Michael Lorenzen scored his first major league run on a Devin Mesoraco pinch-hit walk-off double. Not too shabby, kid.

FINAL
R H E
Atlanta Braves (15-18) 3 9 1
Cincinnati Reds (16-17) 4 8 0
W: Chapman (2-2) L: Grilli (0-2)
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The Good:

– Brayan Peña is doing his best to keep us from griping too much about the whole Devin Mesoraco situation. His 3-for-4 game supplied a little over a third of the Reds’ total hits for the night and raised his season batting average to a robust .356. Most important of all, he laced a one-out single to set up the game-winning hit.  The man he is replacing, though, stole the spotlight with the walk-off double down the line that gave us a quick glimpse of 2014 Mesoraco’s sweet stroke.

– Anthony DeSclafani had a pretty ho-hum outing but made it through six innings, striking out five while surrendering three runs on seven hits and three walks. He worked his way out of some jams by committing to the game plan against the lefty-heavy Braves lineup (five pure left-handed hitters and two switch hitters), namely working low and away with his fastballs and the slider, but wasn’t terribly precise with his command. He didn’t mix in his changeup much, throwing it only 13 times (out of his 108 pitches). DeSclafani leaned pretty hard on good ol’ Number One to start the game. In fact, his first time through the Atlanta lineup he threw either his four-seamer or two-seamer just under 87% of the time (33 of 38 pitches).

– Jay Bruce had a few hard-hit balls, one of which resulted in a solid single up the middle. Patience, grasshoppers; they’ll turn into homers eventually.

– Todd flew to the moon for an NL-best eleventh time this season, unleashing a shot that just missed the second-deck bleachers in the first inning.

The Bad:

– For some reason, people still do the “woo!” at Great American Ballpark.

– Brandon Phillips went hitless for just the third time in two weeks, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. But that wasn’t the worst part of his evening…

– Skip Schumaker pinch-hit for Phillips in the bottom of the eighth. That’s not good, especially in light of his recent performance. Reports during the game hinted at Brandon’s toe acting up again. Jim Day mentioned during the telecast that he’ll get x-rays.

– Though it didn’t manifest in an inordinate amount of walks, both young pitchers were pretty wild. DeSclafani threw 44 of his 104 pitches for balls. 42 of Foltynewicz’s 104 pitches were out of the zone.

Not-So-Random Thoughts:

– Foltynewicz’s curveball was the stuff of nightmares. He only threw it 14 times, six of which were thrown on his third trip through the Reds’ batting order. Cincinnati hitters only touched it three times (two were foul balls and one was a Peña double), Foltynewicz threw six curveballs that the Reds either watched for a strike or whiffed on, with three resulting in strikeouts. When you pair that pitch (which usually comes in around 75 MPH) with his high-90s fastball, his arsenal is truly terrifying.

– Neither starting pitcher had a 1-2-3 inning tonight.

– It’s the third walk-off win for the Reds this season, but their first since April 9, the third game of the season. Cincinnati improves to 6-5 in one-run games on the young season.

– Rubber match tomorrow at 7:10 pm. Raisel Iglesias will make his second MLB start opposite lefty Eric Stults.