The Cincinnati Reds (35-32) will try to rebound after they had their six-game win streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion last night. The Reds and San Diego Padres (39-32) played one of the most exciting games in MLB this season, and the two teams will square off again at 10:10 PM. The Reds are 12-4 since May 30th, the best record in the National League.

Starting Pitchers

Tony Santillan had a solid MLB debut. You could certainly see the upside that he brings to the rotation. The one thing he can not do is walk 4 batters again tonight. The Padres have a very dangerous lineup and will make him pay. Hopefully he was just a little over-amped for his MLB debut. He had a 3.34 BB/9 rate at AAA this season.

Chris Paddack is in his third MLB season. He burst on the scene in 2019 and looked like a future ace. He took a step back in the short season a year ago, but he is back to looking like a solid starter this year. Since May 1st, he has a 3.36 ERA in 7 starts. The positive for the Reds is that he averages under 5.0 innings per start, and has not got an out in the 7th inning this season. He made one start against the Reds at Petco in April 2019: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto homered off him. That was only his fourth career start.

Starting Lineups

Reds Padres
1. Jonathan India (2B)
2. Jesse Winker (LF)
3. Nick Castellanos (RF)
4. Tyler Naquin (CF)
5. Joey Votto (1B)
6. Eugenio Suárez (3B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Kyle Farmer (SS)
9. Tony Santillan (P)
1. Tommy Pham (LF)
2. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS)
3. Trent Grisham (CF)
4. Manny Machado (3B)
5. Eric Hosmer (1B)
6. Wil Myers (RF)
7. Jake Cronenworth (2B)
8. Victor Caratini (C)
9. Chris Paddack (P)

Today’s Stats 

NL Rookie Leaders in OPS (min 150 PA):

1. Tyler Stephenson .797
2. Jazz Chisholm .789
3. Jonathan India .781
4. Yonathan Daza .767
5. Pavin Smith .757
6. Dylan Carlson .753

Team OPS since the start of 2020 (NL Rank):

Reds .736 (7th)
Cubs .708 (10th)
Cardinals .686 (12th)
Brewers .680 (14th)
Pirates .645 (15th)

News and Notes

Injury updates on Mike Moustakas, Tejay Antone, and Michael Lorenzen

Earlier today Doug Gray wrote about the status of several of the Cincinnati Reds players that are currently on the injured list. Tejay Antone could return later this weekend, but there’s going to be some waiting on Moustakas and Lorenzen before we have a chance to see them return to Cincinnati and Great American Ball Park.


The end result last night stunk, but my goodness was that a fun baseball game. It is exciting to see our Cincinnati Reds playing in these type of games. It was the top baseball highlight around the networks today. This Reds team has no quit in them. Let’s hope Tony Santillan can give the Reds a big start tonight and they can start another win streak. Go Reds!

87 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    With all due respect I would not describe Tony Santillan’s MLB as “solid”! Four (4) walks and two (2) HBPs in 4.2 innings is average at best for a rookie pitcher! Hopefully his nervousness and the lousy weather contributed to those stats! Need a better showing tonight in the form of 5 or more innings and a limited number of free passes! It would be helpful if the Reds offense doesn’t wait until the 9th inning to score!

    • centerfield

      The box score says 1 walk for Santillan. I see no HBP of Padres at all. Is that an error? I didn’t get to watch the game.

  2. Rednat

    I would like to see Stephenson and Shogo in the lineup more. I think our offense would really take off

    • BatsLeftThrowsRight

      I agree, it baffles me to see Shogo sit night after night. Something weird is going on that this player can’t seem to find his way into the starting line-up.

      Naquin is a bad ball hitter, the league is catching up with him. He has more trade value than he ever will right now. Time to make some moves.

      I also like the short compact hitting stroke of Max Schrock and wouldn’t mind him getting some more ABS when he comes back, could be a late bloomer.

      • RojoB

        I agree that if anyone would take Naquin that would be fine, but if some team would take Shogo and at least half of his salary that would be better, assuming Bob would spend the difference to help the team keep winning

      • Nick Kirby

        I do not understand the complaints of Naquin in the lineup. The guy has an .808 OPS on the season. His OPS in June is .825, so I don’t think the “league is catching up with him” is very accurate. Meanwhile, Shogo has a .641 career OPS.

        I’m guessing many don’t know this, but Naquin’s career OPS vs RHP is .791. Nick Castellanos career OPS vs RHP is .784. Naquin isn’t just some guy that has never hit before.

