|Philadelphia Phillies (72-66)
|Cincinnati Reds (65-75)
|W: M. Lorenzen (1-4) L: J. Alvarez (3-4) S: R. Iglesias (29)|
|Statcast | Gamecast | Game Thread|
Trevor Bauer pitched on three days rest after getting the go-ahead by David Bell. This is apparently something the iconoclastic pitcher has been lobbying to do his entire career.
“I like pitching,” Bauer said. “Why waste a day in between times pitching? I can do it. All my data says that I can do it. I feel better on four days than I do on five. Feel better on five than I do on six. Better on six than I feel on seven. I can do it. I’m probably going to be better on short rest than I am on normal rest, so why not?
With Kyle Farmer placed on the IL with an oblique strain and Nick Senzel scratched, the Reds began shorthanded again.
They got off to a fast start in the first with an easy 10-pitch inning by Trevor Bauer and a Joey Votto opposite field HR. 395 ft.
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In the 2nd, the fun began. Brian O’Grady tripled with one out. Nola walked Bauer. Josh VanMeter singled in O’Grady with 2-outs. Votto doubled on an 0-2 count, scoring Bauer. Aristides Aquino jumped on Nola’s first pitch, slashing a double directly over the 3rd base bag, scoring VanMeter and Votto. By the time Tucker Barnhart grounded out to end the inning, Nola had thrown 52 pitches and the Reds led 5-0.
Relying on his fastball most of the evening, Bauer found trouble In the 5th. On his 76th pitch of the night, pinch-hitter Logan Morrison hit a 2-run home run. J.T. Realmuto followed shortly after with his own 2-run home run on an 0-2 Bauer delivery. Brian O’Grady then robbed Bryce Harper on a drive into the gap with a fine running catch, his glove just barely long enough. But the score was now 5-4.
Jay Bruce tied the game, homering off the batter’s eye in the 7th, his 25th HR of the season, at the expense of Michael Lorenzen. But, Jose Iglesias would answer, slipping the surly bonds of earth in the bottom of the seventh as the Reds took the lead right back.
Adam Hasely robbed Freddy Galvis of a front row home run with a climb-the-wall catch in the bottom of the 8th.
Then Michael Lorenzen would put on his best Shohei Ohtani imitation, taking over the game with his arm and his bat. His 2-run blast would put the game out of reach as Raisel Igesias closed out the ninth with a little help from a pretty catch on the warning track by Phillip Ervin to end the game.
Brian O’Grady. The 27-year old went 2-3, with a triple. Plus that beautiful catch in CF.
Joey Votto. Joey MVP took the express train to left-center for his 14th HR, then doubled, going 3-4 on the evening.
Robert Stephenson. BobSteve had another efficient 1-2-3 6th inning.
Jose Iglesias. Pinch-hit home runs were the order of the night as Jay Bruce and Logan Morrison each had one. Then Iglesias came to the plate to get in on the fun in the bottom of the 7th to give the Reds the lead once again, 6-5.
Michael Lorenzen. One mistake and he had given up the lead. But, Lorenzen wouldn’t just hang in there on the mound, he would thrive.
The Second Guess
With 24 games left in Marty Brennaman’s broadcasting career, you knew he wasn’t going to go gently into that good night. Brennaman’s business card says TELLS IT LIKE IT IS in bold Helvetica type. So, with the Reds looking lifeless at the plate last night, and the career count winding down, the Hall of Fame announcer got in one more swing:
“I don’t think the boys have their heart in it right now.”
Tonight, with the Phillies best pitcher on the mound in Nola, and the Reds down their best hitter, Eugenio Suarez with a hand injury, Nick Senzel a late scratch, and Kyle Farmer just placed on the IL, the Reds had an answer early, fighting off Nola and the Hall of Fame announcer, even as the Phillies’ hurler’s first 5 outs of the game were all strikeouts.
It’s a curious jab to take at not just the players, but also by proximity, the coaching staff. Apart from questioning the professionalism of everyone involved, almost everyone on this club is playing for a job next year. Does anyone really think VanMeter, O’Grady, Aquino, Ervin, Bowman, Stephenson, and a host of other young players don’t have their heart into their newfound major league team or their futures? Has Jose Iglesias ever looked like he was mailing it in?
Thom Brennaman has spent several days hammering Nick Senzel for changing his swing mechanics in the middle of the season, all the while claiming he was doing no such thing, just pointing out facts. No matter how you come down on what the rookie is attempting to do, his work seems like the antithesis of not having the heart for this game, this season.
Lorenzen’s home run and the subsequent mood in the dugout was the team’s rebuttal tonight.
Swing and a miss, Mr. Hall of Fame announcer.
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