*Updated at 11:48 PM following the Cardinals win*
The calendar turned to September today, and the Reds elimination number in the NL Central was just two. That meant a Reds loss and a Cardinals win on Tuesday evening would eliminate the Reds in the NL Central in 2015.
Joey Votto got the Reds started off on the right foot. Votto smashed an opposite fieldÃ‚Â home run in the top of the first inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Votto would add an RBI double later in the sixth inning to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani pitched very well through the first five innings. He had only allowed two hits, one walk, one run, and struck out seven. The Reds lead 3-1 entering the bottom of the sixth. However,Ã‚Â DeSclafani got into trouble in the sixth inning, and couldn’t get out of it. Sam LeCure came into the game, but he allowed the tying run to score.
Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning to give the Reds the lead back. That lead didn’t last for long though. Cincinnati native,Ã‚Â Kyle Schwarber struck the Reds again, as he blasted a two-run bomb off Burke Badenhop to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead.
The Cubs bullpen held the lead, and the Cubs won 5-4. The CardinalsÃ‚Â walked off the Washington Nationals in the bottom of the ninth to officially eliminate the Cincinnati Reds from the NL Central in 2015. The Reds have been eliminated from the division with 33 days left in the baseball season.
|Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â (55-77)||4||7||0|
|Chicago CubsÃ‚Â (75-56)||5||9||0|
|W:Ã‚Â RodneyÃ‚Â (6-5)Ã‚Â L: Badenhop (1-4)Ã‚Â S: Rondon (25)|
|FanGraphs Win ProbabilityÃ‚Â |Ã‚Â Box ScoreÃ‚Â |Ã‚Â Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to FangraphsÃ‚Â WPA statisticÃ‚Â (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game wasÃ‚Â Burke Badenhop allowing a 2-run home run to Kyle Schwarber with 2 outs in the 7th inning, giving the Cubs a 5-4 lead.Ã‚Â That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 49.4% (from 71.8% to 22.4%).
Player of the Game
Joey Votto: 2 for 3, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 0.20 WPA
That VottoÃ‚Â guy is at it again. He hit his 26th home run of the season in the first inning, which ties him with Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo for 5th in the NL. Votto also had an RBI double in the 6th inning. I am not sure if this man is human or not. The great Joe Posnanski wrote a great piece about Votto’s amazing second half today.
Votto now leads the league in OBP. At least for the moment. If he keeps the lead, it will be the 5th time in 6 years.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) September 2, 2015
Jim Deshaies: Joey Votto has turned into Tony Gwynn with power
That's just frightening…
— Scott Lindholm Ã°Å¸â€œÅ (@ScottLindholm) September 2, 2015
Votto entered today with a 1.288 OPS in the second half. The only players since at least 1914 (the last year data for this sort of thing is available) to have an OPS better than 1.288 in the second half are a couple guys named Bonds, Williams, Ruth, and Hornsby. One might say this is some…..elite company.
Anthony DeSclafaniÃ‚Â pitched pretty well again. The first five innings were absolutely awesome. He couldn’t get through the sixth inning, which is something he needs to improve on. Overall all though, another solid start during a really solid rookie season for DeSclafani: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 HR, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1.71 FIP.
Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â hit his 11th home run of the season. That puts him 9th in the MLB among SS, despite having about half of the PA of the leader. The Reds are going to have a really tough decision on how to deal with Suarez. I hope they don’t mess up the kid. He needs to be an everyday SS, 2B, or 3B.
Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â had a hit, and then stole second and third base. Phillips’ legs seem to have found some youth, as he now has 20 stolen bases in 2015. Phillips had a total of 7 stolen bases in 2013 and 2014 combined!
Burke BadnehopÃ‚Â got rocked by Schwarber.
Give us more Adam DuvallÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Ryan LaMarre, and lessÃ‚Â Jason BouregoisÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Not so random thoughts…………….
Fernando Rodney got the win for the Cubs tonight. He allowed the Reds to take the lead in the 7th inning, yet still got the win. Reason #1873 why wins and losses are terrible way to evaluate a pitcher.
Losing Stinks! pic.twitter.com/cSgXymZUnl
— Chris Welsh (@thinkpitch) September 2, 2015
Reds at Cubs
Wednesday, 2:20 PM
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Raisel Iglesias (13 GS, 3.92 ERA, 3.37 FIP) vs Jason Hammel (25 GS, 3.42 ERA, 3.62 FIP)