Final R H E
Arizona D-backs (75-67)
2 4 0
Cincinnati Reds (66-77)
0 3 2
W: Young (7-3)  L: Castillo (14-6) SV: Sherfy (1)
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It was a pitchers duel for Cincinnati and Arizona on Saturday afternoon. One side expected a good outing. The other side probably was hoping for one. But it was the Reds offense that simply was unable to get anything going in their loss on Saturday.

The Offense

There wasn’t much of it. The Cincinnati Reds didn’t get a hit on a baseball that left the infield until the bottom of the 9th inning when Alex Blandino lined a ball into right field for the Reds 3rd hit of the day. After a strikeout, Joey Votto walked to put the tying run on first. Eugenio Suarez struck out on three pitches to bring up Aristides Aquino with 2 outs and representing the winning run. But The Punisher came up short as he struck out swinging to end the game.

The Pitching

Luis Castillo was very good on Saturday afternoon. He allowed 2 runs in 7.2 innings – both runs coming in the 4th inning. He only 3 hits and he allowed 3 more walks while racking up 10 strikeouts. Unfortunately when he handed the ball over to Joel Kuhnel in the 8th inning with 2 runners on he and the Reds were trailing 2-0 at the time. Kuhnel struck out Christian Walker to strand the runners and keep the game at 2-0.

Back-to-back walks followed a leadoff single in the top of the 9th inning for Kuhnel and that brought on Kevin Gausman from the bullpen. He needed 18 pitches, but he struck out the next three batters and held the lead at 2-0 for Arizona and gave the Reds a chance in the bottom of the 9th to get something going.

Notes Worth Noting

In the top of the 7th inning Joey Votto rolled his ankle while trying to cover the bat. He said he was fine and brushed off the trainer. We’ll have to see that one is tomorrow.

Luis Castillo entered the game with 198 strikeouts on the season. He now has 208 on the year. That’s the most by a Red since Johnny Cueto struck out 242 in 2014. Going back to 1990 only Aaron Harang in 2006 and 2007, and Jose Rijo in 1993 have more than Castillo’s 208.

Alex Young, the starting pitcher for Arizona, had never struck out more than 9 batters in a professional game in his life. He was drafted in 2015 and at no point in the minors or majors did he record a double-digit strikeout game. Until today.

Kevin Gausman has thrown 14 innings with the Reds. All of those innings have come out of the bullpen. He’s walked just 3 batters and he now has 20 strikeouts while facing 58 batters.

The game today came in at a crisp 2 hours and 39 minutes. That beats the game on Friday that lasted 4 hours and 10 minutes.

34,804 fans showed up for Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead day and a postgame concert by The Avett Brothers.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Arizona D-backs at Cincinnati Reds

Sunday September 8th, 1:10pm

Mike Leake (11-10, 4.71 ERA) vs Anthony DeSclafani (9-8, 4.10 ERA)

25 Responses

  1. Phil Gasson

    It gets harder and harder to care anymore. 5 years is just about my limit.

    • Mason Red

      Better check with the analytical gurus here first before giving up on this team. They have tons and tons of stats to prove their opinion that this team and franchise is headed in the right direction.

  2. Davy13

    The lack of offensive consistency and output this season is just a shame, because it wasted another terrific start by LC. This team has got to be very committed to improving the offense. The only keepers on this team are:
    Votto (tenure)

    There needs to be more offensive studs on this team.

    • Doc

      Next week the list will probably be different. That’s the way it has been all season.

  3. Rich S

    Here is an interesting exercise. Play David Bell. With the players you have, present your best lineup. It is not required to fill in all slots. It causes you to see the holes in this team.
    I cannot fill in leadoff or second or third. I have a four and five…no six… the rest of the team battles for seven and eight.

    • Jon

      That’s the problem with this team’s offense. The Reds are a team loaded with bench players. As Davy13 wrote above here, the Reds have Votto, Suarez, and Senzel as everyday players. To me, Aquino is still questionable, but is at minimum a bench player on Opening Day 2020.

      Where does everyone else fit long term? Winker has a chance to be the long term solution in left field, but has yet to prove it with a full season of health and production. Blandino is quickly re-emerging as an option at second base, perhaps even already overtaking VanMeter. Then there’s Ervin.

      This isn’t even accounting for Galvis, whom the Reds can control next year, and Dietrich and Peraza (who are both hopefully non-tendered this winter).

      In short, outside of Votto, Suarez, and Senzel, the Reds are filled with question marks. Dick Williams’ task in the coming months is to determine whether each of those question marks fits with the team for 2020 and in what role.

  4. Jon

    As I’ve written multiple times in the past couple months, this winter will be all about fixing the offense and the bullpen. The Reds have already committed to being “all-in” for 2020 by acquiring Bauer. I still believe this winter will be a failure if the Reds fail to land at least one of the trio of Gregorious, Grandal, or Rendon. The Reds desperately need more offense and these three players are proven hitters, who all come from winning teams with postseason experience. Yes, it will cost a lot of money, but the team can afford it. Bailey is finally off the Reds’ books, along with numerous other players. If Castellini is truly committed to bringing Cincinnati back to the postseason, he needs to be willing to bump payroll next year (and beyond) to the $150 million range.

