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Reds take Sunday off, fall to D-Backs 11-2

Chick-fil-A isn't open on Sunday, and neither were the Reds today.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

On a pretty depressing day for the Reds we'll give co-TJNMHSotG honors to Brandon Phillips and Scott Schebler. In the top of the second Phillips and Schebler connected for back-to-back solo shots that were Cincinnati's lone runs of the game. For Schebler, the home run was his third in the past two days. It was Phillips first long ball since August 6. Cincinnati only compiled three other hits on the day.

Honorable mentions: Hmm.... Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Key Plays

  • This was not the start Homer Bailey was hoping for. The Diamondbacks led off the game with three straight singles. Arizona scored two runs on back-to-back force outs from Rickie Weeks and Wellington Castillo. Jake Lamb then singled to drive in another run. The Diamondbacks made it 4-0 when a call was overturned on a Brandon Drury single. This was Bailey's only inning of work on the day.
  • The Reds responded in the top of the second when Brandon Phillips and Scott Schebler connected for back to back home runs.
  • With Josh Smith on the mound for Cincinnati, Arizona got another run in the third. A.J. Pollock led off the inning with a single, and then he stole second and third over the course of two hitters. Wellington Castillo drove in Pollock on a sac fly.
  • Arizona tacked on another run in bottom of the fifth. Michael Bourn led off the inning with a single, and then stole second with Wellington Castillo at the plate. Castillo took advantage of Bourn's base running and scored him on a single.
  • In the bottom of the sixth Ross Ohlendorf entered the game and...did what Ross Ohlendorf does. Brandon Drury singled, Chris Owings singled, and Yasmany Tomas hit his 27th home run of the season. Oh yeah, then Phil Gosselin singled. All of this happened before Ohlendorf recorded an out.
  • Ross Ohlendorf got Michael Bourn to pop out to left field!
  • Jumbo Diaz gave up two runs in the eighth. It was 11-2 at the time. Do you really care how it happened?

Tony Graphanino

Other Notes

  • As mentioned above, Homer Bailey only lasted one inning in this one. It didn't appear that he was pulled for an injury, rather for just being bad at pitching today. However, if you're looking for a reason to be worried his velocity was down a little.
  • Prior to today's game Mark Sheldon wrote that Scott Schebler is working on hitting the ball the other way to counter the effectiveness of defensive shifts. If he continues to hit home runs it doesn't matter where he hits them.
  • The Reds will try and bounce back tomorrow night against the Angels. Dan Straily will take the mound for the...10:05 ET start. Who's ready for some #LateNightReds ?
  • Tunes.