Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (26-27) 6 8 0
Cincinnati Reds (26-29)
11 11 0
W: Sims (1-0) L: Lyles (5-2)
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Would the Pirates hit Derek Dietrich after he homered against them on Monday night? No. But Derek Dietrich certainly hit the Pirates, homering three times in his best MAXIMUM DEREK impression.

The Offense

It was the Derek Dietrich show on Tuesday night. He homered in the 4th inning – a 2-run shot. The next inning he homered again – another 2-run shot. In the 7th inning he came up again with a runner on and smashed a 2-run homer. He wouldn’t get a 5th at-bat of the game to take a shot at 4 homers in the game.

Jose Peraza got in on the home run parade, smacking his 5th of the season in the 8th inning to extend the Reds lead to 11-4. Eugenio Suarez walked twice, doubled, and he scored 2 runs. Jose Iglesias went 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, raising his average to .313 on the season.

The Pitching

It was the Lucas Sims show on the mound. That is until his final pitch of the game. His line would look differently in a closer game as he probably wouldn’t have been given quite the leash he did get thanks to a 10-0 lead. In the end he allowed 4 runs, all on a grand slam with 1 out in the 8th inning. But prior to that, he had been dominating the Pirates, striking out 9 batters with just 1 walk. His curveball left Pittsburgh without an answer all night long.

Robert Stephenson came on to finish the game out. He made it through the 8th inning by retiring the only 2 batters he faced in the inning. He would return for the 9th inning. Things didn’t go quite as smoothly, but holding a big lead that didn’t matter much. He would give up 2 runs in the inning, but seal the win – and get free pizza in the process for all of the fans with a ticket by striking out 2 batters and getting the Reds to 11 total strikeouts on the day.

Notes Worth Noting

Derek Dietrich’s homers went 366 feet, 375 feet, and 392 feet.

Derek Dietrich is currently sporting an OPS of 1.084. ONE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY FOUR. His slugging percentage is .720, which is higher than the OPS of Tucker Barnhart or Jose Peraza this season.

The Reds moved to 26-29 on the year. They are 3 games under .500 for the first time since April 26th.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday May 29th, 12:35pm

Steven Brault (1-1, 7.11 ERA) vs Anthony DeSclafani (2-2, 4.99 ERA)

20 Responses

  1. JayTheRed

    Is Dietrich the 2019 version or even more so than Scooter Gennet was a few years back?? I have no clue what they are going to do when Scooter comes back. The way Dietrich has been playing he needs to be in the lineup somewhere.

    • JayDubz

      My best guess is that he turns into a super-sub like Todd Frazier in 2012.

    • VottoMatic127

      Agreed. If you don’t move Puig, you have to extend him. They also have a decision on Scooter… I’d love to see them move Scooter and Puig. That way Trammell and Senzel can start their run together…

  2. Reddawg12

    I think Disco should at least get a couple more starts, but it’s good to know we have some depth at AAA if needed. I’m sure Sims won’t dominate like this every start, but it sure was good to see him controlling the game.

    Going up against a lefty tomorrow. Got to think DD will still be starting.

  3. JayTheRed

    Its shocking that Bell left him in so long. That almost never happens. Our starters are lucky if they see the 6th inning. He did a nice job but like you I agree that he should be stashed back in AAA.

    If Bell would give his starters a little more leash overall the bullpen won’t be dead by the all-star game. I’m saying let them get through the 6th at least unless they are just not performing well. Let them get some quality starts.

    • JB WV

      His pitch count was amazingly low and the Reds had iced the game. If the usual rotation had been in there Bell would have done the same. Kudos for letting the kid try to finish.

  4. RedsFan11

    The Reds are finally looking to put things together offensively. You can argue there are too many players deserving to start and not enough spots for them all.

    I hope Bell can keep a somewhat consistent lineup at least starting 8 wise going forward to keep this momentum, especially if its still there when Scooter comes back

    • Tom

      I think Bell focused on getting as many at-bats as possible for each player. That seemed a bit odd since were used to Dusty and Price running out the same tired line up each night.

      Well, the Reds have played a pretty brutal stretch against some top notch teams and the Reds seem to have more energy. Maybe Bell saw something coming we didn’t.

    • Rich H

      Tom, that just couldn’t happen. There’s no way David Bell could do something right, or that this management team could be right about something. Besides the obvious things they do and have done correctly, they’re obviously doing and have done so many more things poorly. Many armchair managers commenting here seem certain of those facts, and that level of certainty is convincing. Right?

  5. Tom Mitsoff

    Dietrich has 30 hits — including 17 homers, 2 doubles and 1 triple. A nice .720 slugging percentage and 1.085 OPS.

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    The Reds will still have five-plus years of control of Sims after this season, but this year is his last minor league option. Like Stephenson, they’ll need to find a way to keep him on the big league roster in 2020 if they want to keep him.

  7. JayDubz

    How long until they ask Double D to pee in a cup? Asking for a friend.

    • VottoMatic125

      DD has always been able to hit. His power is about playing in a tiny park compared to Miami launch angle…definitely selling out for dingers…lets see if he starts to swoon a bit.

  8. VottoMatic127

    Duvall hasn’t hit in two years. You have chose the wrong hill to die on…

  9. Roger Garrett

    Great win and great job by Sims and Dietrich had the game of his life.Reds are where they are in the standings because they haven’t scored runs.Still 11th in a 15 team league that includes the Marlins and the Giants that are just what they are this year.They are starting to score and that is very encouraging.The last 3 games they have lost,one each in Milwaukee and Chicago and in the first game of the DH were lost late in the game so they could be 8-0 but are 5-3 in their last 8 games.All were winnable games.I would like to see Bell use his effective relievers longer rather then a batter or two and then on to the next guy.It has been mentioned several times that by doing this you can get to the guy that doesn’t have it and you lose.In addition if Iggy is just the ninth inning or later that is truly a mistake by this organization.I understand the closer rules that have been around forever but we are not a premier team that is winning each and every year and fighting for a title.We are what our record says its been for the last zillion years so do we even need a closer?Iggy hasn’t pitched since Friday and could it be possible that he enters the game today in the ninth and blows it and all we here is he was rusty because he hasn’t pitched in 5 days.These kind of things are just silly.

  10. lost11found

    Maximus Derikus Redicus had his vengance in this inning, and the next, and the next.

  11. Brad

    My question is where would the reds be this year without Dietrich and Jose Iglesias. They were both picked up late in the off season for cheap and outside of pitching they have had the biggest impact on this team.

  12. Jefferson Green

    Important to remember: we saw Billy Hamilton’s game at its peak , and it is already in decline. While this seems hard to believe because we are still waiting for him to reach his tantalizing potential, the numbers tell us it is true. His overall runs saved stat has declined three straight seasons (Fangraphs): from 14 in 2016 to 11 (’17) to 8 last year and is on pace for 5 this year. His base running and hitting are seeing multi-year declines, as well. As we sit here watching Senzel play and compare him in our minds to Billy, we have to be mindful of whether we are comparing him to elite BH of 2015-16 or to the current BH.

  13. Scott in Texas

    First you advocate for Duvall, and now this?

    Ah, I get it – you are being funny!!!! hahahahaha