      • RojoB


        So with that it would seem that if a player like Naquin was available at the time that Shogo was seeking a contract in MLB, that the Reds should/would have taken Naquin? Oh if only

      • Nick Kirby

        RojoB – Yes, I am sure the Reds FO right now wishes they could have allocated Shogo’s money to a RP because I would imagine they believe like me that Naquin is a much better player. That said, I don’t think Shogo was a bad lottery style signing, especially if the Reds would have had the same type budget in 2021 as they did in 2020. I think they saw Shogo as the 4th OF. Naquin just came to the Reds at the perfect time – high injury risk + teams not having money to risk = minor league deal.

  3. Dennis Westrick

    And, not to sound like a stuck record, if Hendrix doesn’t walk Machado last night before giving up the home run to Hosmer maybe the outcome would have been different! Would still have a one (1) run lead with one (1) out and no one on base thus delaying the decision by Bell to change pitchers. Seems like every time a Reds relief pitcher implodes a walk is involved. As for AG, he is like a hand grenade he with a faulty pull pin! When he’s on he’s very good, when he’s off, he makes sure the fans in the outfield bleachers become owners of souvenir baseballs.

  4. Old-school

    If you arent a die hard reds fans- last night’s game was incredible. But I am so it sucked.

    Reds really need to stop signing over 30 players to 10 figure contracts

    Go reds

    • Dennis Westrick

      Missed the 9th inning fireworks by both teams! And, yes, it was an incredible comeback by the Reds with 2 outs in the 9th! Let’s score early and often tonight! Go Reds!

    • BatsLeftThrowsRight

      I agree, that game could have been the game that changed the course of the season. You need to roll the dice with Simms in that situation, rest or no rest. You simply must a find a way to a victory in that game in what could have been a historic comeback win.

      Now the Reds have the two rookies pitching back to back. This could snowball if they are not careful here.

      Also, Castellanos is running on fumes out there and deserves a day off. Why Shogo has become a non-existent player at this point is baffling. Yet we get a dose of Suarez every night faithfully, along with his futility.

      • Mark Verticchio

        I agree with you 100%, it wouldn’t shock me if Sims isn’t needed the rest of this series. The team had a chance for a huge win and Bell didn’t go for it.

      • bug

        Of course I also agree with you. Any fan with any sense would agree with you. But not Bell. No excuse for not pitching Sims when we had the incredible comeback. Just another bonehead move by Bell that cost us another game,..not to mention costing us a momentum change. Bell is the dumbest manager I’ve seen in my 6 decades. No chance to win with Bell as our manager. He gives away game after game after game by making decisions that every single Reds fan knows is a mistake when he does it. I can’t decide if he is more stubborn or more dumb. I think it’s a tie.

    • RojoB

      As for me, it did not suck watching two vets and two rookies school Melancon on his home home turf, with the rookies bearing the brunt of the high pressure

      Melancon is a tool and the Reds worked him

      • RojoB

        I think this game WAS a turning point. The offense knows why they lost. And they know that they grabbed the lion by the mane in his den and cut it off. They aren’t responsible lol for the treason that led to the loss.

        I look for this to light a fire. If not, I will be bummed.

        A further possible turning point is that maybe this game woke up the ownership too resize that the team can make noise if they make good acquisitions very soon. (I can dream, can’t I?)

  5. Indy Red Man

    My largest wager of the season tonite is on Mad Max Fried > Carlos Martinez. Its 6-1 Braves bottom of 4! So far so good!

    The Cards stink and Milw stinks at hitting. If the Cubs ever come back to Earth then the Reds have a real shot!

  6. Old-school

    Lance McAlister has unreal numbers on Amir Garrett in the 9 th inning for his career . Hes not a good pitcher beyond a 2 pitch Loogie

    • RojoB

      Oh they’re real numbers alright lol

  7. Indy Red Man

    Reds go 13-3, but now you get a super talented SD team with a full house for 3 more and then 3 more at the end of June. We get the dangerous Braves next week for 4 at home and then can hang a TD on you in a heartbeat with that offense! If they don’t play good ball they could go 4-10 just as fast and find themselves buried.

    I think adding a high leverage reliever is almost mandatory if they want to hang around!

  8. Indy Red Man

    Adam Duvall with a granny vs the Cubs! Lets Go!!! Cut it back down to 2 games!!

  9. Klugo

    Something about that Padres manager that I dont like.

