Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (35-38)
7 10 1
Milwaukee Brewers (40-35)
1 5 1
W: Roark (5-6) L: Nelson (0-2)
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FIVE GAMES IN A ROW HAVE RESULTED IN WINS FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS. Pitching. Hits. Hit by pitches. Dingers getting donged. This was a fun game for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Offense

The Reds got things started early. Joey Votto walked, Eugenio Suarez singled to left, and then Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch to load the bases with 1 out. Nick Senzel picked up an RBI with a 5-pitch walk, making it 1-0. Jose Iglesias would cap off the inning with a 2-run single to put the good guys up 3-0 before Milwaukee even had a chance to hit. Iglesias was at the heart of the scoring again in the 5th, following up a Yasiel Puig triple to left-center with a home run that landed on top of the wall before bouncing over it and into the Brewers bullpen. That gave the Reds a 5-1 lead. Cincinnati played add on in the 7th. Dietrich led off with inning with a single to right field. Senzel then took a 94 MPH fastball at the letters and crushed it off of the foul pole in left field to make it a 7-1 game. That was all they would need.

Derek Dietrich was hit by 2 pitches in the game. I haven’t double checked this, but I’m pretty sure he’s now been hit 137 times this season. Nick Senzel, Yasiel Puig, and Jose Iglesias all had 2 hits each, and Senzel also added a walk. Jesse Winker went 1-3, walked, was hit by a pitch, and had the wildest pop-up slide on his triple you’re going to see (video below).

The Pitching

Tanner Roark got the start for the Reds and it was a heck of a start. He made one mistake on the day, serving up a 462-foot home run to Christian Yelich in the 4th inning. But that solo home run was the only run that the right-hander allowed. He gave up just 3 hits, and he hit 3 batters, but walked no one and racked up 7 strikeouts across 6.0 innings for Cincinnati. He left the game to the bullpen while holding onto a 7-1 lead.

Jared Hughes took over in the 7th inning for the Reds. It was quick and easy for Hughes, who then returned for the 8th. He made easy work of that inning, too. Christian Yelich did single against him in the inning, but he was erased as Hughes got Ryan Braun to ground into a double play to end the inning. With a big lead, David Bell turned the bottom of the 9th inning over to Zach Duke. After walking the leadoff batter on 4 pitches he got Yasmani Grandal to ground into a double play. Eric Thames followed with a single, but Travis Shaw popped out to Eugenio Suarez in foul territory to end the game.

Notes Worth Noting

Jesse Winker is a magician and had one of the more wild slide-to-hop-over-the-infielder plays you’ll see as he turned a sure out into a triple.

Tanner Roark just continued to get it done. His ERA on the season is now down to 3.47. He’s struck out 81 batters with just 27 walks in 80.1 innings on the year. He’s never come close to a strikeout per inning in his career, but he’s doing it this year.

Don’t look now, but three regulars in the Cincinnati Reds lineup now have an OPS over .800 on the season. Jesse Winker is up to .804, Nick Senzel is at .807, and Derek Dietrich is at .939.

Scooter Gennett went 1-5 with a single on his rehab assignment with the Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas tonight.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers

Friday June 21st, 8:10pm

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16 Responses

  1. Joey

    Over at mlbtraderumors there is an article up stati g that the Reds were the mystery team in on Albert Pujols when he was a free agent. The Reds with Walt almost got him. I just wanted to drop that here. I’ll be right back, got to go get the popcorn out of the microwave 😉

    • Tom Mitsoff

      In fairness, had the Reds signed Pujols, it would have — at the time — elicited elation among Reds fans similar to what occurred after the Griffey Jr. trade at the time it was made. In retrospect, clearly the Cardinals made the right move in not offering that sort of contract, and the Angels made a big mistake.

  2. Tom Corcoran

    If they could win three of four from Milwaukee, they would be 37-39 and have a shot at reaching .500 by the All-Star break. Then they should be thinking long-term and trade Roark, Puig, and maybe Woods or maybe a relief pitcher to add a younger hitter like Clint Frazier or some good prospects, especially a catcher who can hit.

    • Indy Red Man

      I think selling goes more with losing? 4 games out of the 2nd wildcard, but 5 teams between them. They could fall out as fast as they get in….so stay tuned?

      Puig though? Why does most of RLN want to trade Puig? He shouldn’t be that expensive to sign? He’d have to get red hot to hit .260 this year. He’s never had more then 74 rbis in a season. He’s only had 500 at-bats once.

      Last 30 days though for Puig = 26-91 (.286/.905 ops) with 7 hrs, 13 rbis, & 3 steals!

  3. Reddawg12

    I hate to get my hopes up, because we all know how that goes. But I am encouraged by the fact that the Reds are currently on a 5 game winning streak and they still have several players whose stats should continue to improve. I think it’s reasonable to expect Winker, Puig, Votto, and Suarez all to end the season with better numbers than they have now. Which means there should more consistent winning to come as long as the pitching keeps it up, and they can avoid any major injuries. Also, I can’t wait until Scooter gets back.

