The Reds have found out what most in the American League have: Shane Bieber and Mike Clevinger are really good pitchers. The Reds could only muster 3 hits on the night and were shutout for the first time this season.
|Cleveland Indians (7-6)||2||4||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (5-7)||0||3||0|
|W: Clevinger (1-1) L: Antone (0-1) S: Hand (4)|
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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 Cesar Hernandez’ RBI single with 1 out in the 5th inning, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead (runners on 1st & 2nd). That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 11.6% (from 38.4% to 26.8%).
Tejay Antone was really good again: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K. The only run that he allowed came in after he left. Sure, you would like to see him walk less, but he certainly has big league stuff. I am not sure what the Reds plan to do with him after tonight, but he definitely needs a shot at an important role with this team.
Nick Castellanos now has a hit in all 12 of his games with the Reds.
Jesse Winker got a hit for a second straight night. That is a good development for a guy that has been struggling.
Amir Garrett, Lucas Sims and Brooks Raley all pitched scoreless innings in relief. Any scoreless innings from Reds relievers, regardless the situation is obviously good right now.
Michael Lorenzen had a tough luck night. He came out of the bullpen unable to throw strikes (7 straight balls), but then allowed weak exit velocity contact of 82.9, 57.7 and 83.6. His defense really let him down after that.
Shogo Akiyama had a throw way off on a potential chance to throw out the first run. Later in the inning, Josh VanMeter made a smart play to fake a throw to first base after a force out at second base. That fake made Oscar Mercado try to score from second base, but VanMeter had a terrible throw home. That was a pretty tough way to give up two runs. It should be pointed out that both runs got on base via walks.
Not so random thoughts………
0.5 games out of a playoff spot. 48 games to play. Luis Castillo tomorrow.
Reds at Indians
Thursday, 6:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Luis Castillo (4.50 ERA/0.66 FIP) vs Carlos Carrasco (3.75 ERA/4.50 FIP)