The Short Story: Anthony Desclafani allowed 3 runs through 5 innings; but, a 2 run home run by Eugenio Suarez had the Reds in the game. Then in the sixth inning, Wandy Peralta loaded the bases with no outs; and when the dust cleared, the Pirates had added 2 more runs. With the help of shaky Reds defense, the Pirates added a trio of late runs in the 8th and 9th inning. A ninth inning  2 run homer by Tucker Barnhart came a day late and dollar short for the Reds who missed many chances along the way.

Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates(81-78) 8 13 1
Cincinnati Reds (66-94) 4 13 2
W: Brault (8-12) L: DeSclafani (7-8)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

Good things that happened:

Joey Votto reached base his first 4 times at bat (2 walks; single, double)

Eugenio Suarez had 3 hits (2 singles and HR)

Billy Hamilton made another highlight reel catch worth seeing:

Hamilton also reached base twice with a walk and a hit and stole a base.

Would you believe Tucker Barnhart had a bunt single, triple and 2 run home run? Well, it’s true; he did.

So how come the Reds lost???

Anthony DeSclafani had a mediocre outing allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. The first 2 Pirate batters of the game  reached and scored. He later allowed a solo homer after Eugenio Suarez had tied the game with a 2 run bomb for the Reds.

Wandy Peralta and Matt Wisler combined to allow 2 runs in the Pirate 6th inning. Perlata faced 3 batters; and all 3 reached on singles, 2 of the infield variety. Wisler came on to clean up Peralta’s mess and allowed 2 of his three inherited runners to score in the process.

Shaky defense by the Reds in the 8th and 9th inning abetted a trio of late Pirates runs.

Despite recording 13 hits and being recipients of 5 walks, the Reds could not capitalize and keep up with Pirates. For the evening, the Reds ended up with 13 men left on base.

Final thoughts

However improbable it may have seemed a few short weeks ago, the Reds recorded their 94th loss of the season tonight, matching the futility of the last two seasons. Where have you gone positive momentum? Redleg Nation turns its weary eyes to you? (apologies to Paul Simon).


21 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    Mailed it in.
    The Reds have mailed it in. Hopefully, this will prove that Jim should never manage the Reds again.

    • Michael E

      Whether Riggleman is a solid manager or not, the Reds need some fire lit under them. I don’t think a hothead is it, but someone that brings energy. Baker (especially), Price and Riggleman make excellent zombies. I don’t know who can do that, but an old retread cannot.

  2. Jimbo69

    Waiting to see what happens with starting pitching in the offseason. I’ll come back to the team when they put a real product on the field.

  3. Craig Z

    Can they play a double-header tomorrow and get the season over with?

    • Jim Walker

      Without getting too long or involved. I’d drop the 5 teams with the worst records to the bottom of the 1st round (with the matching drop in bonus pool money)then return them to the order their records would place them. Except for every consecutive year in the bottom 5, I’d leave them at the end of the order for an additional round.

      So first overall pick would go to the team with the 6th worst record in a given year, 2nd pick to 7th worst record etc.. That’s an inducement to win not tank; and, it rewards teams closer to being competitive. Or as an alternative, after dropping the worst 5 teams they could assign the first five picks of the first round based on a lottery of teams with the 6th through 10th worst records. That would really stir the pot.

  4. Michael E

    AND they did not demand a stud prospect when they could have. Instead they demanded 3 or 4 role players and potentially decent, but underwhelming MLB regulars.

    I see other teams acquire another teams top prospect, but all Walt wanted was “MLB ready”, regardless of talent/potential, just sling a handful of unrated prospects at the Reds wall and hope something sticks.

  5. Michael E

    …oh and I agree with CI3J and Matt on this. Chapman got yuck, then the Yanks traded him again five months later and got a gold mine (Torres already looking like a fringe MLB all-star).

  6. Michael E

    I have been rooting for losses the past two months when it was very clear nothing was going to be gained by winning.

    I am holding out limited hope they can jump San Diego (possible) and Detroit (almost impossible, can tie and win a coin toss) draft spots. They could pick as high as 5th next year. They need to be picking 1st overall, but this was not the year for that given the stench coming from Baltimore and KC.

