|Cincinnati Reds (55-77)||0||4||0|
|Los Angeles Angels (59-74)||3||7||2|
|W: Nolasco (5-12) L: Finnegan (8-10)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The game went by very quickly.
–Once again, Brandon Finnegan had a strong start: 7 innings, two runs allowed on 5 hits. Finnegan struck out nine Angels and didn’t walk a single one.
–Ramon Cabrera went 2-3 with a double, so I guess we’ll put that under the “good” column.
–When Cabrera has half of the teams’ hits, you know it’s a bad night. The Reds looked foolish against a bad pitcher, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco.
–Nolasco hadn’t thrown a shutout in four years, and he’d only thrown four shutouts in his ten-year career before tonight. Sheesh.
–Raisel Iglesias gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his one inning of work. He had a poor outing to punish me for picking him up for my fantasy team’s bullpen. (Don’t judge me; the free agent pool was very shallow, and I have four pitchers on the disabled list.)
–Swept by the lowly Angels to complete a disastrous 1-5 road trip against two bad teams (Arizona, LAA). After they got us a little excited, the Reds have now lost eight out of ten games.
–Brandon Finnegan’s age-23 season has been an unqualified success in my mind. Really excited to see this guy progress over the next few years.
–Votto finished the month just shy of a .400 batting average; it would have been the first time in Reds history that a hitter had hit .400+ in back-to-back months. If he had collected a hit in his final at-bat, Votto would have turned the trick. Alas, he flew out to left field.
#Reds outscored 27-6 in losing last four?
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 1, 2016
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