Tonight the Reds began the process of atoning for last night’s, um, development.

Mouthwatering: The Reds have five more games against the Giants in the next eight days. 

Reds 9 – Giants 2 

Box Score | Win Probability | Exit Velocity | Pitch Velocity

Run Prevention

Tanner Roark threw 113 pitches over 6.2 innings. Roark walked two and struck out seven. Some combination of the Reds building an early lead and the Giants not-so-potent lineup convinced Roark to nibble less. Roark has been throwing his change just 7.7% of his pitches, tonight he more than doubled that. 20 of Roark’s 113 pitches were changeups, 6 of which went for swinging strikes and another two for called strikes.   

Cody Reed gave the Reds the kind of relief pitching they needed last night. Called up from Louisville earlier in the day, Reed entered the game in the 7th and struck out Stephen Vogt to end a Giants mini-rally against Roark. Reed continued in the 8th with a clean inning, including two more Ks. Reed finished the game with another clean inning in the 9th, striking out Kevin Pillar for a pizza-providing K. That’s four Ks and 0 BBs for Reed. 

The above is a beautiful Statcast graphic for Reed. Lots of strikes, nothing in the middle of the zone.

In my book, Cody Reed has already jumped Wandy Peralta and Zach Duke as bullpen lefties. 

If Reed sticks, and of course he should, he adds to an interesting power-arm core of the Reds bullpen: Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett and Reed.  

Run Production

The Reds offense is getting healthy/waking up against lousy San Francisco Giants pitching. 

The Reds got on the board in the 1st with a Jesse Winker double high off the left field wall followed by a Yasiel Puig line drive single to left. The Reds offense did serious damage in the 2nd thanks to a series of three improbable events: (1) a Jose Peraza walk, (2) a Tanner Roark single, and (3) Tucker Barnhart legging out a fielder’s choice. Joey Votto walked. Then Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez grooved (“That’s not a real good pitch.” — Jeff Brantley) a fastball that Eugenio Suarez hit to deep right center. Suarez didn’t miss, he hit it 104.2 mph and 402 feet. The score was 5-1.

The offense continued to take batting practice off Rodriguez. Tucker Barnhart, Derek Dietrich and Nick Senzel hit solo homers over the next few innings. Senzel’s maiden homer went 379 feet to the opposite field. Yasiel Puig got one of his own in the 7th (404 feet). 

Yasiel Puig was locked in tonight. The exit velocity of his hits was: 103.1, 107, 101.6 and 103.2 mph. 

Nick Senzel hit a ball 398 feet that Giants OF climbed up on the centerfield wall to catch.

Senzel added another walk, making three in his first two big league games. Yes, please. Senzel has as many walks as Jose Peraza. 

What’s Next

Happy Luis Castillo Day! The Reds (14-19) and Giants (14-19) play the third of the 4-game series tomorrow afternoon at 4:10 PM ET. The starting pitching matchup features Castillo and Jeff Samardzija (34, RHP). 

59 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    Tanner Roark on point tonight. Senzel with his first HR. Puig great getting on base tonight, staying on their was a problem….but oh well ( and technically a HR doesn’t let him stay on the bases either). Agree that Reed has jumped to behind Garrett in the LHP side of the BP. Time to take the necessary step of releasing Duke. Peralta still may be useful in a LOOGY fashion. Votto finally getting those walks again. All around Great Job.

    Hopefully the offense can repeat the performance against the best RHP the giants have to offer right now.

  2. Roger Garrett

    This is the lineup minus Scooter that most of us thought it would be with the power we thought it could be.One game and a small snapshot of what it may become.Great bounce back by the Reds after back to back brutal losses.Roark nibbled less probably because of the run support and Reed was lethal.We will need him against all those lefty hitters in our division and I agree Steve he moves ahead of at least Peralta and Duke.In games like this I always wonder if a guy can finish it and Reed did.Often those last 3 outs regardless of the score can be very hard for some guys.Confidence builder for him and for Bell as we go forward.

