It’s just one game. The Reds have Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray pitching the next three nights. Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen and Amir Garrett are fresh thanks to Kyle Farmer. Plenty of series left.
Pitching has been a strength of the Reds. Not tonight. Alex Wood made just his third start, so it was no big surprise that he wasn’t sharp. The Cubs hit him pretty good, although only 2 of the 5 runs scored off him were earned. The Reds rallied to tie the game at 5-5, but things unraveled at that point. Kevin Gausman made his first appearance for the Reds. The good news is he hit 96 mph on the radar gun several times and struck out two. Bad news is he gave up four hits, including a homer and two runs in two innings.
Aristides Aquino hit a home run hard.
Hardest-hit balls by Reds hitters in the Statcast era:
Aristides Aquino – 118.3 (today)
Michael Lorenzen – 116.5 (6/7/18)
Tyler Holt – 114.9 (4/26/16)
Scott Schebler – 114.1 (4/7/16)
Jesse Winker – 114.1 (4/29/18)
Scott Schebler – 113.4 (8/22/16)
Yasiel Puig – 113.3 (6/23/19)
— Reds Content Plus (RC+) (@RedsContentPlus) August 9, 2019
Reds rookie Aristides Aquino hit a 118.3 mph HR. That's tied for the hardest HR in MLB this year.
The only other players since Statcast's intro to hit a HR that hard: Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Pete Alonso. pic.twitter.com/QCL8x56szz
— David Adler (@_dadler) August 9, 2019
He also doubled. Aquino also threw the ball fast.
Aquino also unleashed a 101.5 MPH throw on Rizzo's single which is only, uh *checks notes* the hardest tracked throw of any outfielder all season.
We may have a podcast topic for Tuesday, @mtmeyers
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) August 9, 2019
Aquino did strike out three times.
Phillip Ervin had two doubles and two singles.
Kyle Farmer pitched the final 1.1 innings and Statcast didn’t record any of the data.
Jose Peraza committed an error in the 3rd inning at second base that led to three unearned runs. He also botched a ball at shortstop that was ruled a hit that led to two more runs. On another play, he didn’t get to a ball that most shortstops would have, allowing two more runs. Peraza has been getting playing time, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to justify it. He’s gone about 130 plate appearances without a walk. He’s batting .236/.280/.352 with a wRC+ of 62. That’s 38 percent below league average in run production. Peraza looks about as far from the “shortstop of the future” as possible.
Reds Most Valuable Players
- Kyle Farmer (.197 WPA) win probability added
- Aristides Aquino (.164 WPA)
- Phillip Ervin (.097 WPA)
Reds Least Valuable Players
- Alex Wood (-.344 WPA)
- David Hernandez (-.166 WPA)
- Kevin Gausman (-.150 WPA)
- Jose Peraza (-.074 WPA)
Plays of the Game
- Aristides Aquino (.136 WPA) home run, 3rd inning
- Aristides Aquino (118.3 mph) home run, 445 feet
- Jose Peraza (104.0 mph) ground out
- Phillip Ervin (102.5 mph) double
Luckiest Reds Hit of the Day
- Kyle Farmer (5% hit probability) single, 72.5 mph
Unluckiest Reds Out of the Day
- Jose Peraza (80% hit probability) line out
Highest Pitch Velocities by Pitcher
- Kevin Gausman (96.3 mph)
- David Hernandez (94.4 mph)
- Lucas Sims (93.8 mph)
- Alex Wood (90.9 mph)
- Kyle Farmer (no record taken)