|Cincinnati Reds (55-76)||2||11||0|
|Los Angeles Angels (58-74)||4||10||0|
|W: Weaver (10-11) L: Adleman (2-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Jose Peraza simply can not be stopped. Peraza was 4-4 tonight with a double. Guess he wasn’t too hurt last night, eh?
–Joey Votto went 2-4 tonight. He’s now at .400 for the month of August. If he can keep that average above .400 after tomorrow’s game, he’ll become the first Red ever to have back-to-back months of hitting .400+.
–Scott Schebler was 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer, his 20th of the season.
–Billy Hamilton had a gorgeous, ten-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning that resulted in a walk. It also allowed the go-ahead run to come to the plate. Billy’s night wasn’t all good, though (see below).
–Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect first inning, which was fun since he’s from the Anaheim area (his home is reportedly just five minutes away from the stadium). But then he gave up a leadoff hitter to Mike Trout in the bottom of the eighth, then two singles later to score a run and increase the LA lead to 4-2. It took a very nice-looking double play from Brandon Phillips to end the inning and get Lorenzen out of trouble.
–Until his nice ninth inning AB, Hamilton looked bad at the plate. He was 0-4 with two strikeouts.
–Zack Cozart was 0-5, and he popped out to end the game with the tying run on base.
–Mike Trout is just too good. That’s all. He’s just too good at the baseballs.
–Tim Adleman gave up a two-run homer in the first (to CJ Cron, who hit another one in the third, a solo shot), but he settled down to throw six innings, allowing just those three runs on seven hits. That’s pretty much all you can hope for. Good work, Tim Adleman.
–Former Reds pitcher JC Ramirez entered the game for the Angels in the 8th inning, with LA clinging to a 3-2 lead. He threw back-to-back fastballs to Adam Duvall at 99 mph. Duvall singled up the middle on the next pitch, an 89-mph slider. Then Brandon Phillips singled up the middle on the very next pitch, another 99-mph fastball.
But then Ramirez struck out Scott Schebler to end the Reds’ threat.
–The last player to hit .400+ in consecutive months was Josh Hamilton, back in 2010. Only one Red in history has ever had two (nonconsecutive) months in a single season where he hit higher than .400. That was Vada Pinson back in 1961.
Eugenio Suarez — age 25 — has 20 HR this season, and 37 in his career.
When Todd Frazier was the exact same age, he had zero MLB homers.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) August 31, 2016
I wrote about how Jose Peraza has been hitting the ball significantly harder since returning – https://t.co/eNYugCD2pQ
His double? 100 MPH
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) August 31, 2016
Jose Peraza is 14 for 21 against Los Angeles teams this year
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 31, 2016
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) August 31, 2016
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