“Bryan Price, bless him for coaching this team.” – Astros broadcaster and former player Geoff Blum
The Reds were shutout 6-0 on Sunday afternoon in Houston. The Reds offense only had five hits and one walk today. Brandon Finnegan’s recent run of three consecutive quality starts in June was ended, as the Astros scored four earned runs off him in five innings. The Astros had a slow start to 2016, but they have now won 17 of their last 25 games.
|Cincinnati Reds (27-43)||0||5||0|
|Houston Astros (34-36)||6||8||0|
|W: Fiers (5-3) L: Finnegan (3-5) S: Devenski (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Brandon Finnegan allowing an RBI double to Evan Gattis with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead . That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 12.2% (from 47.6% to 35.4%).
Billy Hamilton made his second amazing catch in as many days in Houston. Hamilton raced to make an incredible diving catch to rob Altuve of a hit. He then alertly threw the ball back into the infield to double up the runner at first base.
Joey Votto singled in the first inning, and he extended his consecutive on-base streak to 20 games. Votto passed himself for the longest Reds on-base streak in 2016 (Votto reached base in 19 consecutive games between 4/22 – 5/14).
Jay Bruce now has a 13-game hitting streak against the Astros.
Brandon Finnegan had a rough afternoon. He only lasted 5.0 innings, allowing 4 earned runs. He also walked 3, while striking out just 1. Finnegan’s ERA still is under 3 on the season, but his peripheral numbers are less than stellar: 6.08 K/9, 4.23 BB/9, 4.97 FIP. It is of course important to remember than Finnegan is only 23 years old.
Eugenio Suarez made a pretty terrible second out at third base in the 5th inning. The Reds had runners on first and third with 1 out, and it appeared like it was a botched hit and run. It decreased the Reds chances of winning by 8.5% using WPA. It was the third biggest play of the game.
Billy Hamilton went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.
Not so random thoughts…………..
Tonight is a big night here in Cleveland. I moved up to Cleveland from Cincinnati three years ago. I jumped on the Cavs bandwagon when LeBron returned (I live here, so that is acceptable, right?). My Cavs fandom isn’t in the same stratosphere as my love of the Reds, but this could still be a special night for me. I’ve never seen a team that I have rooted for win a championship (I was 3 years old in 1990).
The last couple days around the city of Cleveland have just been incredible. The buzz is electrifying. It’s really all I can think about. I could only imagine what it would be like to have our Reds play in a World Series, much less play in Game 7. I don’t even know how I would function. So anyways, go Cavs! I hope they can complete what would be one of the greatest sports stories of all-time. I deserve this, right guys?
Reds at Rangers
Tuesday, 8:05 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Anthony DeSclafani (2.08 ERA) vs Colby Lewis (2.81 ERA)
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.