The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Dan Straily came into today's game with a 1.79 ERA in 4 starts since the All-Star break. In those 26.2 innings he has struck out 21 batters and walked only 6, undoubtedly factoring into his improvement in the second half of the season. Today against Pittsburgh, it was more of the same from Mr. Straily. He kept the Pirates at bay with 6 strong innings, giving up only 2 earned runs on 3 hits while walking none and striking out 4. His ERA dropped to 3.76 on the season with that performance and continues to give Anthony DeSclafani a run for his money as the best Reds pitcher of the second half. Have a trophy, Dan, and here's to you continuing your fantastic season.
Honorable mentions are due to: Billy Hamiilton, who continued his strong season by going 3 for 4 with a walk, 3 runs scored, and 4 stolen bases; Brandon Phillips, who continued his hot hitting with a 3-4, 2 RBI evening; Joey Votto, for reaching base 3 times via the walk; and Tony Renda for collecting his first major league RBI.
- Billy Hamilton led off the game with a walk and promptly did what he does often and stole second base. After Zack Cozart grounded out, Billy would steal third base, too. Joey Votto would then walk, bringing up Adam Duvall. Duvall would only muster a ground out to third, but it would be enough to score Hamilton and move Votto to second. Brandon Phillips would then come up and continue his hot hitting with a line drive single to center that would bring Votto in to score. Scott Schebler would strike out to end the inning, but not before the Reds would take a 2-0 lead.
- After a quiet second inning, the Reds would get themselves on the board again in the third. Billy Hamilton led off the inning with a double down the right field line. He, as he does, stole third base on the next pitch. After a Zack Cozart strikeout, Joey Votto would lift a fly-ball to right to bring in Billy on the sac-fly. Adam Duvall struck out to end the inning, but the Reds lead 3-0.
- Dan Straily kept a perfect game through 4, but that suddenly came to an end when Matt Joyce took a 2-1 pitch and destroyed it to the last row in the center field bleachers to cut the lead to 2-runs. Straily ran into a little trouble after the dinger as he gave up a single do Jung Ho Kang, who then advanced to second on a passed ball with nobody out. However, he would settle down to get John Jaso and Jordy Mercer to strike out followed by a fly-out by Eric Fryer to end the inning. Reds lead, 3-1.
- The Reds would get that run back in the top of the 6th. After Zack Cozart popped out to start the inning, Joey Votto would induce his second walk of the game. Adam Duvall grounded into a fielders choice to get Votto at second, but then later stole second base. That brought up Brandon Phillips, who popped a ball up into no-man's land for his second RBI-single of the game. Scott Schebler struck out to end the inning, but the Reds lead 4-1.
- Straily was bit by the long-ball again in the 6th. After getting Adam Frazier to line-out, Josh Harrison would smoke a ball over the left-field wall to cut the lead to two. He would bounce back to retire Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen to end the 6th. Reds lead, 4-2.
- The Reds would once again get their run back in the following inning. Eugenio Suarez led off the 7th with a line drive single to center and then advanced to second on a passed ball. After Suarez advanced to third on a fly-out by Ramon Cabrera, Tony Renda would record his first MLB RBI with a single to right field to score Suarez. Billy Hamilton would then single through the left side to advance Renda to third. Billy then stole his 4th base of the game to put guys on 2nd and 3rd for Zack Cozart. Cozart promptly hit a ground ball past Kang that would be ruled an error to bring in Renda and advance Hamilton to 3rd. With Joey Votto batting, a wild pitch by our old friend Curtis Partch would bring in Billy for the 3rd run of the inning. After Votto walked for the 3rd time, Adam Duvall would ground into a double play to end the inning. Reds lead, 7-2.
- Raisel Iglesias was uncharacteristically wild in the bottom of the 7th. He started the inning by walking Joyce, Kang, and Jaso to start the inning and load the bases. Jordy Mercer came up and grounded into a fielders choice at 3rd to score Joyce from 3rd and cut the lead to 4. After Gregory Polanco flied out to center, Francisco Cervelli lined one into left for a base hit to load the bases. After Josh Harrison was just inches from tying the game up on a grand slam down the left field line, Iglesias would get him to strike out on the next pitch to get out of trouble. Reds lead, 7-3.
- Tony Cingrani threw a scoreless 9th inning to secure the win. Reds win, 7-3.
- The run given up by Raisel Iglesias in the 7th broke a 22.2 inning scoreless streak put up by the right-hander.
- Since August 1, Brandon Phillips has hit .450/.476/.850 and .338/.365/.507 since the All-Star break. We should just always play in August. His usage has been frustrating and harped on about multiple times in the recent weeks, but if he is going to keep playing he might as well keep hitting well.
- Billy Hamilton also did Billy Hamilton things in the field with this amazing catch in the 5th inning.
- The Reds head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals tomorrow night. Cody Reed (0-6, 7.30) looks to bounce back from his last outing as he faces off against Michael Wacha (7-7, 4.35) at 8:15 PM ET.
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