In a bizarre twist of events, the Reds and Pirates decided to play leap frog instead of baseball in tonight’s contest. The decision went all fine and dandy for both teams until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Billy Hamilton failed to clear Scooter Gennett on the non-oft tried outfielder/infielder hop, and John Jaso went to third. The first failed hop was compounded by a second failed hop of Michael Lorenzen over Stuart Turner, leaving Jaso to jog home for the game’s first run.
Jordan Luplow then ripped a dinger for his second big league hit an inning later, slightly ruining my metaphor but mostly ruining the Reds’ chances for a rally.
— Tyler Mahle, i.e. Reds’ savior #2, pitched quite the game today, matching the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon for 6.0 innings. Mahle gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out three. With two solid starts in two tries, Mahle seems to be the real deal (note: sample size aside) and Twitter agrees!
— Billy Hamilton did Billy Hamilton things and robbed Josh Harrison of a (probable) triple in deep center in the third. Josh Harrison then got drilled in the hand by Mahle in the fifth, so it’s fair to say Josh Harrison had a bad day.
— Josh Harrison’s aforementioned day.
— Outside of Billy Hamilton who led off the game with a double and had a solid line drive single later in the game, the Reds’ offense stink stank stunk today. Tyler Mahle should be sitting pretty on his first Major League win, but instead he’s stuck with a pretty aggravating no decision.*
*Sentence written before Ludlow’s home run, but I stand by the sentiment.
— Wandy Peralta had a bad night, giving up Ludlow’s homer and looking a bit lost on the mound in the process. He then landed a bit funny on his second pitch to Jose Osuna, brining the training staff out to the mound and Peralta out of the game.
Not So Random Thoughts
— Which is worse? This:
— Bryan Price will be the Reds’ manager again next year, which is a fairly polarizing statement in these circles. I’m not opposed to keep him around personally, but I don’t feel strongly enough about Price to fight for him though.
— Tomorrow we play the best Twitter presence in baseball, Trevor Williams:
Worth the follow and should be a fun game.