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.

Schebler hit a solo home run to right field in the second inning against John Lackey and added a jam-shot of a bloop single to center field in the fourth to snap a 2-2 tie.

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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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Impressive Garrett aims to quiet Crew's bats

Impressive Garrett aims to quiet Crew's bats

When the Reds and Brewers engage in their second hookup of the young season, beginning with the three-game-series opener Monday night at Miller Park, one question will loom:

Will Amir Garrett be able to contain the power of Ryan Braun and Eric Thames?

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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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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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Reds' Davis on target for return this week

Reds' Davis on target for return this week

CINCINNATI -- Following his six-inning quality start on Friday for the Reds in a no-decision vs. the Cubs, Tim Adleman is tentatively scheduled to pitch again Wednesday at Milwaukee. But Rookie Davis could be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start instead.

"We haven't defined yet if Rookie is ready to go. There's a chance that Rookie could pitch on that day, as well," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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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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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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Reds lose Cingrani to DL with oblique strain

Reds lose Cingrani to DL with oblique strain

CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Tony Cingrani did not pitch in Thursday's 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Orioles. After the game, Cingrani was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle.

The Reds recalled outfielder Phillip Ervin from Triple-A on Friday.

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Reds' quirky DP ruled lineout by umpires

Reds' quirky DP ruled lineout by umpires

CINCINNATI -- For a minute during the fourth inning of a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Orioles, it looked like the Reds had a unique double play. But, not quite.

With Manny Machado on first base and one out, the Reds employed a right-side shift against lefty-hitting Chris Davis. On a first-pitch fastball from Scott Feldman, Davis sharply lined a ball to third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who was stationed between first and second base.

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Magic Wandy: Peralta dazzling in 1st full year

Price has 'no loss of confidence' in Schebler; Mesoraco to continue with rehab

Magic Wandy: Peralta dazzling in 1st full year

CINCINNATI -- Reds lefty reliever Wandy Peralta struck out the side during his perfect ninth inning of Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Orioles. Perfect, yes, but immaculate? No. Peralta needed 10 pitches for his three strikeouts, while teammate Drew Storen did the same thing in the minimum nine pitches on Tuesday.

"I wasn't thinking about it until the end of the inning," Peralta said via translator Julio Morillo on Thursday. "I said, 'Well, there's going to be another opportunity.'"

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Garrett making his mark at big league level

Garrett making his mark at big league level

CINCINNATI -- As he gets ready to make each start, Reds left-handed starter Amir Garrett uses his spikes to scrape a big letter "A" on the front of the mound. Three outings into his rookie season, Garrett is already making his mark on the Major League scene.

Garrett came out with the loss during the Reds' 2-0 loss to the Orioles, but was impressive nonetheless. Over his seven innings, he struck out 12 batters and allowed seven hits with one walk on 97 pitches.

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Mesoraco nearing return to lineup

Mesoraco nearing return to lineup

CINCINNATI -- The final goal of Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco's rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola was achieved on Tuesday night. Mesoraco successfully caught nine innings in back-to-back games.

Following his day off on Wednesday, the Reds could make a decision on whether or not Mesoraco should be activated from the disabled list. He has been working his way back from 2016 surgeries on his right hip and left shoulder.

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Garrett dominant with 12 K's, but Reds fall

Garrett dominant with 12 K's, but Reds fall

CINCINNATI -- Wednesday brought brilliant displays of pitching from both a veteran in Ubaldo Jimenez of the Orioles and a rookie in the Reds' Amir Garrett. It was Jimenez and Baltimore that came away with a 2-0 victory at Great American Ball Park.

Entering with a 10.38 ERA through his first two starts, Jimenez put that behind him in fine fashion with 7 2/3 innings of work and two hits allowed for his first win of 2017. He walked four and struck out three.

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John Fay is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Storen finding new method on the mound

Storen finding new method on the mound

CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Drew Storen knows he can never throw a nine-inning perfect game. So he was more than satisfied with the feat he accomplished during the ninth inning of Tuesday's 9-3 win over the Orioles. Storen struck out all three batters using the minimum nine pitches, known as an immaculate inning.

