We got caught short tonight. No one was available to watch the game and do the recap. So it’s up to our brilliant commenters to fill in the gaps. 

Cincinnati Reds 0 (63-86) • Chicago Cubs 1 (87-61)

Box Score || Win % || Statcast Hitters Report || Statcast Pitchers Report

Cody Reed started and pitched five shutout innings giving up two hits and two walks. He recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts. Sounds encouraging. Sal Romano gave up a run in the 6th inning on a ground ball single and a hit described as a “soft ground ball” to right field. Wandy Peralta and Jared Hughes each pitched a clean inning. 

The Reds couldn’t manage a run off lefty John Lester and four Cubs’ relievers. The Reds had four singles and two walks. Jose Peraza had two hits, raising his batting average to .294. Joey Votto had a single and walk, raising his league leading on-base percentage to .421. Second place is Lorenzo Cain at .403. Votto is on course to lead the NL in that category for the 7th time. He missed an 8th season in 2015 when Bryce Harper’s .460 edged Votto’s .459. 

Again, I didn’t see this: 

Billy Hamilton was thrown out stealing third, bringing his CS total to 10. With his 30 stolen bases, Hamilton’s success rate is now 75%, which is the breakeven point for net value. In other words, Billy Hamilton’s stolen base efforts this year add up to zero runs created. 

The Reds announced that Michael Lorenzen would start Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee. If it was a home game, I’d go to GABP to cheer for him. 

What did I miss that was important?

11 Responses

  1. KDJ

    It seems weird to get excited about a 1-0 loss, but that is a very encouraging start for Reed.

  2. Clay Marshall

    I watched the final two innings. Marty was peeved that Riggleman didn’t use Gennett as a PH over Casali in the bottom of the 8th after Herrera got a bunt single. Scooter did PH for Hamilton in the top of the 9th, though, and flew out to the warning track. Votto did indeed seem upset about not quite going yard. Hughes’ sinker was deadly today. Stinks that two games in a row saw the first reliever undo a great start, but it’s hard to get too worked up over losing a game in which you don’t score any runs, or even get a hit that leaves the infield until the 9th inning.

  3. Greatredlegsfan

    Last night it was Hernandez, today Romano. Bullpen is running on fumes now, after such a long season. If they’re not able to fix the rotation during the off-season I foresee same results in 2019.

  4. Jeff Reed

    Two consecutive one run losses, but the pitching of Harvey and Reed is encouraging. If the Reds can acquire a proven starting pitcher to go along with Harvey, DeSclafani, Castillo and Mahle or Reed, they could have an average, at least, starting rotation in 2019. Then if Senzel is eventually in centerfield and Hamilton, if he’s still on the roster, is used to take advantage of his defense and speed in late innings, then I see the Reds improving in 2019 and perhaps making a run for a wild card.

    • Jeff Reed

      The Reds will have to do what other teams do, trade prospects to acquire proven pitching. Often prospects remain prospects. As the season comes to an end, it’s time to say goodbye to the four year rebuild and move on or the empty seats in GABP will increase.

      • sezwhom

        Kershaw or Kuechel aren’t coming here plus we can’t afford the latter but Corbin is a possibility plus he’s only 29 I do believe. Make an offer to Harvey & Corbin. If neither signs, then it’s time for some trades.

  5. Daytonian

    I din’t see the game either. So I can create my own commentary!

    Avid Reds fan here. But I am actually pulling for the Cubs in this series, as I want to see them in the playoffs, and not as a wild card. Glad Harvey and Reeds pitched well. Also glad to see the Cubs win both games. I’mm not a Cubs hater, although I may be a Dirty Birds hater. Milwaukee? Love the city, but not the team.

    Another loss this year does not matter at all for the Reds. But it does matter for the Cubs.

    So, as a Reds fan it feels strange but actually rather good to finally sing with Steve Goodman’s words: “Go Cubs, go! Go Cubs, go! Hey Chicago whatya say? Cubs are going to win today.”

  6. cfd3000

    I only watched the first inning, but none of Votto’s three home runs in the last week or so was a cheapie. If he wants to hit 25 – 30 next year I’m sure he will.

    Very pleased to see a great start from Reed, and against a strong lineup. Disappointed he was pulled after 5 innings. Thanks Interim Jim.

    Hamilton has to be smarter on the base paths. He has so little value if he keeps making outs after reaching base. He seems intent on not improving where he struggles (bunting, keeping the ball on the ground, switch hitting) and lately getting worse at the things he’s actually good at. I love BHam but he’s got to go – to the west coast or at least to the bench.

  7. jeffintn

    See if you can find a video of his HR from Friday night’s game. When it went out, I couldn’t believe it. That swing was nearly a ‘check swing’ like he does when he’s warming up outside the batter’s box.
    His power is still there. I honestly believe he’s ‘working on things’. He has said as much.
    What better season to do that than this one?
    If it makes him an even more ‘complete’ player in the future, I don’t mind him ‘working on things’. He knows more about hitting than anyone else in MLB and will come out next year even better. I’ll take that.
    (Plus, I think it’s funny that he can’t let Jose Peraza get ahead of him in the HR dept.)

  8. BigRedMike

    The performance at the Major League Level is so amazing for the Reds, obviously finding a spot for one of the top hitting prospects is a challenge.

    As others have noted, if getting Senzel position flexibility is such a brilliant idea, why is it just now occurring?

    One of these seasons, Hamilton will show that he is a lead off hitter.

    If the Reds have constraints as noted by Williams, it is a great idea to pay close to $20 million next season for Hamilton and Gennett

  9. cfd3000

    Schebler hits lefties better than Hamilton does, and has power. Starting him at leadoff leaves Hamilton available to pinch run, and score, late in the game. Except Hamilton isn’t even doing that well lately. Long past time for BHam to play from the bench (or better, for another team). Time for Interim Jim to become Couch Manager Jim.