Raisel Iglesias struck out the most by any Reds rookie pitcher since 1967, but it wasn’t enough as the Diamondbacks went on to win, 4-0, on Sunday at Great American Ballpark to earn the four game sweep.
Iglesias (3-5) struck out 13 Diamondbacks (62-61) in seven innings of work, but his two runs allowed were enough to send the Reds (51-71) to their ninth straight loss. Chase Anderson(6-5) pitched well in 6.2 innings of work after being recalled from Triple-A earlier in the week. His efforts helped the D-Backs get to within five games of the Dodgers (67-56) who come in to GABP on Tuesday for a three-game series.
Both pitchers ran into trouble early as each team had a runner in scoring position with less than one out. Iglesias worked around a leadoff double and a walk to escape his jam while Anderson retired Brayan Pena with runners on the corners to escape his early threat. It wasn’t until the fourth when Welington Castillo barely cleared the left field wall that either team scored.
Cincinnati had another missed opportunity in the fifth when Ivan De Jesus Jr. walked and two batters later, Ryan LaMarre picked up his first big league hit. Unfortunately for LaMarre, he was doubled off after Iglesias hit a line drive right to the first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Ender Inciarte created trouble for the Cuban righty after he drew a lead-off walk and then stole second. Inciarte moved to third on a ground ball by Goldschmidt, but a rare throwing error by Joey Votto allowed the Arizona outfielder to score. Iglesias finished his day by striking out Anderson in the seventh for number 13.
Anderson’s day came to a close in the bottom of the seventh when Skip Schumaker hit a double. Addison Reed came on and retired LaMarre for the final out of the inning. Jumbo Diaz retired the first two hitters in the eighth, but Goldschmidt drew a walk and then David Peralta homered to double the Diamondbacks lead.
The ninth inning featured two pitchers who were making their first appearance in a long time. Collin Balester came on for the Reds in the top of the inning to throw his first MLB pitch since 2012 when he appeared with the Tigers. Filling the roster spot of the injured Manny Parra, Balester tossed a scoreless frame and allowed just one base runner on a walk. He, along with Brandon Phillips, is one of the few remaining drafted by the Montreal Expos. In the bottom of the inning Matt Reynolds was able to close the door on the Reds including two strikeouts. It was his first appearance in the majors since June 2013 after missing the rest of the season and the next recovering from Tommy John Surgery. He replaced Keith Hessler in the bullpen after the young lefty allowed three runs in 0.1 inning including a solo homer to Votto on Friday.
The Reds will play a makeup game from June 18 with the Detroit Tigers (59-64) on Monday. Detroit comes in having lost three straight and are five games out of the Wild Card race, one it seemed to give up on after dealing ace David Price (Blue Jays) and slugger Yoenis Cespedes(Mets). Buck Farmer (0-2, 8.39 ERA) will get the ball in place of the injured Daniel Norris, who came over from Toronto in the trade for Price. Keyvius Sampson (2-2, 4.43) looks to shake off a rough start against Kansas City last Wednesday. He is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA at home after going 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA during the Reds ten game road trip. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.