|Cincinnati Reds (62-69)
|Miami Marlins (47-83)
|W: L. Castillo (13-5) L: C. Smith (8-8) S: R. Iglesias (27)|
|Statcast | Gamecast | Game Thread|
“Everyone in Triple A is looking for his shot. Maybe his first shot. Maybe his second or third or fourth and so on.
If being human is about the moment we realize our dreams, or the moment we realize we never will, or the moment we decide to try again—if it’s about how we respond to all of those things and how it changes how we see ourselves—then there can’t be anywhere in baseball more human than Triple A.” — Jason Linden, The Hardball Times
What must be going through the head of Jose Peraza today? He led the Reds in hits only a year ago. Now, he’s off to where there is no third deck, where the amenities are few, and the longing is real. Every at bat for Jose has been an All-You-Can-Eat banquet, his bat determined to devour the entire table, only to find a very unsatisfying meal. Now, as Jason says, it most certainly is all about how he will respond.
Luis Castillo. The best find a way when everything isn’t going their way, and La Piedra did that tonight, at one point striking out 7 of 8 batters after getting off to a shaky start.
Eugenio Suarez. Gino hit the ball harder than anyone in the Reds’ lineup tonight. He had 3 hits, including a double and a 2-run HR in the first that staked Castillo to an early lead. This has been the Reds’ M.O. this season: strike early. The Reds lead all of baseball in runs scored in the first inning and they continued that theme tonight, with Eugenio Suarez slipping the surly bonds of 501 Marlins Way for a 2-run blast, while making Caleb Smith toil for 30 pitches before trudging for the dugout in the 1st.
Curt Casali. In the top of the 4th, Casali jerked an offering up-and-in out-and-away to a place few fans inhabit—at least in Marlins Park—to tie the game at 3.
Nick Senzel. The rookie was on base 4 times, had 3 RBIs on 2 hits, one a home run. In the 6th, the Reds finally began to separate themselves from the Fish on Senzel’s 2-run honker into the dining area of the Clevelander that extended the lead to 7-3.
Jose Iglesias. Jose had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and even had a walk.
Joey Votto is back. That’s good enough for me, even if he did go 0-5.
Luis Castillo. Just when it looked as if he had it on cruise control, he got sloppy with a leadoff walk and shortly after left one up where Jorge Alfaro apparently likes it. 7-3 quickly became 7-5. Soon, Castillo will be a true ace. Right now, he’s an ace with the training wheels still on, IMO.
Amir Garrett. Amir was ineffective and took it out on the home plate umpire as he was leaving the field and bought himself a meaningless heave-ho.
Freddy Galvis and Aristides Aquino were quiet as church mice tonight, going a combined 0-9.
Curtis Granderson is still playing baseball.
The Second Guess
Jose Iglesias got his 24th base hit on an 0-2 count tonight, the most since 1988, when some of you weren’t watching baseball. I’m not sure what this means beyond the fact that Jose—like the recently departed Jose—likes to swing the bat at most of what he sees. As Chris Welsh said, “nobody chases more 0-2 pitches out of the strike zone than Jose Iglesias.”
I’d love to see the Reds keep Iglesias in a bench role. That glove has real value, but the clutch hitting so many are excited about is simply not a repeatable skill. The inability to walk puts too much pressure on that batting average.
Nick Senzel made a swing change and people got upset about it. DON’T DO THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON, they said. Nick’s answer sits in the box score tonight.