Tyler Mahle weathered the storm of lack of control mixed with a sub-par Joey Votto defensive performance. The Reds came through with some run support on the back of Scooter Gennett and pulled away from the Dodgers for their third straight win.
|Cincinnati Reds (11-27)||4||9||1|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (16-21)||1||4||1|
|W: Mahle (3-4) L: Buehler (2-1) S: Iglesias (5)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
Rough start to the game for the Reds. Mahle’s control was not sharp as he walked Joc Pederson with one out in the first. Votto then fielded a double play ball from Yasmandi Grandal but bobbled it three times and failed to get an out. After battling back to strike out Bellinger, Mahle allowed another walk to load the bases and then an RBI single to Matt Kemp before getting out of the inning with only one unearned run. He threw 33 pitches in the first, 16 of them coming after the error.
Votto’s poor defensive night continued in the second when he tried to get the force out at second base on a Buehler sacrifice bunt and the throw skipped into the outfield. Later in the inning, a should-have-been called third strike was called a ball, which walked Grandal to load the bases for the second time in two innings. Mahle escaped again by getting Bellinger to fly out.
Following a single and another walk in the third, Scooter Gennett made a nice play on a grounder by Buehler which ended the third as Mahle got out of yet another jam.
Between a couple bonehead defensive plays from Votto and some questionable calls from the umpire, Mahle had a lot working against him. He also clearly did not have his best stuff but he absolutely kept the Reds in the ballgame, so kudos to him. His final line was 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO. 109 pitches. He absolutely earned the win.
On offense, the Reds were shut down by Walker Buehler for five innings. He retired 14 consecutive batters after allowing two singles in the first inning, striking out seven along the way.
In the sixth, however, the top of the order came alive as singles by Winker and Votto set the table with runners on first and second. A two-out, two-run double by cleanup-hitter Scooter Gennett gave the Reds a 2-1 lead. That score held until Billy Hamilton’s two-out triple in the seventh scored Tucker Barnhart and extended the lead to 3-1.
Gennett struck again as the Reds played add on in the eighth with a two-out, solo shot to right field. Scooter was clearly the offensive MVP, going 3-4 with a 2B, a HR and 3 RBI. His wRC+ is now 127.
Dylan Floro continued his strong play and pitched the sixth inning without allowing a base runner while striking out two. After 1.2 innings of one-hit pitching from Wandy Peralta, Raisel Iglesias came on in the eight inning for a four-out save opportunity. Iglesias made quick work of the Dodgers bottom of the order and struck out the side in the ninth inning for the exclamation mark on a great team win.
Other Game Notes:
- Mahle entered the game allowing 2.5 BB/9 and gave up 4 walks in five innings
- Riggleman let Mahle bat with nobody on and two outs in the fifth. Tyler had racked up 95 pitches through four innings. When he went back out in the fifth, he proceeded to throw his second 1-2-3 inning in a row.
- Votto singled after a nice seven-pitch at-bat with two outs in the sixth inning to set up Scooter’s game-winning double.
- Outside of Votto, the Reds did flash some strong leather. Scooter made the run saving play against Buehler. Suarez made a nice catch falling into the stands. And Duvall tracked down a hard-hit ball right at the wall in left.
- In the seventh inning, Alex Blandino sacrifice bunted Barnhart over to third base after a leadoff double. That successfully dropped the Reds expected runs scored from 1.068 to 0.865. The Reds scored two batters later.
- Scott Schebler didn’t look great in his pinch-hit strikeout in the seventh inning. His wRC+ is down to 109 after a hot start.
- Adam Duvall was curiously in the two-hole today and went 0-4 with three strikeouts. His wRC+ is now 67.
- Billy Hamilton had a strong night at the plate, going 2-4 and raising his wRC+ to 81
- Jesse Winker collected a hit and a run but went 1-5 and has hit a bit of a rough patch offensively, sitting at a wRC+ of 100.
- Votto is apparently teaching his teammates more than just great hitting. Winker trolled some fans after catching a fly ball and acting like he was going to throw it to them.
The Reds are now 3-0 in the Matt Harvey era. They will go for 4-0 with Harvey on the mound tomorrow night for round two of late-night baseball.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Matt ironically became a diehard Reds fan while living in Pittsburgh and experiencing the 2013 Wild Card game. He is currently living in the land without baseball, Portland, OR, where you can find him exploring the great outdoors whenever he is not watching the Reds.