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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cody Reed Struggles But Scott Schebler Shines In Loss To Cardinals

Scott Schebler is making Reds' fans forget Jay Bruce but he can't help Cody Reed forget his 0-6 start on a night the St. Louis Cardinals ganged up on the rookie for four first inning runs on the way to a 5-4 win over the home team.

It was rugged from the start.

Tommy Pham singled to open the game.  Jedd Gyorko doubled to left to put runners on second and third.  Stephen Piscotty bounced to Reed on the mound.  He threw home to get Pham in a rundown.  Pham did his job and stayed in the rundown, long enough to keep runners at second and third.  Reed loaded the bases when he hit Matt Holiday.  The rookie lefty got ahead of left-handed hitting Brandon Moss 0-2 but Moss doubled home two runs.  Johnny Peralta hit a ground ball to Ivan De Jesus Jr., playing for the injured Zack Cozart (bruised right ring finger), threw out Holliday at the plate.  Yadier Molina walked to reload the bases. Greg Garcia capped the inning with a two-run single.

"Reed isn't acute with his stuff," Bryan Price said. "His best innnings were second through fifth by then we were in a hole.  In the big leagues this is what it's all about. Not too many pitchers come into the league and are successful right away. They have to get punched in the face then get up and punch back."

Homer Bailey came up in June 2008 and was 0-6 in his first eight starts with a 7.93 ERA.

"He showed me," said Reed, who is now 0-6 in his first eight starts with a 7.30 ERA.

"He;s one of our five starters. These guys put enough pressure on themselves. I'm not going to turn up the heat on them," Price said.  "I think he will be a good big league pitcher."

The Reds bounced back against Michael Wacha.

Tyler Holt, starting for the first time since May 29, singled past Gyorko at thirdbase.  Eugenio Suarez dumped a single to right centerfield and Holt raced to third.  Joey Votto reached base for the sixth straight time with an RBI single.  Brandon Phillips forced Votto at secondbase as Suarez scored.  Schebler singled but was stranded.

Matt Holliday singled down the rightfield line to open the third but Schebler cut it off and caught Holliday at second.  Moss doubled but was stranded.

"They always said I have an average arm," Schebler said. "The reverse pivot put some momentum behind the throw."

Wacha allowed a single by Phillips in the third but picked him off to end the inning.

Gyorko hit a fly destined for the rightfield seats but Schebler got position and brought it back, saving a run.  Reed gave up a home run to Piscotty on the next pitch.

"I've seen Jay (Bruce) do it a million times. I was working with Hatcher before the game a little bit. Early in the year I had two opportunities to do it and both times a fan took it from me.  One was here (GABP) and a Cubs fan got it."

Schebler didn't start playing outfield until rookie ball in the Dodgers' organization in 2010.

Josh Smith doubled as a pinch hitter for Reed leading off the fifth but he was stranded before he took the mound to throw two scoreless innings.

"Josh can handle the bat a little bit," Price said.  "Ted (Power) told him if he got loose, he'd be in to hit.  He threw one pitch and ran in from the bullpen."

"They told me it was Cody's last batter when Moss was at the plate and that if he got the double play you are going to bat," Smith said.  "I didn't have a lot of time to think about it.  That probably helped.  I knew he didn't want to walk me leading off I was going to swing at the first fastball I saw."

Smith hasn't hit in a game in four or five years.  "I played thirdbase in college," Smith said.

The Reds sixth was reviewed for over six minutes.  First, Adam Duvall tripled off Piscotty's glove and went home when Piscotty's throw appeared to go into the stands as umpire Phil Cuzzi ruled.  The Cardinals challenged the call and got a reversal.  Phillips singled to score Duvall belatedly.  Schebler grounded into the shift and the Cardinals appeared to turn a 4-5-3 double play but the Reds had it reviewed because Gyorko left the base before gloving the throw.  De Jesus singled Phillips home.

Duvall reached second with one out in the eighth but Kevin Siegrist got Phillips to fly out and struck out Schebler.

Seung Hwan Ho, who gave up the game winning home run to Schebler on Tuesday came on to save this one for the Cardinals.  Tucker Barnhart singled with one out.  Billy Hamilton ran for him.  Ramon Cabrera pinch hit for Michael Lorenzen, who pitched two scoreless innings.  Cabrera flied out but Hamilton stole his 37th base on the first pitch to Holt.  Holt worked the count full.  Oh struck out Holt to earn his eight save in nine attempts.

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