Iglesias Throws Eight Dominant Innings as Cincinnati Reds Beat Braves, 5-1

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W: Raisel Iglesias (1-0)

L: Eric Stults (1-4)

When teams were scouting Raisel Iglesias, many saw him as a reliever. Luckily for the Cincinnati Reds, Walt Jocketty saw him as a starter and Iglesias rewarded him for that in Wednesday’s 5-1 win.

The rookie was dominant against the Braves, taking a no-hitter through the fifth inning before giving up a leadoff single to Eric Young Jr. in the sixth. Iglesias gave up just one more hit and one run on the night and it didn’t come until the eighth inning when Pedro Ciriaco tripled (though it should’ve been a double and an error on Jay Bruce if you ask me) and scored on a groundout.

Iglesias finished after eight innings and gave up just one run on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Bryan Price told reporters after the game that the team is looking at keeping Iglesias in the big leagues and trying to determine what role he would have moving forward.

The Reds’ offense gave Iglesias plenty of support, scoring five runs in the first five innings.

Joey Votto got the scoring started in the first as he singled in Zack Cozart, who had doubled the batter before.

A pair of home runs extended the lead, as Marlon Byrd made it a 2-0 game in the second with a solo home run — his seventh of the season — in the second and Todd Frazier made it a 4-0 game with a two-run shot in the third to tie him for the National League lead with 12.

Another run was added in the fifth when Billy Hamilton lined a triple to the left-center field gap with one out and Cozart brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

Tony Cingrani relieved Iglesias in the ninth and threw a perfect inning with one strikeout.

Other Notes:

  • Brandon Phillips missed the game with turf toe on his left foot and is day-to-day.
  • The team tacked on to their league leading stolen base total, as Frazier stole the team’s 40th base in the eighth inning.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported after the game that Michael Lorenzen‘s next start will be skipped, likely in an effort to limit his innings. He will be available out of the bullpen for the time being.

Up Next: The San Francisco Giants come into town to play the Reds for a four-game series. Johnny Cueto (3-3, 2.98 ERA) gets the ball for the Reds and will be opposed by former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum (3-2, 2.00 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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