The Chicago White Sox looked like a decent team for a good while tonight. They had mustered enough hitting and pitching to lead the Reds 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Eventually they played to form, both on the mound and in the field, coughing up the lead. Somehow, Chris Volstad (5.10 FIP) was allowed to face seven Reds batters in the 8th, trying to protect a 2-run lead. The White Sox threw the ball around apparently without much clue where to go with it. The scrappy Reds put together four runs and now have a 7-1 record in inter-league play.
This Reds win, combined with a Brewers loss (they’re trailing the Twins 5-4 right now), moves the Reds to within 11.5 games of first place. Anthony DeSclafani pitches for the Reds tomorrow night. Glory be.
Cincinnati Reds 5 (37-48) • Chicago White Sox 3 (29-55)
Luis Castillo had a nice start, working 6.2 innings, allowing six hits. He struck out six and walked none. Manager Jim Riggleman pulled Castillo with two outs, a runner on second and the leadoff hitter coming to the plate. Amir Garrett proceeded to give up a double and single to the next two hitters, allowing the White Sox to score two runs. Riggleman brought Jared Hughes in and Hughes struck out Matt Davidson to end the inning. The next inning, Hughes gave up his first home run of the year. Raisel Iglesias closed the game out in the ninth.
Scott Schebler hit James Shields’ first pitch, an 89-mph get-‘er-over fastball, 381 feet into the Reds bullpen. Though the Reds hit several balls hard, that’s all the run scoring they could muster while Shields was in the game through his 6.2 innings. Shields left with two runners on. The next reliever walked Tucker Barnhart to load the bases for Joey Votto with two outs. Votto worked the count to 3-0 then flew out to deep right center.
The Reds rallied for four runs in the decisive 8th. Scooter Gennett singled. Eugenio Suarez doubled. Brandon Dixon struck out but Jose Peraza walked to load the bases. Adam Duvall hit a sharp ground ball to first base that the White Sox misplayed all around, allowing a run to score. Billy Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly, tying the game. Alex Blandino then delivered the big hit, doubling down the right field line, scoring the go-ahead and one more run.
Draft Pick Meet and Greet The Reds #1 pick Jonathan India will meet the media tomorrow afternoon. He’ll join Michael Siani (4th round) and RHP Michael Byrne (14th round). Siani is a centerfielder out of a Philadelphia high school. He was considered by some to be a first-round talent (Keith Law had him the #23 talent in the draft) who slipped to later because of concerns over whether he would sign. (Siani video) Byrne was the closer on India’s Univ. of Florida team and walked just 4 batters in 50.1 innings this season. Byrne was an All-American as a junior and won the award from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for being the best college reliever in the nation. (Byrne video)
Five Years Ago Tonight Tonight is the fifth anniversary of Homer Bailey’s no hitter at Great American Ball Park against the San Francisco Giants. Here’s the game thread, game recap and a first-person account. Bailey will pitch another rehab start for AAA-Louisville tomorrow night.
Hunter Greene Dominates The Dayton Dragons visited the Lake County Captains, a Cleveland affiliate, tonight and Hunter Greene started on the mound. He pitches 7 innings, allowing just two hits (both singles) and no walks. He struck out 10 batters. He was pulled after just 69 pitches. Our Nick Kirby was at the game sitting behind home plate, camera in hand. Check out his Twitter feed for video and other comments about Greene’s performance. Time to promote Greene to Daytona?
Hunter Greene is out here running on the field before the other team has even reached the dugout. Crazy how fast he works.
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 3, 2018
Hometown Boy Does Well White Sox centerfielder, 26-year-old Adam Engel grew up in the Cincinnati area. He singled and scored a run tonight.
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.