The Short Version: Reds waste Scooter Gennett’s fourth grand slam of the season — and perfect relief work by the home team — and allow the Red Sox to come back for a 5-4 win.
|Boston Red Sox (89-64)||5||6||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (66-88)||4||9||1|
|W: Porcello (11-17) L: Romano (5-7) S: Kimbrel (34)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–After Sal Romano escaped a first inning bases loaded, no out jam with just one run scoring, the Reds came to bat in the bottom half, down 1-0. Four batters later, the Reds had a 4-1 lead.
Billy Hamilton singled in his first at-bat since returning from the disabled list. Zack Cozart doubled off Jackie Bradley’s glove in center field, advancing Hamilton to third. Joey Votto walked on four pitches…then Scooter Gennett did what Scooter Gennett does. Grand slam.
–Cozart was 3-5. Votto singled and walked twice. Hamilton had two singles. Tucker Barnhart celebrated his new contract by getting a single and a walk.
–I don’t understand Ariel Hernandez. Another excellent performance tonight, with two perfect innings. Some nights, he looks like the best pitcher on earth. Some nights, he’s completely hittable. If he figures it out, he can really help the Reds bullpen next season.
–Asher Wojciechowski pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. You know, it’s a small sample, but his numbers as a reliever this year aren’t bad. You could look it up!
–Deck McGuire also pitched a perfect inning.
–He’s been on a good run lately, but tonight wasn’t Romano’s best outing: five runs allowed on five hits and four walks in four innings.
–Virginia leads Boise State 28-14 in the third quarter of an intercollegiate American football contest.
–The Reds had the tying run on base in each of the last six innings of the game.
–That was Scooter’s fourth grand slam of the season, best in the big leagues and a Reds franchise record. He’s also the first player in baseball history to have four grand slams and a four-homer game in the same season. (According to Zach Buchanan, Lou Gehrig did both, but in different seasons.)
—Votto has reached base 304 times this season, the most in MLB. His career high (and all-time club record) is 319 in 2015.
–Eight games left. Why are we still watching? Why are we still recapping these games here at redleg nation dot com. Who am I? Why am I here?
The entire Reds IF is in the top 25 in the NL in wRC+ (min 400 PA):
Votto 164 (1st)
Cozart 143 (10th)
Gennett 127 (20th)
Suarez 125 (25th)
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) September 22, 2017
Billy Hamilton is fun to watch, 10/10 would watch again
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) September 23, 2017
That last inning, when Marty shared his memories of the '75 World Series *while* calling play by play, is why he's a Hall of Famer.
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) September 23, 2017
Todd Frazier just got hidden-ball-tricked pic.twitter.com/Ry2MN5Sodp
— Ozzie (@OzzieStern) September 22, 2017
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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