|Miami Marlins (43-51)||3||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (40-56)||1||4||1|
|W: Urena (8-4) L: Bailey (2-4)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Homer Bailey wasn’t great out of the gate, surrendering two runs in the first inning, but he settled down nicely. When the smoke cleared, Bailey had pitched a solid six innings, allowing just those two runs on eight hits.
–Eugenio Suarez had two hits, precisely half of the Reds’ total output. Scott Schebler reached base three times, on a walk and two HBPs.
–Billy Hamilton gunned down a runner at home with a strong throw in the sixth inning.
–Drew Storen pitched a perfect eighth inning, and looked dominant in the process. Blake Wood pitched a perfect ninth.
–New starting second baseman Scooter Gennett committed a throwing error in the seventh that led to an unearned run.
–With the Reds down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Suarez led off with a single and Schebler walked. Manager Bryan Price asked Tucker Barnhart to lay down a sacrifice bunt.
That’s an objectively dumb decision by Price. The Reds only had nine more outs available in the game at that point. Why give away one for free? And, of course, the Reds did not score a single run.
–Joey Votto was 0-4 with two strikeouts. He’s really scuffling since the All-Star break. I will not, however, waste one moment worrying about Votto. He’ll get it figured out, and soon.
–The game started with a nearly-two-hour rain delay, though there was almost no rain at the ballpark. Way to read the radar, guys.
–It’s generally not a good thing when Blake Wood is pitching in the ninth inning.
–I don’t know what to tell you. The Reds are struggling. Again. Maybe they’ll win tomorrow, when Robert Stephenson makes his return to Cincinnati.