The Cincinnati Reds got out to an early lead with a 4-run rally in the 3rd inning. On a bullpen day, the club utilized four pitchers to shut down the Dodgers in front of 35,619 fans at Great American Ball Park as the Reds completed a 3-game sweep with a 4-1 win over Los Angeles.

Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (33-22)
1 5 0
Cincinnati Reds (23-30)
4 8 1
W: Martinez (2-3) L: Yamamoto (5-2) SV: Diaz (10)
Box Score | Game Thread

The Reds were going with a bullpen day of sorts on Sunday and that meant that Brent Suter got the start. Mookie Betts led off the game with a single, but Suter won the lefty-on-lefty matchups against Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman before Nick Martinez took over to face Teoscar Hernandez. He’d get a lineout to end the inning.

While Martinez cruised through the next two innings, the Reds got to work in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Jacob Hurtubise picked up a 1-out single and Elly De La Cruz walked. Jake Fraley then picked up an infield single to load the bases. Jonathan India then went the other way and slapped a 2-run single into right field. India then stole second base and he came in to score, along with Fraley, on Nick Martini’s bloop single into center as Cincinnati grabbed a 4-0 lead.

With storms racing their way towards Ohio at 50 MPH, Nick Martinez kept on cruising through the Dodgers lineup and Yoshinobu Yamamoto was doing the same after the Reds 4-run 3rd inning. But as the 6th inning was set to begin, the grounds crew pulled the tarp onto the field and the game entered a weather delay.

Carson Spiers had been ready to enter the game prior to the tarp being pulled. An hour and nine minutes later the game resumed and Spiers was still ready to take the mound. After getting a groundout to begin the inning he struck out Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani to end the inning.

Los Angeles also made a pitching change when the game resumed, sending Anthony Banda to the mound to relieve Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Like Spiers before him, he tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th.

Yohan Ramirez took over in the 8th inning and he struggled to throw the ball where he wanted to. After recording the first two outs of the inning, he gave up a single and then hit Luke Maile (wrist) and Stuart Fairchild (hand) to load the bases. Both players remained in the game to run the bases, and Reds manager David Bell walked out to have a talk with the umpire after what felt like the 900th time this season his batters were hit in the hand by pitches. Jacob Hurtubise came up and hit a line drive into right field, but it hung up long enough for Jason Heyward to catch it and strand the bases loaded.

Carson Spiers came back out for the top of the 9th inning to face the top of the Dodgers order. He got Mookie Betts to fly out just shy of the warning track in right-center. Shohei Ohtani followed with a line drive to first base, but Spencer Steer couldn’t come up with it at the ball clanked off of his glove and into right field. Steer was originally charged with an error on the play for not catching the 114 MPH liner, but it was later changed to a single. Ohtani took second base on defensive indifference and then came around to score on a Freddie Freeman double that made it 4-1.

That would be the final batter of the day for Spiers as Alexis Diaz came into the game to face Teoscar Hernandez. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Freeman took third base on defensive indifference. It would be another seven pitches as the two battled before Diaz came through with a strikeout. Andy Pages would run the count full, but it was once again Diaz winning the battle with a strikeout to end the game. Cincinnati completed the sweep with a 4-1 win.

Key Moment of the Game

Nick Martini’s bloop single that fell into the grass in shallow left-center that turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-0 lead ahead of the storms that rolled through. While the game would eventually resume, grabbing a 4-0 lead felt huge at the time and it turned out to be more than enough.

Notes Worth Noting

The Reds pitching staff walked zero batters and had eight strikeouts on the day. They held the 5-9 spots in the order hitless on the day.

Yohan Ramirez, who hit two batters in the 8th inning, has hit four batters in the series.

Cincinnati will play their first game against a divisional opponent tomorrow when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds

Monday May 27th, 4:10pm ET

Lance Lynn (2-2, 3.68 ERA) vs Nick Lodolo (3-2, 3.34 ERA)

72 Responses

  1. Jedi Joey

    Break out the brooms. SWEEP!!! What a great effort by this team this weekend.

  2. Reddawg2012

    The Reds have now won the season series against the top two teams in the NL. Go figure.

  3. Melvin

    “Reds sweep the Dodgers with a 4-1 win”

    Who’d a thunk it? Miracles happen….and they’re fun. 🙂

  4. Rex

    I’m I the only thinking Diaz needs a puppy?

