Final R H E
Philadelphia Phillies (22-38) 2 11 2
Cincinnati Reds (26-31) 11 13 0
W: DeSclafani (5-4) L: Harang (4-7)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Joey. Votto. Our favorite first baseman had a great game tonight: 3-4, three homers, a walk, 4 runs scored, 4 RBI. You can’t ask for a better game than that. Well, I guess you can, but you’re asking too much.

–Todd Frazier, Cincinnati’s best hitter for most of this season, wasn’t satisfied with allowing Votto to take all the headlines. Frazier was 3-5 with his 17th homer, two runs scored, and an RBI.

–Anthony DeSclafani wasn’t particularly sharp, but he picked up another win by going six and a third, allowing two runs on ten hits and striking out seven batters (a career high). Love this kid.

–Zack Cozart only had one hit, but it was a three-run homer in the first inning. Cozart is hitting .259/.311/.461 with the best shortstop defense in the National League (though Atlanta fans may disagree). If Cozart isn’t an All-Star, it’ll be an injustice.

–Brayan Pena had a couple of hits, which is always a good thing.

–Good work by the Cincinnati bullpen, even if it was a bunch of low-pressure innings. Manny Parra, Ryan Mattheus, and Nate Adcock combined for 2.2 shutout innings.

The Bad
–No bad tonight. It feels good to write that.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Yeah, this recap took a while to get posted. Sorry, I’ve been watching the NBA Finals. Sue me.

(P.S.: Go LeBron.)

–The Reds hit five home runs. They should just do that every night.

–Correct me if I’m wrong, but tonight, I believe that Votto became the second Red of all time to have three 3-homer games. The first? Johnny Bench. Bench was good. Votto is good.

–Votto’s now hitting .300/.406/.560 with 13 homers. His wRC+ is 162. His wOBA is .414. Dude can play.

–I’m very happy that the Reds won, but let’s be clear: I take no joy in beating up on our old friend Aaron Harang.

–Injury concerns: Billy Hamilton didn’t play because of his “sore left hand.” Brandon Phillips strained his groin in the first inning, and was forced to leave the game.

–Apropos of nothing, my ten year-old son was playing a baseball video game tonight when he announced, randomly, the following nugget of baseball strategy: “I always put Aroldis Chapman in the game in the eighth inning.”

Certainly, this doesn’t apply to tonight’s game, but I thought it was an interesting statement.

–The ol’ Redlegs go for a sweep — and a four-game winning streak — tomorrow afternoon in a Businessman’s Special, as they used to call it. Rookie hurler Jon Moscot will take the mound for the good guys.

49 Responses

  1. DavidTurner49

    How many other times have they won 3 in a row this year? I’m remembering the first series over the Pirates and the surprise with the Nat’s.

    Didn’t see the game- Were the pitches called strikes on Bruce really that bad?

    • jdx19

      Neither one was a strike in my opinion. But they weren’t like a foot out of the zone or something.

    • lwblogger2

      I’ll second what JDX19 said. I’ll add that Jay Bruce has to shutup there. The Reds were already playing short with Hamilton out and BP having been just removed from the game if I recall. I love Jay Bruce but he didn’t pick a good spot to disagree so adamantly with the HP umpire. I was at Fricker’s with my daughter and there was no sound for the game. I don’t know what the announcers had to say and I couldn’t really get a good read on Jay’s face so not sure if he said a few magic words or was just ejected for “arguing balls and strikes”… He needs to show a little more maturity there and just let it go in that instance.

  2. Jay King

    Getting very tired of umpires this year throwing players out for questioning crap calls that the umpires are making. A person has a right to ask if it was inside. Based on what I saw from Bruce though his tone probably got him the boot.

    • Jake

      I agree. The ball was up and inside. Umps need to get off their high horse

    • greenmtred

      I was shocked (Jay seemed to be, too) by the ejection. Only reasonable explanation would be naughty words.

      • lwblogger2

        Either he said some magic words or he kept up the discussion when he got to the dugout, or both. Otherwise I’d say that the ump was out of line in ejecting him. Players usually know what umps they can talk to about calls and what umps they can’t. I like Jay Bruce but I think he let his temper get away from him in this case and he should have let it go. It’s tough to do but playing short-handed already, the right thing to do there was shutup, shake your head, and return to the dugout.

