The Short Version: Reds ride a strong start by Luis Castillo and a well-rounded offensive attack to a victory in the first game of an eight-game road trip. Against the Cardinals, which is always fun.
|Cincinnati Reds (28-32)||4||10||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (30-29)||1||6||2|
|W: Castillo (6-1) L: Cabrera (0-2) S: Iglesias (12)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Luis Castillo pitched six strong innings to notch his sixth victory of the season. One run allowed — thanks to a leadoff homer — on two hits and four walks, eight strikeouts…that’ll do, Luis. That’ll do.
–Jose Peraza was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, two runs batted in and one run scored. Peraza has not looked good at the plate so far this year, so that was nice to see. He also made a really nice sliding catch in left field. Peraza has not looked good in the outfield so far this year, so that was nice to see.
–David Hernandez allowed a hit, but struck out the side in a scoreless eighth inning.
–Yasiel Puig hammered his 11th homer of the season. Jose Iglesias singled, walked, and scored a run.
–Every player in the starting eight collected at least one hit. Which is always a good thing.
–His first inning single marked twenty consecutive games on base for Joey Votto, who was 2 for 5 on the night. It’s the 22nd consecutive game against St. Louis that he’s reached base. The 20-game streak is Votto’s longest of the season; it also ties Nick Senzel for the longest by a Reds batter this season.
–Raisel Iglesias, in his new role as “closer who comes in when the Reds are leading by three runs in the ninth inning” picked up his twelfth save. Honestly, he looked pretty dominant in the process, but it wasn’t exactly a high-leverage situation.
–In the third and fourth innings, Eugenio Suarez, Puig, and Curt Casali all hit balls very, very hard and all were loud outs. At least two of them would have been home runs back at venerable ol’ Great American Ball Park.
–Scary moment in the eighth, when Puig collided with the wall as he chased a foul fly ball that settled into the seats. He remained in the game after being checked out by all of Cincinnati’s top men and appears to be okay.
–One hour, twenty minute rain delay before first pitch. First weather delay of the season on the road. Central time, rain delay…yep, that’s what happens when it’s my day to write the recap. But I couldn’t be happier, given the result.
–In the third inning, Votto tagged up and advanced from first to second on a fly ball to right-center field. Heads-up baserunning.
–Reds finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Jose Iglesias led off with a single and Kyle Farmer followed up with a single one out later. Jose Peraza doubled in Iglesias, and the game was tied at 1-1.
Then, after Castillo grounded into a fielder’s choice, Nick Senzel doubled down the left field line to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
–One inning later, Puig extended that lead when he murdered a solo homer to dead center. Later, with two outs, Curt Casali blooped a single to right-center. Farmer reached on a St. Louis error, then Peraza drove in another run with a first pitch single giving the Reds a 4-1 lead.
–The Runnin’ Redlegs can go ahead and wrap up a victory in this series in St. Louis with a win tomorrow night. Help us, Anthony DeSclafani, you’re our only hope.
So, Joey is just gonna get 2-4 hits in every game forever now. That's the new standard.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) June 5, 2019
— MLBBarrelAlert (@MLBBarrelAlert) June 5, 2019
You would think that Fox Sports Ohio would know about Joey expressing his frustration by now after a strikeout and would be ready to mute the mic…. pic.twitter.com/NgOZVG5nC6
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 5, 2019
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