PITTSBURGH -- The Reds' 13 proved to be unlucky for the Pirates. As a result, the battle for home-field advantage in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser is going down to the season's final day. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan muted the Pirates' bats Saturday to give Cincinnati a 3-1 win, ending the Reds' longest losing streak since 1945 at 13 straight.
The Pirates retain a one-game lead over the Cubs heading into Sunday's 162nd game. In the event of ending the regular-season deadlocked, the Cubs hold the tiebreaker by virtue of an 11-8 edge in head-to-head play, thus would host the Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night at 8 ET.
PITTSBURGH -- Reds manager Bryan Price will return to the club next season, general manager Walt Jocketty announced Saturday.
Price has one year remaining on the three-year contract he signed following the 2013 season, when he was promoted from pitching coach to replace Dusty Baker. Speculation about Price's future had loomed throughout the season as Cincinnati struggled. The Reds snapped a 13-game losing streak with Saturday night's 3-1 win over the Pirates to improve to 64-97.
PITTSBURGH -- Two streaks of great length ended Saturday night during the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Pirates. Joey Votto's streak of reaching base safely was snapped at 48 games, and Cincinnati's losing streak finally stopped at 13 games.
It doesn't take an advanced degree to figure out which streak Votto cared more about.
Votto named nominee for two 2015 Esurance MLB Awards
By Mark Sheldon
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a nominee for two 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, as announced Tuesday. Votto is up for the categories of best Major League player and also best everyday player.
The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five components, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, fans at MLB.com and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters.
The Pirates and Reds will wrap up the regular season Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Cincinnati may not have much left to play for, but there is much at stake for Pittsburgh heading into the postseason.
With their loss Saturday night, and the Cubs' 1-0 win over the Brewers, the Pirates must win their 3:05 p.m. ET season finale against the Reds -- or hope the Cubs lose to the Brewers -- in order to secure home-field advantage for Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. The game is available to stream free out of market on MLB.TV, presented by AT&T. Blackout restrictions apply.
PITTSBURGH -- It's not that Joey Votto wasn't cognizant of Reds history or Pete Rose's place in it, but tying one of his records wasn't something the first baseman wanted to relish on a cold, wet Friday night.
Votto reached safely for his 48th straight game, tying Rose's 1978 Reds record.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates had to come from behind to stay ahead. They did that in dramatic fashion Friday night, when Starling Marte's two-run homer in the 12th inning gave them a 6-4 win over the Reds at PNC Park, after the Bucs trailed, 4-0, into the bottom of the third.
Pittsburgh's 11th walk-off win trimmed to one its magic number over the Cubs to clinch the home field for Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. Another win by the Pirates or loss by Chicago will make PNC Park the Wild Card site for the third straight October. However, the Cubs own the tiebreaker over the Pirates so the game will be at Wrigley Field if the teams end up with the same record. Saturday's game at 7:05 p.m. ET is available to stream free out of market on MLB.TV, presented by AT&T. Blackout restrictions apply.
PITTSBURGH -- Veteran Reds catcher Brayan Pena will be heading to the large unknown of the free-agent market after the season. Pena took to Twitter on Friday to let fans know his top preference was to remain in Cincinnati.
The prospects of the 33-year-old Pena being re-signed by the Reds seem diminished, however. Primary catcher Devin Mesoraco is expected to make a full recovery from hip surgery. In Mesoraco's absence, rookie Tucker Barnhart joined Pena to form a strong catching tandem. September callup Ramon Cabrera also made a positive impression.
CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips fell and couldn't get up in time to avoid an out on Thursday. Stuck in a losing streak, the Reds are trying to pick themselves up as a group, but are finding it hard to put themselves into positions to win.
Thursday's 5-3 defeat to the Cubs extended Cincinnati's losing streak to 12 games and its record to 63-96. The last time the team lost this many games in a row was Sept. 10-22, 1993. The No. 1 film at the box office then was "The Fugitive," starring Harrison Ford. But this current team isn't running away from its struggles and continues to try to work out of it.
