Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds

Suarez hits a grand slam, Castillo slams the door

4:37 pm May. 24, 2018

CINCINNATI — It was La Piedra (‘The Stone’) versus a Nova (shining star) Thursday afternoon in Great American Ball Park and the stone prevailed.

Luis Castillo, nicknamed La Piedra, started for the Cincinnati Reds against Pittsburgh Pirates starter Ivan Nova and it was no contest, a 5-4 victory for Castillo and the Reds.

Castillo pitched six innings and his only misstep was a fifth-inning pitch to David Freese that crash landed in

Iglesias, Brice land on 10-day disabled list

5:19 pm May. 23, 2018

CINCINNATI — The saying is that no news is good news and the Cincinnati Reds would love to say, “No news today.”

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case Wednesday afternoon and the bad news came from where it usually comes from the Reds, the pitching staff.

Closer Raisel Iglesias and middle relief pitcher Austin Brice both landed on the 10-day disabled list, just when it seemed the bullpen was stabilizing.

There was a game

News aplenty: Lorenzen, Brandon Dixon, Barnhart

5:27 pm May. 22, 2018

CINCINNATI — There are days when a baseball writer has to look under clubhouse cushions and under the bat rack to find a story.

And then there are days when the writer walks into the clubhouse gets hit in the face with a tidal wave of news.

That was the case Tuesday before the Cincinnati Reds opened a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Great American Ball Park.

In no particular order

LeCure ‘bounces a few things’ off Bailey

12:25 pm May. 20, 2018

CINCINNATI — It was a quiet Sunday morning in the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse as players went about their business of preparing for the final game of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Pitcher Homer Bailey

Jared Hughes: His locker a must-stop for media

11:50 am May. 19, 2018

CINCINNATI — Jared Hughes thought he had a claim to fame, something worthy of a small plaque in a corner of the Cooperstown museum.

Ever since 2012, when a team plays a doubleheader, it is permitted to call up an extra pitcher/player from the minors, the 26th man on a 25-man roster.

As soon as the doubleheader is over, the team returns to a 25-man roster and that pitcher or player is

Riggleman realizes the reality of it all

5:34 pm May. 18, 2018

CINCINNATI — Jim Riggleman has been around baseball long enough to realize that a Major League season is a long and winding road. It does nobody any good to get giddy over a 7-and-3 record over 10 games or a 5-and-2 road trip. Nor does it do anybody any good to become overwrought if the team goes 3-and-7 over 10 games or 2-and-5 on a road trip.

Nevertheless, when your team

Gennett making himself a marketable commodity

7:18 pm May. 16, 2018

The latest whisperings among Major League scouts is that Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett may be wearing a different uniform in the not too distant future.

That would be to make room for Nick Senzel once the Reds No. 1 draft choice two years ago shakes his bout with vertigo. It has kept Senzel out of the Class AAA Louisville Bats lineup for more than a week.

And the way Gennett

One big inning by Giants does in Mahle

1:42 am May. 16, 2018

Tyler Mahle, weakened by a chest infection, probably shouldn’t have pitched Tuesday night in AT&T Park, but the San Francisco Giants were mighty pleased to see him.

The Cincinnati Reds gave their young starter a three-run lead in the fourth inning, but the Giants went hit-crazy against Mahle in the bottom of the fourth en route to a 5-3 victory.

The Giants assaulted Mahle for four straight hits to open the inning

Giants pound Romano, Reds winning streak ends at six

1:33 am May. 15, 2018

With no apology to Tony Bennett, the Cincinnati Reds left their winning streak in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants were not impressed with the six-game winning streak the Reds brought into AT&T Park Monday night and they certainly were not impressed with Sal Romano.

The Giants, who broke a six-game losing streak on Sunday, ripped into Romano for six runs and eight hits in only 2 1/3 innings and also piled