The Reds won their 41st game this afternoon, defeating the Miami Marlins. It was the second glorious win for the club on this home stand. In those two games, they far outscored their opponents 10-6. Combined with Milwaukee’s loss to the Phillies, the Reds sliced another game off the Brewers lead in the NL Central. The Reds are now three games ahead of their 2016 pace.
Are you sick of winning, yet?
The victory gives the club tremendous momentum as they leave on a crucial 10-game road trip, with stops in Cleveland, New York (Yankees), Miami and Pittsburgh.
Sal Romano had an excellent start, giving up one run over six innings and 98 pitches. Pumping 94-97 mph fastballs, the 23-year-old from Rutgers had 7 strikeouts. He gave up a walk and three hits, including a solo home run in the 4th inning. The start was Romano’s best of the four he has made with the Reds and the first time the rookie has made it past five innings.
Isn’t in interesting watching young pitchers like Romano, Robert Stephenson and Luis Castillo? In an unrelated message, Tim Adleman takes the mound for the Reds against Cleveland tomorrow night.
Raisel Iglesias came in for a 2-inning save. This was just the sixth time Iglesias has appeared in back-to-back games. And it was the first time he’d pitched multiple innings after appearing the day before. Sorta, kinda felt like a showcase.
Scooter Gennett drove in two runs, the first on a solo GABP front-row special home run and the second on a line drive single to right.
Eugenio Suarez continued to hit well after the break, with his fourth home run during the home stand. Suarez is also the new star of a hilarious rain delay video the Reds are using at GABP. It features Suarez “dancing” to several styles of music, including salsa and the Ramones.
Tucker Barnhart added a home run, his third of the season. Billy Hamilton had three hits.
Adam Duvall made an outstanding defensive play on a fly ball, sliding in foul territory and slamming up against the wall. Duvall also had a single and got hit by a pitch.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.