CHICAGO -- Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall each hit two-run homers in the sixth inning as the Reds came back to defeat the Cubs, 13-6, at Wrigley Field on Monday night. Cincinnati relievers combined to toss 4 1/3 innings while allowing only one earned run, including Aroldis Chapman's five-out save -- his first of more than three outs this season.
The Reds used five different pitchers in relief of starter Michael Lorenzen, who allowed five runs on six hits while striking five in a no-decision. Brandon Phillips and Ivan De Jesus each smacked RBI singles to back Lorenzen before he gave up four runs on four hits in the fifth inning.
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CHICAGO -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman isn't often asked to get a save requiring more than three outs. Needing him to bat for himself is even more of a rarity. Scoring a run while running the bases? That's a new experience altogether.
And it all happened Monday night for Chapman during a wild 13-6 Reds victory over the Cubs.
CHICAGO -- Once summoned, several of the Reds' September callups could be getting multiple auditions to set themselves up for making the big league team in 2016.
"Our primary need, barring any injuries to the position players, is going to be pitching," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday, the day before rosters can expand. "We're not just going to need a number of pitchers, we're going to need guys that can throw innings."
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is not quite a grizzled veteran yet, but he has seen plenty of the Cubs. Chicago starter Dan Haren has been around the block several times and has faced the Reds plenty. Both will pitch against each other on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Haren will be facing Cincinnati for the 11th time, and making his 10th start. He is 5-4 with a 4.26 ERA since 2003. He twice faced the Reds this season while with the Marlins and had a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. The Marlins traded him to the Cubs on July 31, and he is 1-2 with a 6.31 ERA in five games with his new club.
MILWAUKEE -- John Lamb felt bittersweet about how things went on Sunday. On one hand, the Reds rookie starter was his most consistent from beginning to end of his outing. On the other hand, it still went down as a 4-1 loss to the Brewers.
Lamb gave up two earned runs and five hits over six innings with a career high-tying eight strikeouts and 87 pitches thrown. He did not walk a batter and induced two inning-ending double plays.
MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta edged out John Lamb during a low-scoring duel on Sunday afternoon that the Brewers won, 4-1, over the Reds. Milwaukee (55-75) took two of three games in the series from last-place Cincinnati (53-76) to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the last-place team in the National League Central.
It was a 1-1 game in the bottom of the third inning when Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-out RBI single to left field against Lamb that scored Martin Maldonado for the go-ahead run. The Brewers added two runs in the eighth for insurance and Francisco Rodriguez recovered from his first blown save of the year on Saturday to get his 31st save with a perfect ninth.
MILWAUKEE -- As the Reds' season spiraled far out of orbit in the second half, first baseman Joey Votto has quietly been one of baseball's best hitters. It was Votto who hit his 25th home run of the season in the ninth inning in Cincinnati's 12-9 come-from-behind win over the Brewers.
"I have to do my job to the best of my abilities," Votto said on Sunday morning. "Whether we're winning or losing and no matter the score, my objective is to do everything I can in any situation available. I'm hopeful I get to do that for the next five weeks or so."
MILWAUKEE -- Joey Votto delivered a two-run home run in a four-run top of the ninth inning that pushed the Reds ahead for an 12-9 win over the Brewers on a wild Saturday night at Miller Park.
Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez was on the mound to lock down a 9-8 lead in the ninth when he blew his first save of the season after he was a perfect 30-for-30 in chances. Jay Bruce opened with a single to center field. Next came Votto, who lifted a 2-1 pitch the opposite way for a two-run homer to left field -- his 25th of the season. A walk and two hits would follow as the Reds added two insurance runs. Milwaukee entered the night 51-0 when leading after eight innings. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth for the win. Aroldis Chapman recorded his 25th save in the ninth.
MILWAUKEE -- A Reds team that needed in a win in the worst way got plenty of help from the player who needed a good game just as much.
Right fielder Jay Bruce was moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order for the first time this season. He collected three hits with a booming home run and three runs scored during Saturday's 12-9 slugfest win over the Brewers.
MILWAUKEE -- Raisel Iglesias appears to be pitching his best lately, and looking his strongest, but the Reds rookie starter could soon be nearing an innings limit that would take him out of the rotation.
Reds manager Bryan Price is not revealing what that number of innings is. Following his seven innings during a 5-0 loss to the Brewers on Friday, the 25-year-old had 109 1/3 innings combined this season in the big leagues and Triple-A Louisville.
MILWAUKEE -- When Raisel Iglesias was a freshly-minted free agent from Cuba last year, almost all of his suitors projected him as a reliever. But not the Reds, a team that liked him as a starting pitcher. Iglesias chose Cincinnati and has showed signs that he could become a dynamic member of the rotation.
Amid a 5-0 Reds loss to the Brewers on Friday at Miller Park, Iglesias still put on a nice show. In his sixth-straight quality start, he allowed three earned runs and four hits over seven innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana homered in his Miller Park debut and Taylor Jungmann delivered a quality start in the Brewers' 5-0 win over the Reds on Friday night.
The Reds (52-75) lost for the 13th time in 14 games while the Brewers (54-74) snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided falling 22 games under .500 for the first time this year. Jungmann led the way with six scoreless innings on an even 100 pitches to snap Milwaukee's streak of eight games without a quality start.
CINCINNATI -- The Reds have lost 12 of their past 13 games, but manager Bryan Price will get to finish this season at the helm, as general manager Walt Jocketty and CEO Bob Castellini have no changes planned.
"There have been no discussions. We're not looking at anything else or anyone else," Jocketty said on Thursday.
