The four game losing streak is over. The Reds took care of the business in Milwaukee with a 6-1 win on Saturday evening. The Reds had lost eight of their last nine games entering tonight.

The Reds got rolling right away, as Joey Votto hit a two run home run in the first inning. That would be more than enough for Dan Straily. He allowed just one run over 6.2 innings, and the Reds bullpen finished the job. The Reds also padded the lead in the top of the ninth, thanks to some patient walks, and some shaky Brewers defense.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (64-90) 6 10 0
Milwaukee Brewers (70-85) 1 6 1
W: Straily (14-8) L: Jungmann (0-5) S: ()
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

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According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Joey Votto’s 2-run home run with 1 out in the 1st inning, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 16.9% (from 50.2% to 67.1%).

Player of the Game

Dan Straily: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Just another really nice start from Dan Straily. I mentioned this is in the game preview, but it is really incredible that Straily leads the club in IP this season. Sure, his FIP shows he is due for some regression next season, but it is remarkable that he now has a 3.74 ERA this season. Well done Dan, well done.

I actually have to give a shoutout to my best man Matt. He gave me grief for saying that I liked Straily in the RN game preview before his first start with the Reds back in April.

Positives

Joey Votto hit his 26th home run of 2016 tonight in the 1st inning. It was Votto’s 4th HR in his last 14 PA. Votto also walked three times (once intentional). In both of the unintentional walks, Votto was down in the count 0-2 before he worked the walks. This guy is incredible.

Jose Peraza had another two hit night, and added a walk. Peraza is now hitting .330/.354/.425 in 222 PA.

Scott Schebler had a three hit night, including a double.

Eugenio Suarez also had a two hit night.

Adam Duvall had a “hustling” double in the 6th inning, and then stole third base by getting a huge jump.

Michael Lorezen got Straily out of a jam in the 7th, and then pitched a scoreless in 8th inning. Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect 9th inning.

Negatives

I’ve got nothing tonight.

Not so random thoughts………..

Up Next:

Reds at Brewers
Saturday, 2:10 PM
TV: None; Radio: 700 WLW
Brandon Finnegan (4.10 ERA) vs Wily Peralta (5.21 ERA)