|Los Angeles Dodgers (94-54)||1||6||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (77-71)||3||6||0|
|W: Castillo (8-15) L: Buehler (14-4) S: Lorenzen (4)|
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The Reds came home after a brutal road trip running out of time to get their season turned around. The Reds played in a nearly flawless game in front of the home crowd against the might Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Luis Castillo set the tone early and often with a dominant performance. He gave the Reds 6.1 innings of shutout baseball in arguably his biggest start of the season.
The man the Dodgers deemed unfit to play a big league shortstop came back to haunt them again. Kyle Farmer had two doubles, which ended up being part of all three runs scored on the evening.
Luis Cessa and Michael Lorenzen finished the job for a big Reds victory. The win just happened to be the Reds 77th win of the season, which is their most in as a season since 2013. The Reds will hope to get one more win this weekend to end their streak of seven consecutive series losses. The Reds will either pass the Padres and remain 1.0 game behind the Cardinals, or pass the Cardinals and be 0.5 behind the Padres for the final NL wild card spot.
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game was Kyle Farmer’s 2-RBI double in the 6th inning, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 17.3% (from 73.0% to 90.3%).
Player of the Game
Luis Castillo: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
Castillo was simply incredible tonight. Over 6.1 innings, the most talented offense in baseball had a .190 xBA against him. The Reds went offensive heavy in their outfield, and quite frankly, it didn’t matter since the Dodgers rarely got the ball out there.
Kyle Farmer had another big night against his former team. Farmer doubled twice. He scored the first run of the game, and drove in two more.
Luis Cessa pitched 1.2 perfect innings. His ERA with the Reds is now down to 1.42. What a pickup he has been.
Joey Votto reached base three times off Walker Buehler. He walked in the first two plate appearances and singled in the last one.
Walker Buehler vs the Reds in 2021: 5.95 ERA. Walker Buehler vs the rest of baseball in 2021: 2.16 ERA.
One of the Cardinals or Padres will win because they played each other.
Not so random thoughts…………
Jesse Winker did leave his first game back in the 8th inning. Winker winced on a swing, and then was hit by the next pitch on his elbow pad. Hopefully it was just a precautionary move as he didn’t even play a full rehab game in Louisville.
Reds manager David Bell said there is "a little bit of concern" for Jesse Winker and his intercostal strain.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 18, 2021
Dodgers at Reds
Saturday, 2:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Sonny Gray (3.55 xFIP) vs Max Scherzer (3.13 xFIP)