Atlanta isn’t a good baseball team. They have a couple nice players. Freddie Freeman can hit and Andrelton Simmons can pick it. But that’s about it. All things considered, the former team from Milwaukee might be as bad as the current team from Milwaukee. After tonight’s loss for the Reds, the two teams have identical 11-12 records. Identical 11-12 records.
Anthony DeSclafaniÃ‚Â He began the game leading NL starters in ERA (1.04) but didn’t end the evening in such a lofty perch (2.03). He battled a small strike zone and the lack of pinpoint control all night. Over five innings he walked five and struck out five. DeSclafani gave up a bad goal in the fourth inning in the form of a two-out, two-run double to his opposite number. Kelly Johnson homered off DeSclafani’s 88th pitch to deep right field, giving Atlanta a 4-3 lead in the fifth. He did drive in a run on an eight-pitch at bat that led to a fly ball deep enough to score Brandon Phillips with the Reds third run.
The Bats Joey VottoÃ‚Â reached base in his first three at bats, on two singles and a walk. He also stole two bases. Zack Cozart had two hits, as did Brandon Phillips who drove in the Reds first two runs on a single to center field. It’s a measure of how poor the battery ofÃ‚Â Mike Foltynewicz andÃ‚Â A.J. Pierzynski was at stopping the running game that Phillips stole two bases, matching his total for all of 2014. The bats pretty much went silent after the fourth inning.
Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â The Reds center fielder robbed Kelly Johnson of an extra-base hit leading off the fourth inning. Hamilton ran down Johnson’s line drive hit over his head in deep right center.
Bullpen J.J. Hoover, Kevin Gregg and Carlos Contreras each pitched a shutout inning. Gregg’s ERA is now below 10. Who-hoo.