The Reds beat Atlanta 10-4. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch any of the game. I saw from the box score that Scott Schebler (from the leadoff spot!) hit a home run and that Kevin Quackenbush didn’t pitch. Two good signs. Otherwise Nation, you’ll have to fill in the gaps.

UPDATE (via Chad): A little miscommunication among the Redleg Nation team tonight. But the Reds won! Life is beautiful, you guys.

Final R H E
Atlanta Braves (12-9) 4 7 0
Cincinnati Reds (4-18) 10 10 1
W: Romano (1-2) L: Freeman (0-1) S: Iglesias (3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

19 Responses

  1. J

    Peraza walked once and had two legitimate hits, including a key two-out RBI single. Duvall walked twice and had a legitimate double. Big Sal pitched pretty well. Despite walking once, Pennington still doesn’t belong on a major league team, and should absolutely never start another game for the Reds. I think those are the main points.

  2. I-71_Exile

    Peraza is outslugging Votto which means he is awesome.

  3. cfd3000

    Indeed. And Childish Gambino is probably a better hitter than Cliff Pennington or Billy Hamilton. And in case your reference was old school (Project Mercury, not The Martian) then I’m pretty sure the ghost of Neil Armstrong would do more for the Reds than Pennington.

  4. cfd3000

    Guess who leads the Reds in times on base? Some guy named Joey Votto (though to be fair, Winker, Suarez and Luis Castillo have a higher OBP – Votto’s is a measly .352). But here’s all you need to know about why the Reds offense has stunk. Votto has been on base 32 times in 21 games played. He has scored exactly 2 runs. Part of that is the Votto power drought, and the rest is the complete lack of offense behind him. That is an abysmal, unsustainably low rate. It will get better, as in TOSALLTIUT. “This Offense Stinks A Little Less Than It Used To.” Coming to a ballpark near you soon.

    • scotly50

      Votto is hitting in the three hole. I have always advocated leading Votto off, or at least second.

  5. kmartin

    I did not get to see the game either, but I see from the box score that the Braves walked eight men including Hamilton and Pennington. Oh my, you know a pitching staff is having an incredibly bad night if both Hamilton and Pennington walk.

  6. tim

    Love to see a healthy Winker, Votto, Suarez, Schebler at the top of the order.

  7. magi210

    The Braves did their part to help out, lots of walks. But a win is a win, we’ll take them where ever they com from.

  8. Mason Red

    A one game winning streak is just what the doctor ordered. Let’s go for 2!

  9. big5ed

    Zack Cozart has a .284 OBP so far this year; Peraza is at .280 and Hamilton, .286. Granted, Cozart is learning a new league, but the chances are that 2017 was one-off career year for him, and that he will stabilize at his career .715 OPS. I am glad that the Angels, and not the Reds, owe him $35 million more for the next 3 years.

    I may well lead the world in exasperation over Peraza’s offense, but every time I go off on him, he responds with some good swings and some good contact. I will, therefore, keep blasting him. I will point out that this defense has become pretty solid lately, at the risk that he will repay me with errors tonight.

    Billy Hamilton, warts and all, is a preposterously good baserunner. The run he scored in the 8th was important, because the Braves had closed within 3, and we all know how snake-bitten the Reds have been. But he got a single, stole second on a pitchout, then scored without a throw on a single on which he had to take a step back toward second to make sure it got past the shortstop. With 99% of players in MLB, that sequence yields first and second, rather than a run.

    And Schebler now has two hard-hit opposite-field singles in the last two games, which is consistent with what he was trying to do, and did, in spring training. He was my candidate for a big breakout this year.

  10. Still a Red

    Here’s a question…would Price have countered with Winker after sending Gosselin to the plate to bat for Romano? Won’t really know for sure, but that is one of those managerial moments that impact the game.

    Watching Billy on the base paths explains why its soooo hard to just bench him.

  11. james garrett

    Old School I agree 100% with your last paragraph.Men from the same generation all think the same.Its worse in business especially if they have been successful but it lasts only when new ideas from younger people are brought in.Pride gets in the way big time as well and even when others are doing it differently with success they won’t budge which is where Price joined the party.His arrogant my way is the only way thought process is why the rest had his back.

  12. SultanofSwaff

    It seems the rotation has at least stabilized a bit. That said, Romano’s low K rate will limit his ceiling….probably a #4-5 type at best. In my mind, he would surrender his spot to Disco when the time comes. Finnegan is giving up a walk and inning, which is sadly in line with what we saw last year before he got hurt. He should trade spots with BobSteve.

    Hamilton’s 3 pitch strikeout with the bases loaded was soooo bad it defies description. He has no business starting, ever. Even though Kiermeier’s hurt, I’d talk to the Rays and a third team about Kiermeier for Iglesias for _____. But for now, Schebler/Ervin should start every game in CF with no exceptions.

    Don’t let one teaser game from Peraza fool you. His chase rate is ridiculously bad, just like his walk rate. He would have to hit .320 just to be league average at his position. Not gonna happen. Not that I’m giving up on him, just that he should be in Louisville reworking his approach.

    • Jeff Reed

      I doubt that Peraza is going to rework his approach to hitting. He’s a hacker with some speed and on the infield and outfield he could be a super sub on the next Reds contending team. Until another shortstop shows up, Suarez should hold down that position.

  13. Jack

    Exactly. I commented yesterday that with the lineups basically the same , FO is making the lineups out. Which we all thought. Idiots are running the ship

  14. james garrett

    I agree with all you said Sultan.We have needed a CF for year and don’t seem to get it that we do.