Tonight was not the night for run prevention for the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball club. None of the Reds hurlers could stop runners from crossing the plate, except for Mr. Tony Santillan and position player, Max Schrock. The Reds defense was just about as bad. It just was not the Reds night this evening.
The Reds have lost 5 of 6. The Reds will have to wait for the result in San Diego late this evening to see if they are still 0.5 games up or 0.5 games back for the final NL playoff spot with 26 games to play.
|Detroit Tigers (64-72)||15||18||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (72-64)||5||9||2|
|W: Holland (3-2) L: Gutierrez (9-6)|
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Eugenio Suarez had a second consecutive good night. He hit a 371 foot dinger for his 25th home run of the season and drew an 11-pitch walk, which was key to chasing Tigers SP, Tyler Alexander after just 3.2 innings.
Jonathan India just keeps on keeping on. He hit his 18th home run of the season.
Max Schrock collected 2 hits off the bench. Schrock is now hitting .333/.390/.556 on the season. Schrock also pitched a perfect 9th inning with a strikeout, the only perfect inning of the 6 relievers used tonight. Baseball is a crazy game.
Nick Castellanos also collected 2 hits tonight. That is actually three consecutive multi-hit games for Castellanos. The Reds could really use a hot Castellanos in September.
Back to back shaky starts from Vladimir Gutierrez: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR. Gutierrez allowed a total of 7 hard hit balls in his short outing. The good news for Gutierrez and the Reds is that his next 4 starts should come against the Pirates, Cubs, Nationals and Pirates. Gutierrez has pitched really well against bad teams this season except for his last start against the Marlins – which was his second time facing them in six days.
The Reds defense was rough tonight. Moustakas and Gutierrez were the only ones marked with errors, but there was plenty of shaky defense to go around.
Several guys who have been really good in the Reds bullpen just did not have it tonight. Their defense did not help them. Justin Wilson allowed 3 earned runs, Mychal Givens allowed 3 earned runs and his first home run in a Reds uniform, Jeff Hoffman allowed 4 earned runs and 2 home runs and Amir Garrett allowed a run to raise his season ERA to 6.34.
Not so random thoughts…….
There are going to be nights like this, even for a contender, even when every game is so important. The good news is the Phillies got smacked 10-3 by the Marlins. The Braves are losing as I type this. It’s early in San Diego. Just because the schedule is favorable does not mean you will win every game. The Tigers are playing really well right now. The Reds just need to find a way to win series and they’ll be in a good spot. 26 games left. Keep the faith, Reds fans.
Tigers at Reds
Saturday, 7:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (3.64 ERA/3.72 xFIP) vs Matthew Boyd (3.50 ERA/4.88 xFIP)