Eugenio Suarez continued his NL MVP campaign tour with a home run for a fifth consecutive game. The Reds bullpen was dominant again, pitching 4.2 innings without allowing an earned run in route to a 6-4 win. However, it was new Red, Mason Williams who had the big statement of this game. He hit a three-run home run which proved to be the difference.
|Cincinnati Reds (46-58)||6||7||1|
|Philadelphia Phillies (58-45)||4||7||0|
|W: Hernandez (4-0) L: Pivetta (6-9) S: Iglesias (20)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Mason Williams’ 3-run home run with 0 outs in the 4th inning, giving the Reds a 5-2 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 13.6% (from 72.2% to 85.8%).
Eugenio Suarez homered for a 5th consecutive game! This guy is just incredible.
Mason WIlliams got his first start as a Red, and he had the biggest hit of the night. Williams drilled a 3-run bomb into the sun-moon deck. Williams came up with the Yankees. He was a 4th round draft pick in 2010, and in 2014 was a top 100 prospect.
David Hernandez pitched 2.1 perfect innings of relief, striking out 2. He now has a 1.83 ERA/3.09 FIP. The Reds signing him this off-season to a 2-year, $5 million deal is looking very good.
How good were the Reds off-season signings?
Suarez: 7 yr/$66 mil – 156 wRC+
Hernandez: 2 yr/$5 mil – 1.83 ERA/3.09 FIP
Hughes: 2 yr/$$4.25 mi – 1.51 ERA/3.14 FIP
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 28, 2018
Every Reds starting position player had a hit, except for Joey Votto. He of course walked twice.
Votto intentionally walked for 136th time in career to load bases in 7th. New #reds record, passing Bench's 135.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 28, 2018
The Reds botched a rundown play in the first inning.
Anthony DeSclafani got off to an incredible start, striking out 5 batters through the first two innings. However, Disco couldn’t make it out of the 5th inning as the aggressive Jim Riggleman pulled him when he got in trouble despite only throwing 87 pitches.
Amir Garrett got hurt trying to cover first base. It looks like a lower leg injury.
Jose Peraza had a pretty bad error in the 9th inning. He bobbled what should have been a simple game ending double play. Instead, it brought the tying run to the plate.
Not so random thoughts……..
Jim Riggleman sure loves the bunt. Holy Moses.
The Phillies decided to intentionally walk Joey Votto to load the bases with 2 outs. I had a crazy thought come through my head…was that the right decision? It is pretty crazy what Eugenio Suarez is doing that I am questioning that.
Phillies at Reds
Saturday, 6:40 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Matt Harvey (5.21 ERA) vs Vince Velasquez (4.05 ERA)
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.