Ladies and gentlemen, your Cincinnati Reds won the first series of the second half of the season. The Reds second-half record of 53-20 (or was it 50-23) is proceeding as I have foreseen. The long home stand continues with four games against Atlanta and then three games against Arizona. Prepare to get sick of winning.
This was a great day for Dan Straily. In seven innings, he struck out four and walked one. He gave up three hits and no runs. It was one of the best performances for a Reds starting pitcher all season. He left the game with the score tied 0-0.
Straily hasn’t pitched well enough to return a decent prospect at the trade deadline. His ERA remains at 4.07, his FIP is 4.62 and xFIP at 5.11 even after today. (That shouldn’t stop the Reds from offering Straily to Arizona for a high prospect. Sure, the D-Backs are out of contention. But if your team isn’t making crazy trade offers to the LaRussa/Stewart braintrust, it isn’t trying.)
But Straily has been too good for the Reds to move for a minor piece. He’s 27. But he’s under team control for four more years after this one and has another pre-arbitration season (read: inexpensive) in 2017. If the Reds starting pitching unfolds as expected, Straily could play an important role in the bullpen next year and beyond.
Michael Lorenzen pitched the eighth. He gave up a walk to the second batter, but should have been out of the inning on a sharp ground ball hit up the middle to second baseman Jose Peraza. The Reds missed turning the double play by a heartbeat. Unfamiliarity between Peraza and Zack Cozart cost the second out. Lorenzen gave up a ground ball single to Scooter Gennett. Happy ending: Lorenzen induced Ryan Braun to hit a soft grounder back to the mound to end the inning.
Tony Cingrani pitched the ninth inning and retired the Brewers in order on ten pitches.
The only run of the game scored due to walks by Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto, Hamilton’s wheels and a passed ball by the Brewers.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.