned on this site all the time in just casual conversation.

  11. james garrett

    The plan is that we don’t have a plan its just mass confusion.Did we really have to sort through Aldeman and Wood again last night or again in 5 days.Come on its goofy to see that stuff but the next 4 guys that get the ball maybe part of the future so that does help some.Same song,same choir and nobody listening except die hard fans like me that don’t know any better.

  12. Scotly50

    I am not sure the Reds have a core of positional players to contend, much less starting pitching. Still too many “streaky” players.

  13. james garrett

    Just to better explain myself.If that was any young pitcher that Price has sent back out all of us would conclude he wants to see if he can get through this inning which is a good thing.Aldeman has very little upside or future as a starter in the big leagues so it doesn’t matter as far as his development.His stuff is average and he his what 29 years old so whats the point and I believe he was close to 100 pitches.As far as Wood well he isn’t any good in close games and we know about him as well.So no sorting was needed and it was a one run game so maybe just maybe you try to keep it close and maybe you can steal one in the last couple of innings.Yeah its just one game on our way to however many losses but if Aldeman is going to stay in the rotation then at least play to win his starts rather then trying to see if you can squeeze one more pitch or one more inning out of him.He held his own through 6 innings and gave up 3 runs.Good job.Get him out and don’t bring in Wood and move on.

  14. PLAYTOWIN

    Blaming the manager has been, is, and will be a waste of time. As someone once said it is a lot easier to fire a manager than 25 players. There is not a baseball manager alive who could win with this roster. Everybody in baseball knows it including everyone associated with the Reds front office. As I have said numerous times this team is at least 3 years away from competing for a wild card spot. Reds talent on the MLB roster and in the pipeline is significantly behind other teams in the NL. This is going to take time to fix. If Price is let go I predict the Reds will terminate at 2 more managers before they get competitive. The problem is the players are not good enough. It is that simple.

  15. Jack

    As George Costanza would say “Is that wrong?”