The Cincinnati Reds will try to rekindle the magic of yesterday’s ninth inning 5-4 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of the series tonight at Great American Ball Park.
Robert “Bob” Stephenson looks to continue his recent success and will be opposed by another young right-handed pitcher in Zach Davies. First pitch is at 7:10 ET.
In the month of August, Stephenson finally looked like the first round pick Reds fans expected him to be. (Granted, most fans just haven’t been patient with the man. He was drafted out of high school and is still only 24). He went 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 24.1 innings, giving up six earned runs on 17 hits and striking out 28 batters.
Stephenson’s problem continues to be walking batters, though he has done less of it during August. He has walked 38 batters this season at the major league level, and just 13 in 40.1 innings at Triple-A Louisville. It’s a far cry from the 70+ batters he walked in each of the three previous years at Double-A and Triple-A. While it may look like Stephenson has walked more batters (13) in August, he’s also faced more batters in August (105 plate appearances). For example, in April, he walked 10 in 57 plate appearances.
It really doesn’t mean anything, but Davies is tied for the MLB lead in wins with 16, in just his second full season in the league. Davies has eerily similar numbers to 2016, specifically in innings pitched, ERA and home runs allowed. The one difference, however, is that this season he has struck out noticeably less batters than 2016, and has already walked more. In 2016, he struck out 135 in 163.2 innings. This season, he has struck out just 109 in the same number of innings. He’s also walked 49 batters this year, compared to 38 all of last year. Davies is very much a ground ball pitcher, as nearly 50 percent of his batted balls are grounders.
Despite Davies’ success in his first two years in the league, the Reds have hit him fairly well, with four players all hitting above .300 against him. He has not faced the Reds since April, however, when he faced them twice. He gave up three runs on five hits in five innings in Cincinnati and pitched five scoreless innings ten days later in Milwaukee.
|1. Eric Sogard (2B)
2. Neil Walker (1B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Travis Shaw (3B)
5. Domingo Santana (RF)
6. Stephen Vogt (C)
7. Jonathan Villar (CF)
8. Orlando Arcia (SS)
9. Zach Davies (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Robert Stephenson (P)
News and Notes
-The minor league season is now over for most teams, with the exception of Billings. Dayton and Pensacola are both in the playoffs. Here is the schedule for Dayton this week.
-And since the minor league season for Louisville has ended, the Reds have recalled most of the pitchers there. I would expect to see some of them make a couple of starts after Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle get shut down for the season.
-I forgot to add this into the preview yesterday, but Votto made his major league debut 10 years ago yesterday. Time really does fly, doesn’t it?
-This isn’t a Reds highlight, but Scooter Gennett now has company in the 4-HR club in 2017, as Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez hit four home runs against the Dodgers last night. It’s also the first time since 2002 that two players each have four home runs in the same season.
Just sit back and enjoy the Billy Hamilton highlight reel from yesterday. He can be frustrating at times, but when he’s on his game, he is such a fun player to watch.
The only thing that would’ve made it more exciting was if it would have been an inside-the-park home run, which was Hamilton’s goal as the ball was sailing to the fence. It’s why he was running so fast.
Even Bryan Price was surprised at the home run.
Billy Hamilton talks as fast as he runs.