Impressive HRs can't get Reds out of early hole

Impressive HRs can't get Reds out of early hole

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames finally went a day without pummeling the Reds for a home run. Reds hitters responded by hitting four long balls on Wednesday, yet none of them put a real dent in the outcome during a 9-4 loss to the Brewers.

That's because all four homers -- totaling 1,629 feet combined -- came with nobody on base.

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Schebler homers twice in loss to Brewers

Schebler homers twice in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds finally kept Eric Thames in the yard, but the Brewers enjoyed another big day at the plate anyway, completing a three-game sweep with a 9-4 win on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Thames singled, walked twice and scored two runs -- extending to 27 his club record for runs scored in April -- before making an early exit in the eighth inning  due to a tight left hamstring. He did not hit a home run for the first time in the Brewers' seven games against the Reds this season, but Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia did, a two-run shot in the third inning as part of a three-RBI afternoon. Catcher Jett Bandy had three hits and two RBIs.

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Mesoraco returns as Reds visit St. Louis

Mesoraco returns as Reds visit St. Louis

For the second time this month, the Cardinals and Reds will hook up for a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Cincinnati won two of three games in the previous series April 7-9, but there will be a noticeable difference on Friday.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco -- who has been limited to 39 games over the last two seasons after surgeries to both hips and his left shoulder -- will be activated from the disabled list after completing a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola.

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Mahle starts for first time since perfect game

Mahle starts for first time since perfect game

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Kyle Tucker (Astros No. 2), Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Turner to stay on as Reds' third catcher

Turner to stay on as Reds' third catcher

MILWAUKEE -- When the Reds activate Devin Mesoraco from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener with the Cardinals, it looks like they will keep Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner on the 25-man roster. That means the club will carry three catchers, with Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart getting the bulk of the playing time.

That also signals the Reds are likely to have a seven-man bullpen after carrying either eight or nine relievers for the season's first three-plus weeks. With the rotation struggling to provide innings, fresh arms in the bullpen will be at an even greater premium.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cozart raking while top of lineup struggles

Reds' shortstop is hitting a Major League-best .407 after Tuesday night

Cozart raking while top of lineup struggles

MILWAUKEE -- The top of the Reds' lineup -- leadoff man Billy Hamilton and No. 2 hitter Jose Peraza -- have floundered thus far after there was optimism in the spring that their speed could ignite the club's offense. However, that was only if the dynamic duo could get on base, and thus far, they have not done that enough.

Hamilton went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts on Tuesday in a 9-1 loss to the Brewers, and Peraza had soft singles in a 2-for-5 night.

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Duvall homers, Feldman struggles in loss

Duvall homers, Feldman struggles in loss

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames did it again, and he is not the only Brewers hitter teeing off against the Reds.

Thames continued his habit of hitting a home run every time the teams play, lifting a two-run shot amid a five-run sixth inning in the Brewers' 9-1 win on Tuesday at Miller Park. Hernan Perez also homered after hitting a pair of run-scoring triples, and Jonathan Villar drove in four runs for Milwaukee's fifth victory in six games against Cincinnati this season.

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Suarez much improved defensively at 3B

Entering Tuesday's game, Reds' third baseman yet to commit error in 2017

Suarez much improved defensively at 3B

MILWAUKEE -- The defense that Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez has displayed in the season's first month has been nothing short of impressive. That was something few would have said a year ago.

In 2016, Suarez led Major League third basemen with 23 errors, but 12 of them came over his first 53 games. Entering Tuesday, the 25-year-old has yet to make an error. At the plate, Suarez also entered Tuesday batting .343/.429/.687, tied for the team lead with five home runs.

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Senzel hits first homer of season

Senzel hits first homer of season

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Astin recalled; Hernandez sent to Double-A

Astin recalled; Hernandez sent to Double-A

MILWAUKEE -- One day after reliever Ariel Hernandez gave the Reds 2 2/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts vs. the Brewers, he was optioned back to Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday. Reliever Barrett Astin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Hernandez's place on the 25-man roster and in the bullpen.

Hernandez would not have been available to pitch for a couple of days.

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Schebler's 4 RBIs not enough vs. Crew

Schebler's 4 RBIs not enough vs. Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames is the early-season toast of Major League Baseball, but you don't have to remind the Reds. Thames has hit as many home runs in five games against Cincinnati -- seven -- as any other big leaguer has hit this season, period.

Thames went deep in each of the first two innings of the Brewers' 11-7 win over the Reds on Monday at Miller Park, where Milwaukee roughed up rookie left-hander Amir Garrett and Thames ran his MLB-best home run total to 10, matching a franchise record for April.

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Garrett endures first rough start of career

Rookie left-hander allows nine earned runs in loss to Brewers

Garrett endures first rough start of career

CINCINNATI -- Amir Garrett made things look smooth and easy from the mound during his first three big league starts for the Reds. But Monday's performance in an 11-7 loss to the Brewers was a reminder that Garrett remains a rookie still figuring things out.