    • Carl Sayre

      The fact that was only the second ejection of his ML career I don’t think it is jumping to a conclusion that the umpire overeacted. The worse the call they make the thinner their skin is about the call.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Outstanding game by the Reds offense tonight.
    With that said…

    For the season:

    .329 OPS => Brennan Boesch in 50 PA
    .429 OPS => Michael Lorenzen in 16 PA
    .438 OPS => Jason Marquis in 17 PA
    .485 OPS => Johnny Cueto in 23 PA
    .536 OPS => Mike Leake in 29 PA

    And I’m sure that Lorensen and Leake would play better defense at any position than Boesch.

    • Vanessa Galagnara

      Somebody has to go when Mesoraco returns. Boesch has to be the odd man out right?

    • Tom Gray

      The Reds have a great game (finally) and somebody has to whine about a player who played CF despite having a bad back (per his manager).

      • Shchi Cossack

        I thoroughly enjoy a vibrant Merlot with my baseball!

      • lwblogger2

        I’m a beer and peanuts guy myself 😉

    • greenmtred

      I was wondering, after Bruce was kicked out, whether that outfield of Schumaker, Negron and Boesch was possibly the worst-hitting major league outfield of all time.

      • lwblogger2

        Could have been the worst hitting AND the worst fielding. That’s quite the um… accomplishment?

        Overall a very good game though and really not anything to complain about.

    • myronalevine

      Whether Boesch is good or bad, who really knows? He hasn’t been given a chance to play. He was hot in spring training and then has only ridden the bench picking up an occasional at bat as a PH every now and then. He has never been given a chance to develop any rhythm, not given the chance to start multiple games in a row (as the aging Skip somehow was given those when an injury arose). Your comments on Boesch may ultimately prove to be on the mark–but as of today, they are unfair.

      • lwblogger2

        No, you’re right on that front, he hasn’t really been given any extended chance to see if he could get the job done while Byrd is out. That’s a fair point.

  4. JMO

    Offense is rolling. Shame we blew those 3 games the last week, Reds would have won 11 out of 12 and would be 28-27, sitting just 1.5 behind the Cubs and Bucs. Our bullpen has honestly blown at least 10 games. IMO, Adcock and Mattheus will stabilize the pen. Mes in LF will be huge. The Reds MUST TAKE OFF NOW. Sweep tomorrow and then take 3 out of 4 against the Cubs is the goal. Get to 30-32 after the Cubs series.

    • pinson343

      I like your tenacity. I’ve been thinking since Sunday, if they win 6 of 7 this week, they’re alive again. Some things are coming together. Bench is better with DeJesus. Maybe the pen can come around with recent adjustments. If Mes can play LF …. Lots of ifs, but why give up so soon ?

  5. susan WILTSHIRE

    Great article Joey votto is awesome

  6. Shchi Cossack

    In less than 10 days (7 games) after leaving a miserable May in the dust, Votto has raised his OPS from a low of .834 on May 27th to its current level of .966, good for 5th among NL qualifiers. Votto is producing offensively across the board with an AVG of .300, an OBP of .406 and a SLG of .560. Votto is still training the big 3 in the NL (Harper, Goldschmidt & Rizzo), but give him another couple weeks and things could get real interesting for the Reds offense with Votto and Frazier solidly entrenched among the top 10 hitters in the league and Mesoraco set to rejoin the party.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    With De Jesus already available on the 40-man and 25-man roster, I hope the Reds give Phillips time to fully recover from his turf toe and groin injury with a stint on the 15-day DL. I was glad to see DeJesus get a shot in LF and actually produce some solid offense from the LF position. Prior to his appearance in LF on Monday, De Jesus had a grand total of -0- games in the OF at the major league level and just 3 games in the OF at the minor league level (back in 2012). I would prefer Negron’s glove at 2B for a couple weeks, but De Jesus’ bat at 2B for a couple weeks if Phillips goes on the DL. Please no Schmaker at 2B under any circumstances.

    • pinson343

      Looks like the Reds could have the option of Mes in LF and DeJesus at 2nd base.

  8. tct

    Random stats that I find interesting:

    We often complain about this team’s plate discipline, and rightly so in previous years. But the 2015 Reds have the 4th highest walk rate in all of baseball, and the 8th lowest strikeout rate. They are also 5th in baseball in homeruns.

