Luis Castillo gave the Reds six very strong innings in Toronto, but it was not enough on this night. The Reds offense had a lot of action all night on the basepaths, but outside of a Matt Reynolds RBI single in the 7th inning, just could not find another big hit to drop.
|Toronto Blue Jays (21-18)||2||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (11-27)||1||8||1|
|W: Ryu (1-0) L: Castillo (0-2) S: Romano (13)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game for either team was Matt Reynolds RBI single with 2 outs in the 7th inning, cutting the Blue Jays lead to 2-1 (runners on 1st and 2nd). That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 12.3% (from 18.0% to 30.4%).
Luis Castillo was absolutely dominant outside the 5th inning where he allowed 3 straight hits. Castillo got his first quality start of the season against one of the best lineups in baseball. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
Joey Votto returned to the Reds lineup for the first time since May 1st. Votto doubled in his return – his first extra base hit since April 14th, and just his second extra base hit of the entire season.
Matt Reynolds had 3 hits in the leadoff spot – including a double and a RBI single in the 7th inning to get the Reds on the board.
Kyle Farmer had a pair of doubles, and his hardest hit ball of the night was a 102.6 EV lineout off Ryu in the 6th inning.
The Reds offense could not find the big hit most of the night. They certainly did not have great luck on their side against Ryu. The Reds had a total off 11 hard hit balls of Ryu and a .352 xBA against him. To the credit of Ryu, he did not walk a batter all night.
Not so random thoughts…………..
It is going to be really fun that starting next year, the Reds will play every team in baseball each season. It’s cool to get to see different teams more often, especially teams like the Blue Jays.
Reds at Blue Jays
Saturday, 3:07 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Hunter Greene (6.21 ERA/4.38 xFIP) vs Alex Manoah (1.71 ERA/3.71 xFIP)