It was a huge week offensively for the Redlegs as they went 4-3 against the Padres and Brewers. Adam Duvall, Joey Votto, and Zack Cozart all delivered home runs over the course of the week, but it was the unsung guys that stepped up to help the Reds finish with a winning record over the last seven days.
Cincinnati Takes Three Of Four Against San Diego
In the first series of the week, Andy Green and the Padres road into Cincy for a four game set. In an 11-3 win in game one, Joey Votto hit his 136th career home run at GABP, a new Reds’ record. Patrick Kivlehan added a grand slam as Cincinnati rolled over the Padres. After dropping game two, the Reds bounced back with a pair of blowout wins to take the series. Asher Wojciechowski was solid once again in game three, and Luis Castillo held the Padres at bay in game four. Scooter Gennett hit the second grand slam of the weekend to boost the Reds to their third win over the Padres. While it may seem like the Padres are one of the weaker links in the NL, San Diego did have the only winning record since June 1st outside of the Dodgers. The Reds’ offense was able to drive the team to another series win over the Friars.
Reds Lose In The Worst Possible Way On Saturday
With a chance to win the series in Milwaukee, the Reds dropped a heartbreaker in the tenth inning. The Brewers had two on with two out in the inning when the Reds elected to walk Eric Thames to load the bases. Tim Adelman’s 1-2 pitch got away from the catcher and allowed the winning run to score from third. The Brewers manufactured a run in the inning with only one hit, a pair of walks, and a wild pitch.
– Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 13, 2017
Peraza? Kivlehan? Gennett?
OK, so Scooter isn’t really a surprise at this point. The other two names definitely are at this point in the season. Peraza delivered three RBIs with two outs in an 8-3 win over the Padres on Wednesday. Both Kivlehan and Gennett smacked grand slams this week as the Reds’ offense scored eight or more runs in all their wins this week. Kivlehan added a two-run bomb on Saturday as well.
– TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB_) August 13, 2017
Arismendy Alcantara Designated For Assignment
Scott Feldman made his return from the DL this week, meaning someone had to be moved to clear a roster spot. Alcantara played in 70 games this year, hitting just .171 as a Red. The former top prospect for the Cubs will be assigned to Triple-A after he clears waivers.
Cozart Raking In Return From DL
It didn’t take long for the All-Star Shortstop to return to his hot-hitting ways. In six games this month, Cozart is hitting .346 with four home runs and seven RBIs. He reached base ten times in six games as his OBP has risen over .400 once again for the season. Cozart’s big return helped to bolster an offensive outburst for the Reds.
Reds And Braves Complete Phillips Deal
Months after the trade that sent Brandon Phillips to Atlanta, the Reds and Braves completed the trade on Saturday. Cincinnati sent former second-round pick Kevin Franklin to Atlanta to finish off the deal. Franklin never met his potential in the Reds’ system. The California-native could not get out of Single-A in four years with the Reds. He hit .232 in 211 career games for a variety of affiliates.
Taylor Trammell Is REALLY Good
Nick Senzel has stolen the show as the top pick of last year’s Draft. Trammell could surpass him soon. Trammell was a freak athlete that was raw when the Reds drafted him 35th overall last year. A top football prospect, Trammell has come into his frame for Dayton. Trammell is hitting .282 (.365 OBP) in Low-A with 32 stolen bases, nine triples, and nine home runs. After this season, I would put Trammell right behind Senzel when ranking the top prospects in the Reds’ system.
The Week Ahead
Cincinnati will continue their road trip over the next week. After wrapping up in Milwaukee, the Reds will travel to play the Cubs and the Braves over the next week. Chicago has slipped a bit since the trade deadline, and the Reds’ could help other teams in the Central by beating the Cubs at Wrigley.