  5. Jason T.

    Pitching, pitching, pitching… continues to get the job done. Starting pitching has been very solid. Martínez and Spiers today were fantastic. Great getting a sweep against a good team.
    Hitting looking better. Less pressing, less bad swings. Hurtibise has been terrific. Looks like a veteran working some deep counts and getting on base. Steer warming back up.
    Now some divisional games. Let’s get to work!

    • JayTheRed

      Gotta just wins one series at a time. Sweeps are sure nice though.

    • redfanorbust

      Agreed Jason T. about Hurtubise. He looks so comfortable out there. Too bad he bats left as we need a RH OF bat but of course I don’t know what his splits are going to be as he just got started.

  6. Old-school

    This just in. Reds pitching is way better. martinez and Spiers were phenomenal. Suter gives you outs.

    Steer Diaz Stephenson and India are playing way better. GABP in warm weather helping too.

    Go Reds !

    Dodgers sweep in front of packed house. Sign me up!

    • Redsvol

      Agreed on all accounts old school. We needed this sweep in the worst way. Momentum in sports is a real thing. And it swings both ways.

      Can’t wait for Friedl, CES, and Marte to get back.

      Kudos to Hunter Greene for the work he is doing. Going to be a stud one day if he keeps working at it.

    • DaveCT

      If you’ve been following Spiers, this isn’t news. My first impressions seeing him on MiLB TV last year was this guy just really competes. Plus his stuff has ticked up since his days as Clemson’s closer. With he AND Martinez, we have two pretty nice weapons in the bullpen.

  7. CI3J

    Nice win for the ol’ Redlegs. Maybe they’re finally coming out of their collective slump?

    Another 12-game win streak incoming?

    • LarkinPhillips

      Now would be a perfect time with 9 coming up of next 12 against the NL central.

      • Ted Alfred

        it’s been a nice weekend and the offense has started to come around.

        And what do you know….the offense coming around coincided with David Bell FINALLY stopping the insanity of having Benson leading off with his horrific obp while also leading the league in strikeouts by a huge margin… and also FINALLY dropping Ford from hitting #3 for 2 weeks, which was indefensibly moronic. So he dropped Benson to the end of the order where he should be and put Steer back at #3 instead of having Ford hitting there for 2 weeks…and all of a sudden things improve because batting orders do matter.

        Thrilled the Reds are playing much better and this division is turning out to be very average at best. I hope they keep it up and if David Bell stops screwing around with his dumb batting orders and will just keep the batting order relatively stable where it essentially makes some sense they might get on a roll as the schedule is turning in their favor. Little tweaks on a daily basis are fine, but you can’t have someone like Benson leading off getting the most at bats on the team with 41% K’s and .280 OBP and you can’t have somebody who’s a total stiff like Mike Ford hitting #3. Now if you want to play around with who’s hitting 4-5-6-7 with Fraley, Candy, Stephenson, India etc as they’re starting to get hot or going cold that makes sense, but don’t mess with important pieces like leadoff and #3 when things are starting to go well…Hortubise is a good leadoff hitter so far (.280 average .367 obp) if he doesn’t want to hit India at leadoff until Friedl is back… he’s getting on base. Steer is getting hot so leave him at #3. Diaz looks like he’s starting to get things figured out in the last few games and more importantly his stuff is starting to look better again, which would be huge going forward.
        Spiers has also been a nice addition to the pen.

        Contrary to how I come off sometimes I’m a huge Reds fan by far first and foremost, not a David Bell hater. I just don’t believe in him as a manager who can take us to the promised land because i don’t think he has a good instincts and relies on his analytics to the exclusion of what is actually happening on the field….but I would LOVE to be wrong. Who knows, maybe he is still growing as a manager in year 6 and is going to start making better decisions based on his gut instincts instead of what his analytics are telling him. I’ve always thought his over reliance on his analytics over what is happening on the field has always been his major problem, so maybe he’s finally realizing that.

      • 2020ball

        Why are we writing essays on the manager after the team just swept the league’s juggernaut? Good lord… give it a break dude. At least for a day or two.

      • Mauired

        I think he’s just happy that Bell finally made some adjustments that people have been screaming for weeks now and big surprise it led to some Ws.

