The Reds are 1-3 against Padres this year, one of the few major league teams that has a worse record than they do (at least for now). The Reds have lost four in a row and are 11-22 since the trade deadline.

Cincinnati Reds 2 (59-82) • San Diego Padres 6 (56-86)

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There are a few ways to characterize Luis Castillo’s start tonight. In five innings, he struck out 7 and walked none. That’s excellent. He gave up three home runs. That’s not good. Only two of the five runs that scored off him were earned. Eh. Take yer pick.

Two of the Padres homers were hit by Francisco Mejia, who was playing in his first game for San Diego after being called up. Mejia was the super-prospect that San Diego received at the trade deadline from Cleveland. The Padres gave up their closer Brad Hand in that deal. Hand was a player much like Raisel Iglesias in terms of stats and contract. Meanwhile, Iglesias has 4 saves and one blown save. In three of those games the Reds had a 3-run lead and the  other, a 2-run lead. New Padres closer Kirby Yates has picked up for Hand, with three saves, and the Padres have the lowest bullpen ERA since the trade.

The Reds had a big chance to score in the 4th. A single by Jose Peraza, walk by Joey Votto and a walk by Eugenio Suarez loaded the bases. But Phillip Ervin struck out, Scott Schebler took a called third strike on a full count (close pitch) and Dilson Herrera flew out to left. On Herrera’s ball, Padre left fielder Hunter Renfroe saved three runs with a spectacular diving catch on Herrera’s line drive to his right.

Peraza had the Reds first three hits in this game, raising his average to .288. The Reds scored on two solo home runs in the 7th inning. Scott Schebler blasted a 449-foot homer just above and to the right of the Toyota sign. Two batters later, Mason Williams hit one out to deep right field.

Jose Peraza committed an error at SS. It was his 19th error of the season and led to three unearned runs. Peraza leads the NL in errors. Next closest is 16.

Joey Votto had two more walks, boosting his NL leading OBP to .420. Next closest is Lorenzo Cain at .402. Something tells me Reds play-by-play announcers will give more run to the Reds involved in league leadership races in batting average and RBIs.

Billy Hamilton entered the game with a career run creation (wRC+) of 61 against left handed pitchers. That’s a whopping 39 percent below league average. Hamilton softly grounded out, struck out, softly flew out and was blown away on a second strikeout. Bob Castellini’s Jim Riggleman’s leadoff hitter is batting .237/.298/.324.

23 Responses

  1. kmartin

    I enjoy all of the recaps written by RLN writers but Steve you come up with the best titles for game summaries.

    If Riggleman has Hamilton lead off for the rest of September I may have a coronary. I get so angry when I see the lineup before every game. His 2018 line of .237/.298/.324 is virtually identical to his career .246/.298/.333. after 2434 ABs. Putting him in the lead off spot every day is crazy. He has proven he cannot hit. I love his defense but he should never ever be at the top of the lineup.

  2. Ghettotrout1

    In regard to the announcers giving more emphasis on average and RBI races you would have to admit hits and runs are much more exciting than walks. I get the saber metrics and obp is king but if I had my choice I’d rather watch and hear about hits runs and dingers.

    • lost11found

      Scooter going for the batting title is a nice story to highlight as well especially given that it is unexpected. The annoucers can’t win even when they are highlighting a positive,

  3. Kap

    I hope they don’t sign billy to an extension. Time to move from him

    • Ghettotrout1

      I hope they non tender him or trade him in the off season

  4. Ghettotrout1

    RBI and batting average is more exciting than obp that is why they talk about it more

  5. Eddiek957

    For sixty years I loved the Cincinnati reds I stuck with them through thick and thin. But I fear I may no longer love the reds. The losing seems endless 28 years since a world championship

    • Aaron Bradley

      Waiting a long time for a championship is not the problem, its the fact they can’t even sniff the playoff picture despite wild card teams. There is no way to maintain any kind of optimism past the first month of the season. How inept are these fools that they can’t even keep the team remotely in the hunt for a couple of months? Why is Iglesias still on the team? He was their best trade chip and many teams were dealing for a closer at the deadline. Just look how the Padres improved by moving Brad Hand. You don’t need a closer when you are 20 games under .500! This isn’t rocket science, that’s what is so infuriating… this is BASIC simple stuff. The clowns that run this team need to be taken to task. I am talking angry letters, cancellations of season tix if anyone still owns those which I doubt, etc. Give them an earful and then some more. Call them up and leave voice mails. Tell them we are mad as hell and we aren’t gonna take it any more.

