The Reds head west for a nine-game road trip beginning with the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Sal Romano gets the ball coming off an outing in which he was tagged for seven earned runs on six hits and six walks in a loss to the Cubs. Joey Votto will be glad to see the confines of Coors Field. In 28 career games there, he’s batting .353 with six home runs…
Eugenio Suarez didn’t take a big booming swing against Ivan Nova, and didn’t need to. What the Reds’ third baseman did was enough to give his team a four-run lead in the blink of an eye against the Pirates on Thursday.
After a one-hour, 33-minute delay, the Reds started their Friday game against the Cubs amid steady showers. But it was a deluge of hits that did in Homer Bailey almost immediately. Before notching his first out, Bailey allowed five hits and three runs, and it was a long night from there in the Reds’ 8-1 loss to the Cubs at Great American Ball Park.
With one-fourth of the 2018 season in the books, the National League has been equal parts wide open and upside down. And that’s particularly true in the NL Central. This looks like both a fun division and a good one.
Matt Harvey’s second start in a Reds uniform against the Giants on Wednesday was nowhere near as crisp and clean as his debut. Harvey was often in stressful situations and on the brink of giving up a big inning.
No matter what they did Wednesday vs. the Giants, the Reds were assured of going home with a winning West Coast road trip. But following back-to-back losses to begin the series, Cincinnati came out swinging. Buoyed by a four-run top of the first, the Reds took a 6-3 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park.
Reds top prospect Nick Senzel’s treatment for vertigo has gone well enough lately that the infielder has been able to resume baseball activity. Senzel is headed to the team’s player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz.
Even Giants fans could appreciate Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton taking a hit away from one of their players on Tuesday night.
In the shortest start of his brief career, Tyler Mahle had a disastrous four-run fourth inning and it was the turning point that sent the Reds to a 5-3 loss vs. the Giants on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto had never participated in a podcast interview before he did one on Friday in Los Angeles with Yahoo Sports. Amid numerous subjects, Votto was very candid and provided honest answers — including when he was asked about Cincinnati’s disappointing start to the 2018 season.