      • 2020ball

        I’ll just say the same to you good sir. Its possible to notice the changes without ever committing to the never-ending cycle of talking about them constantly.

      • 2020ball

        for me I guess any opinion on the manager loses so much weight if its all youre talking about, even the compliments seem tiring

    • redfanorbust

      Collective slump to be sure but caused in part by losing four of our best hitters for extended periods of time. Here is hoping our pitching holds out and can deal with the extra pressure until we can get those guys back and they get up to speed.

  8. Dennis Westrick

    So, finally the 32-game Gauntlet that started with a four-game series against the Philles and ends with the Dodgers is over! Reds go 11-21 but it could have been worse!

    Going forward, need to win series, especially the upcoming series with the Dirty Birds to escape the NL Central cellar!

    Diaz was effective today, but he makes me very nervous with the 3-2 counts!

  9. Harry Stoner

    Just checked out Ramirez’s stats.

    Hitting batters seems a way of life for the guy.

    A bit unhinged.

    Reds would be wise to help keep the issue alive.

    It’s not the Clint Hurdle days anymore.

  10. Melvin

    Good day today. Reds finish the sweep of the Dodgers and because of the rain delay, the local blackout is lifted and now I can watch live the Indy 500. Rain delays for baseball and racing are good sometimes. 🙂

  11. RedsMonk65

    “Cincinnati will play their first game against a divisional opponent tomorrow when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town.”

    I do believe the Reds played the Brewers in early April …

    • B-town Fan

      I think it was a joke by Doug, because it’s been so long it seems like they haven’t played a divisional opponent this year.

      • RedsMonk65

        Yes, it sure seems like a long time. We’ve been out West, seemingly, for weeks at a time and played what feels like half the AL, but the rubber meets the road when you start playing divisional rivals. Let the games begin !!!

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Yes, maybe Doug meant to say the first game against divisional rival in more than a month…

  12. TR

    Not just a series win, but a sweep of the Dodgers. The Cards are next.

  13. RedsMonk65

    Sweeping the Dodgers feels so good. First time the Reds have done that since 2018.

    Pitching has been outstanding recently — by both starters and relievers. On the offensive side, it’s still a tape-and-glue lineup, but we’re stringing together enough hits (with the occasional bomb) to get the job done. I like what this Hurtubise fellow has shown thus far. With Friedl out, we’ve needed someone like that at the top of the lineup.

    Sure makes a difference, it seems, when your starter has an early lead rather than trudging against a 4-5 deficit in the 1st or 2nd inning, which has happened way too often this season.

    Here’s hoping the Reds go on a roll. Main thing right now is to get everyone healthy and then stay healthy.

  14. Josh

    Can Jim Day ask anything else besides “How does it feel?

    • Ted Alfred

      I like Jim Day alot…but the answer to your question is No

  15. Indy Red Man

    Are we getting anybody back soon? Lodolo, CES, or Williamson?

    49 divisional games. I’m thinking 30-19 gives them a shot.

    • Mauired

      Lodolo tomorrow.

      Williamson is on rehab but unless someone gets hurt they might just option him and stash him at Louisville.

      I think CES is out another month but Friedl is back pretty much as soon as his thumb stops hurting.

      Marte is eligible in about a month. I think he maybe be allowed to play in minors sooner. Should be interesting.

  16. Jeremiah

    Reds made baseball look awfully hard for about a month there, and then all of a sudden look like a playoff team for 3 days against the Dodgers. It’s pretty simple, get runners on, and get a few big hits! And have good pitching.

    India driving in 6 with 2 big hits in the series pretty big. I don’t totally blame Bell as the whole lineup has stunk at times, but Benson and De La Cruz batting 1st and 2nd probably took the air out of the team at times with those two being very streaky and striking out a ton, as well as Ford batting 3rd. But again, the whole team basically stunk for like a month hitting. I think I’d put Fraley hitting 2nd maybe. EDLC might need to be moved back down to 5th or 6th. But I think he’s just going to be streaky too EDLC.

    Diaz looks like Mariano Rivera the last few games. Baseball is kind of funny, it’s a long season. If they could put together a 7-8 game winning streak, at least get closer to .500 you’d have some hope they could maybe get back to above .500…it’ll be interesting to see how they play against the Cards and Cubs especially I think.

