The losses continue to pile up for the Cincinnati Reds. They have lost seven of their last nine games but capped off the series against the Philadelphia Phillies with an exciting 1-0 walk-off victory. Jose Barrero came through with a two-out single up the middle driving in Albert Almora Jr. to avoid the sweep. On the mound, Nick Lodolo turned in a fabulous performance pitching seven shutout innings. The young arms in the rotation at least continue to provide some hope for the future.
Cincinnati will take Thursday off before traveling to Pittsburgh for a three-game weekend series with the Pirates. Graham Ashcraft is scheduled to pitch Friday evening with a start time of 7:05 p.m. EST. Justin Dunn and Mike Minor are also set to make starts for the Reds. The trip to Pittsburgh begins a 10-game, 10-day road trip that includes stops in Philadelphia and Washington.
Mike Minor Struggles Continue, Phillies Win Opener
The 2022 season has been a series of struggles for the Cincinnati Reds. One of the things we’ve definitely learned is that Mike Minor doesn’t have anything left in the tank. The veteran left-hander is really laboring through his age 34 season. After Monday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Minor is now an ugly 1-10 on the year with a 6.31 earned run average. It is probably time to move on and give his innings to a younger arm.
Michael Papierski got the Reds on the board first with a single up the middle that scored a pair of runs. However, the early 2-0 advantage didn’t last long at all. The Phillies answered in the top of the third with a couple of run scoring singles to climb on top. Former Red Nick Castellanos struck first with a RBI single followed by Edmundo Sosa driving in two to make it 3-2 Phillies. Sosa would go on to add a run-scoring double in the fifth inning for an important insurance run. Jake Fraley hit a solo shot in the eighth to bring the Reds within one, but that is as close as they would get. Philadelphia closed out a 4-3 victory to take game one of the series.
Reds Dominated, 7th Loss in 8 Games
It was a long night at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday evening. The Philadelphia Phillies scored 11 runs on 18 hits to pick up a dominant win and secure the series victory. T.J. Zeuch, the Reds starter, allowed six runs on 11 hits in his four innings of work. However, through three innings Cincinnati actually had the lead. Darick Hall and Nick Castellanos hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the third to make it 2-0 Phillies. Then, Jake Fraley and Jonathan India went back-to-back in the bottom half to jump on top 3-2. Three more home runs plus a sacrifice fly later put nine runs on the board as Philadelphia grew an 11-3 advantage.
Reiver Sanmartin was the culprit in the Reds bullpen that gave up five runs on a pair of homers in the eighth and ninth innings. Cincinnati got one run back in the bottom half of the ninth to set the final score of 11-4. The Reds have now lost seven of their last eight games and three consecutive series.
Nick Lodolo Dominates, Reds Win in Walk-Off
Nick Lodolo turned in one of the best performances of his young career on Wednesday afternoon. The Cincinnati Reds rookie left-hander tossed seven innings of shutout baseball allowing just five hits while striking out eight batters. It was the longest shutout performance of Lodolo’s season. Unfortunately, there was absolutely no run support given to the fantastic pitching performance.
The two teams were stuck in a 0-0 tie all the way until the bottom of the ninth inning. Albert Almora Jr. reached with a one-out walk. Then, after a strikeout, Alejo Lopez came through with a single to extend the game and advance Almora Jr. into scoring position. Finally, Jose Barrero singled up the middle, driving in the game-winning run for a walk-off 1-0 victory. The exciting win avoided a series sweep and moved the Reds to 46-70 on the season.