It was a tale of two pitching strategies on Sunday. The Cincinnati Reds continued to go with the opener strategy, relying on Robert Stephenson to get the ball to pseudo-starter, Lucas Sims. Sims was later followed by three more pitchers from the bullpen. On the other side of things, MadBum cam within an out of pitching a complete game, being pulled only after losing the tie in the top of the ninth. Kevin Ginkel then allowed an inherited runner to score befor recording the final out.
Once again, the “blame” for this loss fall primarily on the Arizona offense. The Diamondbacks managed only three hits in the game while striking out eleven times. Two of the three hits came off the bat of Nick Ahmed, with one of those being a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning.
Final Score: CIN 4 - AZ 2
The player of the game honors went to Lucas Sims for the way he held the Diamondbacks to only one run through 5 1⁄3 innings. How Bumgarner was not the player of the game escapes me. I suppose those making the decision decided the pitcher being hung with the loss couldn’t be the player of the game, even though he put on an impressive show in his attempt to pitch a complete game in 100 pitches.
The Diamondbacks are on the road tonight, making the short trip to Denver where they will face the Rockies tomorrow evening. The match-up is expected to be Robbie Ray against Antonio Senzatela.