  3. Klugo

    Start of a winning streak. I can feel it.

  4. WVRedlegs

    Roark did a good job tonight. It was huge having Reed show up like this. Very confident and this just has to help his confidence even more.
    That Giants starting pitcher was living belly button high and out over the plate. Reminiscent of the 2016-2017 Reds starters.
    Oakland’s starting pitching isn’t much better so having 3 games vs. The A’s and 5 more with SF gives the Reds a chance to even their record before taking on the Cubs and Dodgers.
    Two games don’t make an offensive resurgence, but it is a start. That’s one win in a row now, make it 2 tomorrow.

  5. Seat101

    Was my son kidding?

    Did we call up VanMeter?

    • Reddawg12

      Heyman tweeted that they are calling him up.

      • Doc

        Does Heyman make those decisions? Or is it more official when the Reds do the tweeting?

    • CFD3000

      I haven’t seen an official transaction yet. Senzel and Reed to Cincinnati. Bowman and Schebler to Louisville. Kemp released outright. Rumors out on VanMeter.

      • matthew hendley

        Trade rumors is reporting it, no corosponding roster move, but realistically it will be a pitcher. I hate to think it cause he did so well tonight, but I think they are going to send Reed back down. Roster spot taken by the one Kemp just emptied so No Duke DFA.

  6. matthew hendley

    Many scouts are saying that ‘Versitile Bench Piece’ is his absolute ceiling, Its one month and while I hope every player the best don’t be surprised if this turns out to be miguel cairo v2

    • Amarillo

      Miguel Cairo never hit more than 8 Home Runs in a season in his whole career including minors. VanMeter had 8 Home Runs last week.

      • matthew hendley

        Hey, Im not saying that, I am just saying what a neutral site said.
        On a side note there is more news involving a Van with a slight reds connection. The Tigers release Vanhager after he gives up 6 ER in an inning against the Royals. The Royals Pitcher… you guessed it. Homer Bailey. Fun Fact of the Day

      • Doug Gray

        What site? When did they say it?

        Both of those things are insanely important to you putting that information out there.

      • matthew hendley

        Despite his excellence in 2019, no outlet ranks VanMeter among the Reds’ top farmhands. Back in January 2018, FanGraphs prospect guru Eric Longenhagen wrote that emerging as a versatile bench piece may be VanMeter’s “absolute ceiling” in the majors.

        This is from the announcement on MLBtraderumors. I did check, he still isn’t a top 30 prospect. Or is this a citing and copywrite sort of issue.

      • Doug Gray

        This is an issue of using a scouting report, from the latest, August of 2017 (the last time VanMeter played before that January 2018 write up came out), to talk about a guy in May of 2019. That would be like writing about Justin Turner in 2012 and saying his absolute ceiling was that of a versatile bench guy.

        And no, he’s still not a top 30 prospect anywhere because no one is going to update their rankings until after the draft. He’s probably pushed his way into the top 15 for me. But, since the rankings aren’t updated daily…. he’s “unranked”.

      • Hanawi

        You keep saying he still isn’t listed as a top 30 prospect. Has anyone even updated their rankings since the season started? That might be an important detail.

    • ToBeDetermined

      Many scouts wondered if a minor league outfielder named Votto would be able to Major League pitching

  7. Phil Gasson

    Small bricks make buildings. Reed? Van? Our pitching is formidable. Is there enough offense?

  8. Mark Lang

    How can you say Senzel’s center field shot was 398 feet when it was caught OVER the 404 marker?

    • Doug Gray

      Trackman estimated it at 398 feet. Of course, the problem is that’s an estimation in perfect conditions with perfect humidity, no wind, no rain, at sea level….

    • Steve Mancuso

      The radar and cameras measured it. That was the estimate. If you watch the video closely, even though Pillar jumped above the fence, he actually misplayed it and had to come back onto the field for it. Not clear whether it would have been a home run.

