|Pittsburgh Pirates (61-68)||5||11||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (55-74)||9||9||0|
|W: Stephenson (2-4) L: Nova (11-11)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Strong start for Robert Stephenson, who seems to be showing some signs of progress finally. Bob Steve went 5.2 innings and struck out 11 hitters, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits. He did walk four — and that has been his problem — but if we’re being honest, one of the runs he allowed probably shouldn’t have scored (see below). I’m encouraged.
And when I say “strong start,” that’s just what I mean. Stephenson struck out the first six batters of the game, setting a team record. Good stuff.
–Scott Schebler had a great night, displaying everything that he is capable of. He went 3-3 with a single, a triple, a home run, and a hit by pitch. He scored three runs and drove in three more. The home run was his 25th of the season. Great night.
–Hey, is that Eugenio Suarez hot? (Or not?) He reached three times again tonight, going 2-4 with a double and a walk, scoring three runs.
–Wandy Peralta, Eugenio Suarez, and Raisel Iglesias finished out the game with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
–Adam Duvall hit his 30th home run of the season. A second consecutive excellent season for Duvall. Outstanding.
–Tucker Barnhart reached base three times and had two RBI. Pinch hitter Patrick Kivlehan collected a two-run double in the ninth.
–Tim Adleman gave up 3 runs in one inning of work. I’ve been hopeful — he’s an easy guy to root for, after all — that Adleman could find a home as the long man in the bullpen.
–Your Cincinnati Reds have won two Major League Baseball games IN A ROW.
–With the Reds leading 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Stephenson sandwiched an infield single between two strikeouts. With a 1-1 count, Stephenson induced a John Jaso fly ball to left-center. Billy Hamilton stumbled a bit and was unable to reign it in for the third out of the inning; it was an RBI double that tied the game.
The worst part of this turn of events was that Stephenson had to throw 12 additional pitches to get out of the inning.
–Schebler, when healthy, has really done nothing more than mash the ball all season long. Other than July, when he had an injured shoulder (and he was awful in July), Schebler has had a great season. The Reds really have a logjam in the outfield, and I don’t know how it’s going to be resolved.
–Boy, I’m constantly impressed by Stephenson’s stuff. So much talent. I hope he’s taking some baby steps toward being in the mix next year and beyond.
–I like Eugenio Suarez.
–We learned tonight that Tyler Mahle will make his major league debut on Sunday. I can’t wait for that.