    Got a feeling Santillan may get a rude awakening tonight though. Hopefully we can keep up.

    • RojoB

      It’s the hooded sweatshirt. Total slob look for MLB

  10. LDS

    I agree with Rednat. Certainly like to see Stephenson in the lineup. I also worry that Naquin. I’d like to see him traded while he’s hot. Maybe he’ll stay productive but history suggests otherwise. And his month over month numbers are concerning. And Suarez and Farmer? Their numbers speak for themselves. Neither should be starting. Even the Reds’ porcelain doll that’s always broken has better numbers (Senzel). Really like to see them move Suarez for a decent SS and install India & Senzel in the IF.

    • Indy Red Man

      Naquin .808 ops this year. Career .773, so he is what he is pretty much. Can’t hit lefties that well and not a great breaking ball hitter so he’s probably better suited to stay in the NL somewhere. I think he’d be a monster platoon with AA! They might hit 40 bombs in a full season

      • RojoB

        Platoon idea has merit.

        He cannot to save himself lay off of a slider down and in.

        I have yet to see it

      • TR

        AA/Naquin combo in center. At least 40 bombs. Akiyama to the Yankees for a relief pitcher.

  11. Cubano

    Man- give me a crystal ball to show me this Reds’ starting mid-June lineup, and I would not have believed it. Exciting to see this team rolling, hope they can keep their footing, build confidence, and improve the pen!

  12. Indy Red Man

    Addison Russell is playing in the Mexican league. He’s still only 27 and always seemed like a Reds killer to me. Lifetime .771 ops in gabp. I’d take him all day over Farmer

    • RojoB

      Toxic domestic violence history.

      I don’t think Big Bob is quite the “redeemer” that Mike Brown is

      • Indy Red Man

        More then once? They employed that fat pitcher we traded for Suarez and he killed someone. Can’t recall the name

      • Indy Red Man

        Simon wasn’t it? He got charged with Dominican style manslaughter I think

      • RojoB

        Yes but in our culture that isn’t as bad as DV

  13. LDS

    Santillian isn’t going to last long at this rate.

  14. Dennis Westrick

    Strange first inning for Santillan! Managed to limit the damage to one (1) run but at the cost of a 22-pitch inning!

  15. Old-school

    Ive got really bad news for RLN
    Offense on the road is horrific
    Lucky to win1/4 @San Diego
    Could be 4 game sweep

    Suarez is on pace for worst reds position player ever. Farmer might challenge him.

    • Indy Red Man

      I think Bell would’ve been forced to put Moose at 3B, but now thats put on hold. I give up on Suarez

      • Old-school

        Suarez is absolutely horrible and on pace to be the worst Reds olayer ever.

        Id bring Senzel back as a 3b and move forward but that wont happen

        Without Moose- bell will play Suarez and Farmer every day and thats not a winning lineup

  16. Indy Red Man

    0-2 pitch again? We give lefties 0-2 cookies down-n-in. We give righties 0-2 cookies out and over the plate. 0-2 for the series too. I’m out

  17. Mark Verticchio

    This game is proving why Bell should have gone to Sims last night.

  18. Chris Holbert

    I realize Naquin has a lot of RBIs, and may have come out like gang busters, but it may be Shogo time. I think Naquin may be sinking fast…

  19. VaRedsFan

    Votto sneak attack steal of 3rd.
    He is fully engaged.

  20. VaRedsFan

    Reds can’t touch Paddock’s changeup.
    8K’s thru 3.2

  21. VaRedsFan

    Farmer 2-2, scored 1, drove in 1.

  22. ScreamingStrat

    We are going to the bull pen in the 5th inning….did Santillian get hurt?

  23. Chris Holbert

    Santillan out after 3? Not sure I understand that.

  24. VaRedsFan

    Santillan done after 3 as Shogo PH’s.
    6 innings of bullpen.
    Shogo looked silly striking out. Can’t believe people want him to play over Naquin

  25. Frankie Tomatoes

    David Bell is asking a lot of this bullpen by pulling the starter for a pinch hitter in the 4th inning of a one run game. The old tomato is not going to make it for much longer and there is a homer for the Padres and maybe it is just time to get in bed now. Hope in the morning I check and see a comeback. Have run Redleg Nation.

  26. Melvin

    Our bullpen…smh Often batting practice pitchers.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Padres have 7 HRs in 2 games….
    I think all of their runs have come from homers.

