|Atlanta Braves (33-62)||3||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (36-59)||6||12||0|
|W: DeSclafani (5-0) L: Harrell (1-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Anthony DeSclafani continued his strong campaign since returning from the disabled list (strained oblique). Tony Disco pitched eight innings, allowed two runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking zero. Disco is now 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA. That ain’t bad.
(He also threw 114 pitches, for those of you who care about those things. I’ve stopped worrying about pitch counts.)
–Lots of good performances on the offensive side of the ledger. Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart each hit two-run homers (and Barnhart made a crazy defensive play, as well). Zack Cozart reached base three times, with a single and two walks. Jose Peraza, actually getting a start today (in left field), went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez had two hits each (Suarez added a stolen base and a HBP, as well).
–Ross Ohlendorf surrendered a homer on his second pitch. That was the 19th time this season that a Reds reliever has given up a home run to the first batter. It’s getting as predictable as night and day.
–I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the Reds have won their first two series of the season’s second half. It’s pretty clear to all informed observers that the Reds are on their way to getting back into the Wild Card race.
(I don’t care that they were playing the Brewers and Braves. Don’t harsh my mellow, man!)
–After giving up a home run to Freddie Freeman in the top of the first inning, DeSclafani struck him out three straight times.
–In his last six games, Joey Votto is 11 for 20. Plus six walks, a couple of homers, a double…he’s baaaaack.
Votto trails only Carpenter/Goldy in NL OBP, and his 134 wRC+ is 15th in the NL (not counting other player's games today). #Reds
— Patrick Jeter (@prjeter) July 20, 2016
–The Reds wore 2006 throwbacks today. Those were some of the worst uniforms the club has worn in my lifetime, but they looked pretty cool today on the current players. Let’s not make a habit of wearing those, however. No more vests. Okay?
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 20, 2016
–Can we play Atlanta or Milwaukee every game the rest of the way? Pretty please?
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