CINCINNATI—The month of August continues to be a brutal one for the Cincinnati Reds (51-71) as they finished up a four-game set on Sunday with their ninth consecutive loss—getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series finale earlier today, 4-0.
Castillo goes yard: Wellington Castillo broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run—his 16th of the season to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Votto’s error: With Paul Goldschmidt up to bat with a runner in scoring position, Joey Votto’s throwing error allowed Ender Inclarte to score to push the D-Backs lead to two.
D-Backs add insurance: David Peralta capped off the game’s scoring in the eighth inning with a two-run home run (13) off Reds’ reliever Jumbo Diaz that put the Diamondbacks ahead, 4-0, which would stand as the final score.
- Chase Anderson would love to face the Reds more often. On Sunday, the Oklahoma University product yielded just five hits over seven scoreless innings to pick up his sixth win of the season. It was Anderson’s second victory over the Reds this month, tossing a combined 13 2/3 scoreless innings in a pair of starts against Cincinnati.
- Raisel Iglesias was once again a burden of lack of run-support despite another dominant start. Iglesias struck out 13 batters over seven innings of one-run ball—the most strikeouts by a Reds’ rookie since 1967. Iglesias has been impressive this month with quality starts in each of his five outings.
- Home Run derby winner Todd Frazier went hitless in four plate appearances, ending his hitting streak at four games. Frazier is batting just .210 since the All-Star break.
- With their four consecutive wins over the Reds, the Diamondbacks sit just 5.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
The Reds will stay in the Queen City for a one-game set with the Detroit Tigers (59-64), playing a rescheduled game that was originally rained out in June.
Buck Farmer (0-2, 8.39 ERA) returns to the rotation after another stint in the bullpen. The right-hander hasn’t started since July 31st.
Keyvius Sampson (2-2, 4.43 ERA) takes the hill for the hometown Reds. Sampson lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his last start, a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals last Wednesday.