The Short Version: Billy Hamilton had another of his Billy Days, Eugenio Suarez homers again, Joey Votto drives in two runs, and the Reds salvage a game of the series in Pittsburgh.
|Cincinnati Reds (26-45)||8||13||0|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (35-36)||6||11||0|
|W: DeSclafani (2-1) L: Musgrove (2-2) S: Iglesias (10)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Full confession: I was at my son’s baseball tournament all day today, so I didn’t watch the game. I did listen to a few innings. Hey, it’s Father’s Day, gimme a break.
So here’s what I know:
–The Reds won.
–Billy Hamilton was 3 for 4 at the plate, collected two stolen bases, and scored three times. Oh, and he also did this:
HOW?! 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/uBxY9WhzXA
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 17, 2018
“Oh my goodness, that’s the best part (is the hitting),” Hamilton said after boosting his average .197. “I ain’t worried about the catch. The catch is good, but I’m just worried about what I did at the plate. Especially for me, I’ve been struggling, man. Just to have one of these days, it gives you a bunch of confidence and clears your head a little bit.”
–It was Joey Votto’s 1500th big league game. He doubled twice, walked, and drove in two runs. Because he’s good.
–Eugenio Suarez homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Scott Schebler homered, walked, scored two runs and drove in three. Jose Peraza was 2 for 5. Curt Casali was 2 for 4, and he’s still hitting .421/.476/.684.
–Anthony DeSclafani picked up his second win by allowing two runs — both solo homers — on three hits in five and two-third innings. He only threw 82 pitches, striking out four and walking just one. Someone who was watching will have to tell me why Reds manager Jim Riggleman removed him from the game, because that’s a pretty good line.
–Okay, that’s all I know. I’ll need you fine folks to help fill in the gaps.
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