The Short Version: Reds waste some good pitching, and drop a narrow contest against the Nationals.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (49-63) 1 7 0
Washington Nationals (57-54) 2 8 0
W: Roark (6-12) L: Castillo (6-9) S: Herrera (3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Effective outing for Luis Castillo: 5.1 innings, two runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Castillo threw 88 pitches, but began to struggle the third time through the Nationals order. Where have we heard that before?

–Wandy Peralta, Michael Lorenzen, and Amir Garrett pitched 2.2 innings of shutout relief.

–Eugenio Suarez and Mason Williams had two singles. Scooter Gennett had a hit and a walk.

The Bad
–One run. And the Reds missed a golden opportunity to win this game in the fourth (see below).

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Cincinnati just lost 3 of 4 to Washington. No fun.

–The Reds had no extra base hits today. All singles.

–Joey Votto didn’t start after being hit by a pitch yesterday. Just a day off, according to our intrepid manager, but John Fay reported that Votto was limping before the game.

–Down 2-0, Cincinnati scored their only run in the top of the fourth, and it could have been much more. Phillip Ervin, Scooter Gennett, and Eugenio Suarez all singled to load the bases with no outs. Mason Williams singled to right, making the score 2-1. With bases still loaded and no outs, Tucker Barnhart popped out, Brandon Dixon struck out, and Castillo flied out to end the inning. The Reds never really threatened again.

–Cincinnati will head north to play a three-game series against the Mets next. Homer Bailey will start tomorrow night.

20 Responses

  1. Scott Gennett

    If Ervin and Williams are able to continue hitting in a consistent fashion, I don’t see room for Hamilton in the line-up when Schebler returns from DL, furthermore next season with Winker available and that’s not including Tucker in the mix.

  2. Jeff Morris

    Reds really missing Schebler and Winker. And, Blandino…to some degree as well. As Mary B said, and I agree whole heartingly, “Billy Hamilton is Not going to Hit!” Gennett and Suarez can’t do it every single game!

  3. Luckeydad

    I think it is time to put in Dilson Herrera…..Scooter in a huge slump, but it will not happen with Jimbo

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      Riggleman said Saturday that Gennett will start pretty much every game the rest of the season. Ugh.

  4. Jeff Morris

    I think why Riggleman loves to bunt….is that part of being an old school manager, he also is trying to keep his job of managing the Reds for next year and perhaps…beyond that. Look at his age, this is probably the last chance he is going to get. Same thing with pulling starting pitchers when they hit the 5th and 6th inning, same thing…trying to win now…so he can manage longer. Though, I have to say, when the pitchers began to struggle in the 5th and 6th, the 3rd time through the lineup, it is good to pull them, in favor of the bullpen…but I think overall, Riggleman is looking at the win now, manage next year and beyond, because I am older, and not getting any younger mentality.

    • Sliotar

      Team that hit more HRs wins the game.

      Not a surprise story in the MLB of 2018. Actually happens now the vast majority of the time.

      1-5 since we all got the confirmation that “Winning Culture” has been firmly established.

      Syndergaard and deGrom up 2 of the next 3 days.
      Here we go.

      • roger garrett

        In today’s game you have to be able to outslug the other team to win.We have 3 guys that will play 145 games or more that have no power so we are out gunned before we even hit the field.Its even worse at GABP which is known for the wall scraping first row home run.Ervin and Williams have hit well with some pop in playing the corner outfield spots since Scott and Winker went down.Dixon ran into one Saturday as well.Indy and I have brought up this power shortage several times and it will remain.

  5. SF Reds Fan

    Then at a minimum they should be trying to pump up Dilson’s trade value and suppress Scoots Arbitration case.
    They need to get clarity on BobSteve (and maybe Cody) just to figure out if there is something there (and/or build trade value).

    I hate the thought of making the best prospect we have had in years learn a third position in 3 years because of Scooter, but I begrudgingly accept it.

    Either way, BHam needs to sit and they need to give new guys a chance to take that spot. Hell, give Trammell or Siri a cup of coffee (as long as the 40 man can handle adding them). Just no more BHam (and please don’t sign him next year to $7-9m in arbitration).

  6. Jeff Reed

    I like the look of Mason as a hitter. It ‘s time to find out what he can do in CF and what Stevenson and Reed can do as starting pitchers. The Reds should make the most of vetting these final two months.

  7. Tes

    Would the Reds have won one more game in DC with Adam Duvall?

  8. Brian Byrer

    Billy definitely should not be starting every game. But I have a feeling his consistent playing time is dictated by Big Bob more than Riggs or DW. He won’t trade him, and he surely will not have him sitting on the bench every night.

  9. Dave Bell

    I’m definitely in favor of upgrading in CF. But there is nothing ambiguous about Mason Williams, no unanswered questions. Aside from A- ball, he has no single level of minor league ball where he achieved even a .700 OPS, and his hitting profile has remained remarkably consistent. He projects as marginally better than BHam with the bat (who doesn’t?) and of course would almost certainly be much poorer with the glove. He’s on a nice roll now, but he’s not a long-term solution. The best case scenario would probably be that he could provide as much, or almost as much, value as Hamilton for maybe one year, and at a fraction of the cost, while they find a true ML center fielder. That would be worth something, assuming they can find the gumption to bid Billy bye-bye. But he’s not worth getting excited about, or even upset that Hamilton is playing in his place.

  10. scotly50

    They hit Votto in response to the Reds plunking Harper. Its baseball. Votto should know that.

  11. DavidTurner49

    To sum up, Reds’ perpetual rebuild is no rebuild at all. Same thing three years and counting now.

  12. big5ed

    I think the teams pretty much put everybody on waivers after the trade deadline, then act accordingly.

    As I understand it, the NL team with the worst record gets first crack; once the NL teams are exhausted, then the same process goes for the AL. Votto, for example, would likely clear waivers, because nobody wants to assume his contract. (He is staying with the Reds in any event.)

    I could see Hamilton being claimed and the Reds not pulling him back or working out a trade. And certainly Harvey.

  13. Jeff Reed

    I think the Reds aggressiveness in the recent trade deadline will mirror their efforts in the comprehensive search for a new manager.

  14. lost11found

    Solid start by Castillo. The offense is going to struggle without Schebler, Winker, and Duvall. Just better get used to it.

    If Gennet’s slump is injury induced, then DL him and play Herrera. If its not, then I don’t want to hear the reds using it as an excuse.

  15. big5ed

    The injuries to Winker and Schebler, and the slumps of Votto, Gennett and Barnhart, have left the Reds in tough shape against RH pitching.

    Since July 1, Votto is slashing .258/.410/.361; Gennett, .243/.325/.398 (for a wRC+ of 94), and Barnhart, .173/.279/.280. Throw in Peraza (5 for his last 31) and Hamilton (always), and you have no offense at all right now, other than Suarez.

    I’ve always thought that this year’s Reds were way too left-handed, with Votto, Gennett, Schebler and Winker all starting as LH hitters, plus they had two switch-hitting starters with track records as better against RH pitching. Now, they are bad against RH pitching, as well, and I don’t see a way out of it this season. They need Ervin to continue to hit, and Gennett to get hurt.

    It may be a long 8 weeks until the season ends.

    • Jeff Reed

      All that remains of this season is the vetting of Stevenson, Reed, Mella, Herrera, Ervin and Williams. Use the rest of the season to see what they can do at the ML level.

  16. roger garrett

    Probably they didn’t even consider either one.