Before we get to the recap, let us all repeat our vows:

August looms, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until 4 p.m. EST. I shall take no breaks, hold my bladder, seek out no food. I keep an eagle eye on the dugout and MLBTR. I shall live and die on Twitter. I am the writer of the recap. I am the watcher of hugs. I pledge my life and honor to the Hug’s Watch, for this game and really only this game.  

Okay with that said, SOMEONE SOUND THE HORN BECAUSE A HUG HAS BEEN SPOTTED:

Okay now for some game-related stuff.

Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (47-61) 1 6 0
Cincinnati Reds (50-56) 4 10 0
W: Castillo (10-4) L: Agrazal (0-1) S: Iglesias (20)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

THE GOOD

— After the Reds lost Yasiel Puig to the trade winds and the game to Corey Dickerson last night, the team came back with a vengeance today. Despite two Reds batters being hit by pitches early, no player from either was ejected and no fights broke out. It was the most civil Pirates-Reds match-up I’ve seen in awhile.

— Luis Castillo did classic Luis Castillo things, stymieing the Pirates for 7.0 shutout innings and hitting a double to boot. Castillo struck out seven, but more importantly, he walked nobody. Not one single Pirate. He did give up two hits to lead off the eighth inning before being pulled for…

— Michael Lorenzen, who got a shallow flyout, a groundout, and a groundout to get out of the inning with only one run scored. Lorenzen plowed right through the top of the Pirates lineup to get the Reds starter off the hook. Then, wouldn’t ya know it, David Bell left Lorenzen in to play right in the ninth and Lorenzen goes ahead and makes an over-the-head leaping grab at the wall. Shohei Ohtani could never.

— Raisel Iglesias had a one-two-three ninth to close it down, as he looks to stay the Reds closer for the next couple of years.

— Jesse Winker took Dario Agarzal’s very first pitch to the left field stands, giving the Reds a near immediate lead. Winker added two more hits later in the game and looks increasingly comfortable in that leadoff position.

— The Great BamGeno, Eugenio Suarez, hit his 29th homer of the year, a towering shot that just cleared the left field fence. Suarez’s shot extended the Reds lead and chased the Pirates’ starter from the game in the fourth inning.

— Nick Senzel recorded a pair of doubles, the first of which was a nice hustle double on a softly hit groundball to centerfield, and an RBI-single in the seventh. With Taylor Trammell no longer in the Reds’ system, Senzel might just be the long-term centerfielder and with that kind of speed, I’m starting to feel okay with Senzel there for the long haul. Senzel also ran into an out after his RBI-single, but we’ll forgive him this once.

THE BAD

— Anything and everything related to the Pirates. Like jeez, just stop throwing at people you grumpy nincompoops.

NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS

— The FanGraphs prospect team’s pre-2019 write-up on the newest Red Jameson Hannah:

Hannah had three remarkably consistent years at Dallas Baptist and ended his college career with a .340 average. He has excellent hitter’s timing and bat control, and his swing is athletic but compact, enabling not only high rates of contact, but also promising contact quality. That’s not to say Hannah will have in-game power. He’s a line drive hitter, an old school, two-hole type of hitter, the kind who’s sort of an endangered species in the current big league hitting environment.

FanGraphs also had Hannah as the No. 6 prospect in the A’s system. Given my extremely low expectations for any sort of Tanner Roark trade, Hannah represents a nice return. A top ten organizational prospect with top of the order potential is never a bad thing.

— A #HugWatch occured over in the Pirates dugout with outfielder Corey Dickerson heading to the Phillies. With the Philadelphia team playing tonight, Dickerson could theoretically record plate appearances in two different games in two different states today. Baseball is wild.

— And now my watch has ended. (Kinda, we still have another half-hour til deadline. Happy watching!)

38 Responses

  1. Pete

    Great write up Wes, great game for the Reds. Onto Atlanta…

  2. Jpey

    Missed the game, were the hit batters hit intentionally?

    • ToBeDetermined

      Jpey
      I did not see the game. So, that means I can make an expert opinion :).

      1) Gennett apparently was hit on the back foot by a breaking ball.

      2) Winker was hit in the shoulder. Brantley on the radio said it was highly suspicious. However, that did load the bases in a tight game. The umpires conferred and didn’t believe it was intentional.

