by Steve Mancuso

Cubs mash Gausman, Reds bullpen for 8-2 win

Kevin Gausman grooved a pitch to Kyle Schwarber From Middletown in the 1st inning and the result was a 3-run homer. See pitch #5, in play (runs).

Gausman lasted two innings, striking out two and walking none. Lucas Sims, Matt Bowman and Joel Kuhnel had good innings in relief. Amir Garrett, R.J. Alanaiz and Jimmy Herget did not. The decision to start Gausman, with the likelihood of using up a good chunk of the bullpen (including Gausman himself) remains a curious one.  The Reds start Sonny Gray and Tyler Mahle the next two nights in Chicago.

The Reds offense, without Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel, Joey Votto (illness) and Josh VanMeter (left game), had six hits and seven walks. They hit 6 balls harder than 104.6 mph exit velocity that resulted in just one hit, a single. Aristides Aquino was 0-for-5 including a ground out with bases loaded in the 9th inning.

Reds Most Valuable Players

  • Lucas Sims (.079 WPA) win probability added
  • Alex Blandino (.076 WPA)
  • Jose Peraza (.056 WPA)

Reds Most Valuable Hit

  • Curt Casali (.086 WPA)

Hardest-Hit Balls

  • Alex Blandino (107.3 mph) single
  • Phil Ervin (106.5 mph) sacrifice fly
  • Michael Lorenzen (105.5 mph) ground out
  • Josh VanMeter (105.0 mph) line out
  • Aristides Aquino (105.0 mph) fly out
  • Alex Blandino (104.6 mph) line out

Highest Pitch Velocities by Pitcher

  • Joel Kuhnel (97.8 mph)
  • Amir Garrett (96.2 mph)
  • Lucas Sims (95.1 mph)
  • Kevin Gausman (95.0 mph)
  • R.J. Alaniz (94.3 mph)
  • Jimmy Herget (94.1 mph)
  • Matt Bowman (93.8 mph)


Steve Mancuso is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up during the Big Red Machine era. He’s been writing about the Reds for more than ten years. Steve’s fondest memories about the Reds include attending a couple 1975 World Series games, being at Homer Bailey’s second no-hitter and going nuts for Jay Bruce at Clinchmas. Steve was also at all three games of the 2012 NLDS, but it’s too soon to talk about that.

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1 year ago

WOW talk about bad luck. 6 balls hit above 104 MPH and only one single to show for it.

BTW love the site.