|Arizona Diamnondbacks (40-56)||2||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (37-59)||6||8||0|
|W: Straily (5-6) L: Bradley (3-6)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Billy Hamilton was moved back to the leadoff spot tonight, and he responded with aplomb by singling in his first two at-bats and stealing three bases (giving him 30 on the season). Hamilton’s OBP is now .300!
–The Reds were down 2-0 quickly, thanks to a leadoff homer (by Arizona’s Jean Segura), some unfortunate defense by Adam Duvall, and a sacrifice fly later in the inning. In the bottom half, however, the good guys grabbed the lead back.
Hamilton singled to start the inning, and appeared to be thrown out trying to steal second. After the replay review, however, the umpires ruled that Billy got his hand in before the tag. Zack Cozart proceeded to walk, then Joey Votto launched a three-run bomb. Before the Reds had made an out, they held a lead that they would never relinquish.
–Votto had two walks, in addition to the homer. He continues to produce: .271/.406/.483. The home run was Votto’s 17th of the season to go along with 50 RBI.
–Another fine outing by Dan Straily: six innings, two runs allowed on five hits, eight strikeouts. You just cannot be disappointed by Straily’s production this season. Way more than anyone expected from a guy who the Reds got for free just before Opening Day.
–Great bullpen work from Raisel Iglesias and Tony Cingrani, who combined for three hitless innings of relief.
–Brandon Phillips collected a run-scoring single in his final at-bat, extending his hitting streak to 10 straight games.
–Tucker Barnhart homered in the sixth. Jay Bruce had a single and two walks. Cozart and Duvall doubled.
–Nothing to see here, move along.
–The Reds are on a roll! The good guys are 5-2 since the All-Star break, and I’m more convinced than ever that this team is going to make a run to the playoffs.*
–I love seeing a Cuban reliever pitch multiple innings of relief in the same game. I’m not accustomed to that. Yes, I want Raisel Iglesias to be tried in the rotation again next spring, but right now, I’m just trying to enjoy every outing. That kid is probably the most talented pitcher on the roster. (Even more talented than Blake Wood.)
–Okay, a .300 on-base percentage for a leadoff hitter is…well, less than ideal. Even if it’s Billy Hamilton. Still, I continue to maintain that Hamilton is showing real progress at the plate here in his age-25 season.
–As noted, Jean Segura led off the game with a homer. In his next at-bat, he was hit by a Dan Straily pitch. He acted like he was upset, and some D-backs puffed out their chests.
I don’t know if Segura was hit intentionally; I guess it’s possible, and maybe Segura broke some unwritten rule in his earlier AB. But if Straily intentionally put a runner on base in front of Paul Goldschmidt, he’s clinically insane.
–Reds go for their third consecutive series win tomorrow evening. Keyvius Sampson will be on the hill.
*Okay, I admit it: I’m not at all sure of that. But I’m enjoying the winning baseball while it lasts.
…and this one belongs to the #Reds!
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) July 23, 2016
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