Cleveland grabbed the first game of this short series in Cincinnati on Tuesday night. The Reds will look to salvage a split tonight in the second and final game against the Guardians. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Cleveland Guardians

Cincinnati Reds

Steven Kwan – LF TJ Friedl – CF
Tyler Freeman – CF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Jose Ramirez – 3B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Josh Naylor – 1B Spencer Steer – 1B
David Fry – RF Jake Fraley – RF
Andres Gimenez – 2B Tyler Stephenson – C
Gabriel Arias – DH Jacob Hurtubise – LF
Brayan Rocchio – SS Jonathan India – 2B
Austin Hedges – C Will Benson – DH
Tanner Bibee – RHP Nick Lodolo – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Lodolo 52.1 2.92 0.99 12 56
Tanner Bibee 70.0 3.73 1.19 19 76
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Tanner Bibee’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

Since returning from the injured list, Lodolo has made three starts and they’ve been outstanding. He’s allowed four runs, walked three, and struck out 13 in his 17.1 innings pitched.

The splits for Nick Lodolo aren’t all that big this year. Teams don’t send many lefties to the plate against him, but the lefties who do get in the box against him have both a higher average and on-base percentage against him. The big difference is that lefties hit for no power at all against him, while righties hit for some – though not much.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 174 32 6 0 5 9 46 .201 .270 .333
LHH 39 8 1 0 0 3 10 .229 .308 .257

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 94.3 94.3 81.6 88.1
Usage 28% 26% 28% 18%

Tanner Bibee

There’s been a few hiccups this season for Bibee, but he’s on a roll of late. In his last five starts he’s posted a 2.12 ERA with six walks and 32 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. He’s struck out at least six batters in each of his last four starts and allowed just two home runs.

The splits are pretty big for Bibee. He dominates against right-handed hitters. They hit for no average and they’ve walked just three times while striking out 37 times. They aren’t hitting for much power, either, but aren’t entirely without power when they do make contact. Lefties, though, hit for a good average, draw walks at a solid rate, and they show off some power while also making far more contact than righties do. Not shown below, he’s pitched much better on the road (2.20 ERA, .660 OPS against).

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 118 22 7 0 3 3 37 .200 .231 .346
LHH 176 42 12 1 5 16 39 .266 .341 .449

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 94.8 81.7 86.4 82.8
Usage 45% 10% 27% 18%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 82ยฐ, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Noelvi Marte’s “Rehab”

The Louisville Bats played an afternoon game today and for the second day in a row, Noelvi Marte was in the lineup. Last night he went 2-5 with a double, run, and a strikeout. This afternoon he went 1-5 with a run and two strikeouts.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 39 28
Pittsburgh 32 34 6.5
Cincinnati 32 35 7.0
Chicago 32 35 7.0
St. Louis 31 34 7.0

179 Responses

  1. Eddiek957

    Seems to me when we successfully bunt we win

    • Melvin

      Just part of the whole equation of winning. It needs to be emphasized more when not scoring runs. Let’s win tonight any way we can. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dennis Westrick

    As I am compelled to do, especially after a Reds loss, I examine the box score! For last night’s game, 7 pitchers threw 152 pitches and issued five walks! One of the 5 walks scored and Farmer’s walks in the 9th inning directly led to another run!

    On the hitting side, the Reds were 3 for 13 with RISP and totaled 11 strikeouts!

    Bottom line, you are NOT going to beat a team, let alone a good team like Cleveland, with those numbers!

    That being said, hoping for a better performance by the Reds tonight!

    BTW, the Brewers squeaked out a one run win earlier today! Need this game! Go Reds!

  3. doofus

    Both CES and Brandon Williamson my be lost the rest of the season from surgery?

    • Mark A Verticchio

      And the hits just keep on coming.

    • JB

      You usually can find him on the pitchers mound.

    • doofus

      My mistake. I punched in last nightโ€™s replay.

  4. Melvin

    I’d say Steer is the best defensive 1B guy we got. Not that he’s going to stay there.

  5. Melvin

    Three outs. Fourteen pitches. Good start. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Doug Gray

    Can’t believe we had 10 comments and none of them pointed out that I had this as June 12, 2023. Disappointed in you guys and gals almost as much as I am in myself for not noticing for about an hour.

    • Melvin

      I’ll personally try to do better. lol I know you’re extremely busy and probably still frustrated with the email post thing. lol You do a good job. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JB

      I’m retired Doug so I couldn’t tell you what day it is half the time.

      • Doug Gray

        I don’t have off days for like 7 months straight, so I don’t always have the best grasp on what day it is either.

