Before we get to the recap, let us all repeat our vows:
August looms, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until 4 p.m. EST. I shall take no breaks, hold my bladder, seek out no food. I keep an eagle eye on the dugout and MLBTR. I shall live and die on Twitter. I am the writer of the recap. I am the watcher of hugs. I pledge my life and honor to the Hug’s Watch, for this game and really only this game.
Okay with that said, SOMEONE SOUND THE HORN BECAUSE A HUG HAS BEEN SPOTTED:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
Reds get CF Jameson Hannah for Roark
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2019
Okay now for some game-related stuff.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (47-61)
|Cincinnati Reds (50-56)
|W: Castillo (10-4) L: Agrazal (0-1) S: Iglesias (20)
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread
— After the Reds lost Yasiel Puig to the trade winds and the game to Corey Dickerson last night, the team came back with a vengeance today. Despite two Reds batters being hit by pitches early, no player from either was ejected and no fights broke out. It was the most civil Pirates-Reds match-up I’ve seen in awhile.
— Luis Castillo did classic Luis Castillo things, stymieing the Pirates for 7.0 shutout innings and hitting a double to boot. Castillo struck out seven, but more importantly, he walked nobody. Not one single Pirate. He did give up two hits to lead off the eighth inning before being pulled for…
— Michael Lorenzen, who got a shallow flyout, a groundout, and a groundout to get out of the inning with only one run scored. Lorenzen plowed right through the top of the Pirates lineup to get the Reds starter off the hook. Then, wouldn’t ya know it, David Bell left Lorenzen in to play right in the ninth and Lorenzen goes ahead and makes an over-the-head leaping grab at the wall. Shohei Ohtani could never.
— Raisel Iglesias had a one-two-three ninth to close it down, as he looks to stay the Reds closer for the next couple of years.
— Jesse Winker took Dario Agarzal’s very first pitch to the left field stands, giving the Reds a near immediate lead. Winker added two more hits later in the game and looks increasingly comfortable in that leadoff position.
— The Great BamGeno, Eugenio Suarez, hit his 29th homer of the year, a towering shot that just cleared the left field fence. Suarez’s shot extended the Reds lead and chased the Pirates’ starter from the game in the fourth inning.
— Nick Senzel recorded a pair of doubles, the first of which was a nice hustle double on a softly hit groundball to centerfield, and an RBI-single in the seventh. With Taylor Trammell no longer in the Reds’ system, Senzel might just be the long-term centerfielder and with that kind of speed, I’m starting to feel okay with Senzel there for the long haul. Senzel also ran into an out after his RBI-single, but we’ll forgive him this once.
— Anything and everything related to the Pirates. Like jeez, just stop throwing at people you grumpy nincompoops.
NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS
— The FanGraphs prospect team’s pre-2019 write-up on the newest Red Jameson Hannah:
Hannah had three remarkably consistent years at Dallas Baptist and ended his college career with a .340 average. He has excellent hitter’s timing and bat control, and his swing is athletic but compact, enabling not only high rates of contact, but also promising contact quality. That’s not to say Hannah will have in-game power. He’s a line drive hitter, an old school, two-hole type of hitter, the kind who’s sort of an endangered species in the current big league hitting environment.
FanGraphs also had Hannah as the No. 6 prospect in the A’s system. Given my extremely low expectations for any sort of Tanner Roark trade, Hannah represents a nice return. A top ten organizational prospect with top of the order potential is never a bad thing.
Reds trade their #23 prospect to the Nats for Roark.
Roark makes 21 above average starts and helps stabilize a rotation that has been awful for 3+ years.
Reds trade Roark after he is no longer needed for the A’s #8 prospect.
You can’t do much better than that.
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) July 31, 2019
— A #HugWatch occured over in the Pirates dugout with outfielder Corey Dickerson heading to the Phillies. With the Philadelphia team playing tonight, Dickerson could theoretically record plate appearances in two different games in two different states today. Baseball is wild.
— And now my watch has ended. (Kinda, we still have another half-hour til deadline. Happy watching!)