We got caught short tonight. No one was available to watch the game and do the recap. So it’s up to our brilliant commenters to fill in the gaps.
Cincinnati Reds 0 (63-86) • Chicago Cubs 1 (87-61)
Cody Reed started and pitched five shutout innings giving up two hits and two walks. He recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts. Sounds encouraging. Sal Romano gave up a run in the 6th inning on a ground ball single and a hit described as a “soft ground ball” to right field. Wandy Peralta and Jared Hughes each pitched a clean inning.
The Reds couldn’t manage a run off lefty John Lester and four Cubs’ relievers. The Reds had four singles and two walks. Jose Peraza had two hits, raising his batting average to .294. Joey Votto had a single and walk, raising his league leading on-base percentage to .421. Second place is Lorenzo Cain at .403. Votto is on course to lead the NL in that category for the 7th time. He missed an 8th season in 2015 when Bryce Harper’s .460 edged Votto’s .459.
Again, I didn’t see this:
Votto thought he had a two-run HR in 9th. Hit drive to deepest part of the park and was pissed to see it caught in CF. #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) September 15, 2018
Billy Hamilton was thrown out stealing third, bringing his CS total to 10. With his 30 stolen bases, Hamilton’s success rate is now 75%, which is the breakeven point for net value. In other words, Billy Hamilton’s stolen base efforts this year add up to zero runs created.
The Reds announced that Michael Lorenzen would start Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee. If it was a home game, I’d go to GABP to cheer for him.
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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.