      Others may come to a different conclusion

      • Don

        It was barhart with the 1st HBP

        2nd was winker, with 0-2 count, 2 outs and 2 runners on base and was an obvious slip misplaced ball as the catcher about threw his glove down in disgust that the pitcher hit Winker on an 0-2 pitch to bring up Votto with bases loaded.
        Score was reds 3-0 at the time.

        Only situation of last night made it even questionable.

        Hurdle immediately starting walking to mound to pull pitcher after it happened as well.

        If they wanted to hid an intentional hit batter it was an ideal time to do as the situation was a really dumb time to do it baseball wise.

      • LWblogger2

        I agree with you on Don with the caveat that I didn’t watch the game so am going on game situation to make my judgment.

  3. Jay

    I like the trades so far. Everyone is down on the Reds for acquiring Bauer who is a controversial figure, but ths means the Reds could have the top rotation in the NL for years to come. I like Trammel but he fell off this season. It’s possible the Reds saw more potential in Hannah which made Trammell expendable. I’m sad Puig is gone though. He was the spark this team needed after years of misery. I wish him all the best in Cleveland. We had a surplus of Outfielders though. Roark trade is A+. Not sure he was going to keep going with sub 4.00 ERA anyway. People will say Bauer is a bad trade, but as long as he can pitch I dont care about his social media activities.

    • citizen54

      Years? You mean one year. That’s why a lot of people are so down. Bauer is going to be making at least 16MM in arb. Not exactly cheap. Could have signed a free agent and gotten similar production and not given up a Top 30 prospect.

  4. TR

    Win # 10 for Castillo and Iggy wraps up another save. The third straight series win for the Reds since the downer beginning to the second half. The Reds need at least 3 of 4 from the Braves to stay in the hunt.

    • Jay

      3 of 4 would be nice but not the end of the world if they don’t win that many. Honestly hoping for a split, and get out of town to fight another day. Still enough time left in the season to overcome the Cards.

  5. Klugo

    Hit 2 Reds? Did it seem on purpose? Who’d they hit? Wtf???

    • RojoBenjy

      A bad slider hit Tucker in the foot. No biggie. Up and in to Winker, hit his shoulder, looked intentional. Before umps could decide, Hurdle pulled him out.

      A reliever came up at Votto’s Head later. Absolute silence from the umps.

      C’mon, MLB! Hurdle and his pirates are toxic!

      • RojoBenjy

        The fact that the umps didn’t immediately eject the starter that hit Winker tells you that MLB doesn’t care.

      • LWblogger2

        Take into account the game situation and I’m inclined to believe that Winker getting hit was not intended.

    • Aaron B.

      They were like barely scrapers hitting the elbow pads and I think PITT played this knowing they would be under scrutiny so they are showing, see these guys don’t get out of the way? The whole thing is obnoxious, play the sport without the intentional beanings that just ain’t cool, no one likes that and too much is invested to risk it. The Pirates are just playing loose and reckless because they have nothing to lose in last place. The Reds never resorted to this sort of thing, just like Griffey JR. never did steroids,… say what you will but this is not he baseball version of the Bangles, these guys do have morals. Sure Bauer is hot headed, that is fine, I don’t blame him at all. He did no harm throwing over the wall, as a fan I would have been highly entertained to witness that in person!

      • Aaron B.

        Sorry I posted that before reading the comments, it sounds like at least one was intentional. I just can’t believe it. Why doesn’t the league do more about this? I am so glad Bell sticks up for his guys, this just ain’t cool.

  6. CI3J

    So, that’s it? Deadline has passed? Door is closed? No more trades?

    If so, I think the Reds did pretty well for themselves. I don’t really get why people are so down on the Bauer trade. I think maybe some just completely overvalue the potential of Taylor Trammell. Bauer is a GOOD pitcher. Before we had Cueto/Arroyo/Homer, now we have Castillo/Gray/Bauer. You think anyone was crying over losing Wily Mo Pena for Arroyo once the wins started coming?

    Oh, hey, as a matter of fact, people WERE crying over it!

    https://redlegnation.com/2006/03/20/pena-to-the-sox-for-arroyo/

    How’d that work out?

