|Cincinnati Reds (28-34)||1||6||1|
|Philadelphia Phillies (36-27)
|W: Pivetta (4-1) L: Roark (4-5)
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The Reds offense couldn’t get going beyond the first two hitters in the lineup and Nick Pivetta came to pitch as Cincinnati fell short on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Nick Senzel led off the game with a double. And he was the last Red to have a hit in the game, leading off the 9th inning with a double. He scored on the first one, giving the Reds an early 1-0 lead. It was the only run the team would have on the day. Joey Votto had 2 hits, both singles. Josh VanMeter and Jose Peraza each went 1-3. That was it. No one else had a hit. No one walked for the Reds. And no one was hit by a pitch. The offense just didn’t have it going for them today, and even when they threatened, things didn’t work out. When Senzel scored in the 1st it came on a double play. In the 8th inning with 2 runners on a double play erased a runner and helped stall the inning.
Tanner Roark wasn’t at his best on the day. The Reds starter allowed 4 earned runs on the day. After being handed a 1-0 lead he quickly gave it up in the bottom of the 1st inning when the Phillies scored twice. Roark would get touched up for a single run in each of the 4th and 5th innings. His ERA jumped to 3.74 on the season.
The bullpen took over in the 6th inning with Matt Bowman taking the mound. He threw 2.0 hitless innings with a strikeout, holding the lead for the Phillies at 3 runs. Jared Hughes threw a perfect 8th inning with 2 strikeouts to give the Reds a shot at things in the 9th. He did his job. The offense didn’t on this day.
Notes Worth Noting
On this day in 1920 Edd Roush literally fell asleep during a game while playing the outfield. While the manager and umpire were discussing something on the infield, Roush laid down in the grass at his position. And fell asleep. Don’t ever let anyone tell you players don’t hustle or play hard like they used to.
Joey Votto has reached base in 22 of his last 23 games. In his last 13 games he’s hitting .393/.417/.500.
Matt Bowman has come up from Triple-A Louisville and pitched well this season. He’s only appeared in 7 games for the Reds thus far, but has only allowed 1 run in 7.2 innings – good for an ERA of 1.17.
Despite taking the loss on the day, Tanner Roark hit two “milestones”, so-to-speak. During the game he reached 1000 career innings pitched and racked up his 800th career strikeout.
The Reds have scored 11 runs in 6 games during June.
The Reds social media team made ONE tweet during the game. That has to be a record.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
Sunday June 9th, 1:05PM ET
Sonny Gray (2-5, 3.54 ERA) vs Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.63 ERA)