|San Diego Padres (49-62)||3||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (46-66)||11||8||0|
|W: Wood (1-4) L: Chacin (11-8)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Joey Votto. Lord. He’s out of his mind right now. And with Joey, that’s saying a lot. His post-ASG slump seems like a distant memory now. He has now hit 30 homers for the second time in his career and has a solid shot to hit 40 for the first time.
–Zack Cozart had an equally awesome night. Even with the injuries, he’s continues to have he best year of his career.
–Duvall (who hits the ball hard) and Hamilton (who is fast) also contributed. In fact, the top 4 hitters provided literally ALL of the offense until the 8th, when the bottom half of the order made the game delightfully silly.
–Tucker Barnhart had a couple of defensive gems. He’s so good behind the plate, it’s easy to take him for granted.
–Bryan Price was aggressive with his pitching changes tonight and I liked it. No waiting one batter too long. We can argue about it, of course, but I liked the approach.
–And the pitching WAS good tonight.
–None. Great night.
–After the debacle that was yesterday, this was a fantastic rebound to see.
–Joey Votto continues to cement his status as one of the greatest Reds ever. Tonight, he tied Big Klu for fifth on the franchise home run list. Also, according to Baseball-Reference’s various HOF tracking measures, his 7-year peak is now above average for a HOF first baseman. At this point, I don’t understand how he still has doubters. We’ll likely never see a hitter like him again in Cincinnati.
With 136 in Cincinnati, Joey Votto passes Jay Bruce for the most all-time since Great American Ball Park opened in 2003. pic.twitter.com/5Ff10I8d18
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 8, 2017
–If the pitching is remotely decent, this team is still pretty fun to watch. This is why I continue to think they’re closer to being competitive than their record suggests. I know they need at least two more legit starters and that is A LOT. But, I don’t know, stranger things have happened.
–Blake Wood faced one batter and got the win. Wins are a silly stat for pitchers, but s good stat for teams.
–On a personal note, I’ll be taking my 5-year-old to his first Reds game tomorrow (he’s seen a lot of the Bats already). If the Reds could do this again, it’d be cool, though I suspect he’ll be happy as long as he gets some ice cream.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.