|St. Louis Cardinals (53-56)||2||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (45-64)||3||9||0|
|W: Wojciechowski (2-1) L: Leake (7-10) S: Iglesias (19)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Strong five-inning outing for Asher Wojciechowski in his sixth start for the Redlegs: one run allowed on three hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. I can’t ask for anything more than that from Wojo.
–Cincinnati’s top three hitters — Billy Hamilton (run scored, RBI), Jesse Winker (run scored), Joey Votto — each had two hits. Votto had a double and drove in two of the Reds’ three runs.
–The Reds got on the board quickly. Winker collected a one-out single to center field. Joey Votto followed with a double to right field. Winker scored from first, but he ran through third base coach Billy Hatcher’s stop sign, sliding headfirst into home. See the video below.
–Drew Storen pitched a scoreless inning and a third. You know, Storen has quietly been pretty solid this season. I’m surprised there wasn’t more interest in him at the July trade deadline.
–In the top of the third, Wojciechowski surrendered a leadoff triple to Cards 3B Greg Garcia. The next hitter, our old friend Mike Leake, hit a routine grounder to Jose Peraza at shortstop. Peraza clutched once, looked at Garcia, clutched again, and tossed over to Votto at first. Because he took so much time, Leake was safe at first (Garcia scored).
It wasn’t scored an error, but it was absolutely an error. Peraza’s shaky defense at shortstop continues.
Fortunately, Leake was erased one batter later, when Matt Carpenter flew to deep center field. Leake tagged up and took off for second…but Billy Hamilton gunned him down.
–Michael Lorenzen allowed a run on 3 hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He got a clutch strikeout to end the eighth inning, with bases loaded and just a one-run lead. You know, Lorenzen has quietly been pretty shaky this season.
–That’s four wins in five games for your resurgent Redlegs. Always a fun night when the good guys beat the Cardinals, and that’s happened a lot this season. Cincinnati is now 8-3 against St. Louis this year, and 5-0 at home.
–It was a pretty electric atmosphere at Great American Ball Park tonight, a beautiful Friday night with a Flo Rida concert scheduled after the game. Thom Brennaman was pretty excited about it.
–In the bottom of the fifth, Billy Hamilton singled to right to score Peraza, who had singled himself to lead off the inning. Tucker Barnhart was waved home by Hatcher and was called out by home plate umpire Brian Knight. The Reds challenged, and every replay available showed that Barnhart was clearly safe.
The umpires, of course, did not overturn the call after review. Who knows what they were looking at?
On the television broadcast, Jeff Brantley suggested that perhaps the Reds had only asked for the collision rule to be reviewed, not the safe/out call. But C. Trent Rosecrans says that both were challenged. So the umps just screwed it up, costing the Reds a run.
–Interviewed on the post-game show, Billy Hamilton revealed some important information: he calls Adam Duvall, “Doovie.”
–Luis Castillo will take the hill for the Reds tomorrow as they attempt to clinch this series, along with their fifth win in six games.