Raisel Iglesias was dazzling in his second career start, no-hitting the Braves through five innings and generally confounding Atlanta’s batsmen with arm angles and a pirouetting power sinker. This guy should probably stay with the big-league club.

Atlanta Braves (15-19) 1 2 0
Cincinnati Reds (17-17) 5 7 0
W: Iglesias (1-0) L: Stults (1-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good

*Iglesias was magnificent, limiting the Braves to two hits and one run over eight innings. Iglesias finished with 103 pitches — an easy 103, to be honest — while striking out five and walking three. Efficiency was the name of the game for Iggy, as he had 45 pitches through four innings and was constantly ahead and attacking the visiting hitters. Iglesias retired 12 in a row at one junction and posted 1-2-3 innings in the second, third, fourth, and seventh frames. After the third inning, I wrote down in my notes, “Braves hitters should see if they can bring a cricket bat to the plate.” Iglesias could hardly contain his smile when the game was over, even bear-hugging Michael Lorenzen in the handshake line. The future is here, folks.

*Todd Frazier’s two-run home run in the third inning off the center field batter’s eye was his 12th of the season and tied him with Bryce Harper for the National League lead. Dude has some seriously strong forearms. Frazier added a walk and a stolen base in the eighth.

*After two no-bueno at-bats to begin the game, Billy Hamilton rapped a triple into left-center field gap in the fifth. Zack Cozart brought in Hamilton — who added a single in the eighth — with a bolt to center field that Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin caught, preventing extra bases.

*Marlon Byrd hit a classic GABP home run in the second, sending a high fly ball into the first row of stands in left. Byrd is tied with Joey Votto with seven home runs on the year, second-best on the club.

*Cozart doubled in the first and scored on a single by Votto, which was deflected into center field by Braves pitcher Eric Stults. It was an aggressive send by Reds third base coach Jim Riggleman, and the decision paid off because Maybin’s throw was wide of the plate.

*Tony “Kingpin” Cingrani logged a 1-2-3 inning in relief of Iglesias in the ninth.

The Bad

*It was a tough all-around tough night for Jay Bruce. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout at the plate, dropping his average to .167. Then, in the top of the eighth, Bruce let Pedro Ciriaco’s double turn into a triple by letting the ball get by him along the right-field line. (It was laughable that Bruce wasn’t charged with an error.)

*Brandon Phillips, who left last night’s game early, was diagnosed with turf toe Wednesday and sat out. Turf toe is a much more painful injury that its moniker allows for, and its effects can linger for weeks.


*To make room for Iglesias, reliever Carlos Contreras was sent back to Triple-A Louisville.

*The Reds claimed right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus off waivers from the Angels Wednesday. Mattheus — who had a 4.30 FIP in 12.2 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake City this year but has 143.1 MLB innings under his belt — is scheduled to report to the Reds Thursday, meaning the team will need to make another roster move in order to put Mattheus on the active roster. (That move could very well be sending Iglesias back to Triple-A.)

*I was saddened to hear about the death of former Reds farmhand and assistant general manager Darrell “Doc” Rodgers. I met Doc once and he made me feel like I was a long-lost friend. My thoughts are with his family.

Up Next

*The world champs come into town tomorrow for the first of a four-game set. Johnny Cueto (3.69 FIP) takes the bump for the Reds. Tim Lincecum (3.13 FIP) is on the mound for the Giants and brings with him a 15-inning scoreless streak. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.