Final R H E
New York Mets (57-74) 4 10 3
Cincinnati Reds (56-76) 14 15 0
W: Romano (4-5) L: Flexen (3-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Great first inning for the Redlegs set the tone for the evening. The Mets scored one in the top half, and Zack Cozart got things going in the bottom with a one-out infield single. Joey Votto walked — for the sixth straight plate appearance — and, one out later, Scooter Gennett walked too.

With two outs and bases loaded, Eugenio Suarez singled to left, tying the game at 1. Young Scott Schebler then blasted a grand slam, his 26th home run of the season, and the Reds had taken a 5-1 lead in the initial frame.

–The eighth inning wasn’t so bad for the Reds either. With Cincinnati leading 7-3, Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single. Cozart reached on a error, moving Billy to third. Votto singled to center on the first pitch he saw, scoring Hamilton. Adam Duvall followed with his 31st home run of the season, a three-run shot that pushed the lead to 11-3.

Soon thereafter, the bases were loaded with no outs. Gennett doubled, Suarez singled, and Schebler walked. Then Tucker Barnhart delivered an RBI single. 12-3.

At this point, the Mets brought in Kevin Plawecki, a catcher, to pitch. He immediately induced Phillip Ervin to ground into a double play, but another run scored. 13-3. Then Billy Hamilton doubled — his second hit of the evening — which drove in another run. 14-3. After another error, Votto grounded out to end the inning. Reds scored seven runs in the inning. Game over.

–Schebler finished the evening 2-4 with a walk and 5 RBI. Suarez was 3-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. Cozart was 2-5 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Hamilton was 3-6 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

–Votto was 1-3 with 3 walks. Over his last two games, Votto is 1-3 with 8 walks. That’s a pretty insane stat line.

–Sal Romano picked up another quality start, going six innings while allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. He got into some trouble in his final inning, allowing two of those three runs, but escaped without further damage. It was good to see Romano get a chance to work out of trouble while tired. These are the things young pitchers have to learn at some point.

In his last three starts, Romano has pitched 20 innings, allowing just six earned runs (that’s a 2.70 ERA), and the Reds have won all three games. You have to be very encouraged by this kid’s progress over the course of his rookie season.

–Tucker Barnhart threw out another runner attempting to steal second, the fourth straight potential base stealer that Barnhart has gunned down. It was Tucker’s 22nd runner caught stealing, which leads the major leagues.

Have you noticed that he has a good arm? Oh yeah, and he also singled and walked twice, bumping his season OBP up to .345.

The Bad
–Move along, nothing to see here. (Well, except for Alejandro Chacin, but never mind.)

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Reds win! Tonight was the sixth time in August that the Redlegs have scored ten or more runs. That’s the most in MLB.

–This win snapped Cincinnati’s 14-game losing streak against the New York Metropolitans.

–Coming into this game, Suarez was 12th in the NL in WAR, at 4.3. That number is higher now. And Suarez is hitting .274/.385/.501 on the season. I’m still mystified that the Reds acquired him for the corpse of Alfredo Simon.

–Three straight quality starts for Sal Romano. Romano is joining Luis Castillo in the category: “Young Pitchers Who Are Earning A Spot In The 2018 Rotation.”

–Homer Bailey and the Mets play again tomorrow night, with the Reds looking to extend their winning streak to a cool two games.

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