The Short Version: Reds bats are colder than the weather, Sonny Gray couldn’t throw strikes, and the good guys commit four errors as the best team in the National League drops to .500.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1)||5||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (1-1)||0||4||4|
|W: Williams (1-0) L: Gray (0-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Joey Votto was 2 for 4 with a single and a ninth-inning double that was inches away from being a homer. Votto is hitting .375, and I’ll be surprised if that number drops at any point in the season.
–Robert Stephenson began the season like a house afire, striking out three of the first four hitters he faced. Bob Steve’s curveball, in particular, looked great. He was unlucky and did give up one earned run — on a bunt single, an error, a double, another error, and a groundout — but only the double was hit particularly hard.
I have no idea what to expect from Stephenson this year, but I’m encouraged by his first two-inning stint.
–Michael Lorenzen looked pretty good in two and a third innings, giving up one hit and a walk, and striking out two.
–The Reds collected just four lonely hits, two from Joey Votto, one each from Tucker Barnhart and Jose Iglesias.
–It was an inauspicious Reds debut for today’s starter, Sonny Gray, as he was unable to escape the third inning. Gray’s line: 2.2 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned, though the unearned run was only unearned because of Gray’s error), 5 walks, and no strikeouts. Gray threw 71 pitches, and only 34 of them were strikes.
It was cold, and Gray pitches better when it’s Sonny, so I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic. But today’s wasn’t a good data point in Gray’s favor.
–The Reds committed four errors: Gray, Stephenson, Eugenio Suarez, and Scott Schebler. I fear that center field is going to be an adventure every day with Schebler out there.
–Do any of you live near Minneapolis? Can I crash at your place for a couple of days?
–This was just an ugly game from beginning to end, with the cold weather putting a damper on everything. Gray was unable to throw strikes consistently, and the Reds were unable to muster any offense. Not a fun day at the ol’ ball orchard, though the few fans in attendance did seem to have a good time screaming “Woooo!”
–Gray surrendered one run in each of the first three innings, and the game was pretty much over at that point. The Reds were unable to muster any offense whatsoever against Pirates starter Trevor Williams.
–Wandy Peralta didn’t give up a run in his one inning of work, but he did walk two hitters. I’m still baffled about the decision to keep Peralta on the roster early this season.
–Jared Hughes gave up a couple of hits in the ninth, but neither scored. That’s something, I guess.
–The Milwaukee Brewers visit the Queen City tomorrow, and we’ll get our first look at Tanner Roark.
I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way now, Puig has a .712 career OPS in March/April. That is by far his worst month of the year. pic.twitter.com/LA8jSiveQE
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) March 31, 2019
i like when @YasielPuig wiggles his butt like my cats heheh
— calli (@CalliRules) March 31, 2019
It's pretty clear that new Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson has already fixed all of Robert Stephenson's problems, and Bob Steve is almost certainly going to be the best pitcher in the league this year.
— Redleg Nation Radio (@redlegradio) March 31, 2019
DIAKITE AT THE BUZZER! pic.twitter.com/ecRteadkx7
— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) March 31, 2019