        But I should be able to get the YEAR right by the time it’s June lol

    • RedsMonk65

      Well, maybe it was a VERY good day!

    • Tom Reeves

      This post is soooo last yearโ€ฆ

  7. Melvin

    Candyman strikes again. Another homer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. JB

    Candy has the homer thing figured out. Now if he can just work on that lollypop throw.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    CANDY MAN , homers in the first inning one more time

  10. RedsMonk65

    Don’t look now but Candy has 10 bombs. Team leader ELDC has 11.

  11. Old-school

    Candy leads the Reds in OPS in june

    Hes not overpaid

    Hes not a bad signing

    Hes an asset

    • JB

      He was a bad signing in April. Fortunately the season is 6 months long. I think he gets 25 bombs.

  12. Mark Moore

    Dealing with some neighborhood stuff, so I’m just joining the comment fun. Went back and watched Candy’s shot. He was admiring that one ๐Ÿ˜€

    Here’s to a good night from Nick and a little split with the Guardrails so we can Kick them Back to Cleveland!!

  13. RedsGettingBetter

    Hurtubise seems to be struggling…
    India missed three sliders for strikes 1-2-3

    • VaRedsFan

      He had some early success.
      I’m not a fan of his swing, but there’s no room for pictures in the box score.

  14. Mark Moore

    MLB.tv either thinks I’m South of the Border or that Espanol is a predominant language here (it actually is). I get multiple Spanish commercials every night.

  15. Dennis Westrick

    Five (5) strikeouts in the first 6 batters! Didn’t think we could do worse than last night!

  16. JB

    Ramirez swinging 3-0? I thought the Reds were the only ones who did that.

    • VaRedsFan

      You should be required to bat .275 or higher to be greenlighted.

  17. Mark Moore

    Nailed Naylor … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    First Wife said “At least it wasn’t your head!”

  18. JB

    Walks in a run and then suddenly finds the strike zone. Stop the nibbling crap. All it does is get you into trouble

    • VaRedsFan

      He would if Larkin answered him and actually added something to the convo.

      • Melvin

        Perfect team. One doesn’t want to talk and the other wants to talk all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mark Moore

      Basically, the answer is “No”. It’s way worse with Larkin, but even wit Welsh he tends to ramble on with all the words he brought in his bag.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. Problem is some guys can only play there and he can play virtually anywhere.

      • JB

        True but right now nobody has done anything to deserve to play there. Candy is a DH and CES has done nothing this year and might be out for the year.

      • Melvin

        Sounds like we need more good outfielders. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Mark Moore

    Rough inning, but limited the damage.

    Now to do what the Guardrails regularly do (and we seem to vary as to our ability). Get on base, get over, get in.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Wow. Cleveland hitters are so patient & calm. Our guys would chase 2 pitches before we walked with the bases loaded. Only 1, but they’re on Lodolo already. He’ll be lucky to go 5 with 1 run like AA the other night

    I’m starting to see why their record is so good

    • Dennis Westrick

      It’s called plate discipline!

  21. Dennis Westrick

    Walks, HBP, 62 pitches thru 3 innings! Cleveland doesn’t need any help! Nick needs to go at least 6 innings if possible!

    • Mark Moore

      Deep breaths, Dennis. Deep breaths.

      • Melvin

        Maybe breath into a paper bag? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. RedAlert

    Benson is pitiful and Bell continues to run him out there โ€ฆ. Inexcusable

    • Jason Franklin

      Yes sir. With what Benson does hitting-wise, why not let Dunn start in place of him? I would like to see both rookies out there.

    • Melvin

      Well the only guy ahead of him in the majors in Ks is EDLC and we know he’s not going anywhere. As I said recently one of them seemingly has to go.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Greene leads MLB with HBP’s with 9.
    Lodolo now has 8.

    I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing. Guys need to pitch inside.
    I’d rather them hit some, then be scared to go there.
    Learning curve and all.

    • Jason Franklin

      I think Lodolo has such electric stuff that sometimes he just loses control of it. I bet it is scary to be up there against him. Now in Greene’s case, he mostly throws pretty straight so maybe some of those HBP are intentional.

    • JB

      Had a friend Greg Keagle who pitched for Detroit years ago and he never pitched inside. He didn’t last long.

  24. JB

    Swing the bat Elly. Got to do what Cleveland does. Anything close foul it off and live to see another pitch. Standing there with your bat on your shoulder and hoping the ump calls a ball on a close pitch is not a good plan. Votto would make some of the dumbest swings but he would foul them off and live to see another pitch.

    • Melvin

      I think now he’s trying TOO hard to be patient and take a walk. Out of balance in that regard.