    • TR

      As a Reds fan, .500 is now my goal. Get there and you never know what can happen.

  17. Roger Garrett

    Jon India with the grand slam Friday and the oppo single today were huge.Reds doing things like bunting going the other way is just what they have to do to win games.Glad to see it for sure cause trying to pull everything by everybody was really really getting old.Scored first in every game and that always helps.Hunter and the pen last night and what can you say about first Martinez and then the kid Spiers.Yeah the Dodgers are struggling some at the plate but still the best team in baseball IMO.Cards come in hot hot so lets see what happens.

    • TR

      The Cards won the late game, 4-3, over the Cubs before the short flight to Cincinnati. Then, in the next ten days, the Reds face the Cubs in seven games. It’s time to make some headway in the NLC.

  18. Hanginwithem

    Feed on the momentum and maintain focus. Reds were 21-31 versus division opponents last year, just 9-17 at home. Plenty of room for improvement and plenty of opportunity in the near term.

    • redfanorbust

      No walks!!!!!
      Felt so good just wanted to repeat your post. Probably more than anything contributed to the Reds winning this game.

  19. wolfcycle

    We will get Marte in less than 30 games. Lodolo scheduled to start tomorrow, couple of relievers also rehabbing and seemingly doing ok in minors. Don’t know how long ces is out for , but, I have to assume he will be back shortly. Unfortuantely, Mclain doesnt sound like he will be back till August. Point is, we have some help coming, KEEP FIGHTING REDLEGS!!!!

  20. Brian

    I’m not nor have I ever been a fan of India but it’s really good to see him have a very nice series.

  21. Mark Moore

    Watched the scoring inning. Quite a show across the board. Sweeps against the Trolley Dodgers are extra special.

  22. Roger Garrett

    Reds biggest asset on offense is there team speed.Taking pitches working the count going oppo really helps to get runs across.Already talked about India but his steal of second after his 2 rbi grounder to right got them another run.Those things add up to winning baseball.I hope it continues.Lets be real here.The Reds starters have done well and if they keep it up then 3 or 4 runs a game can win them a bunch of games like it did the last two games of this series.Cut down on the punch outs,cut down on the base running mistakes and put the ball in play and then they will become much much better and the record will show it.

    • Mauired

      Bingo. Taking pitchs does wonders for scoring runs especially a speedy team like the Reds. 1st thing it wears out the pitcher so the hitter can either get a hit off the pitch he wants if patient or get on base via the walk. Also gives the runners on base time to steal or advance on a wild pitch. They were much better at taking pitches last year probably because they had guys like Votto, Friedl, and McLain getting a lot of at bats. Hurtubise is patient like them and it’s helped the offense very much. They haven’t had a productive table setter at leadoff all season until now.

      • Still a Red

        I get the ” being patient at the plate thing, work the pitcher, etc.”…but a lot depends on the pitcher. A good pitcher gets you behind in the count early and with two strikes will force to swing at his pitch. Sometimes if you get your pitch early go get it. And with their swing and miss rate, that’s not good.
        Besides I’m not sure the stats confirm the Reds swing at the first pitch or at pitches out of the zone (other than with two strikes) more than any one else.
        If you wait for two strikes you sure as h–l better make contact…put the ball in play is what the Reds need.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @still a red, during that miserable stretch, they hit the first pitch/swung at pitches out of the zone constantly. I’m not sure how to find the stats to prove it, buy I was on here every game and several innings during the game often saying we had 6 pitches that inning and only 1-2 was a strike.

        Your point about good pitchers putting you in a hole is correct. But often times during that stretch in early/mid may it was great pitching as much as terrible approach at the plate.

      • Still a Red

        Larkin, if you want to take the time, you can look at the Gameday Summary, Pitch-by-Pitch.
        If you look at the game the Reds lost to the Dodgers 0-4 against Buehler et al, the Reds struck out 11 times, 0 walks, only 3 hits. The Dodger pitchers pitched 1st pitch strikes 23 times, the Reds only swung at 10 of them, 3 of which could be considered out of the zone. In total, out of 112 Dodger pitches, the Reds swung at maybe 12 out of the zone pitches…some of which were knuckle curves with 2 strikes.
        A week later against Buehler, which the Reds won 3-1, the Reds struck out 6 times, walked twice, and had 9 hits. The Dodger pitchers pitched 16 first pitch strikes, the Reds swung at 5 of them. They swung at 10 total pitches outside the zone (out of 131 Dodger pitches).
        At least in these two games it doesn’t seem like the Reds swung at the first pitch very much, nor did they swing at pitches outside the zone very much, and those they did may have gone for hits and/or they had two strikes.