The left-hander allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings with four walks, one strikeout and three home runs -- including two by Eric Thames.

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Statcast of the Day: Hernandez brings heat

Reds reliever strikes out five over 2 2/3 innings against Brewers

Statcast of the Day: Hernandez brings heat

CINCINNATI -- Perhaps the Reds had to summon right-hander Ariel Hernandez sooner that might have normally. But they needed an arm for the bullpen and knew Hernandez had a power arm, as well.

The 25-year-old did not disappoint in his Major League debut during an 11-7 Reds loss to the Brewers. Called upon with two outs in the fourth inning to replace starter Amir Garrett, Hernandez -- who is the Reds' No. 23 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com -- struck out five without allowing a hit or walk over 2 2/3 innings.

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Reds target Friday to activate Mesoraco

Catcher is set to complete rehab assignment in Double-A on Tuesday

Reds target Friday to activate Mesoraco

MILWAUKEE -- Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is expected to complete the 20th and final day of his rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday and be activated on Friday for the club's next series vs. the Cardinals at St. Louis.

There had been discussion of having Mesoraco up for the series vs. the Brewers. He has been working his way back from right hip and left shoulder surgeries since last summer. Mesoraco's last Major League appearance was last season on April 27.

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Davis to start Wednesday; Reed to bullpen

Right-hander has been out of action since April 11 with forearm injury

Davis to start Wednesday; Reed to bullpen

MILWAUKEE -- More adjustments to the Reds' rotation came Monday, but manager Bryan Price feels optimistic he has a starting five that could remain a more stable group. Through the first 19 games, Cincinnati had already used eight different starting pitchers.

Price revealed right-hander Rookie Davis will be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start vs. the Brewers on Wednesday. That will move Tim Adleman back in the rotation to Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis following an off-day. Cody Reed, whose start vs. the Cubs on Saturday lasted just two innings, will move back to the bullpen.

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Master craftsman: Arroyo wins 2nd straight

Following first victory since 2014, Reds veteran continues comeback with efficiency vs. Cubs

Master craftsman: Arroyo wins 2nd straight

CINCINNATI -- Reds veteran Bronson Arroyo has built a reputation for being a smart pitcher, a good clubhouse guy and the type of person who earns a comeback opportunity at 40 years old that others perhaps wouldn't get after 2 1/2 years out of the game with arm injuries.

But Arroyo doesn't want to trade on his reputation. He wants results. And there was no arguing with his performance in Sunday's 7-5 victory over the Cubs. Over six innings and only 66 pitches, Arroyo gave up two earned runs with three hits, no walks and seven strikeouts.

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Pair of Reds make Pipeline Team of the Week

Pair of Reds make Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 17-23) is led by an all Milwaukee Brewers outfield, with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye all earning a spot. This marks the first time one team has accounted for all three outfield spots on the Team of the Week.

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Schebler, bats back Arroyo in win over Cubs

Schebler, bats back Arroyo in win over Cubs

CINCINNATI -- It's been a rough first few weeks of the season for Reds right fielder Scott Schebler. But pitcher Bronson Arroyo was fortunate to have Schebler's contributions supporting his strong start in a 7-5 victory over the Cubs as Cincinnati salvaged one game from its three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.

After Billy Hamilton gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first inning by singling, stealing second and third base and scoring on Joey Votto's sacrifice fly, Schebler hit a solo home run to right field in the second inning to make it 2-0 against John Lackey. Schebler then added a jam-shot of a bloop single to center field in the fourth to snap a 2-2 tie.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Call is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Cubs on Sunday.

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Reds option Bonilla, call prospect Hernandez

Mesoraco banged up on great play, but OK; Cozart scratched with sore wrist

Reds option Bonilla, call prospect Hernandez

CINCINNATI -- Before Sunday's series finale vs. the Cubs, the Reds optioned reliever Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville. Roster circumstances and a lack of arm availability made it possible for right-hander Ariel Hernandez to be called up from Double-A Pensacola.

Hernandez, 25, is the Reds' No. 23 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com and spent last season splitting time in Class A and Class A Advanced ball. Bonilla was called up on Tuesday to fortify the bullpen and pitched in one game, throwing five innings with four runs allowed in Saturday's 12-8 loss to the Cubs.

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Reds slug, but can't keep pace in loss to Cubs

Reds slug, but can't keep pace in loss to Cubs

CINCINNATI -- On a chilly and blustery Saturday afternoon, the Cubs' bats provided plenty of heat with three home runs and a 12-8 victory over the Reds that gave Chicago its first four-game winning streak of the season. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has dropped four games in a row, and seven of nine, to drop to a .500 record at 9-9.

