The Cincinnati Reds (63-86) broke their four-game losing streak and knocked the Pirates (74-75) below .500. The team heads out for their last road trip of the season. They next play three night games in the Friendly Confines starting tomorrow. Then they visit Milwaukee and St. Louis.
Dan Straily had a Dan Straily start. He gave up three runs in six innings. Along the way Straily walked four and struck out five. He pitched behind in the count much of the day and generated few ground balls (23.5%). I hope the Reds front office hasn’t fallen in love with Straily the way today’s radio broadcast pair has. Right role: Straily as long-man in the bullpen. Straily did snap his 0-48 career donut at the plate today, lining a single into right field. Within seconds of the game ending:
.021 never looked so good!
— Daniel Straily (@danstraily67) September 18, 2016
Michael Lorenzen pitched two shutout innings, with two strikeouts and no walks. Take your pick because the old school (ERA 2.57) and new school (SIERA 2.90) agree on how well he’s pitched this year. The Reds may want to keep Lorenzen in the bullpen (my guess is the closer role), but his performance could knock down the door, or at least earn a serious look in the starting rotation.
Tucker Barnhart drove in four runs with a pair of sacrifice flies and a double.
Scott Schebler had three hits, including a double. When Schebler was demoted to AAA in early May, he was hitting just .188/.246/.344. His run production (wRC+) was 48. Schebler has hit well (.285/.357/.464) since he was recalled after in August after Jay Bruce was traded. Schebler’s run production is now 103. Imagine a Reds roster good enough that Schebler is the power, left-handed hitting bat off the bench.
Joey Votto was 4-for-4 with a walk a double and a homer. It was Votto’s 25th homer of the year. He’s now hitting .319/.432/.531. Votto trails only Kris Bryant and Daniel Murphy in the NL in run production with wRC+ of 153. Still JoeyMVP.
Eugenio Suarez committed his 22nd error of the season. I wasn’t able to watch the game, but according to the radio broadcast, Jose Peraza had his first iffy day in centerfield. Just guessing that’s because he’s an infielder.