|Cincinnati Reds (26-39)||3||3||0|
|Atlanta Braves (18-46)||1||5||2|
|W: Finnegan (3-4) L: Teheran (2-7) S: Wood (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–After being recalled from AAA Louisville, JJ Hoover pitched two perfect innings. Couldn’t be happier for Hoover, who has never made excuses and has never stopped working hard. Let’s just hope he continues to have success. (And by “continues,” I mean “for more than one night.”)
–Another good start for Brandon Finnegan. He wasn’t sharp early, but when he left after six innings, he had allowed only one run on four hits and three walks, striking out five.
–Reds offense only mustered three hits, but Jay Bruce had a big one, a three-run homer in the top of the first. It was Bruce’s 15th home run; he now has 49 RBI while hitting .271/.329/.584. What a brilliant season so far. Even Marty Brennaman was praising him on the radio for his production.
—Adam Duvall drew a walk!!!
–Doesn’t get much worse than Eugenio Suarez: 0-4, 4 strikeouts. He’s hitting .228/.289/.422 for the season. I had hoped he was bouncing back, but … ugh.
–With the Reds leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, hometown boy Blake Wood entered to begin the inning. He promptly loaded the bases with no outs — walk, single, walk. Typical bullpen, right?
Well, Wood struck out AJ Pierzynski, then induced a double play to end it. He had it all the way!
–Smiling side of the scoreboard! Your fightin’ Redlegs have won four of their last five, nine of thirteen. That would have been unthinkable just a month ago.
–Finnegan is 3-4 with a 3.61 ERA on the season. He continues to impress in his age 23 season. If you aren’t excited about this kid, I don’t know what you’re thinking.
–Wood just wanted to impress us with his ability to work his way out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam to pick up a save. Yes, that’s what he was doing out there in the ninth.
–Anthony DeSclafani makes his second start tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s another good one, as the Reds will be seeking a third straight win in this four game series with the hapless Braves.
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.
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