The Reds beat up on the St. Louis Cardinals as a great way to kick off a seven game roadtrip. Peraza, Votto, Suarez, Winker and Puig all hit home runs. It was the first time in Reds history that batters hitting 9 through 4 in the order all homered in the same game.
Anthony DeSclafani had his second consecutive strong start for the Reds. He held the Cardinals scoreless over six innings. The Reds broke the game open with six runs in the top of the 9th inning, and they forced the Cardinals to bring in a position player to pitch. The Reds are now 10-6 over their last 16 games following their 1-8 start to the season.
|St. Louis Cardinals (15-10)||1||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (11-14)||12||14||0|
|W: DeSclafani (1-1) L: Mikolas (2-2)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Jesse Winker’s solo home run in the 4th inning with 0 outs, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 11.1% (from 57.5% to 74.4%).
Yasiel Puig hit his 3rd home run of the season to straight away centerfield (it was the hardest hit ball of the night with an exit velocity of 108.7). Puig is now 5 for 12 with 2 HR over the last four games. Puig is starting to heat up, and it’s just about that time of the year for him. He has a career .886 OPS in May (.970 last year). April has never been his month, as he only has a career .691 OPS (just .500 last year).
Anthony DeSclafani turned in his second consecutive stellar start: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Disco has now allowed just 1 run over his last two starts (12.0 IP). His ERA has also crept down to 4.26.
Joey Votto had two hits, including his 3rd home run of the season.. Votto’s wRC+ has crept above 100 at 106.
Jesse Winker hit his 7th home run of the season. That already matched his total from all of last year. This is the same guy that hit only 5 home runs in an entire season in the minors in 2016.
Jose Peraza had two hits, including a stunning upper deck home run into Big Mac land. It was Peraza’s first time reaching base multiple times since April 9th.
Eugenio Suarez hit his 6th home run of the season. Suarez now has a 125 wRC+ on the season (he was at 135 last year).
Curt Casali had three hits tonight, including a bases clearing double to really blow the game open. He is now hitting .306/.342/.444 on the season.
Scott Schebler had a pair of walks. Jose Iglesias also had two hits.
Nope….nothing to see here tonight.
Not so random thoughts……….
The Reds now have a run differential of +16. That is the 9th best in the MLB at the moment, and it is the 5th best in the NL.
Reds at Cardinals
Saturday, 2:15 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, MLB Network (out of market only)
Tyler Mahle (3.52 ERA/3.24 FIP) vs Dakota Hudson (5.89 ERA/8.79 FIP)