    • Steve

      #14 Peter Edward Rose was excellent at that very thing. And he garnered a few hits in his time.

  25. Jeff Morris

    Benson strikes out again. Why not play somebody else, and/or pull somebody up from AAA that could use some experience in the big leagues. Can’t be much worse. They need to DFA Benson. Also, EDLC not seeing the ball well, not sure what he is thinking. Just took two balls for strikes for a strikeout and not swinging the bat!

  26. LarkinPhillips

    3 innings 7 strikeouts. No chance of a hit or error if you can’t even make contact.

  27. RedAlert

    Lodolo is all over the place – geeze man

  28. Mark Moore

    Come inside yes, but continually nail their toes??? C’mon, man!

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Are the Cleveland players leaning into Nick’s pitches or is he just wild tonight?

  30. Indy Red Man

    Hitter hustled while our OF didn’t. Lodolo refuses to start the slider outside and attempt to bring in over the outside corner. How many dudes you going to hit in the foot on 0-2 1-2? I’m one more lazy/brainless play away from checking out

    • JB

      You and I said that last game. Not sure why he don’t start that way outside. Would be an unhittable pitch.

    • VaRedsFan

      Been saying…..Please insert the backdoor slider instead of trying to bury it inside.

  31. Mark Moore

    That one broke our way. Nice field and throw from Herd of Beasts!!

  32. Melvin

    Good throw by HB to get the runner at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. VaRedsFan

    Not many outs at the plate from our OF’ers.
    JHurt gets one there.

  34. dimondfvr

    Great defensive play.But It doesn’t matter if you can’t score runs.

  35. Indy Red Man

    Herdofbeasts with the throw then Lodolo gets the 3rd out on a slider away like I asked for.

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Aerosmith would be proud! “Living On the Edge”!

  37. Jason Franklin

    I don’t know if it’s just a young team thing, but the Reds are so inconsistent. They will have a nice run then can’t hit for a week. Are they just a “low IQ” hitting team? I don’t know what else to call it? There are some guys showing higher baseball IQ, but more than half the team seems to be the type who would get a failing grade in baseball hitting fundamentals.

    • VaRedsFan

      It generally comes when they stop trying to pull everything and start hitting it oppo.

    • Mark Moore

      They are mostly a young team. That comes with challenges, especially with young starting pitchers. But this is where I put a LOT of it back on Bell and his coaching staff. Admittedly we don’t see anything but the game play. But the repeated evidence heavily suggests (to me at least) that whatever coaching his happening either isn’t the right stuff or isn’t sinking in.

      I read where the players love the man. But I’m thinking they would love winning more even if the trade-off were playing for a manager with a little bit more of an old school approach.

  38. VaRedsFan

    Bibee’s K-Prop tonight was 6.5.
    Cashed in 3 innings.

    • Indy Red Man

      Nice. Free $ against us. I’m going to join in.

  39. Mark A Verticchio

    Steer swinging on 3 – 0 at bad pitch.

  40. Indy Red Man

    Manny Ramirez…I mean Steer gets the green light on 3-0.

    This is how 12-3 run gets followed by 3-12

    • JB

      Ramirez swung at 3-0 for the Indians. Seems to work for them.

  41. RedsGettingBetter

    I don’t like swinging consistently at 3-0 …

    • Mark Moore

      Given who most of these guys are as hitters, I tend to agree.

  42. Erik the Red

    3 0 swing from Spencer leads to easy pop out. Does Fraley have 1 homer and only 9 rbis this late in the season? Either way this offense has been pathetic for most of the season now.

  43. Melvin

    Less than two outs with a runner on 3B. Cleveland putting the ball in play (instead of a K) scores a run.

    • JB

      They only strikeout 7..42 times a game. That’s 5 the best. Reds k about 9.04. 25 th best. Put the ball in play good things happen.

      • Melvin

        Something to think about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • VaRedsFan

      And it allows you to send the runner (that weighs 250), because the ball gets put in play.

  44. RedsGettingBetter

    Lodolo battled but can’t avoid Cleveland takes the lead. It is urgent the Reds score runs because the bullpen will face is literally unhittable

  45. Dennis Westrick

    12 outs so far, 8 by strikeouts! Awesome!

    • Melvin

      Make the 10 through five innings. Yikes.

      • RedAlert

        Can somebody get a big hit here !

  46. dimondfvr

    Cleveland is simply the better ballclub. Better hitters, better starters, and the best bullpen in the game. It’s embarrassing!

  47. RedAlert

    These are some ATROCIOUS at bats โ€ฆ.making this dude look like Cy Young .

