By: Craig James
The Reds only won one game in week four of the season, with the lone win coming against the Cardinals this past Sunday afternoon. Going just 1-4 on the week, the Reds found themselves tied for last in the NL Central heading into May. The inability of Reds starters to go deep into games hurt them this week. Reds starting pitching allowed 32 runs in five games. We’re not going to win many games when you pitch like that. Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis were touched up the worst in their starts, allowing 10 and 8 runs respectively.
So far this season, the Brewers have the Reds number. They swept the Reds in the three game series in Milwaukee. Eric Thames seemingly hits a home run every game against the Redlegs, in Monday’s game he homered twice. In Tuesday’s game, he homered again, marking his 8th home run in six games against the Reds.
After a disappointing series in Milwaukee, the Reds hopped on a flight for a three game series in St. Louis.
Friday night marked the return of catcher Devin Mesoraco, he has missed most of the last two seasons and it was good to see him back out there. He went 1-3 in his 2017 debut. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler remained hot this week, both homering again on Friday night against the Cards, but that wasn’t enough as the Reds dropped the opening game of the series.
Saturday’s game was rained out, so the Reds couldn’t lose that one.
The lone Reds win of the week came on Sunday. A Votto RBI single gave the Reds the edge in the top of the 8th. The bullpen was lights out on Sunday, combining for five innings pitched and allowing just three hits and no runs. Lorenzen, Storen, Peralta and Iglesias all contributed.
Week 4 Notable Items
- Joey Votto is on fire…Over his last 7 games he is batting .357 with 2 doubles, 3 HR’s, 10 RBI and 6 runs scored
- Scott Schebler is also on fire…Over his last 7 games he is batting .444 with 2 doubles, 3 HR’s, 5 RBI and 4 runs scored
- Adam Duvall is on fire, too! Over his last 7 games he is batting .350 with 3 doubles, 3 HR’s, 6 RBI and 5 runs scored
- These three are all in the top 10 on the MLB home run list
- Coming into the year, I thought this team would struggle with the long ball. But, the Reds are currently 8th in the MLB in home runs
- They come at #12 currently in team batting average
- Eugenio Suarez is tied for the lead in runs scored among all Major League third basemen
Week 5 of the season features a week long home stand against the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.