The Short Version: A huge day by Billy Hamilton and solid work by the Reds pitching staff leads the Reds to their first victory over the Cardinals in ten games this season.

Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (35-28) 3 11 0
Cincinnati Reds (23-43) 6 5 1
W: DeSclafani (1-1) L: Martinez (3-3) S: Hughes (4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Big day for Billy Hamilton, who tripled and walked, scoring two runs. He also made two leaping grabs at the fence and threw out two runners on the bases (look below for some of the highlights). Day like today remind me why this guy is such a fan favorite. He’s electric when he’s doing the things he does well.

–Anthony DeSclafani was good in his second start since returning to the big leagues. Disco pitched into the sixth, but was removed after giving up a couple of hits to begin the inning. His final line: 5 IP, 2 runs allowed on 10 hits and 2 walks, with six strikeouts. He only threw 85 pitches, so it wasn’t a bad outing. As he gets stronger, he should continue to gain more stamina (one would hope).

–Classic Joey Votto game: 0-0 with 4 walks. He’s now the National League leader in OBP. Eugenio Suarez reached base three times, with a single, a walk, and a HBP. He’s now the National League leader in RBI. Scooter Gennett had a couple of RBI. He’s now second in the National League in RBI.

–Excellent bullpen work from Amir Garrett, Michael Lorenzen, and Jared Hughes.

–In addition to Hamilton’s good glove work, Jesse Winker also made a fine play on a ball at the fence that he had to leap for. Replay showed that it bounced off the wall before going into Winker’s glove, but it was a great effort for a guy that has given us little to be excited about on the defensive side of the ledger.

The Bad
–I know we’re all happy with today’s win, and I don’t mean to throw water on everything…but the defense and baserunning demonstrated by this club continues to be nothing short of disastrous. They only committed one error today, but they committed two more TOOTBLANs today, both in the seventh inning. Once, Eugenio Suarez got caught up between second and third when the ball got away from the St. Louis catcher (that one may have been caused by Jesse Winker, who took off hard for second when Suarez took a big secondary lead). Then, later in the inning, Adam Duvall got picked off first.

I don’t know where the fault lies. This team has generally been pretty good defensively in the recent past, but not so this season. And the dumb mistakes like getting thrown out on the basepaths and missing cutoff men and throwing to the wrong base. Seriously, if my son’s team made these mistakes, we’d disband the team and start looking for a new sport.

And for all his bluster in the newspapers about working on the fundamentals, Jim Riggleman’s Reds have been worse, if anything, in terms of making these little mistakes than they were before he took over.

If a team can’t do the little things correctly, why should we expect them to get the big things right?

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–After 13 straight losses — and eleven consecutive at GABP — to St. Louis, the Redlegs finally got a win. What a time to be alive.

–Down 2-0 in the bottom of the third, the Reds got on the board. Hamilton tripled to left center field and scored when Scott Schebler grounded out.

The score was 2-1 when the Reds grabbed the lead in the following inning and again, Billy was the instigator. Hamilton walked to lead off the inning, then Schebler drew a walk. A Tucker Barnhart single tied the game up, and a Votto walk loaded the bases. Scooter Gennett then singled home two runs and Eugenio Suarez singled home another. The Reds had a 5-2 lead and the upper hand.

–The Cardinals got a run back in the sixth inning, but the Reds scored one in the seventh (and should have scored more). Suarez and Winker walked to lead off the inning. Jose Peraza flied out and, with Adam Duvall hitting, Suarez was tagged out on the TOOTBLAN mentioned above. Duvall proceeded to single Winker home, making the score 6-3. He was picked off moments later, so the Reds had three of the first four runners reach base in the inning, but two were retired thanks to baserunning blunders.

–The Reds drew eleven walks as a team. That seems like a lot.

–Cincinnati is off tomorrow, and they’ll head out to Kansas City for a two-game series that begins on Tuesday. Sal Romano is the scheduled starter for the Redlegs, and you’d have to imagine that his leash is short.

