|Atlanta Braves (58-55)||3||5||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (61-53)||2||4||0|
|W: Smyly (8-3) L: Hembree (2-7) S: Smith (23)|
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Aristides Aquino got the Reds on the board in the second inning when he launched a two run home run into the left-field stands.
Sonny Gray gave the Reds five strong innings, but Heath Hembree and Amir Garrett walked third batters in the 6th inning, including with the bases loaded to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.
The Reds offense struggled once again against a left-handed starting pitcher. The Reds only had four total hits on the night. The Reds did put the go-ahead run on base in the 9th, but Mike Moustakas grounded into a double play to end the game.
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game was Sonny Gray allowing a 2-run home run to Adam Duvall with 2 outs in the 4th inning, tying the game at 2. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 14.3% (from 73.2% to 87.5%).
Aristides Aquino hit his 7th home run of the season. Aquino now has 28 HR in just 396 career PA. That is a pace of 46 HR over 650 PA.
Sonny Gray gave the Reds a third consecutive solid start: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K. He made one mistake to Adam Duvall, but only allowed 2 hard hit balls all night. He struck out five consecutive batters at one point.
Shogo Akiyama made a couple really nice sliding catches. He also just missed his first career home run.
Shogo Akiyama vs Luke Jackson#ATOBTTR
Exit velo: 101.8 mph
Launch angle: 42 deg
Proj. distance: 340 ft
This would have been a home run in 7/30 MLB ballparks
CIN (2) @ ATL (3)
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— Would it dong? (@would_it_dong) August 11, 2021
Eugenio Suarez reached base twice. He had two walks, including a walk in the 9th to put the go-ahead run on base. There was a missed call also, so really he took 5 balls.
The Reds offense just continues to struggle against LHP. The Reds had a total of 4 hits on the night.
Heath Hembree and Amir Garrett could not get the job done in the 6th. Heath walked one batter, Amir walked two including with the bases loaded to put the Braves ahead. There is nothing more frustrating that relievers walking hitters. The two batters that Garrett walked are pretty bad hitters vs LHP too.
Not so random thoughts……………………..
The big question of the night was why David Bell pulled Gray with 89 pitches through 5.0 innings. I would imagine some of it is the Reds being cautious with Gray after all the injuries that he has had over the last couple years in Cincinnati. Bell said in the postgame “it was a tough call.”
Reds at Braves
Wednesday, 7:20 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Wade Miley (2.75 ERA/3.91 xERA) vs Touki Toussaint (4.43 ERA/4.40 xERA)