|Cincinnati Reds (18-35)||7||10||1|
|Colorado Rockies (24-28)||2||7||2|
|W: Lamb (1-3) L: Chatwood (6-4)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Strong start by John Lamb, who went seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits. Plus, he looks like half the guys I went to high school with, so that’s a benefit.
There was a scary moment in the fourth inning, when Lamb was hit by a line drive on the hip. Fortunately — especially since he’s had so many injury issues this year — he kept pitching, and pitching well.
–I really don’t want to alarm anyone, but 25-year-old Billy Hamilton is starting to be kinda sorta productive. We already know about his brilliant defense and his spectacular base-running. But he’s hitting a little bit, all of a sudden (as Thom might say).
Tonight, Billy went 3-5 with two doubles, 2 RBI, and a run scored. His slash line for the season is now .255/.300/.376. Those numbers aren’t good, I concede. But when you combine them with his other assets, I submit that they are acceptable. If Billy Hamilton can post an OBP north of .300, you won’t hear me complain about him.
–Zack Cozart had a couple of hits, including a double, out of the leadoff spot. He continues to be just awesome. #VoteZack
–Joey Votto reached base three times again. He’s turning back into Joey Votto. I’m getting excited.
–In the eighth, Jay Bruce hit his 11th home run of the season. Honestly, it looked like he barely swung at the pitch that he hit out. I love that guy, he’s been a great Red, and I’m going to miss him when he’s gone. And he’ll probably be gone very soon.
–Ross Ohlendorf has an awesome windup and he only allowed a single hit (and no runs!) in his one inning of work.
–Nothing to see here. The Reds won. This is a great night.
–Go Reds. We have to enjoy these victories when we can get them.
–The Reds were a complete disaster last night. The Reds have been a complete disaster all season long. Yet here we are, watching them play again, rooting for them to do well and happy when they collect a win. This must be some type of mental disorder.
See ya’ tomorrow night.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.