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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Anthony DeSclafani Pitches And Powers Reds To A Win

The Reds got everything they needed from Anthony DeSclafani as he pitched and hit the Reds' to a 3-0 win, salvaging the final game of the "Pete Rose" weekend.  It snapped a four-game losing streak.

The speed of Jose Peraza turned a lost inning into a scoring one.  Peraza, playing centerfield while Billy Hamilton rests, beat out a ground ball to thirdbase.  Tucker Barnhart doubled and Peraza sprinted home, scoring on a Pete Rose style headfirst slide to beat the throw.

DeSclafani faced 10 batters in the first three innings. He allowed a hit to Alexei Ramirez in the first but caught him stealing by stepping off the pitching rubber.  DeSclafani hit Melvin Upton Jr. with a pitch but Tucker Barnhart threw him out stealing.  San Diego starting pitcher Luis Perdomo singled with two outs in the third.straight hit by a San Diego pitcher..

"DeSclafani is mature for his experience," Bryan Price said. "He holds himself to a very high standard. There is no quit in the kid.  He pays attention to base runners without losing his focus on the batter."

Jay Bruce hit his 17th home run off Perdomo, leading off the fourth.  Bruce leads the team with 58 RBI which is second behind Nolan Arenado's 63.

'It was a slider he flipped up there to try to get ahead," Bruce said. "It's all about staying consistent. I am trying different things to stay in control of my rhythm.  When you feel obligated to a team there is a fine line between playing and performing."

Bruce's numbers are good enough for the All-Star team.

"Being on a team that's losing is hard," Bruce said.  "Myself, Zack (Cozart) and Adam (Duvall) could make it. Hopefully, all three of us can.  I've played worse and made it and I've been close and didn't make it. But yes I feel I've played well and deserve to make it."

DeSclafani gave up two hits in the middle innings afnd picked Upton off first.  He held the Padres scoreless through six.  DeSclafani took to the offensive in the bottom of the sixth.  Adam Duvall walked with one out.  Eugenio Suarez singled.  Peraza llied out to Amarista in right as Duvall moved up a base.  Barnhart walked. DeSclafani snapped an 0-48 slump by Reds' pitchers with a single that scored Duvall to make it a 3-0 game.

After eight innings, DeSclafani had a five-hit shutout in tact. He allowed five hits and no walks but hit a batter. He struck out five.

After a rough second start in which he pitched just 2 2/3 innings, DeSclafani has put together two really good starts.  Even in his bad outing when he gave up four runs only one was earned.  His last start against Texas, he gave up two earned runs in seven innings.

"I was glad to go eight innings," DeSclafani said. "Hopefully I can stay on this role."

Billy Hamilton pinch hit and grounded out with runners at first and third and two outs.

Tony Cingrani came on to earn his ninth save in 14 chances.  Cingrani has converted the last four in a row and six of the last seven chances. Bruce caught Wil Myers bid for his 18th home run at the fence to end the game.

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