    • RedsMonk65

      Scooter to go as well — to the Giants

    • Colt Holt

      For the record, we got Arroyo for a bit more than 1.5 years.

      • CI3J

        Right, because Arroyo signed a 2 year contract extension after coming to Cincinnati, then after that, a 3 year contract. I’m hoping the Reds did their diligence with Bauer and his agent and will sign him to an extension like they did with Gray. That would make the slight overpay even more worth it.

    • Aaeon B.

      That was a smart money ball Krivsky trade. The guy was gold for awhile. I think he messed up when he got Majewski that killed his career really. has there been a worse reliever in Reds history? He is from Nevada, I personally think he was point shaving and Bowden gave him to us and Kriv-dawg fell for it, he didn’t understand the history with Bowden. Maybe, I dunno, this is before Jocketty you understand.

      • Mark Moore

        My clearest memory of Majewski is a game at GABP where his picture was flashed on the screen and my co-worker next to me said, “Now pitching, Jesus Christ”

        I think he may have still been with the Nats at that point, so it was before we got him.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Aaeon
        Yea, the Majewski trade was a strange one.
        Remember there was something going on with his medicals and the Reds were saying they were sold a bad bill of goods. But, Bowden was saying hey, you guys had the medical records. Then they were wondering why the Reds Team doctor K. didn’t stop the trade.

        Also, got to remember that Krivsky traded Josh Hamilton, who went on to have 4 great years.

        It would have been interesting to have had both Votto and Hamilton in the same line up when Hamilton won the MVP in AL in 2010 and Votto won the MVP in the NL in 2010.

    • greenmtred

      The Reds had Arroyo for longer than a year and a few months. That’s why I question the move.

    • RedsMonk65

      … for a player to be named. Better than nothing — which is what we got him for.

    • CI3J

      This move, I don’t like at all. This was a classic sell-low move for a player that was an All-Star last year and put up nearly 7 WAR in the two seasons he was here.

      It sounds like they traded him for next to nothing. Why not just keep him, if that’s the case?

      • vegastypo

        Playing time for VanMeter or Peraza is my guess. Doing Scooter a favor by not making him rot on the bench here.

      • Matt WI

        Agree, Vegas. A do-right move for Scooter. Good for them.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Senzel,Winker and JVM on base 9 times today on 7 hits and 2 walks.Sure its one game but with JVM moving to second since Scooter is gone Ervin then joins the party.Bring up Aquino and lets party some more.Nothing better then young guys with upside getting it done at the big league level.

    • SoCalRedsFan

      They would have to make a corresponding move on the 40-man to bring Aquino up.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Why ?
        Roark was on the 40 man roster and he is being traded for a minor leaguer who is probably not going to be on the 40 man.

      • Indydoug

        Nope. Lost Roark and Gennett today so have 2 spots on 40 man to fill

  8. Matt WI

    Fantastic game by Castillo. Nice way to respond to the stinker against the Rockies.

  9. Shchi Cossack

    Today’s game could represent prequel of the next competitive Reds team.

    2019 season stats:

    .353/.421/.588/1.009 (Ervin)
    .312/.418/.532/.950 (VanMeter)
    .258/.335/.531/.866 (Suarez)
    .268/.353/.477/.830 (Winker)
    .285/.346/.475/.821 (Senzel)

  10. Don

    I think they brought david hernandez off IL today so that would take up the Roark 25 man roster spot.

    So I think they have one spot and down a position player. I think the need a 4th outfielder if they will play JVM at 2nd.

    The move could be play JVM and put Peraza at 2nd with Iggy at SS.

    I am all smiles about seeing what limited experience MLB players will do the next 8 weeks.

    I have been against signing Joe Iglesias to an extension but if he can hit 270 and get the hits at critical times which he seems to do, his above average defense at SS would be valuable.

    FO has made some bold changes and not standing pat and hoping.

    I think the future is brighter for the reds right now than it was 24 hours ago.
    Now thinking about a 2nd trip to Cincy to see them play live for a few games in next 8 weeks.
    400 mile drive each way from home to GABP.

  11. Reddawg12

    Great recap, I wish they were written like this more often. Agreed on Senzel, I’ve been really encouraged by how he’s looked in CF this season. That would fill a big need long term.