      • Matt WI

        Agree. It never actually left the yard. Him going up so high on the wall fooled everyone.

  9. WVRedlegs

    Now we’re cooking with gas. The roster needed a little jolt and got just that this weekend. Senzel, Reed and now Vanmeter. Excellent.
    One thing you can say about Bell, players aren’t rotting on the bench. Everyone plays. If Vanmeter is coming up, he’s coming up to play.
    Great news.

  10. John

    Senzel needs to lead off with votto 2nd. I’m tired of Votto leading off and I think he is as well.

  11. matthew hendley

    Any rumor on who is going down?

    • jreis

      I think Peraza is going down to AAA just to get some more consistent playing time. I think at this point Dietrich and Iglesias have to be your everyday middle infielders at least until Scooter comes back.

    • Scott Gennett

      I believe either Peralta is sent down (not sure if still has options) or Duke is released. Does not make much sense to carry a nine-man bullpen. Need Peraza as bench piece along with Farmer and Vanmeter.

    • Jim Walker

      Has to be a pitcher. It is insanity to play with a 3 man bench. Yeah, I know they have Lorenzen as a 2 way guy. I’ve been on the bandwagon for years to take advantage of his 2 way potential. However despite all the talk this spring they haven’t really done much except send him out to play CF defensively late and pinch run.

      Regardless that the Reds are in the middle of the pack in bullpen innings pitched, they clearly have some kind of bullpen availability issue going on. Witness that twice in 3 days they optioned a position player, putting them at a 3 man bench, in order to add a 14th pitcher. That is not normal behavior.

      • lwblogger2

        It’s behavior that they will not be able to repeat in 2020 apparently either. It’s my understanding that MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to expand rosters next year to 26 players, with the caveat that a team can’t carry more than 13 pitchers.

  12. jreis

    i went to the game tonight and last night and I really don’t know how many games they will win this year? they could match the 1982 reds or they could catch fire and win 90 games but at least they are ENTERTAINING for the first time in 5 years. fans are actually having fun!

    Highlight for me today is Joey stealing second base. more of that please! I mean most of the time they don’t even hold him on. the pitcher was pitching from a full wind up for gosh sakes. lol.glad he took advantage.

  13. lost11found

    Wasn’t able to watch but am glad to see back-to-back solid offensive games. If vanmeter is called up I’d like to see Duke or Peralta DFA/optioned and keep reed up. but with CR pitching 2.1 innings I can see how he’d be optioned back too since he would be available for a day or two anyway.

  14. Matt WI

    Fascinating development with the roster changes. I really appreciate the FO not waiting two more months to do this like they might have in the past. Good mix of patience and guys having an opportunity but still having some accountability.

  15. TR

    What a difference a game makes. The offense is waking up and the Red’s good pitching, so far, is a real positive.

  16. Matt WI

    Good on Cody Reed last tonight. He deserved to have an outing like that.

  17. Doc

    If Reed gets sent back down, doesn’t that make him ineligible to return for 10 days, barring injury? If so, DB will manage them into the same bullpen morass that caused the nine man relief core to start with. Mold the team for the future; keep Reed up and unload Duke.

  18. Hotto4Votto

    Thought it was an interesting comment about the power-arm core of the bullpen. I agree that keeping Reed around is a smart idea. Originally, in the spring, I had Reed making the bullpen over Peralta for my preferences. Then I got to thinking it wasn’t that long ago that we were discussing all four of those guys as top Reds prospects.

    So I went back and looked at the RML rankings archives. I don’t know if all four shared a mid-season or pre-season update, as only post-season updates seem to be archived. But still, what I found was interesting:

    Post 2014: Stephenson #1, Lorenzen #3, Garrett #7, and Iglesias #10.
    Notables: Winker #2, Romano #6, Disco #8, Ervin #12, Blandino #15, Barnhart #18
    What the….Nick Howard #9 one spot in front of Iglesias.
    Post 2015: Stephenson #1, Garrett #4, Reed #5 (Lorenzen graduated)
    Notables: Winker #2, Peraza #7, Ervin #8, Blandino #9, Romano #10, Mella #12, Mahle #14, Scheeler #16.

