Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (69-55) 18 21 1
Cincinnati Reds (53-71) 9 14 0
W: Chavez (1-0) L: Bailey (2-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–After the Cincinnati pitching staff had made a mess of things, allowing the Dodgers to score 18 runs on 21 hits through the first eight innings, manager Bryan Price called on his secret weapon.

He’s the hero Cincinnati needs, but not the one it deserves right now.

He’s Tyler Holt.

Floating a 68 mph knuckleball to the plate in his first appearance on a big league mound, Holt retired the Dodgers in 1-2-3 fashion. Holt needed just five pitches to choke the life out of a Los Angeles offense that had battered the Reds’ actual pitchers into submission on this beautiful afternoon in the Queen City.

If Billy Hamilton is a comic book superhero, then Tyler Holt is now his sidekick. He rescued us all, all of Redleg Nation, from what had been a dreary afternoon.

Tyler Holt. The man. The myth. The legend. Let us speak of him to the coming generations, to our children and grandchildren. There will never be another like him.

–Jose Peraza was 4-6 with two doubles and three runs scored.

–Joey Votto had a single, double, triple, and four runs batted in. Adam Duvall had a two doubles, a walk, and 2 RBI. Scott Schebler had a double, two singles, a walk, and a 2 RBI.

The Bad
–How much time do you have? I won’t go into all the gory details, but five different pitchers each threw at least two-thirds of an inning. Each of them — Homer Bailey, Josh Smith, Jumbo Diaz, Blake Wood, Michael Lorenzen — allowed at least two runs.

Bailey gave up six runs on nine hits in 2.1 innings. Josh Smith followed by allowing 5 runs in his two innings of work. Smith and Jumbo combined to surrender four home runs in the fifth inning alone. The Dodgers hit seven home runs in total.

–Two season highs for the Reds pitching staff: 18 runs and 21 hits allowed.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Wow, the last two games of this series didn’t go as well as the first two. Today’s game was completely insane, at least.

–Jose Peraza is 9-16 since being recalled from AAA Louisville. That ain’t bad.

–Joey Votto is good:

–The Texas Rangers come to town next. Are they ready to face Tyler Holt? Only time will tell!

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