The Short Version: Sal Romano and the Reds pitchers hold the Mets to four hits, while Phillip Ervin and Scooter Gennett lead the Reds offense in a 6-1 win in New York.
|Cincinnati Reds (50-64)||6||10||0|
|New York Mets (46-65)||1||4||0|
|W: Romano (7-9) L: Vargas (2-8)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Really nice start by Sal Romano, who pitched into the seventh inning. His final line: 6 innings, one run allowed on two hits and three walks, with five strikeouts, in front of friends and family at Citi Field.
Romano walked the first two batters of the seventh and was lifted by Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman, despite only throwing 84 pitches. Jared Hughes entered and he did what Jared Hughes does…got out of the jam with ease.
–Scooter Gennett was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Phillip Ervin homered, walked, and drove in three runs.
–Dilson Herrera hit a ninth-inning home run against his old team. This kid can flat hit the baseball. As Chris Welsh noted on the television broadcast tonight, I really wish we could see Herrera play more for his current team.
–David Hernandez pitched a shutout inning of relief.
–The only bad thing was a rain delay which forced me to stay up later than I would have liked.
–Good win. I prefer this Reds team to the one we saw yesterday.
–The Mets started the game, even though the radar said rain was coming soon. The rain did come, one out into the top of the first inning. When the game resumed, the Mets were forced to remove their starter, Jason Vargas, in favor of a reliever. Really bright move by the Metropolitans there.
The Reds hadn’t taken the field yet when the delay happened, so their scheduled starter (Romano) was able to pitch.
–The Reds jumped ahead early — though not quickly. In the top of the first, Jose Peraza led off with a soft liner to centerfield that fell for a single. One out later — after Peraza stole second — Scooter Gennett singled Peraza in to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Eugenio Suarez followed with a ground rule double and the Reds had runners on second and third.
Then the rains came. After a nearly two hour rain delay, the game resumed with a different Mets pitcher (Paul Sewald) on the mound. Phillip Ervin immediately connected for a sac fly, then Tucker Barnhart drove in another run for a 3-0 Reds lead.
–Cincinnati got a couple more in the top of the third. Scooter singled with one out and later in the inning, Ervin connected for his second homer of the season. 5-1 Reds.
–The Reds have already lost their top two prospects to season-ending injuries. Tonight, #3 prospect Taylor Trammell was injured running into an outfield wall in Daytona.
–Robert Stephenson actually gets a big league start tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it.
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