|Cincinnati Reds (8-7)
|Milwaukee Brewers (2-13)
|W: Cueto (1-2) L: F. Rodriguez (0-2) S: Chapman (4)
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score
–Johnny Cueto was his usual, masterful self. Cueto tossed eight brilliant innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks, striking out eight. His season ERA dropped to 1.86, which is pretty good.
–Billy Hamilton had a hit, two walks, and scored both Cincinnati runs…plus he recorded his 9th stolen base (tops in the big leagues). Perhaps I’m overstating things, or seeing something that I want to see, but I’m impressed with Hamilton’s patience at the plate this year. Not really showing up in the numbers yet, but it seems like he’s making real progress. #eyetest
He’s also continuing to do Hamilton things. In the ninth, Billy walked with one out, then went first to third on a single up the middle by Joey Votto. I doubt anyone else in baseball could go first to third on that hit.
Then, later in the inning, Francisco Rodriguez threw a pitch in the dirt that bounced away from the catcher. The ball couldn’t have been more than 7-8 feet from the plate, yet Billy scored standing up. He’s fast.
–Votto was 2-4 with an RBI, the only Red with multiple hits.
–Aroldis Chapman was dominant, once again, in the ninth inning. He picked up his 4th save, and assisted Cueto in obtaining his first win of the season.
–Reds only had four hits, one night after scoring 16.
–Marlon Byrd’s terrible, no good, very bad season continues. After another 0-3 night, Byrd is hitting .115/.130/.135 on the season.
–Reds are back above .500. Can we play the Brewers every day?
–Funny moment in the bottom of the ninth. With one away and Aroldis Chapman throwing heat, home plate umpire Sean Barber rang up Aramis Ramirez for the second out. Only one problem: it was just strike two. Oops.
–With runners on the corners in the eighth inning and two outs, Bryan Price elected to keep Cueto in the game. This despite the fact that Cueto had thrown 120+ pitches and a lefty was coming to the plate. Seems like an obvious spot to use Aroldis Chapman, but if you aren’t going to use Chapman there, I think leaving Cueto in the game is the right call. Is there someone else in that bullpen in whom you trust?
Of course, Cueto struck out the hitter (Milwaukee’s Adam Lind) to end the inning. In related news: Johnny Cueto is awesome.
–So yeah, Cueto threw 125 pitches. I can’t get as worked up about that as I used to. Cueto will be fine.
–Milwaukee has lost seven games in a row. They’re really bad.
–I jumped the gun last night, but today I can say it: Reds go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Current Red Homer Bailey* will face former Red Kyle Lohse. Go Reds.
*I wrote about Homer for Cincinnati Magazine this week. Please go read it.