CINCINNATI -- The Reds' frustration showed in the moment Thursday when they missed a chance to break through against the Dodgers and Zack Greinke. When the final score turns out to be a 1-0 defeat -- Cincinnati's 12th loss in its past 13 games -- well, that's some added salt that burns the wound.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jay Bruce led off with a walk after he started in a 0-2 count. Bruce stole second base with Jason Bourgeois batting. With one out, Tucker Barnhart hit a single that put runners on the corners. Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani sought to get down a sacrifice bunt to get both runners into scoring position.
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CINCINNATI -- Zack Greinke fired a four-hitter for seven scoreless innings to outduel Anthony DeSclafani as the Dodgers edged the Reds on Thursday afternoon, 1-0, for their first series sweep at Great American Ball Park since 2008.
The Reds have lost 12 of 13, while the Dodgers had lost the first five games of the trip in Oakland and Houston before the three-game sweep. The win left the first-place Dodgers 2 1/2 games ahead of the Giants, who beat the Cubs, 9-1.
CINCINNATI -- The Reds have yet to finalize or reveal who their September callups might be, but it seems possible that top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson would be among them.
"Those are conversations I'll have with Walt [Jocketty, the Reds' general manager] when we finalize the roster of guys that are coming up," Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday. "I just don't have the ability or the right to tell you guys who would be coming up because we haven't had that final conversation. There's a chance he could be a part of that September conversation."
CINCINNATI -- When Reds reliever Pedro Villarreal is asked to eat up some innings, the chances are strong that the starting pitcher didn't have a good -- or a deep -- outing. It's happened more frequently lately as the all-rookie rotation struggles for consistency, and it was the case again Wednesday during a 7-4 loss to the Dodgers.
Villarreal's long relief helped make the game interesting by the late innings. Reds starter David Holmberg was roughed up again for six earned runs and seven hits -- including three home runs, all in the fourth -- in 3 2/3 innings. When Villarreal took over, it was a 6-0 game with two outs in the fourth. He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with one hit allowed, one hit batter and two strikeouts as he retired 10 of 12.
CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers homered three times in a five-run fourth inning Wednesday night to chase rookie starter David Holmberg, and they held on for a 7-4 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
With the victory, the Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Giants, who beat the Cubs, 4-2. Since Aug. 13, the Dodgers are 5-5, all of the wins against the Reds.
CINCINNATI -- Dodgers center fielder Kiké Hernandez gave new meaning to the term "broken-bat double" in Los Angeles' 7-4 win over the Reds on Wednesday night.
Leading off the sixth inning against reliever Pedro Villarreal, Hernandez hit what would have been a routine ground ball to shortstop if his bat hadn't separated, with the barrel aiming directly at the feet of infielder Eugenio Suarez along with the ball.
CINCINNATI -- Sean Marshall was grabbing his glove to go on the field and throw on flat ground Wednesday. The Reds reliever is hoping that each throwing session is one step closer to pitching in games, something he hasn't done since June 10, 2014, because of shoulder injuries.
Marshall, who had his second left shoulder surgery on May 20 of this season to clean out scar tissue, has been throwing off of a mound in bullpen sessions every three days throughout this month. His next bullpen session -- expected either Thursday or Friday -- could determine if he gets to face hitters in a simulated setting.
Dog eyes owner's hot dog at Bark in the Park night
By Chris Landers |
Bark at the Park nights are pretty much the best. Not only do you get to take in a ballgame, but you get to do it alongside man's best friend. A win-win, really -- if you're a human, that is.
But what of the dogs? Sure, they appreciate your complimentary doggie uniform, but they're forced to spend hours surrounded by a buffet ballpark delicacies that remain tantalizingly out of reach. Behold the struggle of one such pup at Wednesday's Dodgers-Reds game, whose dreams of hot dog deliciousness were brutally quashed.
CINCINNATI -- In his third Major League start, and second vs. the Dodgers, Reds rookie John Lamb has followed the trend that has plagued the all-rookie rotation by racking up a lot of pitches in a short amount of time.
In the Reds' 5-1 loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Lamb lasted only five innings, during which he threw 108 pitches. His line was respectable, but not remarkable, as he gave up three runs and five hits with three walks, six strikeouts and Justin Turner's two-run homer in the third inning.
CINCINNATI -- When they placed him on the 15-day disabled list last week, the Reds initially hoped center fielder Billy Hamilton would make a speedy recovery from a sprained capsule inside his right shoulder. On Tuesday, Hamilton's target return date was still questionable.
Hamilton, who went on the DL Aug. 19 and can be activated on Sept. 3, has yet to return to baseball activity, but he is still rehabilitating.
You know what there's not enough of in baseball? Dancing. Everybody's too worried about smacking the baseball out of the ballpark instead of sashaying to the beautiful rhythms of the game we know and love. But during Tuesday's Dodgers-Reds game, Brandon Phillips decided to break out into a ballroom-style pirouette, and he decided to do it with Adrian Gonzalez.
CINCINNATI -- It was a comeback, and then some, for the Reds on Monday as they scored 12 unanswered runs -- 10 in the sixth inning -- for a 12-5 victory over the Tigers in their makeup game at Great American Ball Park. With its biggest rally of the year, Cincinnati avoided setting a season-high losing streak after it had lost the previous nine in a row.
Detroit had a 5-0 lead through four innings against Reds starter Keyvius Sampson, including a four-run first inning where nine men batted. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and Nick Castellanos added a solo shot in the nine-batter inning vs. Sampson, who lasted only four innings while throwing 100 pitches.