Cody Reed led the unofficial House of Aces when he pitched against the Colorado Rockies. The streaky Reds lost their third straight, 5-4. The Reds lost six in a row; won five and now dropped three.
Reed, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett and Sal Romano all live together as they compete for the two starting jobs open in the rotation.
Firstbaseman Ryan Raburn had a tough night against the team he played for last season.
On the first play of the game he slipped on a slow roller by the leadoff hitter Alexi Amarista.
In the third inning he collided with Jordan Peterson when the latter grounded out to second. Raburn, who missed a game with a stiff neck earlier this week left the game.
“Raburn got kneed in the head,” Bryan Price said. “We felt as a precaution, we better get him out of the ballgame.”
After a force out at second, Reed walked Pat Valaika. Peterson hit a two-run double off the wall in centerfield.
“It was a more rounded effort,” Price said. “He kept his composure. Raburn fell and we didn’t turn the double play. He gave up a couple runs but finished strong.”.
Jose Peraza continued his hot hitting with a single to center to extend his hitting streak to five games. Scott Schebler walked. Both moved up on a bad pickoff attempt by Rockies’ starter German Marquez. Raburn’s ground out scored Peraza.
“Peraza does a lot of good things,” Price said. “He takes every at bat seriously. He’s a fun player to watch. I’m excited to have him for Opening Day.”
Shoddy fielding by Colorado aided the Reds’ cause in the third. Patrick Kivlehan, who has now hit in 10 of his 13 appearances, Rob Brantly singled. Peraza hit a fly to center that centerfielder Raimel Tapia and rightfielder Stephen Cardullo failed to call and Tapia was charged with a three-base error. Peraza trotted home on a wild pitch.
Reed finished the day with three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out for.
“I threw my change up a lot, about 10 of them,” Reed said. “It was bad luck when Raburn that little fall but I gave up the double and nothing really after that. He stayed at second. It got erratic. I walked that guy.”
The competition is intense for the two starting jobs and the inhabitants of the House of Aces.
“I don’t think we think of it as competition,” Reed said. “We just go and put in the work. If Amir makes it and Rob makes it and me and Sal don’t or vice versa. I’ll be checking the box scores. We’re all going to play together someday.”
Raisel Iglesias gave up a run on two singles in the fifth. The Rockies scored two runs off Lisalverto Bonilla in the fifth on three hard hit doubles by Patterson, Tapia and Mike Tauchman.
Keury Mella pitched a scoreless eighth and Ismael Guillon shut out the Rockies in the ninth.