A silver lining of a nuclear war with North Korea would be not having to write recaps for Reds games like this.
Sal Romano started and was hit hard. He gave up five runs in five innings on nine hits and two walks. He struck out two. It was Romano’s 8th start. He’s yet to go more than 6 innings. Romano’s ERA is 5.35 and xFIP is 5.20. But he’s getting valuable experience facing major league hitters.
Drew Storen gave up a 2-run homer in his inning of work. Storen has been right at replacement level this year, no better. Austin Brice, making his first appearance since July 5, pitched a clean 8th inning with a strikeout. Brice (25) was the second player the Reds received in the Dan Straily deal with the Marlins. He also pitched the 9th, giving up only a walk.
Tucker Barnhart hit a 3-run homer in the 7th inning.
Joey Votto drew his 85th walk in the first inning. He leads the major leagues in that category, as well as walk-rate at 17.5%. He’s also in the top ten in MLB in isolated power. Votto also singled. Jesse Winker had two hits and a walk. Jose Peraza had two hits and two (!) walks.
Billy Hamilton had a Billy Hamilton night. He struck out, softly grounded into a double play with bases loaded, made a great catch climbing the CF wall, poked a single to right, got thrown out stealing, made another catch diving into the right-center gap, popped out to first base and flew out to right.
Scooter Gennett entered the game hitting .244/.286/.384 (72 wRC+) since the All-Star break. That’s below the career average that got him cut by the Brewers. Gennett’s handedness split is astronomical. His wRC+ against RHP is 149 and against LHP is just 34. With his negative defense, there’s no way he should start against LHP. Gennett had a hit (against a LHP!) in four at bats tonight.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.