The Reds made their first trip to Anaheim since 2002. Two of the best hitters in baseball, Joey Votto an Mike Trout got to face off against one another. Both players wasted no time making their presence known.

Joey Votto hit a two run home run in the top of the first inning to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later, Mike Trout hit a two run home run in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at two.

The Angels however kept hitting home runs. They hit five total bombs on the evening, and chased Reds starter Dan Straily before he could finish the third inning. The Reds eventually would fall 9-2. The Reds have now lost 6 of 8.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (55-75) 2 8 0
Los Angeles Angels (57-74) 9 14 0
W: Shoemaker (9-13) L: Straily (10-7)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

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According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Joey Votto’s 2-run home run with 1 out in the 1st inning, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 17.0% (from 52.1% to 69.1%).

Player of the Game

Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 3.01 FIP

Shoemaker got off to a rough start, allowing the 2-run home run to Votto in the first inning. He recovered quickly, and pitched seven strong innings. His command was sharp, as he didn’t walk a batter all night.

Positives

Votto

Joey Votto hit his 22nd home run of the season in the first inning, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead at the time.

Billy Hamilton lead the game off with a single, and then stole second base.

Adam Duvall and Ramon Cabrera each had two hits.

Zack Cozart made a really nice catch in the 5th inning, reaching over the tarp on the third base line. Cozart didn’t start the game, but entered in the 3rd inning when Peraza had to leave because of injury.

Negatives

Straily

It wasn’t Dan Straily‘s night. Straily entered play 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 3.79 FIP in 50 innings in the second half. Tonight, he couldn’t make it out of the third inning, and allowed four home runs: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 21.52 FIP.

Peraza

Jose Peraza had to leave the game in the 3rd inning after getting hit in the face by a pickoff attempt.

More bad news on the injury front. Cody Reed had to exit his start in Louisville this evening because of back spasms.

Not so random thoughts……….

Up Next:

Reds at Angels
Tuesday, 10:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Tim Adleman (3.68 ERA) vs Jered Weaver (5.31 ERA)

 

All stats used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference (including Baseball-Reference Play Index). All photos used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission.

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.

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  1. any word on how bad Peraza was injured?

    • He took a pick off attempt throw upside the head diving back into 1B. I believe they are calling it a facial contusion. Haven’t seen whether he is on concussion protocol.

    • It looked like it was in the jaw/ear area of his head

  2. Ugh! Left coast games are the absolute pits, especially when bad news awaits the morning sunrise.

    Tony Renda found himselg back in the starting lineup for the Bats yesterday, going 2-3 w/ 1-2B & 2-BB. Nice game for the near MLB-ready IF. After slashing .326/.369/.467 (.836 OPS) in 68 games at AA, Renda is now slashing .294/.368/.388 (.757 OPS) in 24 games at AAA this season. I thought Renda showed some potential in his brief taste of MLB with the Reds this season. We should see the 25-year-old again.

  3. I usually enjoy West coast games an excuse to stay up late. I am glad I chose not to sit through that one

    • From my experiences visiting with my wife’s family in SoCal, I’ve come to like the other way around better (following games played in the east from California). Of course I didn’t have work to contend with; but then, now I don’t have that issue here either 🙂 With the fracas over (no) TV coverage last night, I was thinking that if I moved to SoCal, I could watch the Reds for a pittance via MLB.TV compared to the cost of cable here to see them here and only be blacked out for one series a year most seasons.

  4. A little insight into Joey Votto from Hal McCoy yesterday. Nice article. Votto becoming a hitting nerd doing some research.

    http://cincinnatireds.blog.daytondailynews.com/2016/08/23/votto-reaches-out-to-may-musial-jeter/

    I still think Votto’s turnaround can be traced back to his decision to forego the ankle-length uniform pants and he started showing a little (red)leg with the knee-length pants.

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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.

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