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Bad game was bad, then it got good, but then ended bad. Reds lose 8-7

The Reds mounted a great comeback but were just one run short

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Billy Hamilton had three hits and two runs scored and Scooter Gennett hit a big three-run home run, but despite my better judgment, I am giving this to Kike Hernandez. He doubled twice, walked twice, and most importantly made a great and critical game-saving catch in the eighth inning.

Key Plays

  • The Dodgers streaked out to a 5-0 lead, blasting seven hits in the first three innings against the desiccated husk of Bronson Arroyo.
  • The Reds got a little something going in the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Scott Schebler took a plunk, scoring Billy Hamilton, but Eugenio Suarez and Arismendy Alcantara couldn’t capitalize and the Reds were only able to put up that one run.
  • Justin Turner turned on a Wandy Peralta meatball and gave the Dodgers an 8-1 lead. Orel Hersheiser commented on the Dodgers broadcast that he was hopeful the team could get back to LA early this evening. Jerkwad!
  • The Reds scraped runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to make this an interesting one. Adam Duvall hit a solo homer in the sixth, but Scooter Gennett gave the Reds their biggest hit with a three-run home run in the seventh.
  • It was 8-5 in the eighth when the Reds got busy inflating Pedro Baez’s 0.91 ERA. Suarez hit a laser wango into LF, Alcantara dropped a double into RF, and Billy blooped a double behind the third baseman to score Alcantara. #ALLOFASUDDEN the Reds scored six unanswered runs to make it 8-7.

With Billy on second base, Scooter walked on four straight pitches. Joey came to the plate with two on and two out and he crushed a deep fly to left-center. It looked really good, but Kike Hernandez was able to get all the way back on it and make a fantastic game-saving catch at the wall.

  • Kenley Jansen German suplexxed the Reds for a 1-2-3 ninth inning and that’s how it ended.

Steffi Graph

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

The Reds have now lost nine-straight games. My kingdom for a quality start.

Suarez’s wango was his first since May 23rd and his 11th of the season. He has lost about 150 points off of his OPS in that time, so hopefully this signals a bit of a turnaround.

Drew Storen, Michael Lorenzen, and Raisel Iglesias all threw hitless and scoreless innings this afternoon, just like we all hoped.

The Reds now head down to the Land of Tan Lines and Boxed Wines for a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays. Maybe a bit of the DH can get this team back on the right track.

All of MLB is wearing powder blue today as a Father’s Day motif. It looks super dumb. Also, gendering colors is just about the stupidest thing about American sexism, which is shot through with hundreds of stupidly dumb shit.