The Cincinnati Reds (47-55) beat the Colorado Rockies (49-56) by a score of 3-1 on Saturday night at Great American Ballpark.The Reds received a pair of home runs, a solo shot from Josh VanMeter and a two-run dinger from Eugenio Suarez, to make up all three of the night’s runs.

Anthony DeSclafani (6-5, 4.01 ERA) tossed five strong innings, allowing the one run in the fourth on a sac fly off the bat of Nolan Arenado. He largely shut down the Rockies lineup, who scored 12 runs the night before, allowing four hits and three walks, while fanning five.

Colorado’s biggest threat came in the sixth when they got the first two batters on base. That chased Disco in favor of Wandy Peralta. Some may have recoiled at that substitution, but Peralta quickly silenced those critics by inducing three-straight unproductive outs to erase the threat. Coming into tonight, Peralta was allowing 35% of his inherited runners to score.

Something that was nice to see, Raisel Iglesias (18 saves) pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. He looked a lot more like 2018 Iglesias than the 2019 version as he nailed down the final three outs to help the Reds beat the Rockies.

Speaking of nice to see, VanMeter bangs:

He is a guy who is showing a lot of potential. He now has three homers in three games. There are some who would prefer to see him in the lineup, every single day, and I tend to agree.

Could be interesting to see how VanMeter grabs on to the opportunity ahead of him, given the struggles of Scooter Gennett and Derek Dietrich, of late.


The Reds answered the challenge, after having been soundly beaten the night before, and now look to take the rubber game. Sunday features the 2019 Reds debut of Alex Wood. Many tabbed him as the key acquisition of the offseason, but he has yet to play. 

Will he show some sort of trade value at the 11th hour, before the deadline? Or, will he demonstrate his quality to the Reds front office and receive a contract extension to be the final part of the three-headed rotation monster? Sunday is the beginning of these answers.

5 Responses

  1. EricDavisFan#44

    Can someone explain the balk call? the radio guys were suggesting it was on Votto, which I didn’t think was possible (fielders balk). In reading rules, was the call a balk on the pitcher for throwing “to an unoccupied base” due to Votto being too far off of the bag? Sorry, all i had was the radio and I can’t find highlight or explanation online. And according to radio, Joey was mad.

    • RedsDownUnderer

      Yes, Votto was off the bag–I didn’t see the replay in detail, but he was a few steps away from the bag–Disco threw over and Votto turned and stepped to apply the tag. Commentators said it was close (in the sense that it wasn’t an obvious call), but ultimately it was the ump’s discretion.

    • Wutinthehail

      It was on Votto, I suspect, in the context that he caused the balk. It’s on the pitcher but Votto was the cause.

      My guess is it was called because he was holding the runner and came off the bag into a fielding position. After he assumed a fielding position Disco threw over.

  2. Roger Garrett

    For the first time since Winker was in AAA the Reds have some guys down there that can hit and hit with power.Lots of talk abut the ball etc etc but what JVM and Ervin have done since being called up has nothing to do with the ball.Along with Senzel’s 2 hits last night they got 5 of the 6 hits the Reds managed to get against 3 pitchers that well aren’t exactly good even if you try to stretch it some.Jim’s use of the word anointed is just what the Reds do but they also throw guy’s under the bus after a few bad at bats or bad appearances on the mound.What a lot of us would like to see is at least for the rest of this year is to give them 200 at bats or so and see what they have got.It can only help the organization to find out who can be counted on next year and beyond.All hitters struggle at times during a long year but you have to let them and it hurts nothing in a season that the Reds aren’t quite ready to challenge for a title in the division.JVM’S homer last night was a line drive that got out right now.He swung and the next things you see is the right fielder turning to see if it was high enough to go out.The kid gets on base and has the discipline to take pitches unlike almost anybody else on this team.He is 24 years old and well he just has to play period.

  3. Satchmo

    VanMeter is such an odd situation. I can’t remember a guy that went from non-prospect to mlb so quickly. It doesn’t seem like a fluke either, since he tore up AAA for well over half the season.

    Maybe Doug Gray can help with this one. Where did this guy come from? Why the sudden explosion? Are there any noteable precedents of guys coming out of nowhere to have productive careers?