    • Melvin

      Per Sadak first double digit K game of his career.

    • Steve

      Yeah – 15 outs, 10 by strike out. Pitiful.

  48. Jason Franklin

    Well. That’s probably it. Back to this team where they just can’t hit. The Reds starters are back to being under the pressure to be perfect because they can’t rely on the offense.

  49. JB

    Every year Cleveland just keeps bringing up good pitchers. Very good scouting.

  50. LarkinPhillips

    10 ks through 5. Ridiculous. No attempts to even change the approach.

  51. RedsGettingBetter

    They are swinging a lot of bad pitches and the ump is starting to expand the zone to Bibee as a result of.

  52. Jason Franklin

    And does Bell have any sense to the game? Any feeling? Why bring Lodolo back out after he’s struggled for 5? It is obvious he just doesn’t have it tonight. What a moronic non-move.

    • Mark Moore

      Not a lot of options tonight. Just over 100 pitches, so not to stressing on him. Best inning was the 6th by my count.

      • Jason Franklin

        It was his best inning, but how things had been going, a manager with prior experience should have hedged his bets and replaced Lodolo. There was a higher likelihood of Lodolo not doing well in the 6th.

      • Mark Moore

        Not disagreeing Jason. Just pointing out our BP arms are pretty thin tonight.

  53. dimondfvr

    At least the fans got an Elly bobblehead! LOL

  54. JB

    Kwan 2-4. Why does that seem like a win by holding him to 2 hits?

  55. Old-school

    Reds are1-16 with 10kโ€™s

    At some point you start playing bat to ball guys with plate discipline or trade for them

    Offense is terrible

    • Jason Franklin

      There are teams like that: Indians and Royals. Guess what? They have pretty low payrolls too. They just have better management who do a better job scouting and signing players.

  56. JB

    Nice job Lodolo. Guy battled all night and held them to two runs.

  57. Redlegs1869

    Good thing everyone is so excited about the Elly bobble. Probably the highlight of their night. Not sure why. Maybe he or the Reds will give them another reason to be at the game.

  58. Melvin

    If ever a time to play “small ball” it’s now.

  59. Melvin

    Benson at least made contact and found a hole this time. Be smart.

  60. Melvin

    Okay. Two on. No outs. Think we’ll bunt? haha

    • Melvin

      Show your’re a team player EDLC buddy.

    • JB

      It might get the bat off Ellys shoulder

      • Melvin

        Instead another K. Exactly what we DIDN’T need especially with our current hottest hitter coming up. TERRIBLE fundamentals.

  61. LarkinPhillips

    Unpopular opinion but elly needs to bunt here.

    • Jason Franklin

      Don’t worry, he will just strike out.

  62. dimondfvr

    I’m assuming the Elly Bobblehead includes a golden sombrero?!

  63. LarkinPhillips

    Elly not bunting there is another example of Bell having no feel for the game. A until should’ve been called for by the dugout especially considering his first two at bats.

    • Melvin

      I agree about the bunt should have been called three run homer or not. If he would have move the runners over even a ground ball would have tied it in a very close game when we’re striking out at an alarming rate.

    • Mike Adams

      Bell won’t do it.
      Gotta give players a chance to hit a bomb.
      They want to be chief knock a homa (credit to Indians)

    • Tom W

      I agree with you guys about the bunt. However, Iโ€™m more disappointed in EDLCโ€™s plate discipline. The 2-1 pitch was some sort of breaking pitch up and inside, by a lot! He was trying to hit it into KY! I think his mind was made up to swing at that pitch no matter what. Should have been a 3-1 count with potential of seeing a better pitch. Plate discipline can and should be taught! IMHO.

  64. RedsGettingBetter

    CANDY MANNNNN Multi-homer game!!

  65. LarkinPhillips

    Candy bails everyone out! Heck yeah!

  66. Melvin

    Candyman IS our offense tonight. Big three run homer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Mark Moore

    Shortest distance over the fence!!!

    That’s got the crowd back in the game. And he went to 8 pitches to get there.

    • Melvin

      He’s learning lately how to foul pitches off to stay alive.

  68. RedAlert

    Great AB by the CANDyman !!! Finally !!!

  69. Jason Franklin

    I will gladly “eat crow” if the Reds come back to win this one. It really had nothing to do with good managing though on either team.

    • Indy Red Man

      Have to respectfully disagree. Their guy let a guy beat his young pitcher that had already homered off him and was at 100 pitches. Bell would’ve pulled him for sure

      • LarkinPhillips

        Agree Indy. Candy had good ABs the whole game against him. He should’ve been pulled. Glad he wasn’t.

