|New York Mets (49-43)||3||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (49-46)||4||10||1|
|W: Miley (8-4) L: Nogosek (0-1) S: Garrett (7)|
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The Reds desperately needed a win on Tuesday night, and they found a way to get it done for a hard fought victory. The Reds fell behind 1-0 in the first, but Jonathan India got the Reds on the board with a leadoff home run.
The Reds took the lead in the third inning when Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino hit back-to-back home runs.
Wade Miley danced around hard hit contact all night to find a way through 6.1 innings with the lead. The Reds bullpen pitched well tonight. Amir Garrett finished off the Mets in the 9th.
The Reds picked up a game in both the NL Central (now 6.5 back) and the NL 2nd wild card spot (now 5.0 back) with Brewers and Padres losses tonight. The Reds 10 wins in the month of July are currently tied for the most in MLB.
67 games to play.
Aristides Aquino finally got a start in Nick Castellanos absence. Aquino reached base three times, including hitting a home run. He now has a 1.008 OPS. Aquino should always be the guy starting if any of Winker, Naquin or Castellanos are out of the lineup until he proves otherwise. If fact, should Naquin struggle down the stretch, he should challenge him for playing time. Aquino also made a really great catch.
Joey Votto homered to break the tie in the 3rd inning. Votto had a massive single in the 7th inning leading to an insurance run after the Mets brought in their top LH reliever, Aaron Loup. It was the second straight night that Votto had a big hit off a LH RP. That has to feel really good for Votto, who has really struggled vs LHP the last few seasons.
Jonathan India hit a leadoff homer and also walked. He now has a 129 wRC+. That is the best of any Reds rookie since Josh Hamilton in 2007 (hat tip to Matt Wilkes). He also has an .831 OPS. For some context, Brandon Phillips best OPS season was .816 (and that came in 2007).
Wade Miley lowered his ERA down to 2.72. He danced around hard contact all night (10 hard hit balls allowed) and got some help on the defensive side of the ball.
Eugenio Suarez had a two hit night. He got thrown out in the 9th trying to stretch a leadoff double into a triple. At first glance, it looked like a really bad decision by Suarez, but the Mets CF just made an unbelievable throw. I know the old adage of “never make the first out at third base,” but when the next guy strikes out in 30% of his PA, I’m not sure it is a bad risk.
Brad Brach made two really great pitches to get out of Miley’s jam in the 7th. The first pitch to Pete Alonso should have been an out, but Votto made an error. The next pitch to Jeff McNeil resulted in an inning-ending GIDP, to get the Reds out of the 7th with the lead.
Heath Hembree allowed a run, but he had some tough luck/bad defense from Winker. He got the Reds through the heart of the Mets order in the 8th with the lead.
Amir Garrett closed the game out in the 9th. It looked rough after he threw 5 straight balls to start the inning, but he locked in and struck out 2 for the save. Garrett continues to pitch really well. Over his last 16 appearances: 11.1 IP, 3 ER, 19 K, 5 BB, 2.43 ERA. Two of those earned runs were on Saturday when he had some really brutal luck. He gave up a .080 xBA single and a run scored on a ball hit 2 feet in front of the plate. It’s great to see him pitching so well.
The Reds played some good defense for most of the night, but Winker and Votto had some rough plays in the late innings. Aquino also made a silly out on the basepaths.
Not so random thoughts……………
The Reds had a chance to blow the game open in the bottom of the 6th. The Reds had runners on 2nd & 3rd with 2 outs and Wade Miley up. Miley was only at 84 pitches, but he had already allowed 10 hard hit balls. 2019 and 2020 David Bell would have brought in a PH (Tyler Stephenson would have been the guy tonight) to not waste that opportunity, especially with Miley giving up so much hard contact. This is one of the additional things a non-trusty worthy bullpen impacts. The Reds still won the game, but Miley only got 1 out in the top of the 7th and left 2 runners on base.
Mets at Reds
Wednesday, 12:35 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Jeff Hoffman (4.66 FIP) vs Marcus Stroman (3.61 FIP)