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Top of Reds order piles on behind Votto’s home run, Straily shuts down Brewers in 6-1 victory

Peraza hit. Schebler hit. Votto hit. Straily pitched. Lorenzen pitched. Iglesias pitched. I like all of these names.

Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

I don’t know if I am supposed to do this, but I’m giving this damn thing to the entire top of the lineup.

We’re not all that far removed from #DustyLineups and the argument that the reason that Votto doesn’t have the RBI numbers is because no one can get on base in front of him, goddamnit Marty, would you shut up about it?

The lineup in front of Votto tonight produced in a big way, though, and it came from two people that Reds fans hope will be big, big parts of the next squad that Makes the Reds Great Again.

Jose Peraza hit twice and walked once. Scott Schebler hit three times. They both scored two runs, because of a Joey Votto dinger and an Adam Duvall double (allowing those two 2 RBI a piece). That’s how an offense is supposed to work.

So why don’t you all take a trophy?

Honorable mention to Eugenio Suarez’s 2 hit night with a walk and an RBI, Dan Straily for being The Guy for this staff who certainly needed a The Guy (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB), and Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias for being the dominant part of this bullpen that we’re accustomed to.

Key Plays

  • The Reds wasted no time jumping upon the young man named Jungmann. Jose Peraza led the inning off with an out, but Schebler bopped a bloop just in front of Ryan Braun in left. Joey Votto then smacked the requisite blast to the batter’s eye in center field, his 26th dinger; his 88th and 89th RBI. Adam Duvall walked, but Brandon Phillips lined out before Eugenio Suarez ended the inning with a fly out. Reds, 2-0.
  • In the bottom of the 2nd, Chris Carter started things off with a ground out, but then Domingo Santana took a letter high fastball just beyond the wall in left to cut the Reds lead in half. Dan Straily retired the next two, but the Brewers claw within one, 2-1.
  • In the top of the 6th, Adam Duvall led off with a double. After a BP strike out, Duvall swiped third, and then he crossed the plate on a Suarez single to Villar. Hernan Iribarren singled, but was then erased on a Tucker Barnhart GIDP. Reds extend the lead, 3-1.
  • After a Straily ground out (drink), Peraza singled to center (drink). Schebler smoked a liner for a single to left before Votto worked an eight pitch walk (drink). Adam Duvall grounded softly to the pitcher, but it was enough to score Peraza from third. BP popped out to end the inning but man, we’re all drunk now, huh? Reds, 4-1.
  • In the top of the 9th, Ivan De Jesus, Jr. lined out for the first out of the inning, before Peraza walked (you should probably drink everything in your collection for that). Schebler doubled, putting runners on the corners, which prompted the Brew Crew to walk Votto intentionally. Duvall grounded into what should’ve been a double play, but it was bungled by the Brewers infield, allowing Peraza to score and no outs recorded. BP then lifted a sac fly to right, scoring Schebler. Suarez popped out to end the inning, but the Reds did their best to put nails in the Milwaukee cofin, lead 6-1.
  • Raisel Iglesias shut it down. Reds win, 6-1.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Remember how we talked about Cingrani being all aboard the struggle bus last night? Well, this little piece from Mark Sheldon might explain it a little bit. Whatever it is, Cinnerman needs to get it figured out if he intends on being a part of this Reds bullpen, long term.
  • This has absolutely nothing to do with the Reds but, good Lord if this isn’t hilarious/sad/#UmpShow at it’s worst especially since it coaxed an ejection.
  • In the bottom of the 3rd, Jonathan Villar stole his 59th base of the season, passing Billy Hamilton for the league lead. Of course, Billy’s not been playing/has been on the DL for several weeks now, and it took that long for someone to catch him. Billy’s the king, and you won’t convince me otherwise.
  • The Brewers, Braves, and Reds lead all of the National League in sacrifices...
  • Pop Quiz: What do those three teams have in common?
  • The Reds and Brewers will do battle one more time this season at 2:10 PM EDT. Brandon Finnegan figures to make his last start of 2016, opposite Wily Peralta.
  • Tunes.