The Baltimore Orioles were the only team who didn’t make a trip to Cincinnati during the Barack Obama administration. In fact, the last time the Orioles came to Cincinnati, the year was 2005, and the Reds starting pitcher was Ramon Ortiz.
The Reds were far from hospitable to the Baltimore ballclub.
The Reds scratched across two runs in the first inning. Adam Duvall blew the game open in the second inning, with his first career grand slam. The Reds chased Orioles opening day starter Kevin Gausman after just 2.1 innings. Joey Votto welcomed the Baltimore bullpen to Cincinnati with a home run to the first batter they faced, and lead was 9-1.
It was fitting that Bronson Arroyo was on the mound against a team the Reds hadn’t seen in their ballpark in a long time. Arroyo had a pretty mediocre start, but earned his first win since 2014.
|Cincinnati Reds (9-5)||9||11||0|
|Baltimore Orioles (8-4)||3||7||1|
|W: Arroyo (1-2) L: Gausman (1-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Adam Duvall’s grand slam with 1 out in the second inning, giving the Reds a 6-1 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 17.4% (from 73.9% to 91.3%).
Player of the Game
Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0.14 WPA
Duvall was 0 for 11 with just 1 walk in the Brewers series. He broke out of that tonight, including hitting his first career grand slam. Duvall later doubled on a ball that was hit much harder than his grand slam (106 MPH vs 92 MPH off the bat).
Billy Hamilton came into the night struggling (0 for 11 in the previous three games), but he had a big night tonight collecting a pair of hits, and swiping a bag.
Jose Peraza walked! It really happened! Peraza walked for the first time in 2017 in his 52nd plate appearance. Peraza also stole third base with 2 outs, which he would have got destroyed for had he got thrown out. It paid off as Peraza scored on an infield single.
Peraza vs Hamilton: both players now have six stole bases on the season, but Peraza is a perfect 6 for 6 in SB attempts. Hamilton is 6 of 7.
Joey Votto had two hits, including a 2-run home run in the third inning. Votto also had two walks, including a big one in the second inning. Votto fell behind 0-2, but battled back and drew a walk. The next batter, Adam Duvall hit a grand slam.
Zack Cozart‘s 10-game hitting streak to start the season was ended on Sunday, but he picked right back up tonight. Cozart had a hit, and a pair of walks. Cozart is now hitting a ridiculous .436/.511/.718 on the season.
Cody Reed pitched another perfect inning in relief. Reed has a cool 0.00 ERA in 8.0 IP. You have to think Reed’s time in the rotation is coming soon.
UPDATE: Bryan Price said postgame “our intentions are to start (Cody) Reed on Saturday.” Price said that the one inning pitched tonight was “tune-up.”
The rest of the Reds bullpen was nails again. Storen and Cingrani pitched perfect innings, and Wood pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. What a difference a year makes.
Scott Schebler went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. Schebler is now hitting .182/.280/.432. I am a big Schebler fan, but it is pretty clear the Reds aren’t afraid to call up Winker. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
Not so random thoughts…………..
Thom Brennaman was talking about Chris Davis in his first trip to the plate. Thom said that Davis is a big power hitter, who is not a high on-base guy and doesn’t walk much. Fact check: Davis has a 9.9% career BB% (13.2% last year). MLB average is 8.2%. Thom then quoted his .250 career batting average. Does Thom know that walks are not included in batting average? Serious question.
Eugenio Suarez was scratched tonight with a sore neck. It is not supposed to be serious. Suarez has a 1.145 OPS so far this year.
ICYMI, Starlin Marte was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. That’s a big blow for the Pirates, who will also now have to put defensive-liability Andrew McCutchen back in CF.
Orioles at Reds
Tuesday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Amir Garrett (1.42 ERA) vs Ubaldo Jimenez (10.38 ERA)
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