    Lots of guys that have come up through the prospect ranks that are contributing to the core of this Reds team. Most of the best pitchers ended up in the bullpen. Life can be strange and unpredictable.

  19. Steve Mancuso

    Wandy Peralta has two options left. I don’t think Peralta or Zach Duke is reliable.

    • Jim Walker

      And just over 2 years of service time on Peralta which means they are free from constraint in using those options.

  20. Doc

    Reed just saved DB’s bullpen with a dominant performance. Keeping Duke, who hasn’t saved anything for anybody all year, would be a huge slap in the face to Reed. None of the other RP get sent down after a dominant multi-inning performance, why should Reed?

  21. Pete

    Today’s lineup:

    No Puig after hitting the ball over 100 mph on his abs.

    • Wayne nabors

      Ain’t nobody can cool off a hot hitter like David bell,that’s just ridiculous

      • daytonnati

        Reminds me of the old joke about the only coach who could hold Michael Jordan under 20 points a game was Dean Smith.

    • TR

      Votto should be and should always have been second in the batting order. In todays lineup, Winker should be leading off and Puig, unless not able, should be the regular in right field.

    • RojoBenjy

      What is Puig’s average against Szamardja? If it’s terrible I accept him sitting. Otherwise—-

    • vegastypo

      I’m sure this offday for Puig was arranged three weeks ago, not going to let a silly thing like a hot streak get in the way of that planning.

    • Jefferson Green

      DB normally plans and shares his lineups with the team 1-2 days in advance so that players can plan and prepare as well as possible (e.g. getting an extra workout in when not starting the next game). This also lets players know that no matter how well they hit today, their role for tomorrow is already set, so there’s no use pressing to get extra hits to stay in the lineup.

  22. TR

    I hope the two ‘H’s (Hernandez and Hughes) stay around and combined with Garrett, Reed and Stevenson along with Iggy, the Reds could have the makings of a top flight bullpen.

  23. Jim Walker

    Still haven’t seen anything official on the possible VanMeter call up.

    The Reds may painted themselves into a bullpen situation corner which forces them to hold off on JVM until tomorrow.

    Reed was called up as the 14th pitcher. He pitched 2.1 innings (28 pitches) last night and is almost certainly not available today.

    If they want to keep Reed up, somebody else has to be sent down to clear a spot for JVM. With the 14th pitcher they are already at a 3 man bench; so, they don’t have a position player to swap out for JVM. But if a different pitcher (than Reed) is sent down, then they may still be short in the pen since Reed is unavailable.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Very possible. Normally they would have made the official announcement by now.

  24. matthew hendley

    And naturally, in the way only the Cincinnati Reds can reward you for a good job, COdy Reed has been optioned back to LOU for JVMTR

    • PhP

      I get he will probably be back before too long, but man I’m with you, the optics look terrible after the way he pitched last night.

      • matthew hendley

        10 Days is a long time though, and short of an injury that is the shoretest he must remain down.

  25. Old-school

    Cody Reed really took one for the team. He did his job very well. and gave the bullpen a complete day of rest. He deserves a lot of credit and I suspect his days in AAA are numbered.

    • RojoBenjy

      Kid deserves better, especially since Wandy still has options.


  26. da bear

    Pure arrogance/vanity on the part of Reds management. They are unwilling to admit they made a mistake with Duke and Bell in this instance perhaps unwilling to admit he made poor decisions running Duke out as often and early as he has. Hope Duke manages to not get shelled the rest of the season so Reds mgmt and mgr can save face. Reed should have been with the team from the beginning of the season.