|Chicago Cubs (50-52)||4||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (52-49)||7||11||0|
|W: Gutierez (5-3) L: Alzolay (4-11)|
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37 year old, Joey Votto continues to defy all logic with his 2021 season. The future first ballot hall-of-famer hit two home runs and made an incredible defensive play. Votto now has 17 home runs on the season in just 72 games. That is a 38 home run pace over 162 games.
Jesse Winker got the offense started with his 21st home run in the first inning.
Vladimir Gutierez gave the Reds a much needed deep start. He only allowed two runs through 6.1 innings. He also struck out five batters in his return to the rotation.
The Cubs brought the tying run to the plate in both the 7th and 8th innings, but the Reds went deep into their bullpen as Sean Doolittle and Jeff Hoffman got out of the jams. The Reds added three big insurance runs in the top of the 9th. Amir Garrett finished off the Cubs in the bottom of the 9th, and left Javier Baez in the on-deck circle.
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game for the Reds was Joey Votto’s second home run of the day, a solo home run with 2 outs in the 3rd inning, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 11.0% (from 57.9% to 68.8%).
What more can you possibly say about Joey Votto? What he is doing this year is just special. Make sure that you are truly enjoying this man and his career in a Reds uniform.
At 37 years old, Joey Votto of the @Reds is the oldest NL player to homer in 4 straight games since Barry Bonds did it at age 41 in 2005.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 28, 2021
Vladimir Gutierrez was sensational. He gave David Bell and the Reds 6.1 innings of 2-run baseball. The most impressive part of his start was that he only allowed 3 hard-hit balls all night according to Statcast (that is coming on the heels of Miley allowing 8 hard-hit balls yesterday in 4.1 innings, and Gray allowing 7 hard-hit balls in 3.1 innings on Sunday). Vlad’s final line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K.
Vladimir Gutierrez ends the night with a career high 23 called strikes.
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) July 28, 2021
If for some reason you were worried about Jesse Winker‘s struggles around the all-star break, fear no more. Winker hit his 21st home run of the season. He entered play hitting .433/.485/.733 in his previous 7 games.
Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run and played some fantastic defense tonight. That was great to see.
Kyle Farmer played fantastic defense and collected 3 hits. His OPS is now to .707. You can’t say enough good things about the job that he has done.
Sean Doolittle and Jeff Hoffman got the job done tonight. It wasn’t pretty (both guys allowed a walk), but they did it.
Aristides Aquino doubled in a big insurance run in a pinch-hit spot in the top of the 9th. Aquino collected two more bases this evening than the guy that started over him, in three less trips to the plate.
Amir Garrett came in after Garcia struggled and finished off the Cubs. The Cubs left Javier Baez in the on-deck circle. You hate to see it.
The Pirates traded their scheduled starting pitcher tonight, Tyler Anderson. They proceeded to get beat 9-0 by the Brewers. Reds remain 7.0 back in the division.
Edgar Garcia gave up two solo bombs in the 9th. His ERA is now up to 16.62. The Reds might want to get a fresh arm for Edgar.
Not so random thoughts………………
You certainly did not need any additional reasons to admire Joey Votto, but here is another one. I don’t know about you, but I am darn proud that he has worn a Reds uniform for 15 seasons.
My son was a 1st Responder and is suffering from ptsd. He is without insurance. He went to uc health for help and said he didn’t know how he was going to pay. They said, don’t worry, Joey Votto set up an endowment for mental health it won’t cost you anything. WOW. What a guy!!!
— Mr. B (@irish3171990) July 28, 2021
Reds at Cubs
Wednesday, 8:05 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (3.92 ERA/3.73 xERA) vs Zach Davies (4.30 ERA/5.69 xERA)