    If we’re going to stink, STINK. Trade the few above average players we have for top prospects and rebuild again. If they aren’t going to do a major makeover of the rotation, with a focus on acquiring or grooming an ACE-potential starter or two, then sell the old and in prime guys and reset the rebuild (sad but likely necessary).

    For goodnes sake, do NOT sign Matt Harvey, and tell us it’s proof of trying to improve. An SP4 will not move the needle and will lock up 6-10 million per year (or more) that could be used to sign a GOOD starting pitcher. I fear all the bad will come true, overpay a below average Harvey, sign Riggleman to 3 yr contract, and sign/re-sign league average or worse SPs to long term deals thus killing off any last payroll flexibility to sign or trade for a REAL ace.

  7. Mark Lang

    Well – I’ll admit I was wrong – I thought for sure this would be a 100 loss team.

  8. jazzmanbbfan

    In the 8th or 9th inning it took Marty 3 tries to get it right on who was covering 2nd base when Iglesias throw went into centerfield. Just reflective of how at this point, no one seems to care.

  9. Scott Gennett

    Last four seasons results are just an example of how difficult and competitive baseball business is, good results demand highly qualified management, which Reds have missed for the last ten years or so.

    • BigRedMike

      Yep. The Reds are in a division in which the other teams are actively trying to win and get better. The Reds cannot afford to just wait around and hope the current roster improves. Improvement at every position is needed in order to contend. The other teams in the division are not going to just be content with their existing rosters. Brewers go out and acquire Yellich and Cain, Reds fans reaction is, so, they do not pitch, right?

      The Reds made zero moves in the past season to improve the roster and that has resulted in yet another 90+ loss season. Maybe try a different approach.

  10. bouwills

    It looks like Detroit has locked up the 5th pick in next years draft after losing last night. San Diego currently is in 6th position but only 1 game ahead (or behind? ) of the Reds . The Reds are currently in 7th position for the 2019 draft, still 1 game ahead (behind ?) the Rangers. Draft position is the only area of interest left this season, besides winning culture, which goes without saying.

  11. Ed

    Being a reds fan sucks. I wish somebody would put an ownership group together to make the produce man go back to what he knows fruits and vegetables. I cant believe this man has hijacked our love of this team. If people really cared to change things they would stop going period. The crowds were embarrassing enough. It can be worse. I wish baseball had an incompetent Claus and remove this ownership group and their dum and dummer front office. Reds fans deserve way better than this garbage!

  12. Jeff Reed

    A real beginning of the rebuild in 2015 was waylaid due to the All Star game where management held on to tradable players too long in order to showcase Cincinnati, and the result is four seasons of 90+ losses. A blowup of the Reds is needed or the futility will continue into 2019. The only real tradable players who will get the Reds good, proven starting pitching are Suarez and Iglesias with less valuable players added on. I know this is not popular but something dramatic has to be done. Futility cannot be the description of next season also.

  13. Jim Walker

    Maybe last year was a career year for Barnhart offensively. His current OPS and OPS+ are certainly more in line with his career output than last year was.

    Interesting to note that Barnhart has 100 more career plate appearances this year than last. He’s played 10 games as a 1B this year versus zero last and caught in 7 more games than last year; so, I’d judge a around half those PAs came as a catcher. That is surprising given the playing time Casali has received since he joined the Reds.

    I guess just mark Barnhart up as another guy who was over used early; and, given the rigors of his position has never quite gotten over it. Also the deep slump he had in September could be an indication he’s dinged up. But when all is said and done 110 games behind the plate may be his annual limit.

  14. Jim Walker

    Agree Cossack. The team seems to have a number of good to even very good pieces that haven’t meshed (and maybe just don’t fit together) to be a unit which is capable of winning. Now the org finds itself in the even more difficult position of needing to show forward momentum while retooling on the fly.

  15. Bill j

    Strange thing, read a story on about the Mets and Giants looking for GMs, and of the names mentioned not one was either WJ or DW.

  16. Phil Gasson

    Makes me ache for the days of Marge and Bowden. This mgt. hasn’t been this hated since Bill DeWitt sr..

    • Jeff Reed

      Marge wasn’t big on building a farm system and Jim Bowden’s emphasis was not on pitching, but they certainly made it exciting to be a Reds fan.

      • Ed

        What you say is true jeff but they won a hell of a lot more than these clowns. They were geniuses compared to these dolts.