  28. Chris Holbert

    Chris W just said Goudeau, was picked up after DFA by the Rockies….seriously the Reds are picking up Rockies cast offs…smh

    • Melvin

      I was thinking the same thing…right before the HR

    • Bobby D

      The Reds recently had a Pirates castoff. Feliz. That didn’t work so well.

  29. LDS

    Shaping up to be a long weekend. And back to 4th place. Something has to change. Now out homered 7-1. And now Goudreau is throwing batting practice

  30. Chris Holbert

    Could Santillan have been worse so far in the 4th?

    • VaRedsFan

      At least he got the pitcher out on the bunt.

    • Melvin

      Yep. If he was still able he would have been better than the alternative.

  31. VaRedsFan

    They are loaded.
    Slam Diego incoming….

  32. Melvin

    For some reason I don’t feel good about this lol

  33. LDS

    We spoke too favorably of Bell’s improved pitcher handling the last couple of games. Back to his old tricks of giving the game away. Goudreau should have been pulled already.

    • bug

      I didn’t speak too early. I said and I maintain, Bell is the worst manager I’ve ever seen. He single-handedly has cost us 10 games this year with his bonehead decisions. No excuse for losing that game last night. Oh well. It is what it is.

      • Mark A Verticchio

        I have to agree he is the worst manger I’ve ever seen as well and when this team does win it is in spite of Bell.

      • LDS

        No argument from me. But he’s a made man in this org so we’re stuck with mediocrity

    • TR

      Is any ML manager ever popular except when his team wins?

  34. Matthew Hendley

    What happened, even by conservative estimates Tony had maybe 20 to 30 pitches left. David bell should be fired in game for this mess. Plus i know that GDeax is fresh but there is a reason for that that everyone is learning

  35. Chris Holbert

    DB must be trying to “get him going” for Goudeau

    • LDS

      Yep, a Bell strategy that has worked wonders with Suarez.

  36. Chris Holbert

    Now the double switches start. Aquino, Heineman and Freeman coming to a TV near you..

    • Matthew Hendley

      I’ll take Aquino, but this game is already lost. Deliberately so, it seems.

  37. LDS

    Well, at least every other team in the division has lost tonight. So there’s that. The Reds could pick up a game. Seems unlikely at the moment but scoring did last night.

  38. Matthew Hendley

    What I want to know is why? I was fine with the pitcher hitting, and admittedly going into the next inning a run down. Now, if Tony S. is hurt, get him out of there, fine. there is nothing on any SM RN that says he is though. Poor Poor move by DB.

    • LDS

      And Goudreau is at 40+ pitches and doing conspicuously worse than Santillian.

      • Matthew Hendley

        and I guess fire the SD coach too…lol. these moves make no sense.

  39. LDS

    Double switch time? Stephenson for Goudreau and the new pitcher in for Barnhart?

  40. Chris Holbert

    TB is facing a lefty….where is the righty lefty……and…….backward K

    • Chris Holbert

      That AB should have been TS..

  41. Matthew Hendley

    I got it, we were never sweeping the Padres. But we swept the Brewers, and the Twins are suspect. But we do have to actually try to split this series.

    • TR

      The Reds need the next two games for a split in SD and at least one for a split in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

  42. Matthew Hendley

    There is no doubt. David Bell put all the poor pitchers out tonight. Maybe it is protection, but isnt that what your poor long man is for. Reds better win the other two, should come out, and destroy that baseball.

  43. Rex

    good night for the Pirates to start their comeback

    • TR

      Reds have 13 games with the Pirates after the All Star break.

  44. Rex

    DooHomer held them to 1 run that is a positive

  45. DataDumpster

    The Reds team has played some inspired and spirited ball this month. Still largely on track but Bell seems determined to put his computer-controlled monkey wrench into the proceedings. When David Bell makes a pitching change, I often relive a bad memory of a long gone three card Monte game. Just don’t play it!
    Was Santillan injured or why would you remove a pitcher down by one run in the 3rd inning?
    Why in a very winnable game would you find it a good opportunity to test out a DFA player from the Rockies?
    Why is it that most relievers are not allowed to pitch more than one inning? Warren was picked up for a song and has done well. Six bouts of exactly one inning. Another good inning but no more.
    Why is Doolittle still on the team? The Cowboy noted he threw 15 straight fastballs with predictably bad 92 mph results.
    Don’t any of the coaches or David Bell himself confront these players or remind them that “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results?” Have they learned that lesson?