The Reds were no-hit for seven innings by Cardinals starter Daniel Poncedeleon, making his major league debut. Luis Castillo and the Reds bullpen did everything they could to keep the Reds in the game, but the Reds could only muster just one hit through the first 8.2 innings Monday evening. That is when Eugenio Suarez ripped his 20th bomb of the season into the left field seats to tie the game. The Reds didn’t stop there. Winker, Barnhart, and Duvall all reached base with two outs, and Dilson Herrera sent the fans home happy when he ripped a walk-off RBI single. The Reds have now won 4 of their last 5 games against the Cardinals.

How about these Redlegs? When they are bad, they are really bad. When they are fun, they are really, really fun.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (44-56) 2 5 0
St. Louis Cardinals (50-50) 1 5 0
W: Hughes (3-3) L: Norris (3-3) BS: Norris (3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Eugenio Suarez’ solo home run with 2 outs in the 9th off Bud Norris, tying the game at 1. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 48.8% (from 4.9% to 53.7%).

Player of the Game

Daniel Poncedeleon: 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K

You have to give it up for the Cardinals starter making his MLB debut. He certainly benefited from some well placed balls, as he had balls with a hit probability of 70, 51, and 49 percent turned into outs. He allowed one ball with an exit velocity of 106.7 MPH. Still, you have to give him credit for going out there are having absolutely no fear in his debut.

Positives

Luis Castillo had a very encouraging start: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.41 FIP. Castillo was pulled early after just 85 pitches (more on the below), but he had to leave feeling good about this performance. Hopefully this is something that Castillo can springboard into a run of success in the second half.

20 bombs for Eugenio Suarez. He has a 152 wRC+. The extension of Suarez before this season might turn out to be an all-time steal by the Reds front office. That trade of Suarez for Simon already is.

How about Dilson Herrera? It was cool to see his excitment after that big hit. It would be nice for the Reds to find some playing time for Herrera. Even if he just rotates replacing Duvall, Winker, Suarez, Peraza (Suarez to SS), and Gennett for a game a week. The nights he replaces Duvall and Winker, put Gennett in the outfield.

The Reds bullpen (Hernandez, Garrett, and Hughes) combined for 3.2 scoreless innings: 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K.

Joey Votto walked twice.

Negatives

The Reds were no-hit for 7.0 innings by a pitcher making his major league debut. That is less than ideal.

Jose Peraza didn’t help the cause in the 8th inning.

Not so random thoughts……….

The Reds caught a major break in the 7th inning. Billy Hamilton nearly made an incredible catch, knocking down a home run ball by Tommy Pham. Duvall quickly got the ball into Peraza, who threw a bullet to Suarez. Pham beat the tag, but Suarez alertly kept the tag on Pham, and he barely popped off the bag and was called out.  It was nice that this helped out the Reds today, but I hate this call. That call is the worst part of replay.

What you read next was written long BEFORE the walk-off (I swear!):

In other news, Jim Riggleman decided to start Brandon Dixon at second base (off night for Gennett) instead of Dilson Herrera. Riggleman’s response when asked about it?

This is just bizarre. I am not critical of the Reds front office as often as many are, but this is where they have to step in and tell their INTERIM manager that Herrera should be starting over Dixon. It seems the baseball gods punished Riggleman too. Dixon hit a ball with an exit velocity of 106.7 MPH for an out that had a 70% hit probability.

On another note, I do not give Riggleman any grief for pulling Castillo with 1 out in the 6th inning with only 85 pitches. I am all for pulling your starter the third time through the order if there is trouble and the game is close. Too many managers leave SP in too long.

SP time through the order OPS
1st .679
2nd .727
3rd .792
4th .801

Up Next:

Cardinals at Reds
Tuesday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Homer Bailey (6.68 ERA) vs Austin Gomber (3.77 ERA)

 

Photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Kareem Elgazzar, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and ESPN Stats & Info.