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Despite opportunities, Reds can’t walk off Braves for second straight night, lose 5-6

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Hopefully, they didn’t hurt themselves too much in the process.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

So, the story of the game is probably the injuries to both Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler. They both left the game with left shoulder strains, but while it was immediately apparent what happened to Schebler, Hamilton’s injury is a bit of a mystery.

It’s going to hurt this offense in a big way if either or both of those guys have to miss significant time.

The star of the game is Matt Adams, with 2 HR and 5 RBI, including the game winner. But, I hate Fat Adams and his formerly fat, formerly Cardinal ways, so nope.

Fortunately for the Reds, Joey Votto still exists. Votto had it all on display today. He had two hits and 2 RBIs that tied the game for the Reds in the 6th. He walked to lead off the bottom of the 9th and advanced to second on a ball that just got away from Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki to move into scoring position. Nothing could be done with it, but it’s just Joey Votto showing off that baseball intelligence that’s just better than nearly every player in the game.

And yes, I’m going to pretend that AB in the 10th doesn’t exist.

Picking his pitches. Choking up. Battling pitches off. He’s appeared to be on a completely different level than everyone he’s matched up against this season. And it’s a damn treat to see.

Honorable mention to Adam Duvall, for his 3 walk, 1 hit performance (the first time he’s walked thrice in a game in his career), Zack Cozart had 2 walks and an RBI, Jose Peraza got his second dinger of the year and scored 2 runs, and Devin Mesoraco got 2 hits and 2 walks while scoring a run. The whole lot of the Reds bullpen was locked in, aside from the run given up by Blake Wood. That was a big run, however.

Key Plays

  • All was quiet through the first 3 full frames, but Jose Peraza changed all that in the bottom of 4th inning, mashing a tater to left center field. Devin Mesoraco managed a double after, but the Reds could add no more in the 4th. Reds score first, 1-0.
  • About that. After Ender Inciarte grounded out, Brandon Phillips reached on a error and then Nick Markakis drew a walk. Matt Kemp singled to load the bases, but then Matt Adams cleared them all when he deposited a Scott Feldman meatball beyond the fence in center. Adonis Garcia doubled to end Feldman’s day, but Austin Brice promptly plunked Kurt Suzuki. Dansby Swanson singled to center to score Garcia, and then advanced to second on the throw to third, which Suarez missed the tag on Suzuki. Brice got Dickey and Inciarte thereafter, but the damage was done. Braves, 5-1.
  • Jose Peraza reached with one out in the bottom of the 6th after he was hit by a Dickey knuckleball. Devin Mesoraco singled to shortstop and even though it appeared that Brandon Phillips got the throw while his heel was on second base, the umpires (and the replay unit) saw otherwise. Patrick Kivelhan, pinching hitting for Brice, walked before Arismendy Alcantara singled to score Peraza. Jason Motte replaced Dickey and promptly walked Cozart, scoring another run. That was a bad idea, because that meant Joey Votto would come to the plate with the bases loaded and only one out. Joey delivered, of course, with a half swing bloop single that scored two more. Duvall and Suarez weren’t able to add on, but the Reds managed to tie the game at 5 a piece after six full innings.
  • Matt Adams did it again, blasting a dinger to the seats in left field in the top of the 12th.
  • That was that. No walk off tonight. Reds lose, 5-6.

Tony Graphanino


Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Today was Anthony DeSclafani bobblehead day at Great American Ball Park. It’s unfortunate that he hasn’t been able to pitch yet for the Reds this season. The good news is that he’s begun a throwing program. But he’s still a ways away from the club at this point. Get well soon, Disco.
  • Arismendy Alcantara replaced Billy Hamilton in center field for the top of the 6th. At the time of publish, they didn’t release a reason why. Apparently, it was a strained left shoulder.
  • Scooter Gennett replaced Scott Schebler in the top of the 6th in right field after Schebler dove to make a catch and came up clutching his left shoulder. Hopefully it looked worse than it was, but gaaahh.
  • Former Red Edinson Volquez pitched the first no hitter of the season this afternoon, and it only took him 98 pitches to do so. He struck out 10 to only 2 walks.
  • Tunes.