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Walks haunt Stephenson, Reds in 4-3 loss to Indians

The Reds even had the bases loaded in the 9th, but they couldn’t avoid the sweep.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jose Peraza’s 2018 season has been his best full season of his young career. After struggling at the plate for much of 2017, he has had a rebound year that has given us some hope that he can stick it out at short for a little while. He continued that tonight against the Cleveland Indians. He went 3 for 5 with 3 doubles and a run scored. Have a trophy, Jose.

Honorable mentions are due to: Cody Reed, for firing a solid 3.2 innings in long relief; Preston Tucker, for smacking a 2-run dinger in the bottom of the 1st; Scooter Gennett, for going 2 for 4 with a walk and a RBI; and Tucker Barnhart, for collecting 2 hits and a walk on the night.

Key Plays

  • Things started off about as well as they could have for the Reds. Jose Peraza led off the bottom of the 1st with a double to center and then moved to third on a fly out by Joey Votto. After a strikeout by Eugenio Suarez, Scooter Gennett would come through with an RBI single to right. That would bring up Preston Tucker, who would mash a 2-run ding dong to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.
  • Things went South quickly for Robert Stephenson in the top of the 2nd. Jason Kipnis led off with a 4-pitch walk and then moved to 2nd on a wild pitch. That would prove costly, as Kipnis would come around to score on a single by Greg Allen. A fly out would move Allen to 3rd, and then Stephenson would put runners on the corners on another 4-pitch walk to Shane Bieber. That’s American League pitcher, Shane Bieber. After an RBI ground out by Francisco Lindor, Stephenson would walk Michael Brantley. At that point, Jim Riggleman had seen enough and lifted Bob in favor of Cody Reed. Reed would get a fly out to end the inning. Reds led, 3-2.
  • It was smooth-sailing for Reed until the top of the 6th. He started things off by walking Yonder Alonso. That would end up haunting, as Melky Cabrera would smack his third dinger of the season to give Cleveland a 4-3 lead.
  • The Reds tried to mount a comeback in the top of the 9th, and they even had the bases loaded at one point, but Billy Hamilton getting thrown out at home on the contact play was the closest they’d get to tying the game. Reds lose, 4-3.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Robert Stephenson did not have an encouraging outing for the second straight game. His final line was: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K. Not great. Cody Reed looked better, throwing 3.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with only 1 walk and 1 strikeout. He did seem to have much better control of his command and was throwing strikes much more consistently than his previous big-league outings.
  • It’s well past the time to give guys like Reed chances in the rotation. The Reds have to see what they have in him (and Stephenson, to an extent) to have some kind of idea of what they can expect in the future. That will have to come at the expense of guys like Homer Bailey and Matt Harvey, and I’m not sure the Reds will have the gall to make those kind of decisions.
  • Eugenio Suarez went 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts. Yikers.
  • The Reds are off tomorrow before taking on the San Francisco Giants on Friday. Anthony DeSclafani will look to continue the momentum from his last two solid outings.
  • Tunes.