    • George

      You are almost there with those three but why just 1 of the three. The Reds need to go get all three along with another starter. Your estimate of $150 million is low. If the Reds are going to seriously compete, it will take at least $175 to $190 million

  5. Jon

    Jean Segura from the Phillies for Raisel Iglesias. Who says no?

    Segura is under contract for the next three years, his age 30-32 seasons, at $14.85 million a year. He also has a team option for 2023. His WAR is 1.7 this season, but the previous three have ranged from 3.3 to 5.5.

  6. JB

    The substitution of Blandino with Lorenzen was classic Bell. Thst move right there put the cherry on the season. This guy has no clue.

    • RedAlert

      Agree – Been saying it all year – he’s lost in space … in way over his head

    • The other JB

      I agree with you 100 percent. The Reds made a huge mistake in hiring Bell . I’ve tried to write to it off to a rookie manager having growing pains , but we’re way past that now. The standing joke at our house is whether Micro Manager Bell will run out of players before the Ninth inning

  7. Chris Holbert

    I mean no offense to J Iggy and Galvis, but those two guys batting 5th and 6th in any lieup does not intimidate a team.

  8. TR

    Great pitching by Castillo with no offense. J. Iglesias and F. Galvis should not be in the lineup at the same time.

  9. RedNat

    options for this winter imo are to

    1. add 2 more starters to Bauer, Gray and LC and pray that Winker, Vanmeter, Ervin, Senzel and Aquino improve at least somewhat offensively to give you a chance to compete

    2. try to improve the offense with Gregorious , Grandal, Puig or Rendon. after watching this homestand though even if we picked up 2 of these players I am not sure it will be enough to make a huge difference in the run production. this option seems to make the least sense.

    3 . admit defeat and admit this rebuilding process didn’t turn out the way it was Planned. blow the whole thing up and start stocking up on prospects again. after watching these Septmber games this may be the best option. try to move Suarez, Gray and LC. These should garner some good prospects.

    • Mason Red

      The Reds won’t admit to defeat since they continue to make money which is their sole purpose. The signings last offseason was a carrot to the fans to make them believe the Reds were “all in” and hopefully it would create some buzz to deflect from failures of the rebuild. There was no plan to keep those players and the Reds unloaded Puig,TR and one of their top prospects for a .500 pitcher with a history of being a clubhouse pariah. You don’t “build” around that type of player or waiver wire signings. Through all of the “rebuilding” the past 5 plus years all the Reds have to show for it is a couple of good starting pitchers and 2-3 position players who are decent and could possibly improve. The rest are bench players who mostly play out of their normal position and who are inconsistent offensively. Most franchises would admit defeat and start over but if the Reds were to do that it would mean another 5 plus years of the same thing. You can’t build a winner by spitballing and throwing crap against the wall in hopes that it sticks. Unfortunately that’s what the Reds are doing.

    • TR

      If Suarez, Gray and LC were moved, imo it would have to be for established ML players, not prospects of which most do not get to and stay in the Bigs. The rebuild has turned out to be inconclusive. After five years, it is enough.

      • Tolan69

        The Jocketty rebuild, just as the ‘10-‘13 window, has been a disaster. Jury is still out on Williams. But he’s been dealt a tough hand. IMO the entire organization needs a major overhaul. Scouting, player development etc are all sub par.

      • Doug Gray

        Well, last offseason the Reds changed their amateur scouting director (the guy who runs the draft) and their international scouting director (he came in from an entirely different organization). They also changed their farm director, and turned what was 1 job into 2 jobs. They changed their minor league field coordinator, too (brought him in from the Indians organization). They overhauled pretty much all of the top guys in the farm system. What I did find interesting was that they did that, but kept nearly every single coach in the farm system around. I don’t necessarily think that was the right or wrong thing to do. But it’s certainly interesting that they changed basically everyone not at the “field level”, but then turned around and kept nearly everyone at the “field level”.

  10. Scott C

    If the Reds can figure out a way to win today, and with winker, Senzel out and Aquino not starting, that may be difficult, but they will equal the number of wins from 2018. that may not be much improvement but with 23 days left in September and 19 games they have a shot to win maybe 75 games. At least it is in the right direction.

    • Scott C

      Yes health issues with both is troubling. Particularly Winker because at least this last injury doesn’t seem to have an incident attached to it. With Senzel this present injury is related to his running into the wall to make that sensational catch.

  11. RichS

    So what would be your starting lineup? We don’t have a leadoff hitter nor a two hitter who knows how to move a runner. Suarez at three has impressive homeruns but equally impressive strikeouts. You numbers guys ought to be able to compute how many of his homeruns led to wins and how many strikeouts led to losses. Four slot is still under evaluation. No five hitter. Then you have a bunch of second basemen vying for six and seven. Barnhart at eight unless they can trade him.
    Not defending Bell, but this assemblage needs to be someone’s blame.

  12. Big Dan

    I just want the players to fight, fight, fight to end the year. I think hard play is about the best we can hope for, and that is enough for me personally. Go Reds!

  13. RichS

    You might want to look down on the farm. Louisville is tied for the worst record in AAA. What does that have to say about a future? Go Reds!