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The Reds Report, August 20th

Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After a miserable start to the second half of the season, including a 2-14 stretch just after the All-Star break, the Cincinnati Reds have now had three straight winning weeks. This past week, the Redlegs went a combined 4-3 against the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.

Reds take 2 of 3 from the Braves through the weekend

Cincinnati went 2-2 against the Cubs in Wrigley through the first half of the week, but finished out the week winning the series in Atlanta. The two wins came at the power of the long ball. In the first win, the Reds went into the top of the 6th down 1-0, but Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez, and rookie Jesse Winker combined for three bombs in four batters to give Cincinnati a 4-1 lead which proved to be the difference in the 5-3 final score. In game 2, the Reds were up 7-4 in the top of the final frame, and a Scooter Gennett grand slam stretched the lead to 11-4. Those insurance runs were needed too, as the struggling bullpen let the Braves bring it to 11-8 before closing the door.

Runs, runs, and more runs

Despite winning 4 of 7 this week, the Reds needed a ton of offense to win those four games. The pitching staff for Cincinnati surrendered at least 7 runs five times in seven games. It is more of the same from the arms for Cincinnati, who give up the most runs per game in the MLB at 5.25, with the next closest being the Detroit Tigers at 4.99 and the Baltimore Orioles at 4.84 runs per game. The bullpen was so overworked this week, that Scooter Gennett had to take the mound in the 8th inning of a 15-5 loss to the Cubs. Gennett gave up a two-run home run and a walk in his one inning of work, but he was able to have a little fun at his own expense about only throwing in the high 60s on the mound.

Kris Bryant says Joey Votto is “the best player ever”

Any baseball fan knows the basics about Joey Votto and how talented he is at the plate, but few know just how incredible he has been over the span of his career. One player who has always taken notice is Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. In an interview with CSN Chicago, Bryant had this to say about Joey.

He’s the best player ever. He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to him, just picking his brain.

Bryant continued later in the article:

He’s not just doing it this year — he’s doing it his whole career. He’s a future Hall of Famer, that’s for sure.

Check out the rest of the piece here.

Joey Votto’s streak comes up just short

Speaking of how unbelievable Joey Votto has been, this week saw the end of his 20 game streak of reaching base at least two times per game. Votto came up one game shy of tying Ted Williams record of 21 straight games in 1948. Votto had a chance to tie the record in the last inning, but flew out to end the game.

The Week Ahead

Cincinnati has tomorrow off, but on Tuesday they start a nine game homestand. In the first series, the Reds play host to the Cubs for three games, followed by three games against the Pirates. Saturday will be Homer Bailey bobblehead night for the first 20,000 fans, while a week from today will be Scott Schebler Fathead night for any child 14 years of age or younger.


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

3 Comments for The Reds Report, August 20th

  1. rem392
    10:45 pm August 20, 2017 Permalink

    Who cares about the Red’s? Not me. Stupid waste of time for you!

    • T-wah
      12:47 am August 21, 2017 Permalink

      I care about the Reds. If you don’t like them, that’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion. As has been mentioned many times before, there are many Wildcats fans that are also Reds fans. I personally enjoy reading the weekly Reds report.

    • Eazy
      10:15 am August 21, 2017 Permalink

      He doesn’t care but had to comment. lol. The Reds are a local team with over one million fans in KY. Not sure why some people don’t get it. It’s basic geography. That streak by Votto was amazing. He’s getting better with age. Don’t like the Cubs, but am a Bryant fan now!