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17 Responses

  1. Kap

    Not trying to be THAT guy, but billy struck out twice today. Can’t expect this every game. He will be available to a playoff for what displayed today

  2. Aaron Bradley

    Well not to be a party pooper but we will never get rid of Hamilton now. I mean he has one good game every 10 days, they hype it at the Reds official website like its the reason Billy has to play… and its like so its ok for him to stink for 9 days because on day 10 he will shine. Its absurd, we need consistent hitters who have consistent ABs. Yes he has speed and defensive value but these can be used off the bench in close games. They will just never get it and keep running him out there as a starter because of days like today.

    • Jack

      There is no way the Reds ca n give him arbitration money. This has got to be his last year. If Duvall had his speed I wouldn’t mind him in center. At least he hits a dinger once in awhile. But for now it’s Billy. Hopefully he is gone after the trade deadline. By the way before today he was 1 for 25.

    • earmbrister

      You get rid of Hamilton, and that awful starting pitching just became significantly worse. He saves so many runs with his defense.

      Hamilton is the Paul Blair of our time. With the average MLB batting average at .246, stick him in the nine hole and forget about him.

  3. Aaron Bradley

    You have to admit his running is amusing to watch though… I am pretty sure his home run trot the other day is about as fast as he can go. I will agree his hitting should keep him in the lineup as a regular and his defense should only get better with experience and hopefully hard work.

  4. Hanawi

    Shows just how bad Peraza, Hamilton, and Duvall have been this year.

  5. LL Cool

    The bullpen and Billy Hamilton saved Disco today Schebler and Winker both made bad throws to home and that’s caused runs. Billy is their best defensive outfielder

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Everyone knows Billy is The Reds best defender in the OF. The question is whether his defense offsets his horrible offense. I’m less than convinced that it does.

  6. CP

    I think we all hope that Jesse Winker’s terrible defensive metrics are simply small sample size aberrations. He hasn’t really done anything out there via the ol’ fashioned eye test to prove otherwise, but he will get plenty of opportunity out there to show his defensive prowess. True, he isn’t a bumbling buffoon out there. He just doesn’t have any range, has pretty poor instincts, and has a below average arm/accuracy.

    I don’t detect a difference between his LF and RF play, but hey, hopefully you are right. As far as I can tell, he is very Gomes-esque out there, which is going to be hard to overcome.

    • Daytonian

      @CP … +10 for use of “Gomes-esque.

  7. Reaganspad

    I would lock AD down now on the cheap

    It was our only chance with Cueto.

    Love that Billy is now talking about scraping switch hitting with Mark Sheldon. 2 years too late for his career, and I have been calling for it for that long. He will probably do we he is in the independent league in 2 years

  8. Scott Gennett

    Looks like Disco is on track to become a workhorse again, let’s hope Bailey and Finnegan can join him as well in the near future. Paired with Mahle and Castillo it should be a decent starting rotation for the second half or so.

    • jay johnson

      Your dreaming about Bailey and Finnegan isnt getting called up for quite a while.

  9. Walt S.

    I think Winker is a terrible outfielder that costs the team runs. His offense does not make up for his bad defense.

  10. gusnwally

    Yesterday was actually a bittersweet day for me. I of course reveled in the victory over the hated Cardinals. But my joy was tempered when I read the account of the Minnesota Twins game. Seeing Jake Cave ( yes that Jake Cave) go 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBI’s I harkened back to a day in my youth. I hear a haunting voice It was that of Ernie Harwell. And I hear those poignant words again. The saddest words of tongue or pen. ” What might have been”

    • David

      We needed Matt Latos to put the Reds over the top to win the division in 2012 and 2013 (Wild card). The Reds SHOULD have been in the World Series in 2012 (eventually won by the Giants) except for the bad luck of Cueto getting hurt in the first inning of the playoffs, and then failing to score much at all in 3 straight home games to eliminate the Giants. Still hard to believe after all these years.
      And Homer pitched a pretty good Game 3, too.

      Who would have thought that Gregorious would turn out to be THIS good?

      And remember, Grandal was suspended for 1/2 a season for substance usage (performance enhancing), as I think Edinson was too.

      Poor unlucky Dev. Maybe he gets it together this year for the Mets.

  11. Alex

    Nice day for Billy but I’m done. Luckily for him, the owner loves Billy like a son and the Reds have zero center fielders above High A.