|Cincinnati Reds (43-63)||9||14||0|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (51-55)||1||7||1|
|W: Bailey (3-5) L: Taillon (6-5)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Lots of offensive stars for the Redlegs tonight. Billy Hamilton had a triple, a homer, 3 RBI and two runs scored. Jose Peraza had three hits, including a double and a run scored.
Joey Votto, Adam Duvall (double, run scored) and Scooter Gennett (double, RBI) each had two hits. Eugenio Suarez hit his 17th home run to go along with a walk and a sac fly. Tucker Barnhart had a hit, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
–Jesse Winker got the start and hit in the #2 spot. He walked in his first at-bat, then blasted his first big league home run in the fourth inning. You have to watch the video; as Winker came back to the dugout after the homer, his Reds teammates gave him the silent treatment. Winker’s reaction is pretty funny.
Later, Winker very nearly hit his second MLB homer, an opposite-field shot that was robbed by Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte.
Winker also made a couple of nice plays defensively in right field. All in all, an excellent night for the kid.
–Nice start by Homer Bailey: six innings, one run allowed on four hits. I’ll take it.
–Hamilton led off the game with a triple, because he’s really fast. Winker followed with a walk and Votto hit a ground ball that scored Hamilton.
The Reds were just getting started, as they scored four runs in the second inning. With one out, Jose Peraza doubled and scored when Tucker Barnhart singled to center. After a Homer Bailey sac bunt, Hamilton drilled a line-drive home run over the right field fence to give the Reds a 5-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
–Blake Wood, Drew Storen, and Kevin Shackelford each pitched scoreless innings of relief.
–Nothing to see here, move along.
–That’s a two-game winning streak for the ol’ Redlegs! Let the pennant race begin.
–The Reds OWN the Pirates, having won seven of eight this season. That’s the best they’ve done since starting 10-1 against Pittsburgh all the way back in 1986.
–“Benching” Peraza might have been the best thing that ever happened to the kid. He’s been much better in the second half.
–I’ve kinda been waiting for either Scott Schebler or Adam Duvall to falter, or for one of them to get injured, in order to permit Winker to get his chance. With Schebler going on the DL, Winker has his opportunity now. Will he grab it and never let go? Tonight was a good start.