CINCINNATI -- The Cubs continued their bid to host the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser by posting a soggy 5-3 win Thursday afternoon over the Reds, who lost their 12th in a row.
Austin Jackson smacked a three-run home run and Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double to back Jason Hammel, who scattered five hits over five innings for the win in his final regular-season start. Cubs manager Joe Maddon planned on shortening Hammel's outing, but he didn't tell the right-hander until after the fifth.
"I was surprised," Hammel said. "I think the only way I wouldn't make a stink about it was that I felt so good."
CINCINNATI -- In the moments soon after a rough conclusion to his 2015 season, it was difficult for Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani to see the positives from his rookie year. But from the club's perspective, it was a year in which it saw a lot to like.
After he retired his first eight batters in a row Wednesday night, with six strikeouts, DeSclafani was touched up for five earned runs and eight hits over five-plus innings in the Reds' 10-3 loss to the Cubs.
CINCINNATI -- Jon Lester struck out nine, Austin Jackson drove in a career-high five runs, and Starlin Castro had four hits, including a sixth-inning leadoff home run and RBI double, to lift the Cubs to a 10-3 victory Wednesday night and hand the Reds their 11th straight loss.
The win put the Cubs within 2 1/2 games of the Pirates for the top National League Wild Card spot and home-field advantage in the one-game playoff on Oct. 7. The Pirates split a doubleheader against the Cardinals on Wednesday, with St. Louis' second-game win clinching the NL Central.
CINCINNATI -- The Reds, who have had their worst struggles of the season during the final stretch of games, were forced to play Wednesday night vs. the Cubs without their two best offensive players in Joey Votto and Todd Frazier.
Votto's streak of games in which he's reached safely was put on hold for at least a night. The Reds' first baseman was rested, a decision based on health that manager Bryan Price originally indicated was possible following Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Chicago.
CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. He is expected to need four to six weeks of recovery.
"That's a great timetable, realistically," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "A couple of weeks in a sling and then some more strenuous rehab, I'm sure, then getting back and doing some baseball-related stuff."
CINCINNATI -- Until Joey Votto stretched his career-high streak of reaching base safely to 46 games by walking during his final plate appearance on Tuesday night, the Reds' first baseman seemed poised to finally come up empty during a 4-1 loss to the Cubs. There was even a question of whether Votto was feeling well enough to finish the game.
There was no question, however, that Votto was frustrated after Cincinnati dropped its season-high 10th straight game to fall to 63-94.
CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Jon Moscot, who is working his way back from a dislocated left non-throwing shoulder, will throw in the bullpen on Wednesday -- his first time on a mound since having surgery.
Moscot began a throwing program on flat ground a couple of weeks ago.
CINCINNATI -- The Cubs continued their tuneup for the postseason Tuesday night as Miguel Montero smacked a two-run double to back Dan Haren in a 4-1 rain-delayed victory at Great American Ball Park, handing the Reds their 10th straight loss.
Montero's hit came in a four-run first against rookie Josh Smith. Haren, who has said he will likely retire after this season, gave up three hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out six. The veteran right-hander was making his first start since Sept. 18, and he was able to do some fine-tuning during side sessions, which helped.
Catcher breaks Reds into hit column in 8th inning against Nationals' ace
By Jacob Emert
WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer was going in the wrong direction.
As a game gets deeper and the pitch count rises, a starter is supposed to lose command and his velocity should drop. Instead, as the game flew by in Cincinnati's 5-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday, Washington's ace was only getting better.
WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer almost put himself in the record books Monday afternoon, coming within five outs of his second no-hitter of the season in a 5-1 victory over the Reds at Nationals Park. Scherzer allowed one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks over eight innings in a makeup of a game that was to be be played on July 8.
Had Scherzer completed the no-hitter, he would have become the sixth pitcher to accomplish the feat twice in a season (including the postseason). The last to do it was Roy Halladay in 2010. Scherzer pitched his first no-hitter on June 20 in a 6-0 victory over the Pirates.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All theTime. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CINCINNATI -- Hours later, the clubhouse carpet remained damp. The room smelled of beer. Players rolled in late, grins on their faces. And then they returned to the business at hand.
