Led by Joey Votto and his 3-for-3 performance with a HBP, two walks and a home run, the Reds (6-20) scored six runs in the fifth inning yesterday en route to a slug fest 15-9 win over the Twins (8-13). The Reds will try to keep the bats alive this afternoon at 2:10 EDT at Target Field.
Sal Romano equaled his season high of six innings pitched against Atlanta on Monday night. He also bested his season high with five strikeouts while limiting his walks to just one. This was huge for him, as he had walked four in each of his previous two starts. However, Romano’s main issue has been at the beginning of each of his starts. He has given up eight hits and six runs in the first inning through five games. After the first, he settles down and has a 1.80 ERA in the third and fourth innings. He might want to change up his pregame routine a little.
After spending the majority of his career in Tampa Bay, Jake Odorizzi signed a one-year deal with the Twins in the off season and started well in his first start of 2018. But in his last two starts against the Indians and the Yankees, it has gone in a different direction, as he has given up nine runs in 9.2 innings. Odorizzi has been plagued by the home run ball in those starts, surrendering five home runs combined.
Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett each have a home run off Odorizzi in their careers.
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (DH)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Brian Dozier (2B)
2. Joe Mauer (DH)
3. Eddie Rosario (LF)
4. Eduardo Escobar (3B)
5. Max Kepler (CF)
6. Robbie Grossman (RF)
7. Logan Morrison (1B)
8. Mitch Garver (C)
9. Ehire Adrianza (SS)
News and Notes
-Marty Brennaman has called games in 54 ballparks in his career. That’s a lot of ballparks.
With this weekend's road trip to Target Field, Marty Brennaman has now called games in all 30 active @MLB ballparks.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 28, 2018
-Nick Senzel continues to get better at Triple-A Louisville.
Big game for Nick Senzel. He's 3-4 with a walk, home run, 2 runs scored, and has 3 RBI. Over his last 11 games: .318/.412/.523 with 6 walks and 10 strikeouts.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) April 28, 2018
Never take Votto for granted, not only for his insane hitting abilities, but also for his personality. In another losing season, he is a ray of sunshine for everyone. The Reds need to win a World Series soon because a) Votto deserves it and b) he would make the parade through the streets of Cincinnati immensely fun.
JOEY HITS A BOMB FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE GAME pic.twitter.com/gB6byLC3ht
— paco (@AllaireMatt) April 28, 2018
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) April 28, 2018
You could have lived at any point in human history, and you get to watch Joey Votto play the game of baseball here and now.
— Kourage Kundahl, foremost Bill Selby expert (@kouragekundahl) April 28, 2018