    Which brings up an interesting situation. Here we have a team that is top 5 in both homers and walk rate, have the 8th lowest k rate, and are the 4th best base running team, according to Fangraphs. You would think that it would be, at the very least, a top ten offense. But the Reds are 22nd in runs scored and 16th in wRC+. Why? Well mainly it’s the fact the Reds are 29th in BABIP.

  9. Shchi Cossack

    The pitching staff gave up a total of just 2 measly BB over 9 innings last night. When the pitching staff makes the opposing team actually earn their way on base, it’s amazing how the score tilts in favor of the good guys! The Reds pitchers gave up 10 hits on Monday and 11 hits on Tuesday, but without the giving up the excessive BB, the Reds won both games handily.

  10. pinson343

    According to the Bats box score, Mes threw out a runner trying for 3rd tonite !

    • jessecuster44

      Yes – Mez misplayed a ball, then gunned down the runner trying to take the extra base.

    • lwblogger2

      As a catcher, he should have plenty of arm for the OF, especially LF.

  11. pinson343

    Mike Stanton (yes that Mike Stanton) says on mlb network radio: “The Reds got nothing for (extending) Bailey.” He meant nothing forever. I tweeted him, asking if Homer had retired. A long and ignorant discussion of the Reds situation, didn’t mention Mes at all, even when talking about the Reds’ core going forward.

  12. pinson343

    PS Long and ignorant discussion by Stanton and Jeff Joyce.

  13. pinson343

    Courtesy of Doug Gray, on last night’s Bats game: “Devin Mesoraco didn’t look terrible in left field, had an assist at third base after diving for a ball that he came up short on, but he kept it in front of him and made a strong throw to get the lead runner. He also made a nice play on a fly ball off of the wall, barehanding the bounce off of the wall and firing the ball in.”

  14. RedsFanInFl

    Pete Rose also had a 3 HR game (4/29/78) against the New York Mets

    • Dayton Ducks

      Chad was pointing out that this is Votto’s third three-homer game, as many as Bench had.

      • Greg S

        I remember the game in ’73 when Bench hit the 3 HRs off Steve Carlton.

      • Tom Gray

        I saw Frank Robinson hit 3 HR vs St Louis Cards on 8/22/1959 in Crosley Field.

        And Geno Cimoli caught his 4th AB up against the fence in RF/CF Sun Deck bleachers.

      • PRoseFutureHOFer

        Bench hit three homers off Steve Carlton…twice! How is that even possible?

    • greenmtred

      Didn’t Rose also hit 3 in a playoff game against the Pirates (I think) in 1976 (I think)?

    • pinson343

      I remember the Pete Rose 3 HR day, I was in NYC and it was the talk of the town.

    • hof13

      I saw the Pete Rose game on TV. I grew up in Connecticut, used to watch games on WWOR channel 9 NY.

  15. jessecuster44

    I think we call can agree that Joey is Paid for That.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Brian Price will be on MLB Network on Sirius/XM radio this morning at 9:35

    • wkuchad

      If anyone listens, please give highlights.

    • pinson343

      I’d like to hear about it too. Last night on MLB Network Jeff Joyce and Mike Stanton painted a totally dismal picture for the Reds for this year and indefinitely into the future.

      • Tom Reed

        The talking heads can say what they want. All that matters is winning.

  17. Carl Sayre

    I am sure that your ten year old is probably a little sharper than his peers growing up around your baseball knowledge. Giving that he is a little sharper than most 10 year olds it is still quite telling that it is so simple a ten year old has it figured. The question is will you let the Reds hire him after they finally give Price the boot?

  18. Playtowin

    After Phils today, Reds have 4 with Cubs, 4 with Tigers, 3 Miami, 3 Pirates, 3 Mets, 3 Twins, 3 Brewers, 3 Nats, and 4 Miami, That’s 31 games. They need to go 18-13 against these teams to get to .500 by the ASG. 19 of the 31 games are on the road. Tough assignment for this group.

  19. lwblogger2

    @Chad – What’s your secret to get your son into loving baseball? My daughter is 8, and she LOVES hockey and soccer but try as I might, she finds baseball almost insufferable. We’ve only gone to one game so far this year and she actually said “Awww!” when I told her we were going. She is a little more excited about going on the 19th but that’s because it’s a “fireworks Friday” and not so much because of the game.

  20. WVRedlegs

    Talk what you will about Joey Votto’s 3 HR’s, but is there another 1st baseman who digs throws to first base out of the dirt any better than Votto?
    AGon? No Rizzo? No. None in the NL.