The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Luis Castillo bounced back quite nicely from his previous rough start against the Rockies.
Castillo fired seven innings of six hit, one run baseball in this one. He struck out another seven batters while not walking a single Pirate. That’s a pretty big one for Castillo, as he’s been excellent all season but has shown the tendency to walk quite a few batters. If he cut down on that number, well, the sky’s the limit.
Way to beat the Pirates without actually fighting them, Luis!
Honorable mention to Nick Senzel, who hit thrice with two doubles and an RBI. Jesse Winker also collected three hits, including his 15th home run, and scored twice. Eugenio Suarez knocked a round tripper, as well. Michael Lorenzen worked around some trouble in the 8th, and then made an incredible catch in RF in the 9th, because Michael Lorenzen does it all.
- Jesse Winker led off the Reds portion of the game with a dong, his 15th of the year. Reds lead, 1-0.
- Winker again led off, this time in the bottom of the third and a single. Joey Votto struck out, but Eugenio Suarez deposited one into the seats in left field for a two run dong, his 12th home run in the month of July. Reds up the lead, 3-0.
- With two outs in the bottom of the 7th, Josh VanMeter drew a walk and then stole second before Nick Senzel singled him in for the score (Senzel was thrown out trying to advance to second). Reds get one more, 4-0.
- Luis Castillo started his eight inning of work, but wouldn’t be able to record an out in it as Elias Diaz singled and Jose Osuna doubled. Michael Lorenzen came on in relief and got a fly out before inducing a ground ball that scored Diaz. That was all the Pirates would muster, though they get on the board, 4-1.
- And that was that. Raisel Iglesias shut it down. Reds win, 4-1.
- The Reds made a trade last night. We actually yapped about what could happen before it happened, and then it happened. Listen to how dumb I am in real time.
- The Reds made a trade today. Tanner Roark has been shipped out for A’s prospect Jameson Hannah. Go read about it, wouldja.
- I miss Yasiel Puig.
- David Bell managed this one, as no suspensions have yet been handed down by MLB for last night’s brawl. Have to imagine David will be watching several games from home after coming back out onto the field after a prior ejection to tussle with Clint Hurdle. Amir Garrett will probably be out of action for some time as well.
- David Bell feels about Clint Hurdle the way everyone should feel about Clint Hurdle.
- The Reds will take their show on the road tonight, heading down to SunTrust Park to take on the Cobb County Braves. Anthony DeSclafani is scheduled to start opposite of Max Fried, with first pitch scheduled for 7:20 PM EDT. The series was set for Disco, Alex Wood, Sonny Gray, and Tanner Roark, but it seems likely that Trevor Bauer will slot into the Roark spot on Sunday now that Tanner has been traded.
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