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Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Saturday in a victory over the Rockies.

Cruz's homer came with a runner on in the fourth inning, and it's the first homer of the season since he was called up on May 8. The backstop is on the roster for his defense, and his .154 average and on-base percentage are better examples of the lack of offensive value he provides than his line on Saturday.
May 27 - 12:22 AM

Jared Hughes loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to escape without giving up a run and pick a save on Saturday against the Rockies.

Hughes gave up two hits to start the frame, and then walked Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases and put the tying run on third and winning run on second. He was able to get Charlie Blackmon for the first out to ground out weakly to first, and then got David Dahl to line into a game-ending double play. Hughes was more than a little fortunate on Saturday, but it continues his strong season, as the scoreless inning lowers his ERA to 1.19, and he's a perfect 3-for-3 in saves in the 2018 season.
May 27 - 12:19 AM

Tyler Mahle allowed four runs over five innings against the Reds on Saturday.

Mahle was able to strike out four, but he also walked four and gave up six hits. It's an improvement over his last start where he went 3 1/3 innings, but once again the rookie right-hander struggled with his command. Mahle will take a 4.76 ERA into his next start on Friday when he faces the Padres in San Diego.
May 27 - 12:15 AM

Scooter Gennett went 5-for-5 with a homer in a 6-5 victory over the Rockies on Saturday.

Gennett's first hit was his 10th homer of the season, a solo shot off of Colorado starter Tyler Anderson. The other four hits were singles. Gennett is now hitting a very impressive .337/.374/.554 on the season while driving in 36 runs in 51 games. If you haven't yet, it's time to start taking Gennett seriously as a legitimate offensive threat.
May 27 - 12:15 AM

Nick Senzel continues to work out at the Reds' spring training complex in Arizona while recovering from vertigo.

The Reds' top prospect has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls without issue. He's expected to soon receive clearance to begin playing in extended spring training games. The 22-year-old should still debut with the Reds at some point this season, but this health issue has certainly pushed that timeline back.
Source: MLB.com
May 26 - 9:11 AM

Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) is likely to make at least one more minor league rehab start after he struggled in Friday's outing at Triple-A Louisville.

The right-hander is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Monday, but the Reds may want him to make another start in the minors after surrendering six runs over five innings in Friday's start. DeSclafani hasn't pitched in the big leagues since September of 2016.
Source: MLB.com
May 26 - 9:06 AM

Sal Romano was tagged for five runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.

Romano's rotation spot should be in danger; he's now 2-6 with a 5.89 ERA and a 39/29 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. He might fit best as a middle reliever anyway.
May 25 - 11:40 PM

Reds RHP prospect Hunter Greene gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six for Low-A Dayton.

Greene, 18, allowed four hits, and he walked two. Take away a disaster of a start where he allowed seven runs in less than an inning and Greene has been solid this year, and he's been particularly impressive with his ability to miss bats; as seen in his 32 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings. This is not a fast-track prospect, and that's okay. When all is said and done he has a chance to be among the best pitchers in baseball.
May 25 - 1:30 PM

Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam Thursday in the Reds' 5-4 victory over the Pirates.

Suarez continues to maintain that awesome RBI pace; he's driven in 38 runs in 34 games for a team with an 18-33 record. It's just too bad no one below him is doing a very good job of driving him in; he's scored 18 runs, eight of which have come on his own homers.
May 24 - 3:53 PM

Luis Castillo pitched six innings of two-run ball for a win Thursday against the Pirates.

Castillo pitched five scoreless innings before giving up a two-run homer to David Freese in the sixth. It's the fifth straight start in which he's allowed one or two earned runs, and his ERA has dropped from 7.85 to 5.34 this month.
May 24 - 3:50 PM

Amir Garrett couldn't finish off the Pirates on Thursday and was pulled after allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Garrett retired four straight after coming on with two outs in the seventh in a 5-2 game today, but the ninth started with an infield single, a strikeout and then a two-run homer, which lead to his removal. If Garrett had gotten Austin Meadows in the ninth, he most likely would have been left in to try for the 2 1/3-inning save. That it didn't materialize today doesn't mean he won't have more chances with Raisel Iglesias out.
May 24 - 3:49 PM

Jared Hughes got a two-out save Thursday in a one-run game against the Pirates.

It looked like the Reds wanted Amir Garrett to finish out the game in Raisel Iglesias's absence, but he was pulled after a two-run homer in the ninth. Hughes, pitching for a third straight day, came into retire both batters he faced. He's a big part of the committee that will be filling in for Iglesias in the near future. However, because of his recent workload, it's doubtful that he'll be available on Friday.
May 24 - 3:46 PM

Jesse Winker finally hit his first homer and finished 2-for-4 against the Pirates on Thursday.

It was a solo shot off Ivan Nova in the fifth. Not much was expected from Winker in the power department when he came up last year, but he surprised with seven homers in 121 at-bats. This year, he had gone 140 at-bats without a homer to start the season. He still belongs in the lineup because of his on-base skills.
May 24 - 3:43 PM

Joey Votto is getting the day off Thursday.

Votto has dealt with some back issues this month and will take a day for treatment and rest. Brandon Dixon is starting at first base and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon against Pirates righty Ivan Nova.
May 24 - 11:02 AM

Scooter Gennett went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in an extra-inning loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

He took starter Chad Kuhl over the wall in the sixth inning as the Reds began their climb out of a four-run hole. The second baseman also walked twice in the long contest. He has an excellent .328/.368/.544 slash line with nine homers and 34 RBI. He's hit seven of those longballs in the last two weeks. He is following up his 2017 breakout with another strong season at the plate and could be an attractive trade chip this summer for the rebuilding Reds.
May 24 - 12:29 AM


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