The Short Version: Tyler Mahle wasn’t as efficient as we’d like, but he pitched five shutout innings to pick up his first big league victory. He needs to thank Eugenio Suarez — who hit a grand slam — and great relief work from Kevin Shackelford, Michael Lorenzen, and Luke Farrell. Go Reds!
|Cincinnati Reds (63-83)||6||8||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (76-69)||0||5||1|
|W: Mahle (1-2) L: Flaherty (0-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Oh, this was all good.
–Interesting moment in the top of the 5th inning. With the Reds leading 1-0, Jose Peraza reached on an infield single and Tyler Mahle was hit by a pitch. Later in the inning, with two outs, Zack Cozart grounded to shortstop and the umpire called Mahle out at second to end the inning.
Except that Mahle had hustled to the bag and actually beat the throw. Manager Bryan Price challenged the call, and review confirmed that Mahle was safe. So the Reds had bases loaded with two outs and Joey Votto at the plate. Votto singled to left on the first pitch he saw, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. Then Eugenio Suarez followed with a grand slam, his 25th home run of the season. Reds 6, Cardinals 0.
–Jesse Winker led off the game with his 5th home run of the season. (Reminder: Winker only hit two home runs for Triple-A Louisville this season). He also made a very nice diving catch to save a run in the first inning.
–In addition to the grand slam, Suarez had a walk, pushing that OBP up to .379. Votto had two hits and a walk (his OBP is .451, because he’s good). Peraza had a couple of hits (not gonna mention his OBP).
–Mahle wasn’t brilliant tonight — three walks, 100 pitches in five innings — but he did pitch scoreless baseball for those five innings and collected his first big league win. Congrats, Tyler Mahle!
–Kevin Shackelford pitched two really outstanding innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. Michael Lorenzen and Luke Farrell followed up with perfect innings of relief. Outstanding work by Reds pitching tonight.
–I don’t have anything to say here.
–Seventh shutout for Reds pitching this season. Reds will go for the series win tomorrow afternoon.
Even better: the Reds are no longer in danger of a 100-loss season!
–A September win against a Cardinals team that is trying to get into the playoffs is almost as good as being in a pennant race. Okay, no it isn’t. It’s not even close. But it’s still a little fun.
–Tyler Mahle didn’t walk many hitters in the minors. Once he settles down and gets some MLB experience, he has a chance to be a really nice pitcher for the Redlegs.
The fact of the matter, however, is that Mahle actually wasn’t awful in this game. He racked up a high pitch count in the first three innings, but it really seemed like he was getting squeezed by home plate umpire Sean Barber, as he stranded eight runners. In his final two innings, Mahle was sharp.
I like Tyler Mahle.
–Only 16 games left in the Reds season. Enjoy it while you can. Winter is coming.