Sitting on a porch with a glass of lemonade during a gentle summer rain. Slipping into a bed after just drying the sheets so you are a warm burrito person. Watching the Reds down the Marlins with the ease and grace of rollerblader on a summer Saturday, dancing through their cones.
Just some simple pleasures of life.
The Marlins sure are good for what ails ya.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 11, 2019
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Sonny Gray continued the Reds pitching revolution today, tossing 4.0 innings of shutout baseball. He left after the fourth presumably as a result of taking a comebacker off the knee in the second.
With those four innings, the Reds starters have allowed a single earned run across 16 innings against the Marlins, with 21 strikeouts. The days of “this pitching stinks” feel long gone.
The bats, especially the top of the order, have finally come alive.
- Jesse Winker singled and walked twice, scoring twice as well. Nothing quite like the Marlins for some slump-busting.
- Joey Votto picked up a couple hits, including an RBI single, beating the shift, in the fifth. That single took the Exit Velocity crown of the day, coming off Votto’s bat at 104+ mph.
- Yasiel Puig took a man-killing hack on a 3-0 count in the fifth, ultimately coming up empty. Two pitches later, with a full count, Puig sticks his bat out for a defensive swing and doubles down the left field line, bringing home two. A master class of swinging for the count and still staying productive.
- Eugenio Suarez opened the scoring for the Reds, singling home Jesse Winker in the fourth. That run came as a result of the Reds lineup working to maximum efficiency. Winker and Votto both getting on base, Puig or Suarez bringing them around. In the bottom of the eighth, Suarez hit the sneakiest of solo home runs. The ball just barely cleared the wall, right at the base of the foul pole. In the baseball version of HORSE, that’s the halfcourt, over-the-head, eyes-closed game winner.
That is why you choke up. pic.twitter.com/PjfKZtOOBi
— MLB (@MLB) April 11, 2019
Lower down in the order, Curt Casali continues to prove he’s a professional hitter. Another couple singles with one of them coming off the bat at 96.2 mph plus a double right down the line in the bottom of the eighth. Casali has a lot of strength in his bat and makes for a great complement to Tucker Barnhart.
Even more so than the Reds rotation this series, the Reds bullpen has been nails. Robert Stephenson pitched a clean fifth after Sonny Gray exited, continuing his completely remade performance from the Bob Steve we’ve come to know.
Zach Duke got out of a rocky sixth with some more defensive wizardry from Jose Iglesias, and David Hernandez got through two scoreless frames.
Wandy Peralta allowed a hit and a walk, but preserved the shut with a scoreless ninth.
Obviously Sonny Gray’s early exit takes the bad news of the day. But the Reds Twitter posted that he left only with a left leg contusion, which is really just a fancy word for bruise. As long as nothing inside the leg is broken or fractured, I don’t think Gray will miss many, if any, starts.
NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS
In the top of the first, Yasiel Puig briefly looked to make a circus catch in foul territory at the wall, but upon closer review, it more resembled a juggling act.
Fake it till you make it. ? pic.twitter.com/oPjX13xAgA
— MLB (@MLB) April 11, 2019
By the rules of NFL Street 2, that’s not only a catch, but the Reds get two runs. Don’t blame me, those the rules.
In the fifth, Casali tagged at first on a Jose Iglesias flyball to deep center. It was an incredibly heads up play, and Casali ended up scoring on Votto’s single through the six hole. He would’ve been on second anyway after the Winker walk, but still, the Reds are being aggressive on the basepaths this year and in that instance, it showed some savvy.
Also, some promising and mildly frustrating news:
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 11, 2019
The Reds travel to Monterrey, Mexico to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in an international set. The two-game series starts Saturday at 7:10 EST with live video on Fox Sports Ohio and radio at WLW 700.
Tanner Roark takes on Adam Wainwright in the Saturday game.