Final R H E
  Cincinnati Reds  (25-29) 5 11 0
  Arizona Diamondbacks  (23-35) 0 6 0
 W: Cueto (5-4)     L: McCarthy (1-7)
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Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (wining percentage added), the most important play of the game was Skip Schumaker’s single in the 4th inning, which advanced Billy Hamilton to third base with 0 outs.  That play took the Reds win expectancy at the time from 54.4% to 65.8%.  The Reds would follow that play up with an RBI single from Brandon Phillips (increased the Reds win expectancy to 76%), an RBI single from Todd Frazier (increased the Reds win expectancy to 77.1%), and an RBI double from Brayan Pena (increased the Reds win expectancy to 87.6%).

Player of the Game

Johnny Cueto: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Cueto was terrific yet again.  His ERA dropped down to 1.68, which is now tied with Jeff Samardzija for the best in the MLB.  He also leads the MLB in WHIP at 0.76.

Tonight was the 10th time this season, Cueto has gone 7.0+ innings and allowed less than 2 earned runs.  There is no other pitcher in the MLB who made 8 or more such starts.

One of the biggest reasons for Johnny Cueto’s success has been domination from the beginning of the game.  Through 12 starts this season, Cueto has only allowed 4 ER in innings 1-4 (0.75 ERA).

Positives

The Reds offense has scored 5+ runs in back to back games for the first time since April 20-21.

Jonathan Broxton came into the game in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out.  He stuck out Paul Goldschmidt, and then got Miguel Montero to hit a weak pop up.  When Broxton entered the game, the Diamondbacks had a 6.6% win expectancy, and when he left the game the Diamondbacks had a win expectancy of 0.5%.  That is called slamming the door shut!  Broxton has been incredible in 16.1 IP this season, posting a 0.55 ERA and 0.67 WHIP.

Despite that the top of the Reds order tonight of Hamilton, Schumaker, and Phillips entered the game with OBP of .287, .292, and .295, they came through tonight.  They combined for 6 hits, and scored all 5 of the Reds runs.

Zack Cozart had a hit in the 6th inning to end an 0 for 16 skid.

Billy Hamilton now has a modest 4-game hitting streak.

J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless ninth inning tonight.  On May 10th against the Rockies, Hoover gave up two home runs to the Rockies in the 6th inning and was booed heavily at GABP.  Price had Hoover got back out and pitch the 7th inning of the blowout game, and he pitched a perfect inning.  Here are Hoover’s numbers since Price made Hoover go back out for another inning after being booed off the field: 12.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 13 K, 0.75 ERA.

Negatives

Devin Mesoraco was not in the lineup tonight.

Donald Lutz got the start at 1B tonight, and went 0 for 4.

Not so random thoughts….

How nice would a win be tomorrow?  The Reds now sit just 3.5 games out of a wild card spot.  Taking 3 of 4 from Arizona, before having an off-day on Monday, and beginning a 10-game homestand on Tuesday could go a long way.

Man, when Billy Hamilton gets on base it is a thing of beauty.  He had two hits tonight and stole a base.  While I still don’t believe that Billy should be hitting leadoff at this point in his career, if he could raise his OBP up near .350, he could be a very nice leadoff hitter.

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