The Short Version: Reds ride a strong start from Tanner Roark — again — and the longball to a shutout win in the series finale in Oakland.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (16-22) 3 8 1
Oakland Athletics (17-22) 0 6 1
W: Roark (3-1) L: Bassitt (1-1) S: Iglesias (7)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Another outstanding start from Tanner Roark, who spun six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. Roark struck out three and walked two. His ERA is 3.27. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

–Big game for Eugenio Suarez, who was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a homer (his 11th), two runs scored and an RBI. That’ll do, Geno. That’ll do.

–The amazing Derek Dietrich hit his tenth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning.

–Amir Garrett, David Hernandez, and Raisel Iglesias weren’t perfect, but they did pitch three innings of shutout baseball to finish this one out.

The Bad
–Nothing to see here. Everything is beautiful.

The Recap
–An important win after two late-night losses in Oakland, one a no-hitter, the other an extra-innings disappointment.

–Cincinnati grabbed a lead early, as Suarez doubled with one away. Dietrich followed with a homer to right field, his fifth homer in his last six games. (Hint: that is good.)

The lead stayed 2-0 until Suarez homered with one away in the third. And that was all!

–Sometimes the A’s think they’re going to sweep the Reds, but it never works out that way.

–Jesse Winker missed his second consecutive game with, reportedly, a quad injury. He’ll start tomorrow according to Reds manager David Bell, however.

–The Reds head over to San Francisco for a weekend series next. Luis Castillo will get the start tomorrow evening. Go Reds.

12 Responses

  1. daytonnati

    Okay, I was at a sports bar and the game was on in the background with no sound. Can I ask who was the bearded guy sitting alone in a remote section of the upper deck who was eventually surrounded by kids that looked like they were asking for autographs?

  2. Dob

    Posey put on concussion list out for 7 days this morning

  3. Mark Lang

    I’d be willing to bet over 75% of our runs scored have come via the home run.

  4. Doug Gray

    Yes. They have won one game without a home run this year.

  5. Roger Garrett

    Just saw the Cards scored 17 last night against the Bucs and hit no homers.We haven’t score 17 without it being via the homer all year.Just kidding but it sure feels like it.Launch angle?

    • TR

      This team, with an improved pitching staff, has the potential to reach .500 and above but it will only happen when the offense is driving in runners from scoring position with non-homers. Solid winning baseball is not going to happen with homeruns as the core of the offense.

  6. lost11found

    The FO certainly did well signing Roark, Jose, and Dietrich. Three solid signings there to add depth and solid MLB players.

    All three might regress as the year wears on but they have help greatly to keep the boat afloat.

  7. Chris

    Reds are 5-12 in 1 run games. Hopefully that will even out and we can push towards .500

  8. CP

    I don’t know who did more damage to kids’ hitting, Eric Davis or Gary Sheffield. What it must be like to have elite bat speed…

  9. Roger Garrett

    Was watching some of the MLB game today between the Brewers and Cubs.Both clubs have hitters 1-8 which is what the Reds have to do in order to compete in the division.The Cards are the same way with a stacked line up of hitters.I will say right now and the stats prove it that we have the better pitching and the better fielding.I do expect us to hit better and with money available next year to go out and get some guys to fill the holes we have so its not all bad.Its just so obvious its like a fight with one side having water pistols and the other side having real ones.All of this has been talked about in the past on how the other teams make moves to improve and I do believe our new front office will do the same.Better days are ahead this year and next so hold on nation