"Honestly, after the second hitter I knew I had the possibility to do it," Storen said on Wednesday. "It's something that as a bullpen guy you kind of aim for."

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Duvall hits first career grand slam

Duvall hits first career grand slam

CINCINNATI -- It took all of two innings for Adam Duvall to tie his career high for RBIs in one game. Given two chances with the bases loaded vs. the Orioles' Kevin Gausman, the Reds left fielder cashed in with five RBIs in Tuesday's 9-3 victory.

"It felt like every time I came up, I was hitting with the bases loaded," Duvall said.

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Storen caps game with immaculate inning

Storen caps game with immaculate inning

CINCINNATI -- They call it an immaculate inning. Nine pitches, nine strikes, three K's. Inning over. And, in this case, game over as the Reds beat the Orioles, 9-3, on Tuesday night.

Drew Storen may have taken the mound in the ninth in a non-save situation, but he brought his best stuff with him. He became the fourth Reds pitcher to accomplish the feat, joining Hod Eller (Aug. 21, 1917, vs. N.Y. Giants), Rob Dibble (June 4, 1989, vs. Padres) and Carlos Contreras (July 11, 2014, vs. Pirates).

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Reds break out bats in big win vs. Orioles

Reds break out bats in big win vs. Orioles

CINCINNATI -- For at least one night, the team with the best record in baseball -- the Orioles -- was knocked down a peg. Led by Adam Duvall's five RBIs, the Reds ambushed Baltimore early and went on to a 9-3 victory on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Bronson Arroyo not only earned his first win of 2017, it was his first victory in nearly three years. Working five innings, he won a big league game for the first time since his final start with the D-backs on June 15, 2014, ahead of Tommy John surgery on his elbow and later, a shoulder surgery. Arroyo allowed three earned runs and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

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John Fay is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arroyo earns meaningful victory

Veteran records first win since 2014 with D-backs

Arroyo earns meaningful victory

CINCINNATI -- When Bronson Arroyo earned his first big league victory in 1,038 days, it meant as much to Reds manager Bryan Price as it did to the veteran pitcher.

Arroyo pitched five innings in the Reds' 9-3 victory over the Orioles. His last win came on June 15, 2014, with the D-backs, before his arm gave out and he needed Tommy John surgery on his elbow and a shoulder surgery.

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Romano optioned; Reds recall Bonilla

Romano optioned; Reds recall Bonilla

CINCINNATI -- Once again needing a pitcher who can provide innings from the bullpen, if needed, the Reds decided to call up right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla from Triple-A Louisville before Tuesday's series opener vs. the Orioles.

After he struggled during his debut on Sunday, the Reds optioned right-handed starting pitcher Sal Romano to Louisville on Tuesday.

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Williams building a winner for Reds fans

Q&A: Williams building a winner for Reds fans

Dick Williams is not your typical Major League general manager.

A former investment banker, Williams didn't embark on a career in baseball until his mid-30s, when he decided to give the family business a try. After working his way up the ladder in Cincinnati, Williams became the Reds' GM in November 2015 and was promoted to president of baseball operations and general manager this past December, charged with the task of rebuilding the team into a winner.

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Suarez homers, but Reds' bats quiet in loss

Suarez homers, but Reds' bats quiet in loss

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers cooled off the Reds' hot start by taking three of four games in their series. Sunday's 4-2 victory over Cincinnati in the finale was powered by three home runs, including another long ball by Eric Thames.

"I can't remember a time in my career where a guy hit five home runs in a single series," Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun said. "We're seeing a really, really impressive hitter starting to emerge."

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Rainey makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Rainey makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Welcome back to the MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week. Each week, the Pipeline staff will choose the top performers at each position in the Minor Leagues. This first edition covers a week and a half since the Minor League season began mid-week, giving us a slightly larger sample from which to choose. One new wrinkle in 2017: A reliever of the week will be chosen for the first time.

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