The Short Version: Reds offense breaks out the bats in the club’s first-ever visit to Target Field in Minnesota, and the good guys come away with a comeback victory despite a horrific outing from starting pitcher Luis Castillo.
|Cincinnati Reds (6-20)||15||20||1|
|Minnesota Twins (8-13)||9||14||1|
|W: Hernandez (1-0) L: Duffy (0-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Down 7-3, the Reds seemed to be dead in the water. But they weren’t!
–Where to start? The offense was incredible tonight. Let’s run through the highlights, one by one:
Jose Peraza had two home runs in a 4-6 night, scoring three runs and driving in two. Peraza is now hitting .286/.311/.408, which seems impossible.
Joey Votto was, well, Joey Votto. He reached base six times: 3-3 with a homer, a double, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch. Votto is now hitting .280/.393/.430, which is much more Votto-esque.
Eugenio Suarez was 4-6 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.
Billy Hamilton had a triple, two walks, two runs, and an RBI.
Scooter Gennett had three hits, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
Adam Duvall had two doubles, two RBI, two runs scored.
Scott Schebler had two hits, two runs, two RBI.
–After disastrous outings from Luis Castillo and Kevin Shackelford (see below), the Reds bullpen got 4.1 innings of shutout relief from David Hernandez, Amir Garrett, and Jared Hughes.
–I wrote a piece for Cincinnati Magazine yesterday in which I did a bit of a deep dive into Luis Castillo’s early-season struggles. Things didn’t get better tonight.
Castillo got just three hitters out in his shortest-ever big league outing, surrendering five runs on six hits and two walks. His fastball was as live as ever — 97 mph — but he couldn’t control either the four-seamer or the sinker. It was ugly.
–Kevin Shackelford was not much better after he took over for Castillo. Shack gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. Shackelford’s ERA after two outings since returning from the disabled list: 12.27.
–Another brutal play on defense for Scooter Gennett tonight. Scott Schebler threw a ball back to the infield and instead of taking the cutoff throw, as he should have, Scooter just did some kind of crazy jump-kick in an attempt to avoid the ball and let it roll back into the infield. It was really a bizarre and embarrassing play.
–That was one wild baseball game. They looked like the same old Reds early, then the bats woke up and it turned into a slugfest. It wasn’t pretty, but the result was fun.
–Fifteen runs and twenty hits are both season highs for the Reds. I’ll have to check, but that’s probably more runs and hits than they’ve had in every other game combined. Probably.
–Tucker Barnhart was the only Reds starter without a hit, but he did collect two runs batted in, both on sacrifice flies.
–Last time the Reds won in Minnesota was 1999, if that’s the sort of thing that interests you.
–Votto’s on-base percentage before the game: .358. Votto’s OBP after the game: .393.
–I don’t want to alarm anyone, but here are the Reds team leaders in walks:
1. Joey Votto 16
2. Jesse Winker 14
3. Billy Hamilton 13
–Hernandez (who made his Reds debut tonight) and Hughes, the only actual baseball players acquired by the Reds in the off-season, were good in relief. One thing stands out to me about both of them: the movement on their pitches is insane.
joey considered beating the crap out of this pitcher and decided against it lmao pic.twitter.com/mzFSkGyOCR
— paco (@AllaireMatt) April 28, 2018
I miss the good Luis Castillo
— Matt Wilkes (@_MattWilkes) April 28, 2018
Oh, Luis Castillo. pic.twitter.com/h9gHnLDyNp
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 28, 2018
Nick Senzel is 3-for-4 with a home run and walk tonight. Tyler Stephenson and Taylor Trammell are each 2-for-4 with doubles in the @daytonatortugas game.
*Some* good news at least. #Reds
— OnBaseMachine (@RedsFan_Brandon) April 28, 2018
If this kid doesn't get more plate appearances than any other outfielder on the Reds roster for the rest of the season, I'm going to take a hostage. https://t.co/oqvVBqdosb
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) April 28, 2018
Jesse Winker is 8th in the majors in OBP. The Reds have to find a way to play him everyday.
— Ryan Ritchey (@_RyanRitchey) April 28, 2018
I have no patience for the "defense" coming from the second base position.
That ball wouldn't have made it back into the dirt if he had let it go through.
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) April 28, 2018
When you get your salsa partner back 🕺🕺 pic.twitter.com/K21mttJRoE
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 28, 2018
just a reminder that jose peraza is only 23 years old
— paco (@AllaireMatt) April 28, 2018
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) April 28, 2018
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