Our good old friend Mike Leake returned to Great American Ballpark’s mound today and provided the vintage Mike Leake experience: 6.0 solid innings with an accidental home run mixed in. Nowadays that’s known as the Anthony DeSclafani Special. Except neither of those guys mattered in the end because Michael “We want a hitter, not a silly pitcher” Lorenzen ripped a walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth. What a week that guy has had, man.
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— Anthony DeSclafani gave us another one of his Anthony DeSclafani Specials, going 6.0 innings with three hits and three strikeouts. Walks got him in trouble a bit and he had one horrid pitch that left the yard. Otherwise, not a bad day for the Reds fifth man.
— In the bottom of the third, after a two-out single from Joey Votto, Eugenio “BamGeno” Suarez sent number 43 out to deep centerfield. He is on some kind of tear of late, and while it seems unlikely that he’ll hit 50, I refuse to believe that he won’t hit 50.
FORTY THREE on the year. ???
This man deserves more recognition. pic.twitter.com/UsEpi2zqOG
— Joey Votto (@EvilJoeyVotto) September 8, 2019
— THEN IN THE EIGHTH, Suarez launched his second dinger of the game, tying it up and giving the Reds a shot. NOBODY TELL ME HE WON’T HIT 50.
I’m a little late, but pace is up to 50 ? https://t.co/1UvdVBmaTG
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) September 8, 2019
Thanks, Nick 🙂
— Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson, and Raisel Iglesias all issued a single walk but escaped their innings clean otherwise. A good look from the stalwarts of the Reds bullpen (sorry, Michael Lorenzen).
— WHICH SPEAKING OF MICHAEL LORENZEN THAT GUY CAME UP AS A PINCH HITTER IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH AND WON THE DANG THING. WHO NEEDS A BULLPEN STALWART WHEN YOU’RE LIKE THE FIFTH BEST HITTER ON THE TEAM?
After Jose Peraza and Phillip Ervin pinch hit singles, Lorenzen battled to a full count, fouling off pitch after pitch after pitch before lacing a line drive down the left field line. Peraza came home to score and the Reds walked it off for the second time this week.
— Playing the shift against Jake Lamb, Freddy Galvis was able to field a tough groundball in the hole, but Eugenio Suarez muffed the turn on a sure-double play ball in the top of the second, leaving runners on first and second with no one out and DeSclafani yet to give up a hit. Two batters later, the hit came and the Dbacks went up 1-0.
— DeSclafani grooved a middle-middle fastball to Ketel Marte in the top of the fifth, giving up the Reds lead. The theme of Disco’s starts of late tends to be “solid except for one or two pitches left in the middle of the plate and sent to St. Peter’s gates.”
BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS BECAUSE OF ONE MICHAEL “IM NOT A HITTER” LORENZEN.
NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS
— Both teams jerseys today were so ugly it almost made the field somewhat beautiful? In an eclectic, pin-striped, red-hued fever dream kind of way. Like two teams from the Gates of Hell guard staff playing an office-league softball game. Beautiful in a mundane, terrifying sort of way.
— Always good to see Teddy at the ballgame:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 8, 2019
— My Titans stood on the field while the Browns beat themselves so that’s at least entertaining to watch.
Cincinnati Reds at Seattle Mariners
10:10 pm EST
Trevor Bauer (10-12, 4.60 ERA) vs. Justus Sheffield (0-1, 5.51 ERA)