Among the oddities in the Mets' post-clinch lineup Sunday were seven bench players, including out-of-position veterans Kelly Johnson at shortstop and Anthony Recker at first base. For the postseason-bound Mets, it hardly mattered. Their replacement team steamrolled Cincinnati, 8-1, sending the Reds to their eighth straight loss and capping a perfect 7-0 record against them this season.
CINCINNATI -- After giving thought to letting him pitch again before the season ends, the Reds decided to shut down Raisel Iglesias for the remainder of 2015. Iglesias made his final start on Sept. 13 vs. the Cardinals, but he was taken out of the rotation after that because of right shoulder fatigue.
Lefty reliever Sean Marshall, who hasn't pitched at all this season because of shoulder issues, was also shut down.
CINCINNATI -- The celebration of reaching the postseason was something the Reds enjoyed more frequently not very long ago. From 2010-13, they reached the playoffs three times with two National League Central titles. On Saturday, on the heels of a 10-2 defeat to the Mets, Cincinnati had to watch another team feel that euphoria.
It was the Mets who clinched their division, their first NL East crown since 2006.
CINCINNATI -- Since 11:43 p.m. ET on Oct. 19, 2006, the moment that Adam Wainwright's curveball dropped into Yadier Molina's glove and the Cardinals advanced to the World Series, the Mets began yearning for this. Three thousand, two hundred and sixty-four days passed between champagne baths for the Mets, longer than all but three big league teams. They lost their way at times; their photo albums depicted an historic collapse, then a more modest one, then a half-dozen consecutive losing seasons.
CINCINNATI -- As he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey has been throwing for the past few weeks. Not only does his right elbow feel good, it just feels good, in general, for him just to be throwing again.
"You have no idea," Bailey said on Saturday. "There were a couple of weeks right before I started throwing that I could do anything and everything I wanted to, except for throwing. We always want what we can't have, right?"
Reds first baseman extends run to 42 games with RBI single in 8th, chasing Rose's 48
By Andy Call
Special to MLB.com |
CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto continued his pursuit of one of Pete Rose's franchise records Friday night when he reached base for the 42nd consecutive game during the Reds' 12-5 loss to the Mets at Great American Ball Park.
Votto was hitless in his first three at-bats before an eighth-inning RBI single off New York left-hander Eric O'Flaherty. That hit extended Votto's streak, which surpassed his previous career high of 41 in 2010. He also drew a walk in the ninth inning.
CINCINNATI -- For the first time in nine years, the Mets will play beyond their 162nd game.
They assured themselves that much Friday with a 12-5 thumping of the Reds at Great American Ball Park, fueled by Noah Syndergaard's 7 2/3 dominant innings and Lucas Duda's twin three-run homers. Combined with Washington's loss to the Phillies, the Mets' win ensured at least a tie atop the National League East, priming them to clinch the title outright as soon as Saturday.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Andy Call is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CINCINNATI -- One of the Reds' primary objectives this offseason will be finding reliable bullpen help that can hold games together in the middle innings. That has been one of the challenges faced this season.
Cincinnati has lost five straight games, with three losses on the watch of relievers. Thursday's 6-4 defeat to the Mets came when lefty reliever Manny Parra struggled to get left-handed batters out while allowing three runs in the seventh to snap a 3-3 tie.
CINCINNATI -- Already improbable, the notion of a Mets collapse has become near-impossible. New York all but sewed up the National League East with a 6-4 win over the Reds on Thursday at Great American Ball Park; combined with the Nationals' loss earlier in the day, it grew the Mets' division lead to 7 1/2 games with nine to play while dropping their magic number to 3.
"It's fun," said Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who knocked home the go-ahead run in the seventh. "That's the easiest way to describe it. You don't need a lot of adjectives: It's fun. This is a great group of guys and we're having a whole lot of fun right now."