Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds fell behind 2-0 early, but it didn’t spell doom on this night. Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto each homered to help the Reds win their third consecutive game. The Reds have gone from 2-5 to 5-5 in a span of less than 36 hours.
|Cleveland Indians (5-6)||2||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (5-5)||3||4||1|
|W: Gray (3-0) L: Plesac (0-1) S: Iglesias (1)|
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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 Joey Votto’s 2-run home run with 0 outs in the 6th inning, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 26.6% (from 46.9% to 73.5%).
Joey Votto crushed a 2-run home run to give the Reds a 3-2 lead in the 6th. Votto is now tied with Tony Perez for third on the Reds all-time home run list.
The NL player of the week Nick Castellanos just continues to rake. He now has 5 home runs and a 1.374 OPS through his first 10 games with the Reds.
It took Sonny Gray some time to settle in, but once he got going he was the ace he is. Gray struck out 5 in a row at one point and ended up with 8 (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR).
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 4, 2020
Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect 7th inning. That is very encouraging. Nate Jones also had a scoreless 8th. Jones has looked pretty good so far with some nasty stuff.
You know, there's a lot of people on this here website wondering why Nate Jones is pitching in the 8th inning.
The guy hasn't exactly been healthy, but since the start of 2015 he's got a 2.68 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 144.2 innings and a 1.09 WHIP.
He's real good.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) August 4, 2020
Raisel Iglesias has faced 7 batters over the last two days and retired all of them (4 strikeouts). That is a very, very, very, very good thing.
Tucker Barnhart did a remarkable job behind the plate throwing out both Francisco Lindor and Cesar Hernandez on a pitches in the dirt. The latter came in a big spot with the Reds up 3-2 and runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out.
Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker continued their ice colds starts to 2020. They are a combined 5 for 58 at the plate.
Christian Colon went 0 for 3 as the Reds DH (?) tonight. Nick Senzel was scratched after jamming his left hand yesterday on a slide. Colon DH-ing and Senzel being hurt are both very bad.
Not so random thoughts…….
I wish every game started at 8:40. Anyone who has little kids and is a night owl knows what I am talking about.
I am forced to watch the Indians broadcast since I live in Cleveland. I had no idea that Shogo Akiyama tried to steal on the Votto home run until I saw the Reds broadcast highlight later. That’s one of those weird 2020 things with no road broadcasters at the park.
Reds vs Indians
Tuesday, 6:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB) vs Shane Bieber (14.0 IP, 0 R, 27 K, 1 BB)