|Pittsburgh Pirates (12-15)||2||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (13-14)||7||10||1|
|W: Davis (1-1) L: Taillon (2-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Tonight started much the same as last night’s game. Fortunately, it ended much differently.
Zack Cozart singled with one out, and Joey Votto followed with a walk. Eugenio Suarez blasted a three-run home run to left field, and the Reds were quickly up 3-0. Suarez was 1-3 with a walk on the evening; he’s now hitting .322/.408/.611. It was his 6th homer of the season.
–In the fourth inning, with the Redlegs still up 3-0, Jose Peraza led off with a single to center. Devin Mesoraco was hit by a pitch, and Rookie Davis bunted the runners over. Then Billy Hamilton did exactly what you would expect him to do:
Yes, he hit a three-run home run. Over the fence, even. It was Billy’s first homer since last June, and it gave the Reds a 6-0 lead.
–In the sixth inning, Mesoraco hit a home run of his own. That was Devin’s first homer since 2014!
–Rookie Davis picked up his first big league victory with five innings of shutout baseball. Davis allowed four hits and three walks, threw 92 pitches, and was kinda working in and out of trouble all evening long — he left the bases loaded in the second and the fourth. But the kid got his first win, and we’ll take it, since he’d been struggling to this point in his Rookie season. Good to get that first one. Congrats, rook.
–Jose Peraza was 3-4 with a double and a run scored. Nights like these have been few and far between, so that was nice to see.
–Adam Duvall was 2-4 with a double.
–Drew Storen and Raisel Iglesias each pitched perfect innings. Yawn. This is getting repetitive.
–Joey Votto was 1-2 with two walks and a run scored. He also fouled a ball off his ankle, and he looked to be in some serious pain, but Votto stayed in the game.
–Cody Reed pitched two innings in relief of the Rookie, and it wasn’t the sharp Reed that we’ve seen out of the bullpen thus far in 2017. Reed gave up both Pittsburgh runs on one hit — a two-run Andrew McCutchen homer — and four walks. He didn’t strike out a hitter.
–Nice bounce-back win after a bad game yesterday. That’s five wins in six games against the Pirates.
–Gotta be happy for Mesoraco. His swing looks pretty good to me (and I’m an expert on that subject.*) It’s been such a long road for the guy, and he’s worked so hard to get back. I really enjoyed his post-game interview. You could tell he was incredibly happy to be in the big leagues again.
–Eugenio Suarez is good. As I told you in my weekly column for Cincinnati Magazine. It’s time to give him some respect.
–This is completely anecdotal at this point, but doesn’t Votto’s defense look better so far this season? This spring, Votto was somewhat vocal about the fact that he recognized that he had slipped with the glove last year, and that he intended to work on improving that aspect of his game.
I dunno, maybe I’m just seeing what I want to see…that’s why the eye test is so unreliable. On the other hand:
–Reds and Buccos will play tomorrow afternoon, with the good guys having a chance to (a) take three of four in this series, and (b) get back to .500.
*I’m not an expert on that subject. I hit something like .250 in little league.