|New York Mets (58-75)||2||7||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (57-77)||7||9||0|
|W: Stephenson (3-4) L: deGrom (14-8)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Another strong outing for Bob Stephenson: six innings, two runs allowed on five hits. He struck out 7 and walked 3, and picked up the win over Jacob deGrom. Still some issues with command, but he’s making progress.
–Scooter Gennett had a double, a home run (his 23rd) and 3 RBI. Eugenio Suarez had two more hits (his OBP is up to .386) and scored a run.
–Joey Votto (34) and Stuart Turner (2) each homered. Turner’s was a two-run blast in the eighth inning that provided the final margin of victory.
–Classic BillyBall run in the 3rd inning. Hamilton singled to lead off the frame, and promptly stole second. Votto grounded to Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, who rushed the throw, trying to get Hamilton at third. The throw got away, and Hamilton scored on the error.
–Really strong outing for Michael Lorenzen, throwing two shutout innings.
–Reds win the series, taking two of three from the Metropolitans. The good ol’ Redlegs finished August with a winning record (15-14). Baby steps?
As Joel Luckhaupt noted, that broke a string of six consecutive losing months for this franchise. It was only their third winning month since Bryan Price was hired.
–Good timing by Bob Steve, given the fact that I talked about the progress from the young pitchers just this morning. I’m getting kinda excited about Stephenson, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, and Sal Romano.
–Loved seeing Turner hit a home run. I guess fatherhood is working for him, and young Easton Michael Turner was the good luck charm today. (Congrats, Stuart!)
–I presume we’ll hear the entire story at some point, but there was a poignant moment during today’s game. There was an adorable young fan behind home plate today — I don’t want to make any assumptions, but he appeared to be six or seven years old and didn’t have any hair. Early in the game, Votto handed him a baseball.
Well, after Votto’s 7th inning home run, he stepped on home plate, then went over and gave the kid a high-five. A moment later, Votto reached his home run bat over the net and gave it to the kid. A few minutes later, Votto returned with his jersey and gave it to the kid. It was a really sweet moment.
Joey Votto is the bestest.
Apparently, the young man is 6 year-old Walter Herbert — Superbubz! — and he’s bravely fighting stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. You can check out his Facebook page here.
–Reds will now head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series. Luis Castillo will start tomorrow night. (And if the raindrops cancel my kids’ baseball/softball tournaments, I’m going to try to head up to Pittsburgh myself.)