by Matt Wilkes

RC+ Recap: Reds 3, Rockies 1

That’s the way to wash the taste of a 12-2 loss out of your mouth.

The Reds didn’t get much going on offense, but it was enough to back up a solid pitching performance. One day after the No. 1 starter got knocked around, No. 5 starter Anthony DeSclafani picked up the slack. The right-hander was solid the first two times through the order, and the bullpen picked him up with four scoreless innings. David Bell made the shrewd but smart decision to pull Disco after he allowed back-to-back singles to start the sixth inning. He questionably went with Wandy Peralta over Amir Garrett, but Peralta got the job done with two flyouts and a groundout. Michael Lorenzen and trade candidate Raisel Iglesias pitched smooth eighth and ninth innings to close out the game.

Homers from Josh VanMeter and Eugenio Suarez accounted for the runs. It will be interesting to see how much playing time VanMeter, who is only 24 years old, gets against right-handed starters moving forward.

Reds Most Valuable Players

  • Wandy Peralta: .237 WPA (Win Probability Added) | 1.1 IP, 0 ER | Came in with runners on 1st and 2nd, 0 outs and retired the next three hitters
  • Eugenio Suarez: .128 WPA | 1-for-4, two-run home run
  • Michael Lorenzen: .111 WPA | 1.2 IP, H, BB, K

Reds Least Valuable Players

  • Ryan Lavarnway: -.063 WPA | 0-for-3
  • Yasiel Puig: -.047 WPA | 0-for-4, K
  • Joey Votto: -.035 WPA | 0-for-3, BB

Plays of the Game

  • Eugenio Suarez: .159 WPA | Two-run home run in third inning
  • Josh VanMeter: .110 WPA | Solo home run in second inning

Hardest-Hit Balls

  • Eugenio Suarez: 109.0 mph home run
  • Jesse Winker: 104.5 mph groundout
  • Josh VanMeter: 104.5 mph home run
  • Josh VanMeter: 103.9 mph single

Luckiest Hit of the Day

  • Nick Senzel: .350 xBA, -14° LA, 97.3 mph single

Unluckiest Out of the Day

  • Jose Peraza: .430 xBA, 2° LA, 91.5 mph groundout

Highest Pitch Velocities by Pitcher

  • Michael Lorenzen: 98.0 mph four-seam fastball
  • Anthony DeSclafani: 96.3 mph four-seam fastball
  • Raisel Iglesias: 96.1 mph four-seam fastball
  • Wandy Peralta: 95.8 two-seam fastball


Matt Wilkes got hooked on Reds baseball after attending his first game in Cinergy Field at 6 years old, and he hasn’t looked back. As a kid, he was often found imitating his favorite players — Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns — in the backyard. When he finally went inside, he was leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 or keeping stats for whatever game was on TV. He started writing about baseball in 2014 and has become fascinated by analytics and all the new data in the game. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in Columbus. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.