  70. dimondfvr

    WOW! What just happened here??!! We’ll take it!!!

  71. VaRedsFan

    You can just tell how engaged Candy is during his ABs.
    10 pitches previously, before that 8 pitch gem.

  72. RedsGettingBetter

    Bell should realize Hurtubise is a lineup hole right now… he looked bad in this AB…

    • wkuchad

      We have three starters hurt or on rehab. That’s going to cause holes.

  73. Indy Red Man

    I love hustle, but I’m not sure running to first as you’re swinging is going to pan out for Herdofbeasts? He’s another Adam Rosales

    Who started the Reds rally anyway? Was it Benson? The worst hitter in the history of mlb

  74. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow , ump , what a bad call…

  75. Dennis Westrick

    Sims is in! Dennis is on supplemental oxygen!

    • Mark Moore

      Lucas outsmarted you this time.

  76. JB

    I like Sims when he starts an inning. I do not like him when he Inherits runners. Same thing with Cruz.

    • Indy Red Man

      Era down to 3.97. Sims isn’t the worst…..he just isn’t a 8th inning co-closer type.
      If you put him in the 6th or 7th then atleast you have more outs to rally when he goes
      Walk/450 ft HR

  77. RedsGettingBetter

    I guess Bell will go with Cruz-Dรญaz for the rest of the game…

  78. JB

    Fairchild got screwed on two pitches. I hate umps.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Challenge system.cant get here soon enough!

  79. LarkinPhillips

    Is this ump trying to replace Angel.Hernandez? That’s terrible!

    • JB

      Angel Hernandez doing inspections for Boeing now.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m about at the point where none of this surprises me anymore. They aren’t held accountable in any way. Feet are dragging on the robo/challenge system when it would improve consistency of the game. Frankly, they are sitting in a fat-dumb-happy-smug position once they get their spot for the most part)

  80. RedsGettingBetter

    The ump maybe was born in Cleveland…

  81. LDS

    So the Reds are leading thanks to a career game by Candelario. Otherwise everyone else has 12 SOs and 3 hits. And Vogt is pulling Bellโ€™s strings just as he did last night.

    • Indy Red Man

      Their guy blew this game if the Reds win. Inexecusable to let Candy beat their kid w/100 pitches with the pen they have. We’d be crushing Bell, but he does know better

    • Mark Moore

      Vogt is a Top-10 manager who gets his guys to play in a productive way. Even with a win tonight, we’re stuck with #50 of 30 (and still tilting toward a lower ranking). Makes you wonder what a guy like Vogt could do with our roster (warts and all).

  82. Indy Red Man

    Neris going full Diaz again tonight. Atleast Diaz was once a dominant closer

  83. RedsGettingBetter

    Very good job by Moll, BTW he is throwing his 4SFB at 94-95,4 MPH… the velo is back

  84. Mark Moore

    3 hits and a run-saving snag at 3B … Candy has showed up to play tonight.

    • Indy Red Man

      Herdofbeasts throwing that guy out was huge too. Nice rebound win if Diaz doesn’t implode

      • Mark Moore

        Ultimately, Lodolo battling through 6 innings added to the mix. But that play from LF was excellent, I agree.

  85. LarkinPhillips

    I hope that Moll pitching the 8th is a sign of things to come. Him, cruz, and Diaz is a decent 7-8-9 in any order. I like Sims more in a 6th inning role. At least for now as relievers all get hot and cold throughout the year.

  86. RedsGettingBetter

    Crossed fingers and hold your bu…

    • Mark Moore

      Thank you, Mr. Jackson … ๐Ÿ˜›

  87. Mark Moore

    Getting Kwan out feels HUUUUUGE!!!!

  88. Indy Red Man

    Cmon? After the s they just called on Stuey?

  89. Mark Moore

    Of all the crappy calls tonight … ๐Ÿ˜

  90. Indy Red Man

    Big Win!! Reds now 8-2 when Lodolo starts

  91. Mark Moore

    Oh what a difference a couple innings can make.

  92. RedsGettingBetter

    Great REDS victory! against a very pesky team and the awful ump. they went 4-2 on the home-stand.

  93. Mark Moore

    Biggest weekday crowd ever at 42K+ (so says Sadak)

  94. Mark A Verticchio

    Big win, 33 and 35 heading to the Brewers and Pirates. Still concerned about the holes in the line up and EDLC has to pick it up for the team to stay in the race. They have been waiting for help from the injured but it doesn’t look like it’s coming soon, if ever this year. However, the PED boy Marte should really help.