      • Still a Red

        Larkin, also, FWIW, Fangraphs has team stats on plate discipline and other statistics.
        Interestingly, the Reds swing out of the zone only 26% of the time, 26th in the league. Also, the swing rate in the zone is 64%, 24th in the league. Together it sounds like they take a lot of pitches. They’re 22nd in making contact at 75% (the lowest team makes contact 73%, the highest team makes contact 80%). So it sounds like when they do swing they miss. Perhaps the most telling is that they are dead last in avg. exit velocity at 87.7 MPH (the highest team is at 90.3 MPH), 25th in hard hit balls (at 36%, the highest team is 44%), and they pull the ball 10% more than average.

  23. Rednat

    Looking at the schedule it softens but not by much in June. The goal i had for the reds at the beginning of the season was 40-40 beforee Marte returns. Then i was hoping we could really go on a run in july when we play the tigers. Rockies,marlins and washington 13 games in a row.
    I think this could happen but we would have to go 17-10 during this stretch against a lot of intra divisional teams. This may be a challenge as the nl central is a little better than expected.

  24. Jason Franklin

    I kind of hope Hurtubise somehow stays on the team once Friedl is back but I don’t see how they can do that. He plays small ball very well and knows how to walk. The only one that may make sense is Benson if he has any options left. Would the Reds do this? I wish Hurtubise was a right handed hitter! 🙂

    • Rob

      Legit concern. I think Hurtubise is filling a nice role on this team currently. But more so than Benson? Too many OFs that swing from the same side. OBP and SBs are probably the keys. If he can keep those up, I think he stays over Ford. Benson and Martini, maybe not. We still badly need that strong RH bat.

  25. MBS

    It’s not crazy to demote Benson with his performance this year. I don’t know if he needs a wake up call, I do think he may need a mental break. That said, I’d DFA Ford, and keep Steer in the infield, at least until CES, or Marte returns.

    • VegasRed

      Martini went to AAA for two weeks and found his stroke. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal to send a young guy to AAA like Bensen and let him get going. CES will get to rehab in the minors for sure and that will help him a ton. Players with options should go down when they slump badly end of story.

      It.also worked last year for Bentsen and some other hitters and pitchers.

      • MBS

        I didn’t say no, but you could make that argument with the majority of our hitters. All I said is my 1st roster move is to DFA Ford. If we get deeper then it’s a more plausible solution.

  26. Rob

    The Rays were contemplating moving Arozerena this spring. And they just love to deal for young prospects. Wonder if Nick could pry him from the Rays? The AL East is beginning to look too strong for them this year. Wouldn’t Arozerena be a great fit on this team. An offering of Strand, Arroyo, and Fraley/Benson might be a starting point. I am assuming he has at least another year remaining on his contract.

    • Old Big Ed

      Arozarena is slashing .156/.253/.313, or far worse than Benson’s .190/.290/.393. Hurtubise in 32 PAs has a .367 OBP.

      They won’t need a RH-hitting left fielder when CES and Marte return, because Steer will play left, or else Hurtubise will stick there.

      • Rob

        2024 stats are not good. Should translate to lesser package. 255 lifetime hitter with pop and major speed. Pre arbitration and only $8M for 2024. Certainly not a pocketbook issue. Potential RH hitting all star for $8M and a couple of prospects. Low risk with potential high reward. He is not Aaron Judge but career nos are very good. I would bet the Rays would move him to some team for a couple of prospects.

      • Mauired

        If Reds trade for Arozarena, where does Steer play?

