|San Diego Padres (50-63)||3||7||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (47-67)||8||11||0|
|W: Wojciechowski (3-1) L: Wood (1-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Asher Wojciechowski pitched five very strong — and scoreless — innings before he ran out of gas. He allowed two homers and three runs in the sixth, but his final line is more than adequate: 5.2 innings, 3 runs allowed on 7 hits; he struck out a career-high 6, while walking none. I’ll take that from Wojo every single time.
Fortunately, after Wojo’s exit, the Reds bullpen –in the form of Michael Lorenzen, Wandy Peralta, and Blake Wood — entered to shut down the game with 3.1 perfect innings.
–In the first inning, Joey Votto collected a two-out double; Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez followed with walks to load the bases. Jose Peraza got himself into a 1-2 hole, but had a really nice at-bat after that, working the count to full before delivering a line drive single to left-center, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. On the night, Peraza was 2-3 with a walk and 3 RBI.
–Votto extended his hitting streak to 14 games, going 2-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. Duvall was 2-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.
–Stuart Turner — third-string catcher, rule 5 draftee — hit a LONG home run, his first big league longball. It was a bomb. Kudos to young Mr. Turner.
–Eugenio Suarez hit his 19th homer in the third inning, a two-run shot (which was followed by an outstanding little dugout dance). He also walked and scored twice.
–Asher Wojciechowski’s name is really hard to spell.
–That’s two out of three over San Diego; Cincinnati can go for a series win tomorrow afternoon. The Reds have won six of their last ten. That’s almost a .600 winning percentage!
–In his last outing, Asher Wojciechowski out-dueled former Red Mike Leake. Tonight, he outdueled another former Red, Travis Wood. Let’s make sure he faces Johnny Cueto next time the Giants come to town, okay?
–Peraza looks like a different player in the second half. He’s probably not a different player, and this may just be small sample size nonsense. But I’m enjoying it for now, fingers firmly crossed.
–I’m still not sure when Wandy Peralta became so good. That guy has filthy stuff when he’s on.
–The Cleveland Indians traded for Jay Bruce tonight. Bruce joins yet another hard-hitting ex-Red, Edwin Encarnacion. Good luck to those guys.
–Wojciechowski probably (certainly?) has no place on this club long-term, but he was a big factor in tonight’s Reds win. Wojo also has a 4.23 ERA, which is just fine indeed. I love to see guys like this having some success in the big leagues, even if only for a short while. Good for him.
–I’ve mentioned five different ex-Reds in this recap. Why stop there? Adam Dunn, Bruce Berenyi, Alex Trevino, Bill Plummer, Mike Frank, Felipe Lopez, Corey Patterson, Reggie Sanders, Danny Jackson, Dan Driessen, Ron Gant, Curtis Goodwin, Curtis Partch, Jon Coutlangus.
–After tomorrow afternoon’s titanic struggle, the Reds will head out on a ten-game swing through Milwaukee, Chicago, and Atlanta. I expect no fewer than seven wins on that trip.