    Go Reds! At least they are interesting again.

    • Scott C

      This is all true, but we also have Alex Wood, hopefully back soon. Although, the caveat is how well will he do? That is an x factor

    • Lwblogger2

      That’s because everyone is mashing in AAA. They are using the MLB balls and pitchers are complaining about the seams being lower and the ball slicker. They should have gone to the MLB balls years ago in my opinion.

  4. Don

    great game both hitting and pitching. Another strong pitching effort. With 10 of next 14 games against Brewers and Cubs before all star break and 13 of 19 against the division after the break, this team controls its own destiny over next 6 weeks and will either be in the hunt for the division and wild card or time to sell and look to next year.

    Looking forward to lots of wins of next 6 weeks and have the Reds be in the hunt after the trade deadline.

  5. Reddawg12

    I don’t know, but if that’s the case they really need to give him a couple of days off or even put him on the 10 day IL. He does not look like his normal self and I would gladly sacrifice a week and a half without him to get him healthy and back to raking for the second half of the season. He also made a really bad throw on a routine ground ball last night.

    Hopefully it’s just a slump that he’s about to break out of.

  6. Roger Garrett

    Reds have played the we think we can,we thing we can game before and still lost over 90 games.Still comes down to who is part of the future and who is your core going forward which the Reds have been terrible in trying to find that out.Can’t keep everybody and shouldn’t even try cause this team still is 12th in runs scored in the league in a very very hitter friendly home park.Are they better of course but its because of the pitching they went out and got and Castillo,Mahle and Disco have been improved.Big time need is on offense primarily because so far nobody has played up to what was expected of them although you could argue Iggy and now Senzel are playing at or above expectations.Hoping the rest get better is just hope so the Reds still don’t know what they don’t know.Team is at best close to a 500 team which still leaves us in 4th or 5th in our division.No doubt in my mind what they need to do and thats be open to any and all trade talks for any and all of their players.Certainly there may be some guys you wouldn’t want to shop but listening doesn’t hurt a thing.

    • PhP

      I disagree with your assessment that they are at best a .500 team. I believe they have more talent than a .500 team. Also, their pythagorean record is 42-31. They found so many ways to lose earlier in the season, if they had performed at .500 early on they would be closer to the pythagorean record than what they are now. They just have to put it all together, but the talent is there.

  7. David

    I think that is a very cromulent point. We may never know, but it would be coincidental if in a few weeks Suarez starts hitting better (after his hand would have healed).

  8. Roger Garrett

    Its an exciting time for me and everybody else right now that is a Reds fan.We can talk to numbers,opinions and even our gut instinct but until the Reds get to 500 and beat the teams in our own division it means nothing.Indy hit it on the head and things are looking better.If this team can get in to just the middle of the pack,7th or 8th in runs scored and hold our own on the mound,say in the top 5 its going to get interesting for sure.I circled Wednesday’s win against the Stros as the turning point of the season so lets hope we can talk about that in a month or two.

  9. Don

    I have always hoped for a 8-2 10 games to offset the 1-8 start.

    REDS pitching has given up the least number of runs of any NL team. All the advanced stats and metrics are great to discuss and talk about and review. Game comes down to who has more runs. Great pitching always beats great hitting in the long run as great hitting is still failing 7 times out of 10.

    Divisional pitching.
    Reds have played 1 less game than Cubs& Cards, 2 less then brewers, same # as Pirates.
    Total Runs against per going into Today’s games.
    Reds = 266
    Cubs = 312
    Cards = 331
    Brewers = 370
    Pirates = 404

    Runs Scored
    Reds = 313
    Pirates = 327
    Cards = 342
    Brewers = 370
    Cubs = 378

    Reds are tied for 3rd in NL for best run differential. Dodgers and Cubs are only better team in NL for run differential.
    Top 4 in NL run differential made playoffs in 2018, Rockies (8th) was the one outliers

    Win/Loss will turn around based if the high run differential is maintained for the entire season.

  10. Indy Red Man

    I’m going to put my negative nelly post over here and then just root on another Reds victory on the game day post!

    Why did the Reds FO make such a half-hearted (didnt want to use hearted as the 2nd word) attempt to get Yelich? Miami got next to nothing! Lewis Brinson was the headlining prospect and he’s hit .190 in the bigs so far. The Reds had a stellar farm system at the time too. He was cheap and he was available and the Reds blew it.

    • Lwblogger2

      He wasn’t cheap. Nobody saw Brinson struggling. Yelich could have been had but I don’t see how it wouldn’t have cost Senzel. They wanted near MLB ready talent so don’t thing Green or Trammel could have headlined a Yelich deal. Discussion probably broke down when it was determined that the Reds weren’t going to move Senzel in that deal.

      Yelich has exploded. Maybe the Reds should have traded Senzel for him but at the time and still, here right now, I wouldn’t have moved Senzel plus a couple other top 10 guys for Yelich.