Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (37-48) 6 13 3
Colorado Rockies (50-38) 3 8 0
W: Romano (1-1) L: Chatwood (6-10)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–In his second big league appearance, nearly three months ago, Sal Romano was much more effective. Romano pitched 5 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk; he struck out six hitters. Until the fifth inning, Romano was completely in command. Congratulations to the kid on picking up his first MLB victory.

–A number of Redlegs contributed to the offensive attack today. At the top of that list is Adam Duvall, who had a double and his 20th home run, along with 2 RBI. Eugenio Suarez was 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

Scott Schebler was 2-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Scooter Gennett doubled and walked twice, and scored two runs. Joey Votto singled, walked twice, and knocked in a run. Heck, even Billy Hamilton tripled.

–Wandy Peralta and Michael Lorenzen each pitched a perfect inning of relief.

–All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart had a two-run pinch-hit double in the 8th inning.

–Raisel Iglesias pitched the last two innings and was mostly effective, striking out four. He did give up one run, partially due to a Schebler error.

The Bad
–Errors, errors, errors…Cincinnati had three miscues today. Besides Schebler’s error in the eighth inning noted above, Jose Peraza (ground ball) and Stuart Turner (throw) each committed errors.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The ol’ Redlegs split a four-game series in Colorado. Given that (a) the Rockies are a pretty good team, and (b) the Reds have been awful on the road in 2017, I’m pretty satisfied with a split. Heck, I’m pumped up about the fact that the Reds were actually competitive in all four games. At least that’s fun to watch.

–I was at GABP for Romano’s big league debut, surrounded by about forty of his friends and family. I was surprised at Big Sal’s velocity that day — he was clearly amped up — but he was not sharp and it was a short day.

Before today’s start, Romano talked specifically about the fact that he was overthrowing in that first appearance:

“I want to feel like I belong,” Romano said. “I’m not going to try to overthrow tomorrow. I will work my 93-95, that’s when my sinker is at its best. I still have 96, 97 and 98 in the tank and there are certain times I can use that.”

Romano certainly did that today. It’s really strange to see a young Cincinnati pitcher identify a weakness and take immediate steps to correct it. What’s that all about?

–Duvall is tied with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the most extra-base hits in the National League (47). Votto is fourth, with 44.

–Speaking of Duvall, he’s hitting .280/.325/.564 with 20 homers and 61 RBI; his wOBA is .367 and his wRC+ is 124. Those of us who thought Duvall was due to come back to earth a little after his All-Star 2016 have been very, very wrong.

He’s the real deal. I love it when a plan comes together.

–That’s seven consecutive games in which the Reds starter has pitched at least five innings. I could get used to this.

(Though it’s kinda sad that we can be happy about getting just five innings from Reds starters.)

–The Reds head out to Arizona tomorrow for a weekend series against the Diamondbacks that will put the finishing touches on the first half of the season. Tim Adleman gets the start tomorrow evening.

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