The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Peraza certainly appears to enjoy playing against the team that first signed him as a teenager. After tripling as part of a 2 for 4 night on Tuesday, he backed that up with another triple, a dinger, and a pair of runs scored against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday afternoon, helping lead the Cincinnati Reds to yet another series victory.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Scooter Gennett, who singled, doubled, and drove in a run; Jackson Stephens, who fired an impressive, hitless 1.2 IP in a big spot mid-game; David Hernandez, who struck out the side in a perfect relief inning (before allowing a single the next inning and exiting); Jared Hughes, who bailed Hernandez out immediately with a double play in his perfect inning; Curt Casali, who had another 2-hit game; Raisel Iglesias, who hammered down another save; and Adam Duvall, who walked and singled in a big pair of runs late.
- Joey Votto got rung up on strikes in the Top of the 1st, and was not at all happy about it. This call, in particular, irked him to the point where he let home plate umpire Carlos Torres know his dinner plans for this evening, at which point he was ejected from the game.
- The Reds got the scoring started in the Top of the 2nd, as Adam Duvall took a 1-out walk and later scored after singles from both Curt Casali and Billy Hamilton. Reds led, 1-0.
- Peraza led off the Top of the 3rd with his solo blast off Sean Newcomb, which put the Reds ahead 2-0 with Luis Castillo cruising on the mound.
- That cruise hit the rocks after Castillo opened the game by retiring the first eleven Atlanta Braves he faced, as a 2-out walk by Freddie Freeman after he was down 0-2 in the count opened the floodgates briefly. Five consecutive singles later, and the Reds were down 4-2 in what seemed like a blink.
- Peraza helped the Reds inch closer in the Top of the 5th, as he tripled to the wall in CF with 1-out and later scored on Brandon Dixon’s RBI single up the middle. Reds trailed, 4-3.
- After his dazzling beginning to today’s game, Luis Castillo exited after allowing a pair of baserunners in the Bottom of the 5th while retiring nary a soul that inning. Kyle Crockett came on to get Freeman to strike out and then intentionally walked Nick Markakis before Jackson Stephens was brought on to limit the damage. He got Kurt Suzuki to pop out and later coaxed a soft grounder from Charlie Culberson, but Eugenio Suarez fumbled the grounder after cutting in front of Peraza to try to make the play, and a run scored on the error. Reds trailed, 5-3.
- Schebler coaxed a leadoff walk in the Top of the 7th, and he later scored after a Suarez single and an RBI single up the middle from Scooter. The runners advanced a base on the throw back to the infield, which proved to be vital when Duvall poked a soft single into RF that allowed both runners to score. Reds led, 6-5, which - thanks to more excellent work from the bullpen - is how things ended.
- Despite sitting down the first eleven batters of the game, Castillo’s final line was both short and ugly: 4+ IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K on 77 pitches. That leaves his season ERA at 5.95. Gross.
- The Reds will return home tonight, and on Thursday they’ll welcome the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers to town for a four game weekend series. Anthony DeSclafani will get the start for the Reds opposite Junior Guerra, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.
- Amir Garrett, who was hit on the knee with a comebacker last night and forced to exit the game, appears to be OK with no serious injury. That’s a dang fine development.