Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (49-70) 5 8 1
Chicago Cubs (62-55) 15 17 1
W: Quintana (7-10) L: Wojciechowski (3-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Scooter Gennett had two hits, including his 20th home run. But that wasn’t the highlight of tonight’s game for Scooter: he pitched the eighth inning. Sure, he gave up a two-run homer to Chicago’s Javier Baez, but he used a brilliant sidearm 64-mph fastball to escape the inning without further damage.

–Joey Votto had three hits, including a double. And he did this:

–Eugenio Suarez walked three times. He has now walked in six consecutive games, the longest active streak in the big leagues.

The Bad
–Devin Mesoraco was hit on the foot by a pitch in the second inning. Shortly thereafter, clearly in pain, Mesoraco was forced to leave the game. Sigh…

This guy can’t catch a break. (No pun intended.)

–Asher Wojciechowski was pretty bad tonight, as the Cubs were smacking the ball all around the friendly confines of Wrigley Field tonight. In 3.2 innings, Wojciechowski allowed 7 runs on 10 hits. His season ERA jumped up to 5.21.

–It didn’t really matter, as the Reds were already losing big…but Patrick Kivlehan looked like a Little Leaguer on a fly ball near the foul line in the seventh inning. He jumped and didn’t really come close to catching the ball. That error — on a ball that should have been the third out of the inning — gave the Cubs a 10-2 lead.

–Kivlehan victimized Drew Storen, but Storen didn’t exactly distinguish himself, allowing six runs (three earned) in two-thirds of an inning. Worst outing for Storen in a while.

Not-So-Random Thoughts

–The Reds now have five players with 20 or more home runs: Votto, Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, Suarez, Gennett. Zack Cozart has 16, so he’s still in the mix.

–Votto has now hit in 18 of his last 19. He’s also reached base at least twice in 19 consecutive games. That’s a franchise record, and it’s also the fourth-best streak in the entire history of Major League Baseball. The top four:

1. Ted Williams (21 games in 1948)
2. Pete Rose (20 games for the Phillies in 1979)
3. Barry Bonds (20 games, 2004)
4. Joey Votto, 2017.

–Votto doubled in the fifth, despite the fact that the Cubs employed a goofy shift that included four outfielders. Is there anything Votto cannot do?

–Suarez’ on-base percentage is now up to .372. That mark is tied for 5th among all big league third baseman. It’s way past time for Suarez to be installed in the leadoff spot.

–Reds play the Cubs again tomorrow night. Wonderful.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance today.

18 Responses

  1. Soapboxes

    I have been pretty patient with the rebuild/sorting that has been the last three plus years. Even last year when the pitching was record setting terrible it didn’t feel like it because of how bad I remembered the Reds pitching of the the 90’s-2000’s. But man this is bad folks! I’m not sure we even have the answers within our own organization as far as pitching goes and it seems like all we’ve done is stockpile arms over the years and have very little to show for it. A bunch of guys we thought were up and comers are one spring training away from being left in the dust. Castillo jumped a bunch of guys since coming to the organization and I think Mahle is the next guy who might do the same. I wonder how many arms outside of the organization will be on the Reds roster next year. You don’t want to overreact in a situation like this but at the same time you got like 5 20 home run guys on the team you have to feel like you can compete.

  2. kmartin

    I agree with Suarez at the top of lineup. Hamilton’s OBP for this year is .296 and for his career it is .297. There is a low probability it will get much better. It would be great to see some combination of Suarez, Winker, or possibly even Senzel hitting in front of Votto while Votto is still Votto. Of course Votto in front of Senzel is also intriguing.

  3. GreatRedLegsFan

    Of ash come and ash you will become…

  4. GreatRedLegsFan

    Just another typical game in Chicago, 20 runs, 4 HR’s and a position player pitched one inning – GO REDS!

  5. Derek B.

    The Astros had several very bad seasons and now are very good. I do not see why everyone is in a rush for the rebuild. Before 2010 reds were terrible for 11 years. I personally think they should try and be bad again next year with another top five I don’t think they need to try they will be bad next year too.

