After a rain delayed start, Tyler Mahle fought tough against a potent Braves lineup, with the bullpen holding on for five innings. They could not, however, make it a sixth, ending the 7-game winning streak and dashing all hopes for the elusive 117-win season.
|Cincinnati Reds (32-46)||4||6||1|
|Atlanta Braves (45-32)||5||10||0|
|W: Jackson (1-0) L: Floro (2-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
Mahle walked the first batter of the game on four pitches. Ozzie Albies followed that with a double to spot the Braves an early 1-0 lead. Albies advanced to third on the throw home and later scored on a Kurt Suzuki sacrifice fly. 2-0 bad guys after the first.
The young hurler settled down after his bumpy start and gave the Reds a fighting chance. He escaped potential trouble in the third after back to back singles by Markakis and Suzuki. He struck out Danny Santana to end the inning. He then pitched his first 1-2-3 inning in the fourth.
Scott Schebler got the Reds on the board in the fifth inning with a two-out, 426 foot funk blast to deep right field.
Atlanta got that run back in the bottom of the inning, but it could have been much worse. Mahle surrendered a single, double and walk to the Braves top 3 hitters but then induced a double play from the hot-hitting Markakis and a fly out from Suzuki to get out of the jam with just allowing one run.
The Reds played a bit of “anything you can do, I can do better” in the sixth with three consecutive singles from Votto, Gennett and Suarez to load the bases. Jesse Winker drew a walk to drive in one run. After a Jose Peraza pop-out, pinch-hitter Adam Duvall punched a ground out to deep second base to score another run and tie the game.
The good guys took their first lead of the game in the seventh inning. Scott Schebler led off with a double and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tucker Barnhart. Votto then hit a hard ground ball back to the pitcher, whose could not handle it cleanly and only had a play at first base.
The Braves evened it right back up with some help from a Votto error which put Freddie Freeman on second base with one out. After Kyle Crockett was replaced by David Hernandez, Santana doubled home Freeman to tie the game.
After scoreless eighth and ninth innings, the Reds made some noise in the top of the tenth but failed to score. Barnhart led off with a single, followed by a walk from Votto. Riggleman then used Scooter Gennett to bunt the runners over. The Braves walked Eugenio Suarez to load the bases, and Winker and Peraza ended the inning with a popout and groundout, respectively.
The Reds bullpen was good tonight but ran out of time against a very strong Braves offense. The game ended on Dylan Floro’s first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning as Ozzie Albies just got one over the right field wall.
Other Games Notes;
- The Braves pulled starter Mike Foltynewicz after five innings and 91 pitches. The first man out of the bullpen, Luke Sims, surrendered the two game-tying runs.
- Michael Lorenzen came on for the Reds in the sixth inning and was not great, allowing a walk and a hit in four batters faced. He did start a rundown between third and home after making a nice play on a ground ball back to him, preventing a run from scoring.
- Scott Schebler continues to look great in the leadoff spot. His home run had a 109 MPH exit velocity and 25 degree launch angle, adding up to a 100% hit probability
- Jared Hughes pitched well in the ninth inning to extend the game to extra innings and stayed on in the tenth as well, allowing two hits (one a weak grounder) and a walk in two innings.
- The Reds employed the sacrifice bunt twice today. It produced one run the first time. It did not work the second time.
- I did not see the play happen and turned on the volume late but I believe a fan was hit by a Scooter Gennett foul ball. I did hear it reported shortly after that the fan did not lose consciousness and was going to be fine. Stay safe out there.
A hard fought game all around but you can’t win them all. The Reds will look to start another winning streak tomorrow.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Matt ironically became a diehard Reds fan while living in Pittsburgh and experiencing the 2013 Wild Card game. He is currently living in the land without baseball, Portland, OR, where you can find him exploring the great outdoors whenever he is not watching the Reds.