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Joey Votto hit a triple on Wednesday night

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, left, turns to apply a late tag as the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto advances to third base on a Scooter Gennett single as third base umpire Bill Miller watches during the sixth inning of the Rockies’ 5-3 win Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Denver.
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, left, turns to apply a late tag as the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto advances to third base on a Scooter Gennett single as third base umpire Bill Miller watches during the sixth inning of the Rockies’ 5-3 win Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Denver. Associated Press

A crazy thing happened in Cincinnati’s 5-3 loss at Colorado on Wednesday night. Not that Cincinnati losing was crazy; the Reds are 36-48 on the year. The amazing thing was that Joey Votto hit a triple.

It was just about the only thing the Reds’ first baseman had not done in what, for him, has been an amazing 2017 season.

Here’s where Votto ranks in the National League batting stats:

▪ First in OPS at 1.051

▪ First in slugging percentage at .625

▪ Tied for first with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in homers with 24

▪ Tied for first with the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter in walks with 58

▪ Second in WAR at 4.0

▪ Third in on-base percentage at .426

▪ Fourth in runs scored with 63

▪ Fifth in batting average at .316

▪ Tied for seventh in hits with 105

▪ Tied for seventh in RBI with 61

▪ Tied for 14th in double with 19

Votto now has 1,500 career hits and his current WAR of 4.0 for 2017 is an exact match of his number from last season.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer pointed out on July 4, Votto was hitting .355 for his last 365 days after sharpening his swing the second half of the 2016 season.

“This is something I feel like I started to tap into last year,” Votto said. “I think it was a good thing going through the previous two years of struggles, especially last year. I think it challenged me to make changes to my game.”

In seasons in which he has played 100 games, Votto is on his way to his eighth straight year in which he has hit .300 or better. He just .255 in 2014, but played in just 62 games because of injuries. He rebounded to .314 in 158 games in 2015 and .326 in 2016 last season.

As well, in years in which he has played at least 100 games, Votto is on his way to eight straight seasons of a .400 on-base percentage or better. His OBP was .459 in 2015, .434 last year and is .426 this season.

Joey Votto career stats

Power has been Votto’s most significant improvement this season. His 24 homers his most he’s hit before the All-Star break in his 11-year career. Through 84 games, he needs just five more homers to match his total of 29 each of the last two seasons. His career high is 37 homers back in 2010.

Cincinnati Reds 2017 in a Google Doc

And, oh yeah, Votto was just named to his fifth All-Star game and he’s going to make good on his promise to buy teammate Zack Cozart, the NL’s starting All-Star shortstop, a donkey.

In another smart move, Votto declined an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby in Miami next week.

The Reds finish the four-game series with the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday before continuing on to Arizona.

