Reds Week 3 Recap: The Week That Could Have Been
By: Craig James
So, I know what you all are thinking, man how did I ever get through my Monday lunch break without having the Reds weekly recap to read? Well sorry folks, I had to travel for work Monday and couldn’t get it done. Glad you survived without the blog though…Let’s dive in to week 3 of the Reds 2017 season.
*editor’s note: I procrastinated this until Thursday, that’s on me, won’t happen again
Week 3 of the Reds season could have been so much more. The Reds suffered three tough losses and arguably should have won all three games. This week featured two home, three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, who at the time had the best record in baseball, and the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. The Reds ended up going 2-4 on the week. This could have been an impressive 5-1 week with a couple timely hits and not blowing a three run ninth inning leads, but I digress.
The Reds started off the week shellacking the Baltimore Orioles 9-3. Home runs by Adam Duvall and Joey Votto propelled the Reds to victory in this one. The big storyline from this game though was 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo earning his first win of the season. Arroyo had a bet with teammates that he would have to get an Instagram account when/if he notched his first win. Arroyo is running the account with the help of Scooter Gennett via an iPad, because apparently Arroyo still has a flip phone…Don’t worry Bronson I had one to till my freshman year of college. Those Motorola’s were dope, no denying that.
Amir Garrett started game two of the series and continued his early season dominance as he racked up 12 K’s through 7 innings. Unfortunately, he suffered the loss in this game, the first of his Major League career. He did earn me free pizza from LaRosa’s though, so that was cool. I’m off to a good start on the pizza games this year. Ubaldo Jimenez came into this game with a 10+ era, but was able to shut down the Reds offense only allowing 2 hits through 7 innings.
The Reds followed up their 2-0 loss to the Orioles by losing another nail biter 2-1. Both of these losses are games you look back at the end of the year and wish you had back. This marked the first time all season the Reds had back-to-back quality starts by their starting pitchers. They lost both. Baseball is a funny game isn’t it?
The Chicago Cubs and their fans touting the World Series Champion t-shirts came into GABP for the weekend. Still think it was a weird sight to see Cubs fans wearing World Series Champs t-shirts, but hey, they weren’t going to be cursed forever.
The Cubs dominated the Reds in 2016, winning 15 of the 19 matchups. The Reds were off to a good start in 2017…until the ninth inning happened. With 2 outs in the top of the ninth Anthony Rizzo hit an ABSOLUTE LASER 3 run home run to right field off Michael Lorenzen to tie the game.
The Reds eventually fell to the Cubs in extra innings. Not an ideal way to start the series considering how well the Reds played up until the ninth.
Saturday featured a slugfest at GABP. Five home runs were hit on the day and Joey Votto had 5 RBI. In this game, we saw the return of Cody Reed to the starting rotation and it did not go well. Reed, who started the year in the bullpen, had retired 18 batters in a row at one point this season. Hard to believe that stat after watching his start Saturday. Reed was roughed up for seven earned runs with five walks in two innings pitched. Frustrating to see for a guy as talented as Cody Reed. Reed heads back to the bullpen now, where he will look to continue his hot start coming out of the pen.
The Reds were able to salvage one win against the Cubs on Sunday. This marked Arroyo’s second straight win. Who would’ve believed they would both come against two of the best teams in baseball in the Orioles and Cubs? Like I said before, baseball is a funny game. It was disappointing though as I was in attendance and the Reds needed just one strike out for free pizza with five outs to go.
Week 3 Notables
- Phil Ervin, OF, made his Major League debut, First Round pick in 2013 draft
- Drew Storen struck out the side against the Orioles on 4/18 with 9 pitches, the third time that has happened in Reds history
- Zach Cozart leads all Major League shortstops in batting average and triples