      • Sasha09

        At this point a .500 season sounds SO good to me.Seems impossible to ever happen with this total mess of a franchise

    • jdwestrick

      Lifetime Reds fan since 1960. Hard to watch what has happened to this once proud MLB franchise!

  6. Scott Gennett

    Your recaps are the best. I wonder if the guy who suggested Schebler to lead-off does not work anymore for the Reds. I wonder if Peraza could be switched to CF, his bat is worth trying.

    • kmartin

      I would bat Schebler first, Votto second, Suarez third and Gennett fourth. They are the four best hitters on team. Give them the most ABs.

  7. CP

    I was a big Peraza supporter and haven’t seen this false narrative but admittedly, I avoid the rampant negativity that exists on RN so maybe I just missed it.

    Peraza has proven SS isn’t one of the team’s biggest issues that need to be addressed this offseason, which is really all he needed to do. Not saying Peraza is amazing or anything, but the Reds should be allocating resources to improving other areas more gaping (SP, SP, OF, SP, did I forget SP?) I think another major benefit is it means that Senzel will end up playing a position he is more likely to succeed in long term, which is more optimal imo.

    I think his defense will improve, and his issues primarily are due to lack of concentration, and that is something that age and learning to be a professional can take care of.

    • Mike V

      You are sooo correct . Shortstop is not a problem for this team (perhaps they do need a backup maybe) . Jose is fine and getting better all the time on both offense and defense . The real problem is the starting rotation of course. Center field is next and then getting a spot for Senzel . Just leave Jose alone and let him play and continue to improve his english language skills. He is doing a great job at both.

  8. Cyrus McDaniel

    Steve, is it fair to say that young players can get better offensively but their defense is pretty much where it’s going to be after 3 or 4 years in the Bigs? I ask because I’m wondering if Peraza’s defense would lead you to trade him? His offensive output has certainly improved but will it continue? Couldn’t we get something for him and free up an infield position for Herrera or Senzel?

  9. Mason Red

    Another loss. Another miserable season.

  10. Bill j

    BILL, you said the Reds think Senzel can’t play shortstop, what do they know, they still think Hamilton is a leadoff hitter.

    • RedInIND

      After Hughes got the 11th K, I think Thom mentioned 13 thousand and something. You are correct – nowhere near that many remaining at that point in the game.

  11. Jim Walker

    They moved up Siri and Friedl at the A+ All Star Break, Some eyebrows were raised when Trammell wasn’t moved then and again when he wasn’t moved after the Futures Game. My recollection is that the thought was they wanted Trammell separated from the other 2 because they are/ were all potential CF.

    Trammell actually struggled somewhat after the Futures game. His “2nd half” BA was only .235 his OPS slash was .331/.370/.701
    No doubt some of that was injury related.

    He has been stronger in the last 2-3 weeks with BA of .323 and an OPS of .913 but, he’s got some catching up to do.

    I think it would take an unbelievable run by Trammell and some equally off the wall happenings at the MLB level to get Trammell up even in September of 2019 because like Senzel was this year, he isn’t on the 40 man roster and doesn’t need to be there until the Dec. 2020 rule 5 draft.

  12. RedsFanInFL

    Per Baseball Reference: There have been 705 managers in the history of major league baseball. Jim Riggleman is currently #1 of active managers and #11 all-time in terms of W-L games under .500 with -173. If he looses 3 more games than he wins the rest of this year, he will crack the all-time top 10 for most games under .500. Also interesting to note that the next worse “active manager” is Bryan Price at 108 games below .500

  13. BigRedMike

    For a team as bad as the Reds, there seems to be several “least of the worries” players on this roster.

    Votto and Suarez are signed to long term deals, every other position should be open to upgrade. The Reds plan/hope coming into this year was that the rotation would be lead by Bailey, Finnegan, DeSclafani, Not much improvement from the younger pitchers.

    Just appears that there is not much effort into improving the talent level and an amazing level of being content with existing players.

  14. Douglas Hyde

    I love how JV gets on base and is mentioned here with positive praise. But the guy is not in the top 50 in runs scored or RBIs, not close. maybe I’m old school here, but (barring injury) this is by FAR JV’s worst producing season. Hope whatever he did this year (approach, injury ect.) is not following him into next year.

    • Douglas Hyde

      With Scooter and Suarez behind him, I just cant fathom how a .420 OBP doesn’t produce more runs scored. I watch every game, Love the guy. I understand the “avoiding outs” thing, but factor in his base-running and defense, and its been a year to forget.