Cincinnati Reds 2017 results

Date

Opponent

Cin

Opp

D

Rec

Starter

IP

ER

4/3

Phi

3

4

L

0-1

Feldman

4.2

3

4/5

Phi

2

0

W

1-1

Finnegan

7.0

0

4/6

Phi

7

4

W

2-1

Davis

3.0

4

4/7

@StL

2

0

W

3-1

Garrett

6.0

0

4/8

@StL

4

10

L

3-2

Arroyo

4.0

6

4/9

@StL

8

0

W

4-2

Feldman

6.0

0

4/10

@Pit

7

1

W

5-2

Finnegan

2.0

1

4/11

@Pit

6

2

W

6-2

Davis

4.0

1

4/12

@Pit

9

2

W

7-2

Garrett

6.2

2

4/13

Mil

1

5

L

7-3

Arroyo

6.0

5

4/14

Mil

4

10

L

7-4

Feldman

5.0

2

4/15

Mil

7

5

W

8-4

Finnegan

1.0

2

4/16

Mil

2

4

L

8-5

Romano

3.0

3

4/18

Balt

9

3

W

9-5

Arroyo

5.0

3

4/19

Balt

0

2

L

9-6

Garrett

7.0

2

4/20

Balt

1

2

L*

9-7

Feldman

7.0

1

4/21

Chi

5

6

L*

9-8

Adleman

6.0

2

4/22

Chi

8

12

L

9-9

Reed

2.0

7

4/23

Chi

7

5

W

10-9

Arroyo

6.0

2

4/24

@Mil

7

11

L

10-10

Garrett

3.1

9

4/25

@Mil

1

9

L

10-11

Feldman

5.0

4

4/26

@Mil

4

9

L

10-12

Davis

2.2

7

4/28

@StL

5

7

L

10-13

Adleman

5.1

5

4/29

@StL

ppd

4/30

@StL

5

4

W

11-13

Arroyo

4.0

4

5/1

Pit

4

3

W*

12-13

Garrett

7.0

2

5/2

Pit

3

12

L

12-14

Feldman

4.0

7

5/3

Pit

7

2

W

13-14

Davis

5.0

0

5/4

Pit

4

2

W

14-14

Adleman

6.0

2

5/5

SF

13

3

W

15-14

Arroyo

5.1

2

5/6

SF

14

2

W

16-14

Garrett

6.0

2

5/7

SF

4

0

W

17-14

Feldman

9.0

0

5/8

NYY

4

10

L

17-15

Davis

4.1

4

5/9

NYY

5

3

W

18-15

Adleman

5.0

3

5/11

@SF

3

2

W

19-15

Arroyo

6.0

2

5/12

@SF

2

3

L*

19-16

Feldman

7.0

2

5/13

@SF

1

3

L

19-17

Bonilla

8.0

3

5/14

@SF

3

8

L

19-18

Adleman

1.0

3

5/16

@Chi

5

9

L

19-19

Arroyo

5.0

5

5/17

@Chi

5

7

L

19-20

Feldman

2.2

5

5/18

@Chi

5

9

L

19-21

Garrett

4.0

6

5/19

Col

6

12

L

19-22

Bonilla

5.1

6

5/20

Col

12

8

W

20-22

Adleman

4.2

6

5/21

Col

4

6

L

20-23

Arroyo

5.1

6

5/22

Cle

5

1

W

21-13

Feldman

6.0

1

5/23

Cle

7

8

L

21-24

Garrett

5.0

7

5/24

@Cle

4

3

W

22-24

Bonilla

5.0

3

5/25

@Cle

ppd

5/26

@Phi

5

2

W

23-24

Adleman

8.0

0

5/27

@Phi

3

4

L

23-25

Arroyo

5.0

3

5/28

@Phi

8

4

W

24-25

Feldman

5.0

4

5/29

@Tor

2

17

L

24-26

Bonilla

2.1

6

5/30

@Tor

4

6

L

24-27

Wojciehowski

4.0

4

5/31

@Tor

4

5

L

24-28

Adleman

6.0

3

6/2

Atl

3

2

W*

25-28

Arroyo

6.0

2

6/3

Atl

5

6

L*

25-29

Feldman

4.1

4

6/4

Atl

8

13

L

25-30

Garrett

2.2

8

6/5

StL

4

2

W

26-30

Wojciehowski

6.0

2

6/6

StL

13

1

W

27-30

Adleman

7.0

1

6/7

StL

6

4

W

28-30

Arroyo

5.2

4

6/8

StL

5

2

W

29-30

Feldman

7.0

0

6/9

@LAD

2

7

L

29-31

Garrett

1.0

2

6/10

@LAD

4

5

L

29-32

Wojciehowski

5.0

4

6/11

@LAD

7

9

L

29-33

Adleman

5.0

2

6/12

@SD

3

9

L

29-34

Arroyo

4.2

9

6/13

@SD

2

6

L

29-35

Feldman

5.0

4

6/14

@SD

2

4

L

29-36

Garrett

6.0

2

6/16

LAD

1

3

L

29-37

Adleman

6.0

2

6/17

LAD

2

10

L

29-38

Wojciehowski

2.1

5

6/18

LAD

7

8

L

29-39

Arroyo

3.0

5

6/19

@TB

7

3

W

30-39

Feldman

6.0

2

6/20

@TB

5

6

L

30-40

Garrett

3.2

6

6/21

@TB

3

8

L

30-41

Adleman

5.0

3

6/23

@Was

5

6

L*

30-42

Castillo

5.0

2

6/24

@Was

3

18

L

30-43

Bailey

1.2

8

6/25

@Was

6

2

W

31-43

Feldman

7.0

2

6/26

@StL

2

8

L

31-44

Finnegan

3.0

3

6/27

Mil

8

6

W

32-44

Adleman

5.0

5

6/28

Mil

4

3

W

33-44

Castillo

5.2

2

6/29

Mil

3

11

L

33-45

Bailey

3.0

6

6/30

Chi

5

0

W

34-45

Feldman

7.0

0

7/1

Chi

5

3

W

35-45

Stephens

5.0

3

7/2

Chi

2

6

L

35-46

Adleman

5.0

3

7/3

@Col

3

5

L

35-47

Castillo

5.2

4

7/4

@Col

8

1

W

36-47

Bailey

6.0

1

7/5

@Col

3

5

L

36-48

Feldman

5.0

4

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