The first-place Cubs (10-7) took a 3-0 lead on lefty starter Cody Reed after three batters with Anthony Rizzo's three-run homer. The Reds answered in the bottom of the first with Joey Votto's three-run homer and a solo shot by Eugenio Suarez -- both against Jake Arrieta. Suarez added a second solo homer, off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm, in the eighth, while Votto added a fifth RBI with a ninth-inning double to finish a triple shy of the cycle.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andrew Call is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Cubs on Saturday.

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Reed struggles in return to Reds' rotation

Young lefty allows two homers, seven runs in two-inning loss to Cubs

Reed struggles in return to Reds' rotation

CINCINNATI -- By virtue of four scoreless relief appearances over eight innings this season, including retiring his last 18 batters faced over his past three games, the Reds felt Cody Reed was ready for another chance to start.

It didn't take long for Reed to demonstrate there were plenty of potholes remaining on his road to being a rotation fixture. The left-hander lasted two rough innings during a 12-8 loss to the Cubs, and allowed seven earned runs, four hits and five walks (one intentional), with three strikeouts, two wild pitches and two home runs.

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Reds tease Cubs fans with 'Bandwagon Cam'

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Reds tease Cubs fans with 'Bandwagon Cam'

There's no fault in losing to the Cubs. After all, that's a team loaded one-to-nine with sluggers and stars coming off a World Series championship.

So, though the Reds lost an extra-inning heartbreaker on Friday and went down, 12-8, in a slugfest on Saturday, they at least won the hearts and minds of those in attendance thanks to their Bandwagon Cam. 

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Mahle fires perfect game for Pensacola

Reds' No. 10 prospect needs just 88 pitches to retire all 27 batters

Mahle fires perfect game for Pensacola

Reds prospect Tyler Mahle had already thrown a no-hitter in the Minor Leagues. This time he was perfect.

Mahle threw a perfect game for Double-A Pensacola on Saturday night, the first nine-inning perfect game in the Southern League since 1970.

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Price has no regrets sticking with Lorenzen

Price has no regrets sticking with Lorenzen

CINCINNATI -- In the ninth inning with a three-run lead and lefty powerhouse Anthony Rizzo due up representing the tying run, Reds manager Bryan Price had rookie lefty reliever Wandy Peralta warming up in the bullpen at Great American Ball Park on Friday night. But the game was in righty Michael Lorenzen's hands, all the way.

It did not work out, however, as Rizzo slugged the game-tying three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning before the Reds went on to lose in 11 innings, 6-5.

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An out from win, Reds fall after Cubs erupt

An out from win, Reds fall after Cubs erupt

CINCINNATI -- In 2016, the Cubs won 15 of 19 games vs. the Reds. They also won 15 of the previous 19 games at Great American Ball Park the past two seasons. That trend continued on Friday, but it was far from easy as the game went 11 innings before a 6-5 Cubs victory.

Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen had a three-run lead and was one out away from notching a six-out save in the ninth inning. That was until his first-pitch fastball was scorched for a three-run home run into the right-field seats by Anthony Rizzo to make it a 5-5 game. Until that moment, the Cubs were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Andy Call is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Cubs on Friday.

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Reds call up OF prospect Ervin

Reds call up OF prospect Ervin

CINCINNATI -- Much like Jesse Winker a week ago, the Reds gave outfield prospect and former first-round Draft pick Phillip Ervin his first big league callup on Friday. Ervin arrived from Triple-A Louisville after reliever Tony Cingrani was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

But also like Winker, Ervin's stay could be finite. His roster spot could be needed when catcher Devin Mesoraco is ready to be activated from the DL next week. That didn't matter to Ervin.

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Offense dries up just as Reds' starters deliver

Hitters plate 1 run over Cincinnati's first back-to-back quality starts of season

Offense dries up just as Reds' starters deliver

CINCINNATI -- The Reds had been winning with offense lately, and their plus-21 run differential entering Wednesday was the best in the Majors. Then, they finally got the strong starting pitching and deep outings they've been craving but not getting.

And what happened? The scoring dried up. Thursday's 2-1, 10-inning Reds loss to the Orioles marked the second night in a row they lost while notching two hits in a game. Amir Garrett struck out 12 in seven innings in a 2-0 loss on Wednesday, and Scott Feldman delivered his own seven inning start with one run allowed Thursday.

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Reds fall despite Votto's HR, quality Feldman

Reds fall despite Votto's HR, quality Feldman

CINCINNATI -- J.J. Hardy had two hits, but the one the Orioles needed the most came in the top of the 10th inning. Hardy's RBI single with two outs scored Mark Trumbo for a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Thursday that gave Baltimore two of three games in the series.

Reliever Darren O'Day pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to get the victory, and Brad Brach earned his second save in the bottom of the 10th. Following a two-inning, five-strikeout performance by Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati summoned Blake Wood for the top of the 10th of a 1-1 game. Trumbo picked up a one-out walk and went to second base on a Jonathan Schoop slow groundout to set up the winning run. Hardy lifted a single to left field, and Trumbo scored well ahead of the throw to the plate and catcher Tucker Barnhart's sweep tag.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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