  6. Jack

    Scooter throws almost as hard as Bronson.

  7. jazzmanbbfan

    I don’t think many of us did. I’m just guessing that he has a combination of reasonable ability, a strong work ethic, and he listens to others (Votto?). Notice how he now chokes up on the bat with 2 strikes.

    • kmartin

      I don’t think that early in the 2016 season many of us thought Suarez would be a good defensive third baseman. I think you must be correct that Suarez has a very strong work ethic and is striving to get better both on offense and defense. One thing that makes Votto so great in my opinion is that he is constantly adjusting and refining his hitting technique. Perhaps Suarez also has this trait. I have become a big Suarez fan this season.

  8. Bill

    Couple of comments on Votto’s play, do you remember Danny Driessen, he was always tried to cover the whole right side of the infield. Does anyone remember in the dark ages when for one play George Crowe played second base with a first baseman’s glove and Johnny Temple played first base. The Reds got by with it without a protest.

  9. james garrett

    Jim you are exactly right in your observations.The Reds keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results with their pitchers.Time after time after time you can set your watch around inning 4 or 5 and bang it happens.Now I realize part of sorting is to maybe extend a young guy every now and then just to see but I am not talking about young here.Feldman,Aldeman,Wojo are not young guys and I have no problem with Romano or Castillo or Stephensen being extended because they need to learn or be able to work through the order the third time because they maybe part of the future.Wojo to me is a good bullpen piece because he can give you a couple of solid innings more often then not.Its just another start taken by an older guy that we know about instead of somebody we don’t.

    • da bear

      Reds appear to have a couple guys who are serviceable two times max through the lineup – Wojo, Adleman, Feldman. Beginning of year Reed and Stephenson appeared capable of giving two quality innings. the mismanagement of the pitching staff this season would be bearable if the innings had been spent to develop our youngsters….but the time was not used this way.

  10. brunsfam

    Devin gives it his best when he’s on the field… and I’m sure in the dugout and the clubhouse. I watched him play against Milwaukee this past weekend and he was clearly passionate about winning the Saturday game. Tough break and speedy recovery Devin! We appreciate your effort and passion for playing the game right.

  11. RedInIND

    I, too, thought that play by Votto was a hotdog back-handed fielding attempt. Later in the game, he did make a nice play to his left to record an (assisted?) out. The tv guys then talked about glove selection or use. I’d have paid more attention to what they said had I known I might comment here.

  12. IndyRedMan

    That was a good test for Wojo. He failed but we learned something. His stuff is short…similar to Adleman. Good competitor but doesn’t have enough to be a big league starter. I wanted to fool myself that he could be a 5th starter. He might be ok in middle relief or a spot start where the new manager can spot him up against a RH leaning lineup. Romano is going backwards….time for Mahle or Reed in this ongoing merry-go-round. Our boys have a rock solid chokehold on the worst era in baseball AGAIN. Will it ever change?

    On a positive note…I hope Scooter is making some believers! He had a single off of Quintana, then his next atbat he hit a ball in the shortstop hole and it took a fantastic play to get him. Finished w/a HR off a lefty. He hit a granny off AS Brad Hand last week. The guy can hit and is a big part of their offense!

  13. Matthew Habel

    The only silver lining with Mesoraco being out is we will get to see some more of Stuart Turner and build up his experience a bit.

    • brunsfam

      Stuart Turner actually ripped the ball in his last 2 ABs. I’m intrigued.

  14. Streamer88

    Very astute. We’ll never know, so this is huge speculation, but what it Joey is trying to get that ball because he knows his range is measured in his defensive value? So instead of doing what’s best for the out, his behavior is being changed because he knows he’s being measured. I’ve alluded to this before in other comments on this site, this idea that when subjects know they’re being studied, they change their behavior which can invalidate observations.

  15. Brian Davis