  27. Indy Red Man

    Saw the highlights and the Reds didn’t exactly smash the ball. Fraley infield hit then India squibber to RF followed by parachute by Martini for 2 more runs. Atleast it produced a win and some good feelings. Fraley has been big vs Lynn so maybe he’ll get a big hit today

  28. Roger Garrett

    Yeah your right Indy but this team struggles to even put the ball in play.If nothing else I hope they see the importance of just getting bat on ball.I have always felt GABP plays a big part in who this team is at the plate.This team is not loaded with power but since pop ups often make the front row seats its easy to try to hit homers at home.When they play in a pitchers park or ones that don’t have the carry as GABP does they struggle.Reds just need to put the ball in play and run.Got to cut down on the strikeouts and do exactly what they did yesterday.They have a bunch of guys that just by accident can hit 12-15 homers.I get it that the pitching is way ahead of the hitting in all of baseball.I get it with the spin rate and the high velocity hitters feel they must swing as hard as they can so if they do make contact they can do some damage.What I don’t get is for the most part most hitters never change their approach with 2 strikes.I don’t even know if its taught.India and Martini both did and well that was the ball game.

    • Randy in Chatt

      truth! Been thinking about those same things for awhile now.

  29. redfanorbust

    I know he is still super young but sure would be nice if EDLC could make more contact and be a bit more consistent. We could use that till more of the regulars get back.
    His last 30 games : .214 /.302 /.321 with 42 SO and 14 walks and only 2 HR’s. He has 19 SB but could be much better if he gets a few more hits and walks.

  30. Harry Stoner

    So the Reds wind up optioning Spiers to make room for Lodolo’s return.
    After Spiers has thrown the best of his limited career so far.

    Sure, a case could be made that Spiers won’t be available for a few days, but it seems like an odd way to manage the BP and Spiers options.

    Keeping Kennedy as the mop up man, though he hasn’t pitched since being called up?

    We can anticipate how that’s going to work out.

    The RLN line was that he was the ringer awaiting Lodolo’s return.

    Spiers can hang out with Santillan and wonder.

    • LDS

      I was about to write something similar @Harry. Speirs is 4th on the team in ERA, 13.2 innings with no HRs allowed and only 3 walks. And capable of multiple innings as well as starting, and he goes down. There were far better choices on the club like Kennedy, Sims, Pagan, and Wilson, for example, all have substantially less favorable pitching lines and give up HRs like batting practice. Taking the Reds seriously is hard sometimes.

    • Old-school

      @ Harry

      Martinez threw 60+ pitches and Spiers 58 I think. Both threw great but are burned today and tomorrow and probably wednesday . Spiers also was warmed before rain delay and there were questions if he was burned already

      Kennedy is multi inning insurance for Cards – ala montas taking liner off the arm a month ago in the first

      With the off day thursday, I suspect Spiers will be back soon . I like the multi- inning relief options with suter Martinez and now Spiers

      • Harry Stoner

        That’s the rationale I expected.

        I guess having a dicey pitcher in the BP is better than someone unavailable.

        I hope Spiers is back up quickly. He seems an entirely different pitcher.

        I’d rather see him take the next emergency start rather than Martínez.

        I hope it doesn’t come down to needing Kennedy.

        Sounds like Pagan is in limbo.

        Farmer can’t go multiple innings?

      • Old-school

        Pagan went on the IL with triceps soreness last week. Kennedy was called up in his roster spot

      • Mauired

        I get why Santillan hasn’t been promoted because the Reds just don’t have the spot to commit long term until they either release or 60 day IL someone.

        I also kind of get Spiers going down since he’s probably unavailable for 3 or 4 days.

        But why not Zulueta or Legumina over Kennedy? Young guys that are being stashed on the roster as ML depth. Maybe even future key members of the pen. So instead of getting them some experience and hopefully helping get some wins, Reds go with retread mop-up man that they are not even comfortable getting into a game unless it’s a blowout.

        It’s a fringe roster thing for sure, but I’ve always thought if a small market team is going to compete they can’t waste any roster spots.

      • BK

        Zulueta’s WHIP is 1.8 (not very good); he also pitched 2.1 innings on Saturday; no availability and performance are likely factors. Legumina seems like an obvious choice, yet he’s only pitched twice in two weeks–one of which was a brief outing. While he’s not on the IL, he may be nursing an injury or another issue.

        At this point in the season, I’m not sure any roster moves have anything to do with market size. It looks like Kennedy was kept because he gave the Reds the most flexibility over the next several days. I prefer this approach over playing a man down, given the alternatives.

  31. Mark A Verticchio

    As was said earlier Spiers and Santillan can hang out together and wish they were on a team that actually cared about winning.