|Cincinnati Reds (13-13)||7||12||0|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (12-14)||1||3||0|
|W: Lorenzen (1-1) L: Locke (2-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Rookie hurler Michael Lorenzen picked up his first major league victory tonight, so Redleg Nation offers the kid our heartiest congratulations. Lorenzen was solid over six-plus innings, surrendering just one run on three hits; he struck out four and walked three. Hopefully the first win of many.
–Marlon Byrd went 2-5 with a double, a homer (his 4th) and 4 RBI. Byrd has now homered at PNC Park as a member of four different teams. The two-run double to the right-center field gap in the ninth opened the lead to 7-1, and later in the inning, it was looking like the Reds were going to need all those runs. (See below.)
–All Todd Frazier does is hit home runs. Frazier opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second inning; he leads the National League with 9 homers. Before he singled* in the sixth, Frazier’s five previous hits had all been home runs. I like home runs.
*Yes, Frazier singled. All Todd Frazier does is hit home runs and singles.
–Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto, and Brandon Phillips all had two hits. Kris Negron singled and walked, stole third base and scored a run.
–Jumbo Diaz pitched a perfect seventh inning, which was a relief. (Pun intended.) Diaz entered after Lorenzen had surrendered a single and a walk to begin the inning, but Diaz ultimately induced a double play ball that ended the inning.
–Tony Cingrani walked a hitter, but otherwise shut the Bucs down in the eighth.
–Hamilton scored two runs, and he collected an RBI in the ninth inning on an infield hit. Have you noticed that Billy Hamilton is fast?
–Aroldis Chapman walked the bases loaded, and struck out the side in a scoreless inning of work. Just like they drew it up.
–The Redlegs are back to .500! Get excited, Reds fans!
–Byrd’s batting average is .193. He’s sneaking ever-closer to the Mendoza line.
–Tonight was the first appearance for Aroldis Chapman — the Reds’ best pitcher — in a week. Criminally under-used.
Tonight, Chapman was throwing very hard (at least a couple of pitches were 102 MPH), but he was not sharp at all, as evidenced by three bases on balls. It’s almost like Chapman should be permitted to pitch more than once a week in order to stay sharp. That’s crazy talk, I know…
Manager Bryan Price’s strict adherence to “roles” in the bullpen isn’t just outdated, it’s actively hurting this team. When Price was hired, I was optimistic. Never in a million years would I have expected that Price — a former pitching coach, for crying out loud — would do pretty well with his lineups and be completely lost in his management of the pitching staff. But here we are.
–With Zack Cozart ailing, Negron looks to get more playing time in the near future. Let’s hope he can improve upon his less-than-stellar slash line: .077/.226/.077.
–Why isn’t Todd Frazier considered a bigger star in Cincinnati? For three of his four full seasons in Cincinnati, Frazier has been a well-above average hitter with a good glove; last year, he posted 5.3 WAR.
Maybe I’m wrong — and I’m sure you’ll let me know if I am — but it doesn’t seem like the Toddfather is as popular as he should be around town. The kid has played some really good baseball for this team. I’m glad he’s a Red.
–So, is Tony Cingrani the 8th-inning setup guy now? Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that Bryan Price seemed unwilling to let Cingrani step foot onto the field? What’s going on out there in the bullpen?
–Some nights, this team is really fun to watch. Of course, I’m starting to wish that the Reds could play the Pirates and Brewers every game. The series continues tomorrow with a pretty good pitching matchup, Mike Leake vs. Gerrit Cole.