The Short Version: Reds win next-to-last game of the season behind a strong start from Michael Lorenzen.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (81-79)||0||6||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (67-94)||3||7||0|
|W: Lorenzen (4-2) L: Taillon (14-10) S: Iglesias (30)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Very nice outing for Michael Lorenzen in his third start of the season: 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just five hits. Once again, interim manager Jim Riggleman had the quick hook, but it certainly worked out for the Reds. I wanted to see Lorenzen either pitch a complete game, or finish the contest in left field.
As with so many things related to the Cincinnati Reds, I was to be disappointed.
–Mason Williams had three hits, all singles. No one else had more than one hit, but the Reds did hit for the cycle: Dilson Herrera had a double, Billy Hamilton had a triple, and Eugenio Suarez hit his 34th homer of the season.
–David Hernandez, Jared Hughes, and Raisel Iglesias pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief.
–Jose Peraza has looked very shaky defensively all season long, but he made a couple of nice plays today. (And remember, he has fewer errors this year than Barry Larkin had as a 24-year-old shortstop. Which I mention only to say…he’s likely to improve with experience. But no, he’s not going to be Larkin.)
–Nothing bad, for one day at least.
–Only one game remaining in the 2018 season. If the Reds can manage a win tomorrow, they’ll finish with a 68-94 record for the third consecutive season.
–The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Hamilton tripled into the right field corner with one out. Jose Peraza followed with a sacrifice fly, and the Reds had the only run they’d need.
They got two more in the following inning, however. Suarez led off with a solo homer to center. Then, with two outs, Herrera doubled to left. Michael Lorenzen singled him home, Lorenzen’s 10th RBI of the season. That gave the Reds a 3-0 lead that would hold up for the rest of the day.
–The Reds will wrap up the season tomorrow afternoon, with Big Sal Romano taking the mound. Winter is coming.
That was Lorenzen's 10th RBI of the season, the most of any batter whose primary position is pitcher. He has 5 RBI as a pitcher and 5 RBI as a pinch hitter.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) September 29, 2018
Lorenzen looked to be running out of gas there in then 5th but took advantage of the back end of the order to get through. Under 60 pitches for 5 innings. Probably too much to hope for that they would double switch and keep him in for another AB
— OhioJimWalker (@jn_walkerjr) September 29, 2018
Ummm…Lorenzen should have gotten through 6 without a baserunner reaching. This is an insanely tough call. https://t.co/z8knuhd0bw
— Nick Carrington (@ncarrington14) September 29, 2018
Even on his day off Scooter Gennett makes plays! pic.twitter.com/S7Ab88e8s1
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) September 29, 2018
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