|Milwaukee Brewers (5-5)||5||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (7-3)||1||5||0|
|W: Nelson (1-0) L: Arroyo (0-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Not much to get excited about here. Zack Cozart was 3 for 3. Cozart continues to hammer the ball; he’s now hitting .481/.516/.704. That’ll do.
–Billy (Hamilton) Ball in the first inning: single, stolen base, sac fly, sac fly. Reds lead 1-0.
Billy hit another ball really hard, in the eighth inning, but it was caught for a line drive out. And made a couple of outstanding plays in the field, as well.
–Tucker Barnhart throws out all the would-be base-stealers. Two more tonight.
–Drew Storen and Barrett Astin weren’t perfect, but they pitched three shutout innings of relief tonight. Because the Reds bullpen is unstoppable.
–Eugenio Suarez was 0-4, but he was simply amazing defensively again tonight. It’s really astounding to consider how much Suarez has improved with the glove. He has been incredible this season.
–Bronson Arroyo pitched two perfect innings to begin the game, though there were a couple of loud outs. Then he surrendered four runs in the fourth, and the game was not close after that.
It was a strange night. Two homers allowed, but as Mark Sheldon noted (see tweet below), Arroyo looked decent in every other inning he pitched, and he did go six. Didn’t walk a batter, threw a bunch of strikes. So I dunno.
–Only five hits for the offense? That won’t get it done.
–Joey Votto was 0-3, though he did have a sac fly RBI. He’s hitting .158/.214/.368. And I’m not worried about Joey Votto at all. Seriously, I mean it.
–Arismendy Alcantara struck out again. I’ve been a charter member of the Alcantara fan club — I really think he can help this team — but he has been struggling so far this season. And that might be putting it lightly: in 8 at-bats, Alcantara has struck out 6 times and is hitting .000/.000/.000. Ugly.
Then, in the bottom half of the eighth, Alcantara took over at second base. He almost made a great catch on a line shot, then recovered and threw the ball a mile over Joey Votto’s head. Not a good night for Arismendy.
–I forgot the Reds could actually lose one of these baseball games. Strange. Let’s hope that never happens again.
–I like Bronson — as we all know — and I’ve been happy to see him back in a Reds uniform. But sheesh, you can’t give up six runs and five runs, as he has in his two starts, and expect to keep pitching in the big leagues. I guess he’ll get one more chance to start, but he’s walking on thin ice right now.
It’s sad, because the guy is a no-doubt Reds Hall of Famer, and I get sentimental over stuff like that. But you get the feeling that the end is near. Maybe he’ll come out and pitch well the rest of the season. I can always hope.
–I probably spend too much time on Twitter, but I’m astounded at all the vitriol towards Arroyo.
–Don’t forget: Billy Hamilton is going to be an All-Star in 2017. Bet the ranch on it.
And just because…